Billiards & Games Room

Double elimination bracket, race to 5.  The finals will be a single race to 9.  Pairings will be randomly drawn into separate halves of the chart (hence, they will not face each other until at least a few rounds into the tournament).

Except where noted below, BCA 9-ball rules will be observed.

 

Time-outs

  • Each pairing gets one time out per game, limited to one minute.
  • Players should use the rest room and take care of any personal matters before the match begins.  This is only a race to 5 and should take no longer than 60 minutes.  There will be no bathroom or personal time outs, except in the finals.  As it is a race to 9, each team will be allowed a 5-minute bathroom break.  They must take that break between games.
  • The player calls his time out.  A coach or teammate may ask "Do you want a time out?" but the shooter may choose to refuse it.  
  • The player may consult a coach, advisor, or a different member of the team (provided that players are not involved in their own matches), but may only consult one person per time-out. Both partners can discuss the shot with their chosen coach.
  • It is acceptable for a player to consult one person for his first time-out, but consult a different person for his next time-out.
  • It is acceptable for partners to discuss the game in play while they are not shooting, but at a volume and in a manner that does not distract the opposing team.  Players must stop talking and cease all movement when the opposing team's shooter addresses the ball.

 

Forfeit

If one or both members of a team are not at the table, warmed up and ready to play within 15 minutes of the posted/announced start time, they will forfeit the entire match.

 

Push-out

  • If the player opts to push out after the break, and the opponent "gives it back" to him, the original person who pushed out will shoot (not his partner).
  • If a player opts to push out after the break, the opposing team may consult each other for 30 seconds and decide collectively whether to shoot or give it back.

 

The Break

  • The break will alternate between teams.
  • Pairings will always alternate shots; however, you get a clean slate between games.  Either partner can break.
  • If the shooter miscues on the break, and the cue ball goes past the headstring but does not contact the rack, the opponent earns the break.
  • Impeding the cue ball from contacting the rack is a foul, and the opponent earns the break. In either case, the original breaker is on one foul.

Substitutions can be made mid-match but not mid-game. Once a player is taken out, he cannot return in that match.