Game Rules & Spirit of Play
8shot is a simple game. Players pot all of the balls on the table as fast and effectively as they can.
It does not matter what times are recorded for every day non-championship games. These games are display games for individual and team entertainment.
There are no prizes on offer for fastest times recorded at non-championship rounds. But, those times are recorded on IPF and LF and will be used to calculate player RANKINGS.
8Shot web site will publish world rankings for fifty fastest times in each country.
All championship games are played at designated locations and times recorded at those events are only used to determine the winner of the competition played at that location.
There is no ‘carry over’ of times to the next round. The times are only an indication of what happened at that event. E.g. the only times that determine a world champion will be the times recorded at the world championship event.
Players retrieve balls from the table in the normal manner. I.e. pay coins to release balls in a coin operated table.
Players swipe members’ cards under 8Shot overhead system to activate games. The projected image onto the playing surface gives players options to select:
a. Favourite song to play with and inspire performance.
b. Singles or team game
Then wait for the voice over to count down ‘5,4,3,2,1’ to the start time.
When all of the balls are potted the player pots the cue ball and then stands back from the table for the overhead camera to record a finishing time.
No call shot
Any ball can be potted in any pocket. There is no requirement to nominate a ball or pocket – call shots do not apply.
All competition games are played with a 19 or 24 ball set, racked in 8Shot hexagon frame.
8Shot can be played with standard 9 & 15 ball sets. To add interest and challenge 8Shot can be designed 19 & 24 ball sets.
Balls on the table
When either a cue or coloured ball is knocked from table, players retrieve immediately and place the ball back on to the table on the foot spot. There are no time penalties for this, only the time it takes to retrieve the ball and replace it.
Can use any part of the cue to strike the cue ball.
Back-handed shot is using back end of the cue to tap cue balls. Any other ball struck by the cue must be relocated by the player to the spot it was moved from. There is no other penalty for moving any other ball other than the cue ball.
Players can strike the cue ball at any time, even while still moving, miscues have no penalty, and players simply shoot from where-ever the cue ball is and at will.
Fluke and Freak shots
Good game performances require strategic shot selections and players will develop quicker decision-making skills to set up their games. On occasions players need to blast the balls and rely on luck to assist. 8Shot is an entertainment sport and ‘wild’ shots can be a part of a player’s strategy and they are encouraged from a spectator’s point of view.
Cue ball scratching
When the cue ball is scratched from the table, players retrieve the ball and replace it on the cue dot.
Where tables have netted-pockets, players simply retrieve the cue ball from the pocket. The cue ball can be struck from anywhere on the line of the D (also known as head string) and players can shoot backwards.
It is recommended that venues have access to two cue balls. Where tables have netting pockets the extra cue ball is placed in the top right hand pocket net and is retrieved when the cue ball on the table is potted. From there players simply retrieve either cue ball from what ever pocket that it has been potted.
Where tables are coin-operated the extra cue ball is placed in the ball return tray and retrieved from there when the first cue ball has been potted. From there the player simply retrieves the cue ball from the tray.
Spirit of play
8Shot is about linking people across the globe in a good, fun activity in a ‘do the right things’ atmosphere.
It blends cultures and unites peoples of different life situations in a club where all participants are considered equal.
It’s about the individual enjoying the challenge of improving their own personal performances.
It’s a social-engineering programme that encourages people to cheer each other on in a race against the clock.
We encourage players to be competitive but more importantly we want them to play fairly while extracting a high level of entertainment.
For gun players 8Shot is a game of stealth requiring skill, precision and nerve. The top players will strive to take a SHOT at the title, the world championships to be played in Sydney, Australia.
Championship tournaments are structured programmes played at nominated venues for regional, state, national & world titles.
8Shot games can be played by anyone, any time and anywhere at registered 8shot venues.
Playing conditions will vary from venue to venue as with golf courses & football ovals. Part of the challenge of 8Shot is to travel and play in different venues and conditions.
<>Because of venue differences, Participation Games carry no prizes or competition
points from 8Shot central. Venues are encouraged to arrange in-house sponsorship and prizes to cater for patrons.