TYPE OF GAME
Rotation requires that the cue ball contact the lowest numbered object ball first on each shot. Any ball pocketed on a legal shot counts. It is not necessary to call balls or pockets. This is a game requiring good cue ball control and position play.
Two or more
Standard set of 15 balls plus cue ball
Standard triangle rack with the 1-ball on the foot spot, 2-ball on racker’s right corner, 3-ball on left corner and 15-ball in the center. All other balls are placed at random. (see picture below)
OBJECT OF THE GAME
In Rotation, the object is to score balls of greater point value than the opponent(s)
Each legally pocketed object ball has a point value equal to its number. Game ends when a player’s point total mathematically eliminates opponent(s); 61 points in a two-player game. If two or more players tie for highest point total after all 15 object balls have been pocketed, the tied player that legally pocketed the last object ball is credited with the win.
The starting player must either make an open break or legally pocket an object ball. If failing to do so, the incoming player has the choice of either shooting with cue ball in hand behind the head string and object balls in position or having the balls reracked and shooting the opening break shot.
ROTATION RULES OF PLAY
A legal shot requires that the cue ball’s first contact be with the lowest numbered ball on the table. A player must then either pocket a numbered ball or cause the cue ball or any numbered ball to contact a cushion. Failure to do so is a failure.
A legally pocketed ball entitles the shooter to remain at the table until failing to pocket a ball on a legal shot. If necessary, a player is permitted only two legal safeties played by merely hitting that object ball (only) to the near cushion.
When a player legally pockets a ball, he must shoot again. The shooter can’t call a safety and spot a legally pocketed object ball.
When a player has the cue ball in hand behind the head string (as after a scratch) and the legal object ball is also behind the head string, the object ball may be spotted on the foot spot upon request.
It is a loss of the game if a player commits three successive fouls. In more than a two-player game, balls pocketed by disqualified player remain off the table.
ILLEGALLY POCKETED BALLS
PENALTY FOR FOULS
In Rotation, there’s no point penalty. Incoming player has the option of either accepting the table in position or requiring offending player to shoot again with the table in position.