Billiard Etiquette. Beyonce Style

Billiard Etiquette. Beyonce Style.

Playing billiards requires social skills and manners.

Billiards is a game not unlike golf; it requires concentration, requiring players and observers alike to shh!

Serious players still adhere to the traditions of billiard etiquette, while some of the younger new-to-the-game players choose to be loud and boisterous causing commotion with their unsportsmanlike conduct.

Here are a few rules of billiard etiquette:

When a person is positioning or positioned to take a stroke:

  • Do not call out a person’s name.
  • Do not eat, open your bag of chips, crack your gum, or make a phone call.
  • Do not even think about saying, “Whoo-hoo”
  • Do not walk by, behind or in front of person positioned to take a stroke.
  • Do not take an “action” shot for social media purposes; at least ask first.
  • Do not place your drink or dripping sandwich on the table.
  • Do not sit on or stand on the billiard table.
  • Tell the truth, you touched it, admit it.
  • Compliment your opponent if they make an amazing shot.

If you’re an amateur player, perhaps playing Beyonce Style is for you:  Trash talk, booty shakn’, victory dance…to read more, click here.

My take:  Learning the rules to any game shows respect to other players.  It isn’t “winning” if you didn’t play by the rules.  Some games still expect participants to adhere to time-honored traditions.

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  1. Your point about not saying “woo-hoo” reminds me of some recent cases in the news of parents and friends insisting on cheering for students at graduation. It seems to me that cheering is a form of expressing an opinion. Just like other opinions, cheers may be welcome at times and inappropriate at others. If someone responsible for the event (or in this case, the traditions of the sport and the need for players to concentrate) requires observers to keep their opinions quiet, it seems like the considerate thing to do. What do you think? Does that comparison work for you?

    • Rosalinda Randall

      Dear Margaret,

      We are in agreement. Thank you for your post.

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