Miss Rule


With effect from the 2011 / 2012 season, the Executive Committee of the Guernsey Billiards & Snooker Association recommends that the application of the Miss Rule will depend on which division the player or team is currently playing in.
How the Miss Rule is applied is noted under each competition.
We request that affiliated clubs ensure that they have up to date copies of the Rules of Snooker and Billiards.
The main points to remember are highlighted below:-
1.   Should a player fail to hit an unobstructed ‘ball on’, this is automatically called as a ‘foul and a miss’.
2.   Should a player in attempting to get out of a snooker, whether indirect or direct, play short on the ball, this is a ‘foul and a miss’.
3.   Should a player hit the effective snookering ball, this also is a ‘foul and a miss’.
The shot should always be played with sufficient strength to hit the ‘ball on’ and the referee should take into account the ability of the player when making a ‘miss’ call in circumstances other than those listed above.
A ‘miss’ unless intentional, i.e. making no attempt to hit the ‘ball on’, should not be called if:
(i) any player needed penalty points before, or as a result of, the stroke being played;
(ii) before or after the stroke, the points available on the table are equal to the points difference excluding the value of the re-spotted black; and the referee is satisfied that the miss was not intentional.
(iii) a situation exists where it is impossible to hit the ball on.
NOTE: Following a ‘miss’ call, the opponent always has three options. He does not have to request that the cue ball is replaced but may opt to play from where the cue ball comes to rest, or request that the offending player plays again from the position left.