if you are the best player in the room, you are in the wrong room.
The following list represents the spirit in which the game of pool should be played. Enjoy the game, the competition, the winning, but above all play with fairness, dignity and respect.
Pool should always be played with 'Good Spirit' and with respect for your opponent.
Always shake hands with your opponent before and after a match.
It is not etiquette to concede in pool; even if you have no hope of winning, carry on and play your best.
Never move around in your opponent's line of vision when he/she is taking a shot.
If you have lost a match, then take the defeat graciously; you will win in time.
Do not make noise while your opponent is at the table.
Applaud your opponent if he/she deserves it, such as making a nice break/shot.
Always welcome new players into the game and make them feel comfortable.
If you miss a shot, do not stay at the table. Walk quietly away and let your opponent get to the table.
Respect the cloth and the table.
Wait for your opponent to leave the table before getting to the game.
Keep profanity on the pool table to a minimum; remember that some do not like outbursts of such kind.
If your opponent is late for the game, welcome him and make him feel comfortable. The game is more important than winning.
Play at a good pace throughout the match, even if you are in the last minute of the game. Don’t play to slow, but don’t play so fast you are missing every shot. Be respectful of your time at the table.
After your match please try to stay around for your team, both you and your team came to play as a team. Stay and cheer your team on even after you’ve played. Unless other responsibilities are keeping you from staying.
Do not pace up and down when your opponent is at the table.
Do not practice your cue action on another table while your opponent is at the table.
Refrain from hitting the balls hard in frustration.
In the event of a possible foul, please call someone else over to watch the hit, don’t wait for the shot to happen and then confront your opponent.
If an incident occurs between two players in a match or outside of a match and it’s not becoming resolved in a reasonable amount of time. Please take such matters outside of the bar.