Tournament Dress Code

January 14, 2018

After extensive information gathering, this committee has determined that there are both fears associated with and confusion about the current dress code.

Common fears include:

  • A general denigration of the desired image of the Western BCA
  • A general desire to bend or break rules
  • Inappropriate display of private body parts – primarily breasts or butt cracks

Common confusions include:

  • A general inability to define variations deemed acceptable in women’s shirts
  • Following multiple dress codes with exceptions; too complicated
  • How to meet Western BCA dress expectations while keeping code easy to follow
  • Continued problems with individual interpretation of verbiage when the goal is to have the entire group follow the same rules

            A solution to alleviate certain fears is in some cases not possible. Can the Western BCA have the overwhelming majority of members present themselves in the way that the organization desires? Most likely, if the organization is reasonable in its expectations. Is it possible to keep people who want to bend and break rules from doing so? Not entirely, and certainly not likely if the language is complex or non-specific and open to interpretation. Is it possible to entirely eliminate people from displaying inappropriate body parts? Not in the game of pool where players are bend over – some blouses will be loose enough to look down, some pants fit in a way that when a man bends over, the top of his butt crack shows.
            A solution to eliminate confusion is entirely possible if we simply the dress code overall and prohibit specific, undesirable or unacceptable clothing rather than attempting to define what is acceptable with vague fashion terms.

            A revamping of the Western BCA’s approach to the dress code situation. It is the recommendation of this committee that we adopt a dress code/behavior mission statement, a specific list of prohibited clothing items, and a sequence of consequences for violating the prohibited clothing list. Please see the continued verbiage.

Suggested Dress and Behavior Mission Statement:

            As an organization and proud group of members who love cue sports, the Western BCA expects members to present themselves and behave in a manner that would impress and attract potential new members, spectators, and possible sponsors.

            These expectations include general good sportsmanship toward fellow members, clean clothing with a specific suggestion from the Western BCA of “business casual”, and each member’s best effort at exemplary hygiene.
            While the Western BCA understands that guidelines can be subjective, it is not our collective desire to dictate or infringe on any member’s personal style. However, these specific items are prohibited:

  • Clothing** with profanity, sexual references, or gang affiliation
  • Jeans with holes, even by design
  • Leggings, Yoga pants, or leisure/athletic-style pants/shorts  
  • Pajamas or sweat pants
  • Flip flops


Suggested Protocol for dealing with dress code infractions:

  • Warning (follows participant for the entire event, only 1 warning per match)
  • Loss of game (if offense occurs in different match from #1, same tournament)
  • Loss of match (if offense occurs in different match from #2, same tournament)
  • Ejection from event and suspension for 1 year


** Clothing includes pants, shirts, dresses, coats, shoes, hats and caps

General reasoning:

            A clothing or dress code infraction is less offensive than a sportsmanship infraction, yet the current consequences are more severe. Why would that be? Is how we treat our opponent less important than what we wear? Is it so drastic an infraction that a player should lose a game if it cannot be remedied within a time frame? Punishment doesn’t seem to currently fit the crime.

            The other consideration in prohibiting certain brands or items is potential sponsorship. If we say no alcohol or drug references on t-shirts or clothing, we most likely eliminate those potential sponsors – and in this particular industry – those are our most likely sponsors. It seems like a dumb idea to restrict clothing in such a way that we alienate potential sponsors when we are in a casino doing adult things like drinking or using marijuana. And I don’t think I have ever seen shirts that glorify other drug use.