Official Rules Of Play
2019 Derby City Classic
Presented by Horseshoe Casino and Hotel
Note: Any changes or modifications to these rules will be discussed at the player’s meeting held prior to each event. Your attendance at the player’s meeting is strongly encouraged.
You are responsible for knowing the DCC rules of play and when you are scheduled to play.
Cotton or dress slacks; blue or colored jeans; collared shirts; dress shoes or tennis shoes. All items must be neat and untorn. If you are playing on the Accu-Stats table, your shirt must have a collar and you may not wear headphones or an iPod.
Hats, worn in their normal manner; dress-type sweaters; Henley shirts without collars; headphones or iPods.
T-shirts (long or short sleeve); warm-ups; sweat pants; shorts; tank tops; open-toed shoes; sandals; flip-flops; Bluetooth or similar type earpieces.
Players reporting to their match out of dress code will be given a verbal warning from the tournament director and must rectify the problem before their next match. A second violation results in forfeiture of their next match.
Whenever possible, you must be seated when your opponent is at the table. Intentionally distracting your opponent when it is their turn is unsportsmanlike conduct and will be penalized accordingly.
Players must turn off their cell phones or place them on silent while playing their match. Flash photography is prohibited.
Smoking is prohibited in all tournament playing areas, including the action room, other special event areas, and anywhere there are tables for play or practice. You may smoke in designated areas only.
Once your match is announced, you have 15 minutes to be at your match table with your equipment or you lose the match by forfeit.
You are allowed one five-minute timeout per match. You may only take a timeout when it is your turn at the table, either during a game or in between games. Your opponent may leave the playing area during your timeout, but they must be back when you are ready to resume play or they will lose their time out if they have not already used it.
During your timeout, if it is between games and your opponent remains in the playing area, they may hit balls on the match table while you are away, but neither player may practice on another table inside or outside the playing area.
The non-shooting player is responsible for calling a referee to watch a shot. The shooter must wait for the referee before taking the shot. Failure to do so is a foul. The decision of the referee or tournament official is final.
All events require you to rack your own. Players may not agree to do otherwise.
After contact, either the cue ball or an object ball must be driven to a rail or it is a foul.
Accidentally touching or disturbing a single object ball is not a foul unless the disturbed ball has an effect on the outcome of the shot. See a referee for advice if you think this has happened. Otherwise, the opponent has the option to restore the disturbed ball or leave it in position. If the offending player attempts to restore the disturbed ball without giving their opponent the restoration option, it is a foul.
Accidentally touching or disturbing 2 or more object balls is a foul, and there is no restoration option for the disturbed balls.
Prohibited. Must jump with playing cue only.
You must have one foot on the floor when the cue tip strikes the cue ball or it is a foul.
The “base of the ball” rule does not apply. To be playable, object balls must be completely out of the kitchen. The edge of the ball may not touch or overlap the head string even if the base of the ball is completely outside the kitchen. The decision of the referee is final.
You may call a tournament official to spot balls or declare frozen balls. Balls not declared frozen prior to a shot are not considered frozen.
Object balls frozen to the cue ball or very close to the cue ball require you to elevate the cue approximately 45 degrees to stroke the shot. This will be considered a legal shot even though a double hit may occur. Even with an elevated cue, you cannot place the cue tip on the cue ball and shove it forward or it will be called a push shot and result in a foul. An unintentional miscue is not a foul. An intentional miscue is a foul.
In matches with a “winner breaks” format, if a player runs out the entire set without their opponent ever going to the table (other than to take the opening break shot of the match), the opponent will then have one opportunity to break and match the run. If the opponent can accomplish this, one more game will be played to decide the match with the players lagging for the break.