Bill, in the game of snooker, are jump shots allowed? If one is hooked, are they allowed to jump the cue ball over the obstruction ball to hit a red or coloured ball?


Jumping by scooping the cue under the cue ball is always illegal in every official set of rules for every game played. Play it if you want... but it's always a foul.

Hi Mr B,

It has been quite some time since I have played snooker, let alone followed changes in official sets of rules. Like all cue sports snooker rules very from one area to the next but "officially" to my knowledge and according to all published sets of rules from The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association I have seen, jump shots are strictly NOT allowed. Even if the jump shot is accidental, it's a foul.

Play well and enjoy,



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I can answer questions related to shot-making, aiming, position play, strategies, practice, mental preparation and the psychology of the game. Also, rules as they vary from venue to venue and how to become a winning player. I have experience recovering and maintaining tables and will also answer questions related to cues and billiard equipment. However, I prefer not to make brand recommendations. I do not offer information identifying old tables and equipment or estimating their values.


I have played over forty years in every state in the US (except Alaska). My experience is largely in pool rooms but I have also played extensively on bar tables and in league organizations. I have directed numerous tournaments up to the professional level and have played several world champion players. I am a former Billiard Congress of America instructor.


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