Eligibility & Team Formats

8-Ball Championships

New and returning league players must have played at least 8 calendar weeks in a regularly scheduled league session in one division in one league in the current league year and before the event's entry deadline (approx. five weeks prior to the event). You cannot play 4 weeks in one division, league session or league and 4 in another and qualify. You cannot play in one league but in two separate sessions (ie: 4 weeks in Fall 9-ball and 4 weeks in Winter 8-ball) and add weeks from both to arrive at 8 weeks. You cannot play in one league but in two divisions playing at the same time with the same format or without (ie: 4 weeks in Tueday night men's 9-ball and 4 weeks in Thursday night mixed league) and add weeks from both to arrive at 8 weeks. Exceptions can be requested and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Senior Singles

To be eligible to play in Senior Singles Divisions at any WBCA Regional Tournament you must be 60 years of age as of the first day of tournament play. Masters may not play in any Senior event. Any Master player who has successfully petitioned to be reclassified as an Open Player cannot play in Seniors until that player has played in two regional events as an open player. The Men's and Women's Senior Singles champions at each regional event will be moved to the Men'sA and Women'sA or B divisions respectively for a period of two years after winning the Senior Division. If they do not advance to the Master Division during that time, they can petition the Competition Committee to play in the Senior Division.

Juniors

Western BCA offers junior players under 21 years of age the opportunity to play in Regional Tournaments. The eligibility requirements are the same as for any other entrant. Juniors must check the box indicating that they are a "junior" on the entry form(s) and provide their birthdate. They will be issued a wristband that identifies them as a minor when entering the tournament room and must wear at all times. Juniors may not go into the gaming areas or anywhere that alcohol is served with the exception of the tournament rooms. Failure to declare yourself a junior (please carry picture ID at all times, you may be asked to verify your age) will result in disqualification and removal from the tournament area. Any attempt to procure and/or consume alcohol or gamble will result in your immediate expulsion from the tournament and tournament venue and could result in legal action being taken.

Team Formats

Western BCA reserves the right to make any team division a round-robin based on the number of entries. With the exception of Master teams in 8-ball, all players on a team must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league.

8-Ball Teams (Men's/Mixed - 5 person, Womens - 4 person)

Core Team Requirements: ALL Open Teams (Men's/Mixed Open, Women's Open and Men's/Mixed B Teams) must meet the core team requirements in order for a team to be entered in the 8-Ball Championships, that is, at least 2 team members must have played at least 8 calendar weeks on the same league team in the same league session between June 1 and the entry deadline. Core members of all teams must be identified on the team rosters and at least the minimum number of core players required must play in every round of all matches played.

Master Teams: Teams can consist of any qualified and sanctioned Western BCA players from throughout the association. Only one regional Grand Master can play on a Master team. Men's/Mixed Master teams are 5 person, Women's Master teams are 4 person. If you are a master in search of a team, you may post on Western BCA's facebook page the details of your search.

Men's/Mixed Open Teams: Each team must consist of at least two players from their original qualifying league team. All players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. No Grandmaster or Master players are allowed in the Open division. Teams that place first through fourth in the Men's/Mixed Open division must play in the Master division for the next two regional events if they wish to play with three or more members of that winning team.

Men'sB/Mixed Teams: Each team must consist of at least two players from their original qualifying league team. All players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. No Grandmaster, Master or Men'sA players are allowed in this division. Teams may consist of Men'sB players and up to two Open Women. Teams that place first through fourth in the Men's/Mixed B Team division must play in the Men's/Mixed Open Team division for the next two regional events if they wish to play with three or more members of that winning team.

Women's Open Teams: Each team must consist of at least two players from their original qualifying league team. All players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. No Grandmaster or Master players are allowed in the Open division. Teams that place first and second in the Women's Open Team division must play in the Master division for the next two regional events if they wish to play with three or more members of that winning team.

Restricted Team Players are those noted above who may not play together for two years after placing sufficiently high in their respective team divisions. These players are placed on the Restricted Team Players Lists on the Players page on the Western BCA website.

Team Registration is required of all teams before the start of team play. After registration a team's roster cannot be changed.

9-Ball & 8-Ball Mixed Scotch Doubles

Master Division: Teams may consist of any two (one male and one female) qualified and sanctioned Western BCA players. There can only be one Grandmaster on any Master Scotch Doubles team. If you are a master in search of a scotch partner, you may post on Western BCA's facebook page the details of your search.

Open Division: Both players must qualify and be sanctioned through the same Western BCA league. The 1st place Open Mixed scotch Doubles team will not be allowed to play in the Open Mixed Scotch Doubles division for two years following their win. If they wish to play together, they must play in the Master Mixed Scotch Doubles Division.