Official Billiard Rules
U.S. Official 8-Ball & 9-Ball Rules
Welcome to the official 8-ball and 9-ball rules of the UPA. The rules you are about to read and understand are the collaboration of years of deliberation from our Touring Professionals; both foreign and domestic. Our professionals have come together to insure a simple yet highly effective ruling system that is sure to challenge you as a player while evolving your level play.
Please note that due to issues of television, timed matches, and professional match play some rules may slightly differ from the actual professional tour. The following rules have been slightly amended by our Touring Pro’s and are intended for amateur use in pool rooms across the nation. These rules are utilized by our UPA Amateur League of Champions™.
It is our hope that it is your desire to evolve your level of play and standard of sportsmanship. Going forward, take time to know and understand these rules so that you can also educate and encourage your fellow players. Furthering the education of our professional standards will result in nationwide consistency that will overall help the vitality of the sport of pocket billiards in the United States of America.
The United States Professional Poolplayers Association is dedicated to evolving your game in the sport of pocket billiards so that you can enjoy years of game play and continue to grow personally from your experience in the game. The official motto of the UPA brand is “The Evolution of Pool™ as we committed to every aspect of the sport and the vitality of it.
Feel free to contact the UPA if you have any further questions so that we may be able to further assist you. Also be sure to join our League of Champions™ and watch your game rise to professional standards.
Official 10-Ball Rules