FAQ

Mission

The mission of the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour is to provide a competitive regional tour for all levels of amateur lady pool players in a fun atmosphere.

Cost / Fees

Annual membership fee –  $20 (calendar year)
Entry fee – $30 ($25 prize fund/$5 admin fee)
Best of the Rest entry fee – $10

Membership Dues

The Tour requires a yearly membership fee of only $20 from each player on the Tour. The membership covers the calendar year. The fee goes toward administration costs for the tour. Most new players pay this fee the morning of the tournament when they sign up. You can choose to pay the membership fee in two installments, $10 at your first stop, and the remaining $10 at the next stop in that same calendar year.

Bring 3 Get Your Entry Free

To reward players, you can now get your entry fee free if you bring three new members to a stop! (If you can only bring one new member, you still get $5 off your entry fee.).

Schedule

Players are responsible for keeping their own schedules. The tournament director can give you a good estimate of when your next match will be but cannot determine exactly when your match will be called. Play for the tournament is continuous. As soon as your match is called, it is very important that you proceed to your table and start your match immediately. Additionally, as soon as your match is finished, immediately come to the score table and report your score.

Calling A Ref

It is the responsibility of the non-shooting player to call the referee before any controversial shot is attempted. Shooting player must wait for the referee to arrive before attempting the shot. The decision of the referee is final.

Shot Clock

Due to time constraints – a match will be put on the shot clock if it is determined as necessary by the Tournament Director or a Board Member. Shot clocks may be implemented in order to finish a tournament in the time allotted. If shot clocks are instituted, the following guidelines will apply:

At 45 minutes after a match is called: If less than 7 games have been played.

Shot clock usage will always begin between games and will be at the discretion of the tournament director. How the shot clock works: You will have 30 seconds from the time all balls stop rolling to execute your shot. A referee will start the clock and give you a 10-second warning before your 30 seconds is to expire. If you are down on a shot in the stance and stroke position, the referee will not give the 10-second warning; however, once down on a shot, if you stop stroking the shot or otherwise come up from the shot, the warning will be called, and you will have 10 seconds from that point. One 30-second extension is allowed per player per game. The player must ask for an extension and receive acknowledgment from the referee upon request. If your 30 seconds (or 60 seconds with an extension) expires without execution, it will be a ball in hand foul for your opponent. If the match becomes 6-6, 2 extensions are allowed for both players during the last game.

Etiquette

1. Whenever possible, players must be seated and quiet while their opponent is shooting Unscrewing your cue while your opponent is at the table is loss of game. Intentionally distracting or interfering with your opponent’s play is illegal and can be declared a foul at the discretion of the Tournament Director or a Board member.
2. Bad sportsmanship such as cursing, slamming around equipment, temper tantrums, etc WILL result in expulsion from tournament, after one verbal warning, if behavior continues.
3. Players only in the playing area.
4. Should a spectator intentionally distract any player during a match, the player should not approach the spectator, but ask the tournament director to advise the spectator of their distracting behavior. If the behavior continues, only the tournament director and/or host has the authority to remove the fan from the arena.
5. Gambling during the tournament is not allowed.
6. Although the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour will not consider conceding the 9-ball as a foul on our Tour, we do ask that you please show good sportsmanship by not conceding the 9-ball in your matches.

Intro

Welcome to the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour!
Royce Bunnel and Don Owen donate two OB Cues valued a total of least $1,700 for every stop, which sponsors this tour. The OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour is a Regional Tour which is nationally recognized for its low entry fee, 2nd chance tournaments, end-of-year awards, points system, 100% pay-back with 1/4 of the field paid every time!.

Tournament Format

The Tour format is race to 7. True double elimination (i.e. race 7 in the semi-final and if necessary two races to 7 in the finals). Alternating break throughout the tournament.

Dress Code

Best of the Rest

All stops have a Best of the Rest tournament on Sunday with a minimum $100 added. Entry fee is $10 and all money goes to the players. Players not in the main event on Sunday (or who couldn’t play on Saturday) can play in the Best of the Rest event which starts Sunday morning. Race is dependent on number of tables and of players. Best of the Rest Tournament – a second chance to play!

