There are three major changes this season that all should be aware of.
1) As voted on at the mid-season captains' meeting last season, starting this season table runs will also be recorded and awarded with Table Run pins. These will need to be recorded on the scoresheets in the same manner which 8-ball runs and Break and Runs are recorded. When inputting the scores, captains need to check the “Tbl” box in the Table Runs column.
A table run is any time that a player runs all of the balls of his or her group, followed by the eight ball, in one inning. This means that if your opponent hits one of your balls in before you pocket any of your balls, and then you sink all of the balls in your
group followed by the eight ball in one trip to the table, you get credit (and a pin) for a table run.
These table runs will be added to players' special games totals and will be counted for the trophy awarded for most special games at the end of the season.
2) Eight Off the Break pins will now be rewarded. An 8-off-the-break will not count as a win, but a pin will be rewarded. These must be recorded on the scoresheet, and when inputting the scores, captains need to check the “8Bw” box in the Table Run column if the winner of the game performed the feat, or the “8Bl” box if it the loser performed the feat. These will also count toward the trophy awarded for most special games at the end of the season.
3) Players will now be given the option of using a shot-clock for their games. Before each game, the referee needs to ask the two players if they want to implement a shot-clock for that particular game. If neither player wishes to use a shot-clock, then players may take as long as they wish to make shots during the game. If either player (it does not need to be both players) states that they wish to use a shot-clock, then the following shot-clock rule will go into effect for that game.
A player will have 90 seconds to strike the cue ball from the moment the cue ball comes to a stop from the previous shot. A player may have one 30-second extension per game. Referees should let the player know when 60 seconds has passed,
and then if the player exceeds 90 seconds more than once during the game, it will be considered a foul, and ball in hand will be awarded to their opponent.
For full details of the Organizational Meeting, check under Information - Meeting Minutes.