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By Jeanette Lee
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November: Table Manners
November 2012
Q: Two questions: 1) What's your stance on players having a couple of drinks during a match? 2) How do you feel about players using headphones?
David T.; Fairfax, Va.

A: Billiards is fun, whether or not you've had a few cocktails. I think if you are in a social setting, it doesn't matter much. For professional play, I don't feel it's appropriate. For league play, again, it's a social setting, so I don't think drinking before or during a match is enough to hurt anyone. Of course, having more than that can be a bit sticky. Playing by yourself or with friends is one thing. When you're playing with others in a league, you want to make sure you conduct yourself in a manner that's respectful, and if having too many drinks may cause you to act otherwise, then I'd say you should try to control that. The same goes for earphones. Many serious players use them to minimize distractions. I think this is fine if you're practicing alone. For competitive matches, it's important to be able to hear your opponent call push-outs, ask questions, etc. It's just my opinion, but I think they shouldn't be allowed.