2013 National Event Format

Announcement Revised 2/2013

TAP Pool’s Amateur Tour, LLC General Rules and Guideline Book for 8-Ball & 9-Ball shall govern the conduct of each match played in all TAP Tournament Events – Nationals and Rally. Due to time constraints, some rule modifications must be implemented.  These additional rules are also in effect for the duration of the Team and Singles events.
Some of these rules are reiterated in this section and formats explained, to provide the player the ultimate event experience.

  • This league is about Sportsmanship, Courtesy and Respect towards your fellow players and the rules. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Penalties can range from a warning, to ball in hand foul, to forfeiture of games, matches or disqualification. Everyone is expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Rulings made by referees will not be made on petty technicalities. All players should win or lose on the table based on their abilities. TAP will have security on hand, for elevated situations and assistance in escorting persons from the tournament area should it be deemed necessary and help to enforce management decisions.

Time Outs:
  • All players receive (1) one-minute time out only per game. If the coach exceeds the one minute time limit, the opposing Captain, after timing the coach, can challenge for excessive use of time. At this point, the coach has 10 seconds to complete their advice to the shooting player. If there is a controversy, a Referee must be called. Remember that real time and perceived time are two different things. Don’t be offended if you get called for taking too much time on a time-out. The match belongs to the players on the table, not the coach.
     Putting up Players:
  • Only the Captain or a specific member of the team appointed by the Captain can make player selections for each match. This is to avoid controversy.
  • If two teams face one another and the teams have any common player(s), the player(s) are eligible to play for both teams without penalty as long as the player(s) meet the following two criteria:
    1. The player(s) have met the proper requirements to be eligible to play in the tournament.
    2. If the Captain elects to put a player up for a match, the other Captain can never match the player to play him/herself.
  • Only the coach or the player can call a time out.
  • Neither the coach nor player can refuse a time out. Once a time out has been called or suggested, it must be taken.
  • If the coach or player calls a time out when they have already used their time out for that game, one warning will be given to the team. Any future violations throughout the entire teams matches will result in ball-in-hand foul to the opponent.
  • A second player can consult with the coach, but the coach is the only player who can communicate directly to the player or approach the table. Only the (2) shooting players and their coaches are allowed in the playing area.
  • Only the coach or the player can ask for a third party to watch a close hit. Players are solely responsible for verifying a frozen ball. Coaches cannot interfere unless a timeout is taken.  If another team member asks, one warning will be given. On the second infraction, ball in hand foul.
  • The only communication between the player and the coach is during a time out situation by either team or between GAMES. The player cannot talk to anyone but the coach of their team while playing their match. To avoid controversy, the coach should be declared at the beginning of the match by both teams and the player should attempt to sit away from their team is possible.
  • The coach CANNOT use any equipment to give instruction to their player. They can only use their finger to point. First offense is a warning. Then Ball-in-hand Foul.
  • When coaching a handicap 2 level player, the coach must declare when they are taking their one official time out so the opposing player can consult with their coach. The opposing player cannot consult with their coach during coaching assistance within the 45 seconds shot clock.

  • Handicap (2) players get unlimited coaching assistance within the 45-second shot clock, but the Coach CANNOT approach the table unless a TIME OUT has been called. When coaching a H/C (2) player, if the coach approaches the table it is considered a time out and a warning should be issued by the opposing Captain or Referee if the TIME OUT was not declared by the Coach. If it happens a second time after a warning has been issued, it is a Ball-in-hand foul. All coaching during a non-time-out must occur away from the playing area.
  • If your coach has to play a match on another table, you must pick another coach, to coach you for the remainder of your match.  Please be sure to let the other team know who your new coach will be.

 Sideline Interference:
  • The ONLY thing ANY player on the team can say to the shooting player when it is their turn at the table regarding the match is “mark your pocket” when the shooter is on the 8-Ball. Comments such as nice shot, let’s go, etc. are allowed. Use common sense. Don’t clap or yell out YES!!!, when the other player misses. Be quiet and show respect to the shooting players. Excessive outbursts will result in disqualification.
  • If any comments are made of any kind that could be considered coaching, by any player on the team, the team will be given one warning. Any further comments will result in a ball-in-hand foul to the opposing player. This applies to the remainder of all matches between the two teams, not just the match where the warning was issued. The match belongs to the players. Let them win or lose on the table, based on their individual skills.
  • Any player making comments from the sidelines that is not on either team playing a match will be given one warning to stop. If it occurs again they will be ejected from the tournament area and the event.

