Rules for Chase
(Cops & Robbers)

Copyright 2007 Allan P. Sand

This provides experience using the many patterns available in this Table Map.

Designated Cue Ball/Object ball

Starting the Game

The balls are placed on the table as follows:

The lead-off shooter (determined by coin toss, lag, or other means) starts the frame by shooting his designated cue ball.


This game can be played on any type of table.


Any pair of balls acceptable by the players is acceptable. The choice of balls requires mutual acceptance. Options for balls on any table can be


Variations: 5 shots to a frame, 5 frames to a game,


A legal hit scores one point. A legal hit occurs when the player's designated cue ball hits the required minimum number of rails and then contacts the object ball.

On tables with pockets, when a legal hit occurs and either the designated object or cue ball falls into a pocket, two points are rewarded. One point for the legal hit and one point for the pocketed ball. The pocketed ball is placed on its designated spot and play continues.

Basic Rules

Normal table billiard rules apply with the following modifications:



Shoot the designated cue ball to hit multiple rails and then contact the second ball.

Single Player Training Version

The balls are set up. For the single player version, the ball on the head spot is the designated cue ball. The shot is made. A point is scored only when the designated cue ball hits the second ball. On scoring a point, the balls are played in position.

If a shot is missed, the cue ball is captured and placed in the approximate starting position and redone. This is repeated until the object is hit. Each stroke is counted as one shot. When ten strokes are made, that completes one frame. The balls are spotted in their starting positions and the new frame is started.

If a ball is pocketed, it is placed on its appropriate spot and the shooting continued.

On the table counter, keep track on the hits. Upon completing one game, use the final count as a mark of your improvement over time.

Two or Four Player Version

The game is played with two or four players.  If there are four players, these can be partnered up for two teams, or each can be independent shooters.

For multiple players, there are two ways to determine shooting. Each player can shoot his frame at one time, each set beginning with a new frame setup. Or, each player can take a turn making one shot tracking their scores until a frame is completed. Each frame begins with a starting setup. A game is complete when ten frames are shot by each player.


These are various ways to handicap players.


Once you have a basic understanding of kicking patterns, add another ball to the table (starting spot - center of table). Carom off the third ball and go one, two, or more rails to hit the designated object ball.

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