Rules of Pool Table Baseball

  • Like baseball, the game is played over nine “innings”. There are three “outs” per inning for each player. The “away” player’s turn is called the “top” of the inning. The “home” player’s turn is called the “bottom” of the inning. Optionally, in the interests of time, the maximum number of “runs” per inning may be limited or innings can be timed. The constraints are mutually agreed upon by the parties prior to play, generally by the match’s governing league.
  • Unlike baseball, there is no such thing as a “ball”. There are only strikes.
  • A single numbered ball, the runner ball, is placed on the dot where the balls are lined up in a game of regular pool. Only this ball and the cue ball are allowed on the table.
  • The ball is put in play when it is struck from behind by the cue ball.
  • The player must bank the cue ball off of the bumper behind the runner ball prior to making contact with the runner ball. If the runner ball is struck by the cue ball prior to the cue ball ricocheting off the back bumper, the batter is out.
  • If the runner ball is put into play and fails to go into a hole, the batter is out.
  • If the player scratches, the foremost runner is out (for example, if there are runners on second and third, the runner on third is out).
  • If the queue ball misses the runner ball, but does not go into a hole, it is a strike. Three strikes is an out.
  • As in baseball, the player scores when an active runner reaches home base. The position of the runners can be tracked with a visible board or, alternatively, by poker chips on the side of the table.
  • It is assumed that runners advance whenever the player lands the runner ball in a playable hole.
  • The playable holes are as follows, relative to the player facing the runner ball: The left center hole is a home run. The right center hole is a triple. The left corner pocket in front of the player is a double. The right corner pocket in front of the player is a single.
  • The two corner pockets behind the runner ball dot are foul balls. A foul ball is a strike.
  • The player with the most runs at the end of nine innings, or at the end of an overtime inning, wins the game.
  • The home player and away player are determined by coin toss prior to the start of the game.

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