OTHER FORMS OF PLAY
B. HANDICAP SINGLES PLAY
a game is played under the conditions of handicap singles play, the laws
applicable to ordinary level singles play apply subject to Laws 37 to 39.
- DEFINITION A
bisque is an extra turn given in handicap play and, subject to Law 37(f),
can only be played by the striker with the striker's ball of the immediately
preceding turn. If another ball is played, Law 26 (playing
a wrong ball) applies. A half-bisque is a restricted bisque in which
no point can be scored for any ball.
OF BISQUES TO BE GIVEN
- The number
of bisques given by the lower-handicapped player to the higher is the
difference between their handicaps (but see Law 43(a) for
- A bisque
may not be split into two half-bisques.
- WHEN A
HALF-BISQUE OR BISQUE MAY BE PLAYED
to Law 53(g)(3) (time-limited games), the player receiving a half-bisque
or one or more bisques may play it or them at the end of any of his
turns except a turn in which the striker's ball is pegged out. If he
receives more than one, he may play them separately or some or all
- Law 37(c)(1) overrides
Law 8(b) and permits half-bisques or bisques
to be played after any of the first three turns of the game.
- The references
in Law 26 to turns do not include half-bisques
- At the
conclusion of a turn the striker must give a clear and prompt indication
of his intention before playing a half-bisque or bisque to which he
is entitled. If he fails to do so but continues to play no half-bisque
or bisque is played and Law 25 applies. However,
if the error is rectified, the striker may then play a half-bisque
- If the
striker is entitled to play either a half-bisque or a bisque and indicates
an intention of playing one or the other, he may change his mind at
any time before playing a stroke provided that he indicates his revised
intention accordingly. If he indicates an intention of playing one
or the other without specifying which, he is deemed to have indicated
an intention of playing a bisque.
- If the
striker has played all the strokes to which he is entitled and indicates
that he is not going to play a half-bisque or bisque, either by words
or by quitting the court without informing the adversary that he has
not yet decided, he may not change his mind. The adversary must not
start his turn until the striker has so indicated.
A HALF-BISQUE OR BISQUE TOO SOON The adversary must forestall play
if he observes that the striker is about to play a half-bisque or bisque
before he has played all the strokes that he is already entitled to
play. If the adversary fails to do so, it is deemed that the striker's
turn ended before he played the half-bisque or bisque and that the
half-bisque or bisque turn began correctly.
A WRONG BALL If the striker plays a wrong ball in the first stroke
of a non-bisque turn and the error is rectified, he may then play a
half-bisque or bisque with either ball of his side that could lawfully
have been played in the first stroke of the turn.
CLIPS AND MISLEADING INFORMATION In Law 31(d),
the expression "line of play" includes a decision whether or not to
play a half-bisque or bisque.
OF FAULTS If the striker decides to play a bisque after committing
a fault that is discovered within the limit of claims, Law 28(b)(2) does
not apply and the fault must be rectified.
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