Etiquette

Code of conduct

The following list is by no means exhaustive, but represents the spirit in which the game of Billiards should be played. Enjoy the game, the competition, the winning, but above all play with fairness, dignity and respect.

  • Billiards should always be played with 'good spirit' and with respect for your opponent.
  • Always shake hands with your opponent before and after a match.
  • Always shake hands with the referee and the marker before and after a match.
  • It is not etiquette to concede in Billiards; even if you have no hope of winning, carry on and play your best.
  • Never move around in your opponent's line of vision when he/she is taking a shot.
  • If have lost a match, then take defeat graciously; your turn to win will come.
  • Do not make noise whilst your opponent is at the table.
  • Applaud your opponent if he deserves it, such as making a nice break.
  • Do not show too much emotion after winning; remember your opponent has lost.
  • Welcome new players into the game and make them feel comfortable.
  • If you ask the referee for something, perhaps for the rest or to get the balls cleaned, remember to say please and thank you
  • If you miss a shot, do not stay at the table. Walk quietly away and let your opponent get to the table.
  • If you make a difficult shot, do not show too much emotion, get on with the game.
  • There is no shame in potting your opponent's white. Get on with it if it is the right shot and do not apologise.
  • Respect the cloth and the table. Do not 'rough up' the cloth with your bridge hand. Do not slam balls or rests.
  • Wait for your opponent to leave the table before getting to the game.
  • Swearing is not appropriate to the game of Billiards.
  • If your opponent is late for the game, welcome him and make him feel comfortable. If you are entitled to claim the game yet have sufficient time to play it, then get on with it. The game is more important than winning.
  • Do not apologise for a fluke. Raising your hand to acknowledge the stroke is sufficient.
  • Adhere to the dress code for the match.
  • Play at a proper pace throughout the match, even if you are in front in the last minute of the game.
  • After a match, stay around for a few minutes. Some spectators may have travelled a long way to see the match and a few words cost nothing.
  • Do not pace up and down when your opponent is at the table..
  • Do not practice your cue action on another table whilst your opponent is at the table.
  • Refrain from hitting the balls hard in frustration.
  • Declare a foul, even if the referee did not see it (such as feathering the cue ball).
  • If the referee does not see your opponent's cannon, yet you do, mention it.