TYPE OF GAME
Equal Offense is a game in which each player shoots until missing a shot, fouls pockets the maximum amount of balls allowed for the inning. The winner is determined by the total inning score. Based on 14-1 Continuous, the game is ideal for leagues and tournaments. Although copyrighted by Billiard Congress of America master instructor Jerry Briesath, he has placed no restrictions on its use.
Equal Offense can be played by any number of players
Standard set of 15 balls plus cue ball
Standard triangle rack. Balls are placed entirely at random(see picture below)
OBJECT OF THE GAME
The object of Equal Offense is to score more total points than the opponent(s) in a predetermined number of innings.(200 points in 10 innings maximum). The balls are racked at the beginning of each inning for each player.
Any legally pocketed ball counts for 1 point for the shooter.
At the start of each player’s inning, he has a free break (no special balls to cushion or other requirements once break stroke commences, and a jumped or scratched cue ball is without penalty). Any balls pocketed on the break are spotted and player then begins shooting with object balls in position and cue ball in hand behind the head string (kitchen). The opening break takes place at the start of every inning of each player.
RULES OF PLAY
In Equal Offense, player may shoot any ball, but before shooting must designate an object ball and call a pocket. He need not indicate kisses, caroms, combinations or cushions (none of which are illegal). A legally pocketed ball entitles the shooter to continue at the table until failing to pocket a called ball, or until he has scored the maximum total per inning permissible (20 points in championship play).
Player is entitled to any additional balls pocketed on a shot, as long as he pockets his called ball.
Shooting order for subsequent innings is determined by the scoring results of preceding innings. Player with the highest score shooting first. In the event of a tie inning, the order doesn’t change.
If players are tied for high match total score, additional innings are played by each tie player with the first player posting a superior score to his opponent(s) in an equal number of innings being the winner (sudden death)
PENALTY FOR FOULS
No points penalty but the player’s inning ends.