Official Rules of Cue Sports International

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Official Rules of
Used by the BCAPL and the USAPL
Our Goal:
To create and improve opportunities for pool players of all abilities through fair governance and equitable policies.
Effective June 1, 2014
CueSports International
2041 Pabco Road
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 719-7665
Copyright 2014 CueSports International
A Message from Mark Griffin
Welcome to the 2014-2016 edition of the Official Rules of CueSports International, used by the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.  Our organization has received widespread praise for having the most detailed and clear set of rules in the industry. Comments from players, officials and league operators are overwhelmingly in favor of our approach to presenting rules that guarantee consistency in enforcement throughout all league competition and tournaments.
Mike Shamos, resident rules guru for Billiards Digest and one of pool’s most respected individuals, wrote: “The Official Rules of the BCA Pool League are the most extensive set of rules in history, and for the first time they are accompanied by interpretive decisions.  The “Applied Rulings” section deserves serious study. It is of course impossible to write a rule set that deals with every conceivable happenstance. Even the USGA rules don’t try to do that. Therefore, referees and tournament directors must be guided by interpretations so they can make intelligent rulings when new situations arise. I’m not declaring their rules to be perfect, but they try to be. The rules themselves and their interpretations have been given a great deal of thought, and the reasoning behind them is not hidden but is right there on the page. They’re also based on a great deal of experience with problems that surfaced in actual league situations. They don’t make the mistake of acrificing the integrity of the game just to keep down the number of
disputes that arise, which is a flaw endemic to league rules generally. I have the feeling that because of their logic the BCAPL rules just may become the dominant rules of the game.”
We are very flattered by Mr. Shamos’ remarks, and hope that you will also see the merit of our product. Remember, this is your book. There are over 60,000 players and league operators– without you,there would not be a BCAPL. Thanks to each of you for your loyalty and support!
Mark Griffin
Cue Sports International / BCA Pool League/ USA Pool League

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