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How To Use Scoresheets And Score Matches:

How To Score 8-Ball

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A. Player Information

The winner of the lag is listed on top. Fill in the player’s team number, last name and first initial, along with their player number shown next to their name on the team roster. Fill in the same information for the opponent on the bottom. Refer to the “Games Must Win” chart and fill in the number of games each player will need to win.

Doubles Format – Fill in the team name, both players’ last names and first initials. Refer to the “Doubles Race Chart” on the scoresheet and fill in the number of games each team will need to win.

B. Innings And Time-Outs

An inning is a completed cycle in which both players (singles) or teams (doubles) have had a turn at the table. The player or team who won the lag shoots in the top half of each inning while the player or team who lost the lag shoots in the bottom half of each inning throughout the match

An inning is not complete, and therefore not marked, until the player (singles) or team (doubles) who lost the lag and is listed on the bottom, misses or fouls.

a. Game Blocks – Each game has its own block. All information pertaining to a game should be written in that game’s corresponding block, with the exception of Defensive Shots. In the game block:

Track the number of innings in each game by marking a tally for each inning. Mark Complete Innings Only. If a player Breaks-and-Runs a rack, ending the game or match, an inning is not marked.

Indicate who won the game by darkening the block in the right-hand portion of each game block (upper or lower) that corresponds with the winning player.

Mark Early 8s (E8), 8-ball Scratch (8S), 8-ball Wrong Pocket (8WP), 8-on-the-Break (8OB), and 8-Ball Break-and-Run (BR) on your scoresheet in the game block in which they occurred.

Indicate time-outs taken by marking a “T” in the corner triangles of the game blocks. Use the upper two triangles for the player or team listed on top and the lower two for the player or team listed on the bottom. Always mark the first time-out in the triangle on the left side of the game block.

b. Total Innings Block – Total all the innings for the entire match and enter the number in this block.

C. 8-Break and 8-B & Run Blocks

There are separate blocks to record these accomplishments. Use the appropriate blocks to mark the total 8-ball breaks (8OB) and the total Break-and-Runs (BR) for each player.

D. Defensive Shots Block

Mark a tally for each shot where there is no INTENT by the shooter to legally pocket a ball of their category. Total and circle the number of Defensive Shots for each player at the end of the match. If there are no Defensive Shots in a match, write “No DS” in the block. Proper scorekeeping requires conscientious marking of intentionally missed shots and helps ensure the accuracy of all skill levels.

NOTE: The marking of a Defensive Shot does not affect the marking of an inning; therefore, if the player listed on the bottom plays a Defensive Shot, mark both the Defensive Shot and the inning. If the player on top plays a Defensive Shot, only mark a tally in the Defensive Shots block.

E. Games Won Block

Record the total number of games won by each player (singles) or each team (doubles) at the end of the match.

F. Match Points Earned Block

The number of Match Points Earned is determined by the number of games the losing player (singles) or team (doubles) won, as indicated on the Match Points Earned chart on the scoresheet.

G. Running Total Block

Utilize the Running Total block to add up the Match Points Earned for each of the matches played.

H. Team Captains’ Signature Section

a. Team Points: Fill in the total number of Match Points Earned by each team in the block provided at the end of the Team Captains’ signature line.

b. Captains’ Signature: Verify the total Match Points Earned for each team and sign both scoresheets.  

How to score 8-Ball

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