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ACUI Collegiate Sectional Recreation and Leisure Activities

Sectional and Independent Qualifier recreation tournaments will serve as the qualifying tournaments for students to receive invitations to the ACUI Collegiate 9-Ball Championships, as well as provide students an opportunity to compete in leisure activities such as air hockey, poetry slam, video games, and more. 

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2017 Sectional/Independent Qualifier Tournaments

University of Michigan Independent Qualifier
Feb. 11–12  |  University of Michigan–Ann Arbor  |  University of Michigan Billiards & Games Room

Lindenwood University Independent Qualifier
Feb. 18  |  Lindenwood University  |  Lindenwood Billiards Arena
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ACUI Southern Mid-Atlantic Sectional Tournament
Feb. 25  |  University of North Carolina–Pembroke  |  UNCP Hawks Nest
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ACUI Central Midwest Sectional Tournament
March 3–5  |  University of Akron  |  University of Akron Student Union Game Room
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University of Houston Independent Qualifier
March 4  |  University of Houston  |  University of Houston Student Center Satellite Games Room
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ACUI Coastal Southeast Sectional Tournament
March 11–12  |  Florida International University  |  Porter Davis Game Room
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ACUI Southeast Sectional Tournament
March 24–26  |  University of Florida  |  Reitz Union Game Room
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ACUI Western Mid-Atlantic Sectional Tournament
March 31–April 2  |  Virginia Tech  |  Virginia Tech Breakzone
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Penn State University Independent Qualifier 
April 8  |  Penn State University  |  The Break Zone: HUB-Robeson Center
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Sectional and Independent Qualifying Tournament Eligibility

Recognizing that the primary purpose of student life on campus is academic achievement, the ACUI Student Programs Team has increased the minimum credit hour requirement to further underscore the importance of continuing academic progress. Additionally, students participating in ACUI tournaments must be enrolled as a student in good standing at the institution they represent. To that end, ACUI hereby establishes the eligibility requirements for sectional or independent qualifying events.

Host an Independent Tournament

If you're interested in hosting a qualifying tournament, you must meet certain requirements, and then become an approved qualifying tournament by the program director. Download the Sectional Request for Proposal using the above link. To host an Independent Qualifier, fill out the form. Please contact Ben Litvak with any questions.
 All ACUI tournaments are approved qualifying tournaments.

ACUI Competition Guidelines 

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

  • Under no circumstances may the Tournament Director participate in the tournament.
  • Signed eligibility forms must be submitted by every participant. Without them, the player may not compete.
  • Students are permitted and encouraged to compete in multiple qualifying tournaments. However, once qualified for nationals, students are ineligible to compete in further qualifying tournaments (so as not to potentially eliminate others who are vying for an invitation).

The following format is used for Sectional and Independent Qualifiers:

  •  Double elimination if six or more players; Round Robin if five or fewer players
    • Double Elimination:
      • 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 nationals already).
      •  Women’s Division: Race to 5 on both sides. The finals match is a single race to 7.
    • Round Robin: Matches consist of 11 games total (not a race). This is not an elimination bracket; all matches must be played. People 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.

Note: Hosting an ACUI Sectional Recreation Tournament is a great opportunity for a college or university to show off their campus and facilities. Professionals and campus recreation organizations gain valuable skills in event planning and management. Students who attend these tournaments take part in one of ACUI's longest-standing traditions of recreational competition, and have the opportunity to network with students and clubs in their area of the country.

ACUI encourages bids from institutions wanting to host a tournament on their campus. We welcome bids that show collaboration between student unions or centers and campus recreation departments.

More Resources

ACUI Supplemental 9-Ball Qualifier Rules

How To Enter       2017 Championships Request for Proposal
2017 Sectional and Independent Qualifying Tournament Eligibility   2017 Sectional Request for Proposal
Collegiate Championship Level Eligibility   2017 Independent Qualifier Request for Proposal
Proof of Academic Eligibility    

Contact Information

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Updated Feb. 13, 2017