The ACUI Collegiate 9-Ball Championships provide a space for collegiate athletes to develop their skills and compete on a high level.

This billiards 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.

Students must first compete in a sectional or independent qualifier to receive an invitation to the championships.

Host a 2019–20 Billiards Event

Host are sought for billiards competitions for the 2019–20 season. RFPs linked below outline the requirements for each type of event.

Please contact Alyssa Drew if you have questions.

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 six credit hours. Or if the student is graduating in given term of the event and enrolled in less than six 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

ACUI uses Billiards Congress of America rules for all ACUI 9-Ball events. The following are guidelines for participation:

  • The Tournament Director may not participate in the tournament.
  • Players may not compete without signed eligibility forms submitted.
  • Students are permitted and encouraged to compete in multiple qualifying tournaments. However, once qualified for the championships event, students are ineligible to compete in further qualifying tournaments.
  • For the championships, players must abide by dress code.



  • Use double elimination if there are six or more players and round robin if five or fewer players.
  • Double Elimination Guidelines:
    • Men’s Division: Race to 7 on the winners’ side; race to 5 on the one-loss side. The 3rd/4th place match and 2nd/3rd place match on the one-loss side is a race to 7. The finals match is a single race to 9 (since both players are qualified for the championship event already).
    • Women’s Division: Race to 5 on both sides. The finals match is a single race to 7.
  • Round Robin Guidelines:
    • Matches consist of 11 games total (not a race). This is not an elimination bracket; all matches must be played. Students from the same school should not play each other at the end. Their matches should be first or second.
    • Lag or flip a coin for first break. Alternate break. Rack for your opponent (do not rack your own).
    • Match duration is expected to be 90 minutes. If after 45 minutes half of the total number of possible games in a match have not been completed, a 30-second shot clock will be imposed for both players (with one 30-second extension per game, per player). If the player does not execute a shot before time expires, it is a foul, and the incoming player will have ball in hand.



  • Players must wear collared shirts or dress blouses, dress slacks or skirts, and dress shoes. The following apparel items are acceptable: polo shirts bearing the school name and/or logo; dressy blouses that cover midriffs, cleavage, and shoulders; dressy slacks, khakis, or capris; skirts that fall at least to the top of the knee; dressy sandals.
  • The following apparel items are not permitted: T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops; corduroys, denim jeans, cargo-style work khakis, casual capris; shorts; tennis shoes or sneakers; flip-flops or other open-toed casual sandals; hats.