Pocket Billiard Rules and Specifications

1. General Rules

These general rules apply to all pocket billiard games, UNLESS specifically noted to the contrary in the individual game rules. Download General Rules (PDF format).

2. Equipment Specifications

These specifications are meant for recreation equipment. View BCA Equipment Specifications documentation (PDF format).

3. Room Size Requirements

Pool Table room size

A is the area required for a 48″ cue.

B is the area required for a 52″ cue.

C is the area required for a 58″ cue.

Minimum space requirements Use the chart below to determine the room size needed for particular pool table dimensions and cue size combinations.

Seven foot table: 3.5′ x 7′
(Playing area: 38″ x 76″)
A – 11′ 3″ x 14′ 6″
B – 11′ 11″ x 15′ 2″
C – 12′ 11″ x 16′ 2
Oversize eight foot table: 4′ x 8′
(Playing area: 46″ x 92″)
A – 11′ 10″ x 15′ 8″
B – 12′ 6″ x 16′ 4″
C – 13′ 6″ x 17′ 4″
Eight foot table: 4′ x 8′
(Playing area: 44″ x 88″)
A – 11′ 8″ x 15′ 4″
B – 12′ 4″ x 16′
C – 13′ 4″ x 17′
Nine foot table: 4.5′ x 9′
(Playing area: 50″ x 100″)
A – 12′ 2″ x 16′ 4″
B – 12′ 10″ x 17′
C – 13′ 10″ x 18′

Source: Brunswick Billiards