  • In a ball-in-hand situation, the shooting player can position the cue ball with ANY part of the cue, including the tip and ferrule. A foul occurs if the shooting player touches the cue ball while in the act of stroking the pool cue to execute the shot.
  • The coach cannot touch any ball on the table. This is a ball in hand foul. The coach may touch the table but cannot mark the table in any manner to influence the shooting players shot selection. Marking the table is an automatic Ball-in Hand Foul. To avoid controversy, DO NOT touch the felt. If a coach places the cue ball it is a foul and ball in hand to the opponent.

Sudden Death:
  • Sudden Death will be in affect for the Team event. Matches are set at 4 hour intervals. We need to adhere to this time frame as closely as possible to stay on schedule for the week. At 3 hours and 30 minutes, any match that is currently in progress (defined as the first rack in the match has been broken) will be allowed to played to its completion. Any additional matches to be played will be determined by one game between the two opponents. The tournament referee staff will monitor times; however it is every team’s responsibility to manage your time wisely. Don’t intentionally try to stall matches to insure sudden death. Play fair and let your players win or lose on the table. The Referees or Tournament Directors have the final say on calling Sudden Death.

      Listening Devices:
  • NO listening devices of any kind will be allowed during the team or singles events in order to reduce communication controversies between the two shooting players.

Accidental movement of a ball:
  • #1   If the shooting player accidentally moves a ball prior to their shot, the opposing player has the option of leaving the ball where it was moved “or” returning it to its original position. If the shooting player grabs the moved ball to replace it, it is not a foul.
  • #2   If the shooting player accidentally moves a ball during the execution of their shot, putting the cue ball in motion and then touches the moved ball while other balls are in motion “or” another ball on the table strikes the ball that was moved or strikes the cue stick, bridge etc. it is a ball-in-hand foul.

Four-second rule:
  • If a ball hangs in a pocket for longer than four (4) seconds, then drops, that ball must be brought out and placed as close to where it was before it dropped.

Push Shot:
  • If the cue ball is frozen to the object ball, pushing through the cue ball is a legal hit. If there is separation between the two balls equal to or less than the width of a piece of chalk, the shooter must keep from double hitting the cue ball.  To make a legal hit the shooter must either 1) when shooting directly into the two balls elevate the back of the cue in an attempt to put draw on the cue ball, or 2)  Shoot at an angle not directly in line with the two balls.  As long as an honest attempt at either is made, no foul can be called.  If there is a distance between the object ball and the cue ball greater than the width of a piece of chalk, any double hit of the cue ball is a ball-in-hand foul. Note:  Should the cue ball travel past the object ball a foul has been committed.
Playing Multiple Events:
·         If any player has signed up for any other events and is also playing in the Team event, your match will not be held up because you are currently playing in another event. Manage your time wisely. Once your match is called for the Singles or Mini events, you will have 5 minutes to get to the table. For the Team event, the 5 minute rule still applies. The only exception will be in the Semi Finals and Finals, however players must be actively playing in a match, not coaching or about to play.  The National Director will make the final call in these cases.

  • Referees will be provided during the tournament. Referees will be wearing black and white striped jerseys. If anyone sees potential for controversy, please stop the match and request a referee. The referees’ ruling is final. In a controversial situation the referee has the option of
referring the matter to the Head Referee for further review. The Head Referee’s decision on all rulings is final.

  • There will be no changes of any kind made to the team rosters or singles fields once the event begins unless a typo in the program has occurred. All players’ membership status and handicaps have been verified prior to the start of this event and are not subject to change during the event.

Miscellaneous rules:
  • When shooting your shot, be sure to clearly identify the ball & pocket you are calling to avoid controversy.
  • All matches are considered final when both score sheets have been turned into the tournament desk. No protest or challenge will be considered after this occurs.
  • When shooting a defensive shot, be sure to clearly announce your intentions to the opposing player to avoid controversy.
  • Once a match has ended, each team has 5 minutes maximum to field a player.
  • Once either Captain has made their pick for the next match, they cannot change their pick.
  • Every player has the right to ask for their opponents Photo ID for identification. Any player attempting to misrepresent their own identity or the identity of another player by giving them his/her tournament badge will be immediately disqualified from competition and banned from the TAP, Pool Amateur Tour, LLC for a minimum of (1) year. In addition, the entire team will be disqualified. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Teams that are leaving a pool table, must make sure all pool balls are accounted for, including the cue ball.  Teams leaving a table and not verifying all balls are there for the next match with the captain of the next team in, please be aware, if balls are missing the last team on that pool table will be disqualified. (New for 2011)
Each team will be on a 4-Team board. Each team will play a round robin format with the other (3) teams on their board. A total of five matches will be played in each match. The total possible points attainable per team are 15.  If a board has a BYE as one of the teams in the round robin, each team that competes against the BYE team, will automatically be awarded 3 points for that round of play.

