Carolinas BCAPL BYLAWS              Operator JB Smith   704 861-0380(land line)         

                             JB Smith @ Messenger


The following rules will govern play in the Carolinas BCA Pool League. Along with these rules, the Official Rules of CueSports International will be used.


1.Starting Time of the Match

  7:00 PM start time. All players are listed before the match begins. After 15 minutes, games are scored as 17-0.     


2.Sanctioning Fees

   The $20 annual fee is due the FIRST NIGHT you play. No one is allowed to play without paying the fees.

   The yearly fee is from January to January. The player in charge should make sure all weekly fees are

   paid and follow up if the annual fee has been paid to the league operator.


3.Weekly Team Fees

   The team members and player in charge is responsible for the entire team's fee each week. $10 per 

    match(some venues require green fee). You must have a zero balance to be eligible to play the next

    week. You must pay all fees before leaving the venue. In case of a team no show or players, the full fee        

    is due. Team members can decide how the fee will be paid. Otherwise, the fee is deducted from payouts.



    Scoring is kept on the phone. You must login to FargoRate app before you attempt to login the BCAPL

    Scorer app and you must login to the scoring app with the same login that you used for the FargoRate



5.Teams Dropping Out

    If teams drop out after a session has begun all fees are due for the entire session from that team.

    All team members can contribute for the full fee(this ensures the payouts can be distributed).


6.Suspending Teams from League Play

   Any team that fails to show for  two consecutive weeks or any three weeks in a session will automatically

   be suspended from any & all future league competition. Any prized monies shall be forfeited. Suspended

   teams must bring their balance due back to zero before being allowed back into the league.

   This would include fees for the entire session even though they were not participating. The fees have to

   be paid for the money to be used for the Vegas trip and other expenses.


7.BYE-Points to be determined.



   Are allowed to play and if they should make it to Vegas; they are not allowed in the Casino. They can also

   compete in the Jr's division in Vegas.


9.Tables & Equipment Used

   Tables & pool balls used should be in “playable” condition. If deemed “unplayable” by the League Operator,

   the match may be moved to another venue.


10.Number of Tables

   4 teams/2 tables, 6 teams/3 tables, 8 teams/4 tables, 10 teams/5 tables, 12 teams/6 tables


11.Setting Team Lineups

   The visiting team will set the lineup on the scoresheet first, & then the home team.

12.Substitute “Sub” Players

   (For league play) A sub can only be used for the entire match and must be the same rank or lower.

   (For playoffs and Vegas)A team may put a (sub) player into the lineup anytime before the start of a   

   round. The captain of the team putting the sub in must notify the opposing team captain prior to the start   

   of the round. If a request is made after the start of the round, then it is up to the opposing team  

   captain to allow the sub to play or not. By rule, they do not have to allow the sub to come in. Subs must

   be the same rank or lower. You can not put a higher player in for a lower player.


13.Coaching/Time outs

   There is no coaching allowed when it is your turn at the table. Your turn starts when your opponent

   misses, fouls, or pushes out(9 Ball) and the balls stop rolling. When it is your opponent's turn at the table,

   you can talk to anyone, including your teammates, about any aspect of the game.


   No time outs are allowed.


14.Shooting Out Policy

   With prior approval of the League Operator, one player on a team is allowed to “shoot out” or play all

   their games consecutively at the start of the match. This policy is not allowed at the BCAPL National



15.Time Limits to Report to Table

   Each team will have (2) minutes to have their player report to the table for their game. The player in

   charge is encouraged to work with each other whenever possible.



   Breaking is determined by the scoring app. Jumping is allowed.


17.Starting Ratings(Ranks) for New Players

   For sanctioned league/a Fargo Rating is given & the system calculates your FargoRate. Established Fargo

   ratings are based on 200 games. The system automatically calculates team handicaps. Your FargoRate will

   fluctuate(regardless if play) until you have 200 games.


18.Scoring Forfeited Games/Matches/League Fees(please put this beside the name on a scoresheet)

   BR(Break & Run)-Breaking and clearing all the balls

    TR(Table Run)-the nonbreaking player wins the game by clearing all balls on the first turn at table

       In the scoring app if the score is a table run of 16-1, you must put 16tr-1 in the app

   WZ(Win-Zip)-Hold your opponent to (0) points but does not have a BR or TR

   WF(Win by Forfeit)


   Players playing a “Forfeited” slot on the scoresheet will receive the maximum # of points for each game

   played. These scores will have a “WF” in front of them when entered into the LMS so that it will not

   affect a player's rating.


