The ACUI Collegiate Air Hockey Championships provide a space for college students to compete in this recently revived sport on a high level.

ACUI reintroduced this program in 2016, and this year will be the first in which sectional events are held in addition to the championships.

This air hockey event, as well as other ACUI student competitions, are about more than engaging with the sport. Students develop skills related to sportsmanship, communication, and leadership.


Host an Air Hockey Sectional or Championships

ACUI is now accepting bids! The air hockey season will kick off in September 2017 and run through April 2018, culminating at the 2018 ACUI Combined Collegiate 9-Ball and Air Hockey Championships in June. ACUI is seeking hosts for either an individual air hockey sectional or a combined event with 9-ball. Please find the RFP forms below for detailed information:

Note: Those interested in hosting a combined air hockey and 9-ball sectional can find details about billiards here.

Student Competition Eligibility

Please find information below regarding the eligibility requirements and code of conduct for ACUI's student competitions, as well as details about how to submit verification.

Eligibility Guidelines
  • Any student competing at an ACUI event must meet all eligibility guidelines listed here. Please download and submit the verification and agreement forms below. Students who do not submit proper documentation will not be allowed to compete. 
  • Adhere to ACUI’s Competitor Code of Conduct.
  • Meet eligibility criteria established by school. 
  • Adhere to dress code (with applicable events).
  • Limited to six years of eligibility (three years at a two-year institution).
  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale); graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale).
  • Must be enrolled in academic term in which they qualified or are competing for at least nine credit hours. Or if the student is graduating in given term of the event and enrolled in less than nine credit hours, a letter from the registrar must be provided to verify expected graduation date.
  • Must not accept financial assistance form a professional organization or commercial organization for use of his or her name or picture when this use clearly implies endorsement of a product.
  • Must not accept awards or sponsorships that are not acceptable to the institution or other recognized association to which his or her institution belongs.
  • Eligibility verification must be verified by advisor or authorized staff member of the school. Registrar seal and signature are required on academic eligibility documentation for championship-level events.
Code of Conduct
  • Any student participating at an ACUI event must adhere to the code of conduct. Please download and submit the agreement form below. Students who do not submit proper documentation will not be allowed to compete.
  • Students are expected to review all advanced mailings and material received regarding the program. Information should also be shared with their campus advisor.
  • Access to cell phones, pagers, mobile devices, and electronic music devices is subject to the event coordinator’s discretion during the competition or program sessions; during the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, it is expected that all participants and audience members will turn off these devices during preliminary bouts, semi-finals, finals, awards ceremony, special performances, and workshops.
  • Drinking and illegal drugs are not allowed during programs regardless of the students’ age.
  • No smoking or chewing tobacco is allowed during programs or within the playing area.
  • Come prepared with a positive attitude, a willingness to take risks, and a desire to have fun.
  • Respect and uphold ACUI policies and philosophies of advancing campus community builders through unconditional human worth, joy, learning, caring community, innovation, communication and integrity.
  • Participants agree to abide by any additional regulations laid-out by the host institution.
  • Students are expected to follow the rules of all establishments and the hotel; students are responsible for themselves and will be liable for any behavioral issues
  • Community Code of Conduct: Negative posts, belittling accomplishments, bullying, posting of denigrating comments, or impersonating others in public or social media that create a hostile environment within our otherwise inclusive community are a violation of the ACUI code of conduct in place for all ACUI student programs which explicitly states that as a participant it is an obligation to abide by the code of conduct guidelines and violation of them “may jeopardize my status as a participant in this program.
  • Students are also expected to abide by any specific rules or codes applicable to a specific event.


Submitting Forms

The following forms should be downloaded and submitted to ACUI prior to the competition per the Eligibility Guidelines.

  • Student Eligibility Verification Form: This form is applicable for championships events. It must be completed by institution's registrar and include university's seal. This cannot be faxed; submit hard copies only.
  • Billiards Sectional and Qualifier Eligibility: This form is applicable for both sectional and championships events; it should be downloaded, signed, and submitted.

Mail forms to: ACUI, One City Centre, Suite 200, 120 W. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47404.

Rules and Competition Format

The United States Air Hockey Association is the governing body of this program and all events will be played according to its rules and regulations.

Running a Tournament

  • Choose a tournament type. For initial tournaments, it is strongly suggested to make them nonhandicapped events.
    • Nonhandicapped: A player's skill level will not be taken into account. 
    • Handicapped: Players are given skill ratings ranging from 0-6. In competition, the players with higher skill ratings must give free points to the lesser-rated player each game they play (i.e., "spotting points"). Example: If a player rated 5 competes against another player rated as a 3, the lower rated player will start every game with two free points (being spotted two points). If a 4 plays a 3, then the lower rated player will start each game with one free point. The only restriction on point spotting in Handicapped tournaments is that 5 free points in the maximum ever awarded. So, if a 6 plays a 0, the 0 still only receives 5 free points per game.
  • Setup the event.
    • Find tournament brackets here.
    • Choose the type of elimination:
      • Single Elimination: Each opponent faces each other once. The winner must win all of their matches in a row to proceed to the next round. The loser of a match is eliminated from the competition.
      • Double Elimination: Each opponent is given a second chance after a lost match. There is a winner's track and a loser's track. The winner of a match moves on to the next round in a winner's bracket and the loser will move on to the loser's bracket to compete again. All the losers from a winner bracket round are reversed in the loser bracket, where another loss will result in a definitive elimination. Each round the winner of a loser bracket match will face the loser of a winner bracket match.
    • Determine if it will be blind draw or seeded.
      • Blind Draw: Players will be randomly matched up against one another.
      • Seeded: Matches will be set up according to the rankings you give each player.
    • Make time for practice. There are four practice patterns to use. You can view them on the following videos and show them to the players for instruction: Across the TableSpeed BagCircle Drift, or Tap Tap.