Score Keeping

Players are responsible for registering their scores after each game and prior to the next break. If a player fails to register a score at any time during the match and attempts to register the score at a later time, the player and/or the opponent reserve the right to have the tournament director resolve the score by any means necessary including, but not limited to, inquiries to and from others. Simply failing to record a score prior to the next break does not constitute a forfeiture of any game(s) earned by a player; however, if the two players cannot agree on the correct score, it will be at the discretion of the tournament director to make a ruling.

Forfeits

A player will have 15 minutes to report to a match table after it is called or the player will forfeit that match. In the interest of good sportsmanship, and because match times are not scheduled but rather play is continuous, should your opponent not be at the table within 5 minutes of your match being called, it will be your responsibility to report your opponent missing to the tournament director. At the point that you notify the tournament director, your opponent will be placed on the clock with 10 minutes remaining, and the tournament director will try to locate your opponent. If you fail to notify the tournament director that your opponent is not at the table, it will not be a forfeit.

Annual Awards

a. Tour Champion – person with the most number of points at the end of the calendar year (in case of a tie in points – one race to 9 will be played to determine the Tour Champion).

* Free entries for OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour events the following year
* Plaque

b. Most Improved player – Award will be determined by OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour Board * Free entries for OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour events the following year * Plaque

c. Best Attendance – Each member with Perfect Attendance will receive: * 1 free entry for the next season * and a chance in a drawing at the final stop to determine who gets $200

d. Break and Runs or 9-Ball On the Break: * Scratch off tickets will be awarded.

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Innappropriate Behavior

The OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour Board WILL NOT tolerate inappropriate behavior. The ramifications to the offending player will be as follows:

1. 1st offense – Verbal warning by Tournament Director or Board Member.
2. 2nd offense – Expulsion from tournament.
3. If the type of behavior continues at other OB Tour events, the Board can ban the player for the remainder of the current season. Player will be notified by certified letter. When the player returns to the tour, the player will be on probation and if the inappropriate behavior continues – the player will be banned from all future events. A banned player will be not eligible for any of the OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour Annual Awards.
4. The OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour Board reserves the right to take stronger action depending on the type of offense.

Sign Up

Most new players sign up the morning of the tournament. Show up by 10:00 am on Saturday to sign up! We do not cut off entries into the tournament.

Money Added

Each stop has $2000 added for Classic events and $1,250 for non-Classic events, guaranteed.

Who Can Play

New Member Incentive

Cell Phones / Electronic Devices

There are to be no cell phones, pagers, or any other communication devices “turned on” or used during your match. Make sure the devices are on ‘silent’ mode or vibrate so it does not distract your opponent or other matches.

Rules

The OB Cues Ladies 9-Ball Tour utilizes the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) Nine Ball rules.

Time Outs

Players are allowed one five-minute time-out during each match. A time-out may only be taken between racks. If the opponent chooses to continue play, a referee must first be called to watch the game. If the opponent chooses not to continue play, but also leaves the arena, she must return immediately upon player’s return or will also be charged with a five-minute time-out. Opponent may choose to hit balls on the table while waiting for player to return, but may not practice on another table inside or outside the tournament arena.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship is simply treating your opponents with courtesy and respect, having class, and being ethical.

1. Know the rules – most disputes can be avoided if both players are knowledgeable about the rules of the game. This includes not being shy about calling a referee for close shots.
2. Don’t shark – “Sharking” is any act designed to upset your opponent or dispute their concentration at any time during the game. Examples include using profanity, sarcastic comments, refusing to acknowledge an obvious foul, standing close to you opponent’s line of vision, or creating a sudden noise.
3. Resolve disputes the right way – disputes will occasionally occur and most will arise over a judgement call. Learn the procedures for settling disputes (most of the time it’s knowing the rules and/or calling over a referee before or after a close call).
4. Respect the host and their equipment – they help sponsor this tour and help provide use of their facilities and equipment.