For National Team Events, 64 teams will advance to the Elite Team Board.  The remaining teams will play in the Championship Team Board.   In the National Team and Rally in the Valley event if we exceed 128 teams, a third board will be created called Best of the Rest Board.

The Team Boards will be determined by the highest point totals of all teams. When the final spots on the Elite and Championship Team Boards are being filled, there may be multiple teams tied with the same number of points, trying for those spots. If the number of tied teams exceeds the number of available spots, those teams will be put into a blind draw to determine which teams will fill the last available spots.  The NCAA seeding formula will be used for team placement on all boards.

Note:  During the Team Semi-Finals & Finals, sudden death will not decide a winner. If the 3rd match has not started at the (2) hour mark, the 3rd match and subsequent matches must be played on two tables at the same time. At the 3 hour and 30 minute mark, if the 5th match has not started, all remaining matches will be played on two tables at the same time.

8 Ball Singles will be broken down into five groupings: 2-3 Bracket, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s & 7’s.  9 Ball Singles will be broken down into three groupings: 2-3 Bracket, 4-5 Bracket, and 6-7 Bracket. 
All 8 Ball Boards will be Double Elimination, with a second chance bracket for all 0-2 players. 16 Players on each bracket with winners of each board playing off, in their own double elimination bracket.  All 9 Ball Boards will be Double Elimination at nationals, as well.
All matches, times and table assignments will be posted on the Tournament Boards. It is the player’s responsibility to get to the assigned table within 5 minutes of the starting time. If the assigned table is still occupied, both players must come to the Tournament desk and wait there until a different table is available.  We will announce for players who do not show up at their table and they will have an additional 5 minutes to get to the table. At the expiration of this time a forfeit will be awarded to their opponent.

Players involved in team matches and Singles should advise your team captain of the time for your Singles match. Matches will not be held up for players shooting in other events.

 Score Sheets must be completed for all single matches, for all handicaps, all formats.  If the score sheet is not completed the winning player will not advance in the bracket.  NO Sign Ups will be taken at the event.  You must be active and qualified in the format (8 or 9 Ball) you are competing in. Example if you play 8 ball but do not play 9 ball, you cannot sign up for 9 ball singles and vice versa.

Disqualification Process
Note: We Do Not Raise Handicaps During the Event

  • Reminder: Everyone here is planning to bring their “A” game so don’t be surprised to see some players shooting 1 to1½ levels higher than their rating simply due to the intensity of this tournament, excessive play for three days straight and personal focus. 
  • All team and single match stats will be entered through POOLNET’s Automated Flagging Program by entering all score sheets for all events, except minis. NEW for 2013, Both Teams will keep score however, both captains must review their score sheets and agree to only one being submitted for data entry.  The score sheet that most accurately is kept should be signed off on by both captains, and only that one score sheet put in the bin for entry into Pool Net, located at the TAP National Desk.
  • New for 2013, no manual flags will be done by players or teams.  Teams will keep score, submit one score sheet and  Pool Net Auto Flagging Report will be generated after each round of play.  All Players playing two levels over their handicap will be listed on this report.  No one will officially be a winner until data entry done, flagging report ran and points posted in round robin, or team name advanced on the single elimination boards.  For singles, players will not be advance on double elimination brackets until data entry and flagging report ran, as well. Team Captains and Players will be notified as quickly as possible if a DQ took place.  Teams / Players should not leave the tournament area until the official points or advancement on the bracket has taken place.
  • When a player is flagged by POOL-Net and verified by the Tournament Directors, all previous and future score sheets will be pulled on that player and reviewed by the Tournament Directors. No notification will be given to the offending player. If a second score sheet is discovered or presented with the same statistical data violation, that player will be officially disqualified from all events of that game type. The Captain of that players team will be notified by the Tournament Director and be responsible for delivering the decision to the player in question. No further discussion will be considered. It is final.
  • Once a player has been disqualified from an event, they can no longer participate in any events in that game type.  (8 ball, 9 ball, 10 ball etc.)
  • If one player is disqualified, the team remains in the tournament. If a second player on that team is disqualified, the entire team will be disqualified.
  • If a team is disqualified, the players not disqualified on the team can still participate in other events.
  • If a team is disqualified during the round robin event, the teams they played will receive a 3-2 win unless their actual points were more than 3. If the team is disqualified before finishing the Round Robin event, all matches will be recorded as a 3-2 win for teams that would have played the disqualified team.
  • Any points won by a disqualified player during the Round Robin event will be reversed for all teams in that bracket prior to the seeding of the single elimination boards. The same point reversal will occur during single elimination prior to advancing a team to the next round.
  • If Disqualified, no refunds of registration fee.

Revised 2/2013
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