I played in the OB Cues Ladies Tour stop last weekend and ran into an unfortunate situation during my second match.
I HATE when this happens. :(
I was playing a new girl and we were going back and forth and the score was about 3-3 when this happened.
She kicked at the 6ball and didn't hit a rail afterwards. She hit the rail first, then the cueball hit the 6ball, and both balls moved a few inches to the center of the table. I asked/told her it was a foul - I didn't want to just pick up the cue ball without her realizing the error.
She looked at me confused.
"I hit a rail," she tells me.
I explained to her that the cueball nor the 6ball didn't hit a rail afterwards. She told me confused, "But I hit a rail."
I tried to explain again a rail had to be hit AFTER contact is made.
She expressed that she was told a rail had to be hit, it didn't matter when.
I explained the rule again. She finally succumbed and said, "okay" and I took ball in hand and ran out the few remaining balls.
I ended up winning 7-4 and felt pretty bad. A female player attending their first tourney is very vulnerable. They are already very nervous and out of their comfort zone. And if they have a bad experience, they may never come back.
I was hoping the incident didn't put a bad taste in her mouth. It was simply a rule confusion, but if I didn't explain it well or she didn't receive it properly, it could be detrimental.
I would over hear her say later she normally only plays 8ball, but even in 8ball the overall rules are the same, so I was kinda confused.
But, I was VERY happy to see her back on Sunday when she came back to play in the Second Chance tourney. Whew!
She had a very good game and once she gets rid of the jitters, she will be a force to be reckoned with.