Guidelines for Administering
The Miss Rule
Official definition of a 'Miss'
"A miss is when the cue-ball fails to
first contact a ball on, and the referee considers that the
striker has not made a good enough attempt to hit a ball on.
Further to this, Section 3 of the
official rule book, sub-section 14 describes the 'foul and
a miss' rule, thus:
'The striker shall
to the best of his ability, endeavour to hit the ball on
or a ball that could be on; if the referee considers the
rule infringed, he shall call Foul and a Miss'.
OK, so the key wording here is
'to the best of his
ability'; that is to say that to administer this rule
fairly in the VHSL, as the referee of any game, when a player
fails to escape from a snooker, please ask yourself this:
that player based on
his ability expected to have got closer to hitting the
ball on; if your honest assessment is,
No; then you should
Not call 'Foul and
Some hints for administering
the Miss Rule
When a striker fails to first hit a ball on, when there is
a clear path in a straight line from the cue-ball to any
part of any ball that is, or could be on; the referee
should call 'foul and miss'; unless snookers were already
required prior to the shot being played.
When escaping from a snooker, if the cue-ball falls short,
(does not reach the ball on) the referee should call 'foul
and miss'; unless snookers were already required prior to
the shot being played.
When failing to hit a declared colour (the yellow for
example) after first potting a red, when it is quite
evidently easier to hit a different colour (the black for
example) the referee should call 'foul and miss'; unless
snookers were already required prior to the shot being
understand that these hints and tips are meant only as a guide
and are by no means designed as exhaustive.
Most important of all is to
The Miss Rule is designed to ensure
that players make a genuine attempt, a best effort
based on ability,
to hit a ball on;
if you honestly assess that a player has done this, then it is
unfair on the player to call a 'Foul and a Miss'
I can only ask that everybody
refereeing matches in the VHSL is honest and fair minded when
administering this rule.
VHSL Chariman : Glen Sullivan-Bissett