19.No Make Up Matches

   Teams are allowed to pre-play matches. In uncontrollable circumstances matches can be made up:

    for example: no power.


20.Eligibility for Playoffs (Subject to change)

    There will generally be 3-15 week sessions in a year. The top two teams are qualified for the playoffs

    and wild-cards(b/t3-5 teams). If your team qualifies in the spring, summer or fall, you must remain an

    active team until the playoffs. You must have played 8 weeks in one session and you must play at least 3

    weeks the last session of the year. Each player is responsible to ensure they have played 8 weeks in one

   session, otherwise you do not qualify for Vegas.


21.Eligibility for BCAPL National Championships in Las Vegas, NV

   Players who have played a minimum of (8) full regularly scheduled BCAPL league matches in the same

   division during a single sanctioned session, & are deemed an active player by the League Operator, are

   eligible to play in the BCAPL Natl Championships.


22.Team Rosters

   Team size        Max Roster

   3-player         5 players

   4-player          6 players

   5-player          8 players


23.Roster Changes/Adding New Players

   Players can be added at any time as long as a team has openings. Subject to change as the league grows.

   Currently, 6 players are sent to Vegas with league having 3 man teams with a total of 5 players. Should

   your team win Vegas with 3, 4 or 5 players-you can choose any player in the league to attend Vegas with

   your team.


24.Team Rating Limits/High/Low-can change once an established FargoRate

   In Vegas, the division as of now is 2750 team FargoRate. Based on the FargoRate-the team skill level

   will be determined as members gain their established FargoRate which is 200 games. High and low

   players will be required. Five players Fargo's added should not exceed 2750 including subs; otherwise

   you will be required by BCA to play in the 3000 division which is not recommended.   


25.Proof of Identity

  All players must be able to provide proof of identity prior to the start of a match.


26.Sandbagging Policies

   This league will not tolerate “sandbagging”(playing at a skill level below a player's true ability in order

   to manipulate & gain an unfair advantage) of any kind. The League Operator reserves the right to

   manually adjust any player's rating at any time if sandbagging is suspected. A warning is issued, repeated

   sandbagging may result in suspension or expulsion from the league.


27.Slow Play

   The goal is to have fun & enjoy playing. On rare occasions the League Operator may have to rule on slow

   play and put one or both players on a 30 second clock.


28.Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Penalties

   Unsportsmanlike conduct is actions that are embarrassing, disruptive, or detrimental to other players,

   spectators, event official, or the sport in general. Exact penalties will be determined by the League

   Operator. Penalties may range from warning to suspension/expulsion from the league, disqualification

   from a tournament or playoff or forfeiture of payout.


29.Prize Fund Distribution

   Payouts will be posted each session. How and when funds will be disbursed is posted. Total payout is 

   based on all teams completing the session and rendering all fees due. Otherwise; adjustments to payouts

   will be made. A majority team decision must be made as to whether to play in the championship in Vegas

   or keep the winnings & split it. If the team decides to go play in Vegas; if a player decides not to go, they

   will not receive a portion of the payout bc it is given to the player that replaces them for Vegas. Players

   rates must not exceed 2750 including subs. 5 play in Vegas, and 6 players are sent to Vegas. Each player

   receives $1,000.    

30.Fargo Rating

   Download Fargo Rate App for stats-you must have to play in Vegas. Log into FargoRate app first. Then

   download BCAPL Scoring App. You must log into FargoRate app 1st and use the same log in info for both.

   You can find weekly points for your team at

31.Vegas FargoRate Championship Limits

“Gold Division”                         “Silver Division”                       “Bronze Division”

Team Size     Rating Limit         Team Size     Rating Limit         Team Size     Rating Limit

5-player      2,750                5-player      2,500                5-player      2,250


“Platinum Division                    “Diamond Divison”

Team Size     Rating Limit         Team Size     Rating Limit

5-player      3,000                5-player      3,250


32.Playoffs “(subject to change)”

  Should a team win the playoffs that does not have 6 players, you can choose any player from

  the entire league to attend the Vegas Championship with your team. Those players will receive

  $1,000 also. Playoffs will be handicapped by ball average for your rank. Points made divided by

  games played to obtain your rank. The lower ranked team receives the handicap.

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