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UPA |Official 8-Ball Rules of the UPA

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 also raising 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 for our UPA Amateur "League of Champions".

It is our hope that your desire is to truly raise your level of play and standard of sportsmanship. Going forward take time to know and understand these rules so that you can also instruct 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 Pool Players Association is dedicated to your advancement 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. Please be sure to let us know if you have further questions or comments 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.