How to Play Pool with a Disability

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How to Play Pool with a Disability
Disabilities don't stop people from enjoying pool. (pool image by Horticulture from

People with disabilities are able to participate in many sports, sometimes with a little adaptation. Whether you call it pool, billiards, or snooker, the game is available to players of all different abilities through slight moderation. Disabled pool player associations have been founded around the world to support those who enjoy the sport. The associations also sponsor competitions for disabled players.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cue Aid
  • Chair/Stool (if necessary)

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    Arrange for seating at the pool table. For wheelchair users, the table is generally at the perfect height for shooting. Players with other disabilities will need to place a chair or stool next to the table to enable them to remain nearby during the game.

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    Purchase a cue aid--these are widely available online in a variety of types and materials. They range from a simple bridge to steady the cue to springed cues. Contact a disabled pool players association to get more information on which aids are helpful for your particular disability.

  3. 3

    Take lessons from an experienced player. Once you have a way to get to the table and your cue aid, lessons from another disabled pool player can be especially helpful.

Tips and warnings

  • Online forums for pool players are a valuable resource for information about adapting the sport.
  • Competitive pool has special rules for disabled players. If your goal is to play competitively, review these rules before playing.

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