American Poolplayers Association, Inc.
1000 Lake Saint Louis Boulevard, Suite 325, Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367-1387
Over the past several months it has come to light that there may be some confusion as to exactly what is a
In the perfect world of pool, all players would call their opponent’s attention to defensive shots, even before shooting them. Unfortunately, in the real world of pool that doesn’t always happen. When keeping score, be sure to mark a defensive shot if you believe your teammate, or his opponent, did not intend to pocket a ball. Remember that is it not necessary for the scoresheets of both teams to agree on the number of defensive shots.
Some players misunderstand what constitutes a defensive shot (also called a safety). A defensive shot occurs when there is no intent to pocket a ball.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that marking defensive shots never hurts the honest player. The only person that will be affected by accurate scorekeeping is the player that is intentionally trying to hold their skill levels down. It takes a minimum of two people to allow someone to cheat our system—the player that is trying to hide something and the scorekeeping for allowing them to get away with it.
We need your help to protect the integrity of the
Please display good sportsmanship by announcing your defensive shots and help others recognize them. Your passion to win should never by compromised by sandbagging!
AMERICAN POOLPLAYERS ASSOCIATION, Inc.