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ACUI Collegiate 9-Ball Information

ACUI 9-BallFor the complete schedule of qualifying tournaments and information on hosting a sectional or independent qualifier for the Collegiate 9-Ball Championships, visit the ACUI Sectional Recreation page.

Students who would like to participate in this program must first compete in a 9-Ball qualifying tournament and receive an invitation to the championships. ACUI will be conducting 9-Ball qualifying tournaments, typically in the January through March timeframe, and other institutions or organizations may be as well.

2017 Championships

Championship-level Eligibility

Because there is a great deal more at stake, and substantially more financial commitment required by the school, the individual, and the Association, eligibility requirements at the championship level for 9-Ball and table tennis are necessarily more stringent. Proof of academic eligibility is required. Please see the eligibility requirements above for more details.

Prior to participating in championships or independent qualifying events, students must complete the 2017 ACUI Academic Eligibility Form and acquire official verification of eligibility status from their school registrar, including official school seal and/or signature of registrar, prior to the deadline established by the championship event director, generally three to four weeks before the championship tournament.

Dress Code for National Championships

Participants 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

Host Championships

ACUI is looking for institutions to host the 2017 championships. Contact Jake Dawes if you are interested or would like more information. Request for Proposals are due Friday, Nov. 4.

2017 9-Ball Championships Request for Proposal


9-Ball Archive

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College and University Programs

Interested in playing billiards in college? Continue to hone your skills and compete competitively on campus, against other schools, and even qualify for an international-level 9-Ball tournament. Once you've decided on a school, take a look at their website for information about students playing billiards on campus. It might be a recognized club sport that travels to tournaments and is funded by student fees organized by the student activities office, or it could be coordinated by the recreational sports department on campus. Even if it is not yet on your campus, you can be the impetus to getting a club started. All you need is a few friends and some help from the appropriate department on campus. 

Here are a few tips from Pool & Billiard Magazine written by collegiate pool guru Betsy Sundholm, along with a list of schools with programs.

Updated Sept. 28, 2016