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Ball On

At any time during a frame, a ball "On" is any Object Ball that the player may play without incurring a penalty.

Frame

A "Frame" is one game of Eight-Ball Pool between two players or two pairs of players. A frame is played from the opening break and usually through until the Eight-Ball is potted.

Match

A "Match" is a predetermined number of frames of Eight-Ball Pool between two players, two pairs of players or two teams of players.

Play

To "Play" and Object Ball is to play a shot that results in the Cue Ball's first contact with another ball to be with that Object Ball. To "Play" the cue ball is to strike it with the tip of the cue.

Player in Control

A player (and the player's partner in doubles) is deemed to be "In Control" of the frame from the time that the balls stop moving from the final shot of an opponent's turn until the balls stop moving from the final shot of the player's turn. There can be no instance, once a frame has commenced, that someone is not in control.

Pot

A ball is "Potted" when it leaves the bed of the table, enters a pocket and remains in that pocket.

Shot

A "Shot" begins when all balls stop moving from the previous shot.

A player "Plays a Shot" by striking the Cue Ball with the tip of the cue. A "Shot" ends when all balls stop moving from the current shot.

Turn

A players "Turn" at the table comprises one visit or, after most fouls committed by the opponent, two visits.

Visit

A "Visit" comprises one shot or a series of shots. Each visit lasts until the player fails to pot a ball "On". (Or until a foul is committed or the frame ends).