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2020 USBA National Championship Tournament - Carom Cafe Billiards - February 27 thru March 1

The 2020 USBA Three-Cushion national championship tournament will be held at Carom Café in Flushing, New York from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1. The player’s meeting will be held in the evening on Wednesday, February 26. The current plans are to limit the number of players to 48. The USBA reserves the right to expand or contract the field in response to demand.

The entry fee is $500.00. However, if a player participates in a qualifying tournament, the entry fee is $300.00. Qualifying tournaments will be held in late 2019 or early 2020. Please check the Tournament Info tab on the USBA website for information on the qualifiers as they are scheduled.

Only USBA members are eligible. In addition, the USBA member must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). The USBA reserves the right to request verification of citizenship or permanent residency.

The period of enrollment for the tournament begins on November 1, 2019 and ends on February 15, 2020. Entry fees should be mailed to:

Andrew Janquitto
401 Washington Avenue, Ste 900
Towson, Maryland 21204

The entry fee also can be paid to the USBA via Pay Pal by simply using the Donate button on the home page of the USBA website. Entry fees must be paid in full by February 15, 2015. No spot will be reserved on the players’ list unless the entry fee has been paid.

If you have questions, email Andrew Janquitto at aj [AT] mhblaw [DOT] com or call 410 599 8177.

The top four eligible place winners from the 2019 Championship receive automatic entry.

Player's List

1. Hugo Patiño (returning champion)
2. Miguel Torres (returning runner up)
3. John Park (returning 4th place)

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USBA Rules of Conduct for all USBA Tournaments

During a USBA tournament, the Tournament Director will be responsible for the enforcement of the following rules of conduct. He/she may designate any USBA member to help enforce the rules as needed. If the Tournament Director is not adequately enforcing these rules, a witness may bring it directly to the Board of Directors for a review and possible determination.

1) During a match, there will be no continuous conversation between one of the two players and any spectators. This is a distraction, especially when the opponent is playing a shot.

2) During a match, there will be no use of cell phones by either player. Both players will turn off or mute their cell phones prior to the beginning of the match.

3) After the completion of their inning, the players are required to sit in their designated seat and wait for his/her next required time at the table. Walking around or standing while your opponent is shooting is a distraction.

4) There is to be only 1 break per match. The break is to last no longer than 5 minutes. Both players must break at the same time and the break shall be taken at the halfway point of the match based on the total number of points scored by both players. In a 25 point match, for example, the break shall occur once the 25th point of the match has been scored, or at the end of that inning. Therefore, if the score of the match if 12-12, no break may be taken. If it is 13-12, then the break may be taken. If the score is 12-12 and then a player runs 8 points bringing the score to 20-12, a break may then be taken. But no break may be taken once the proper break time has been passed.

If a player breaks for more than 5 minutes, then a 5-point penalty shall be imposed. The 5 points will be deducted from the player's score. If it is more than 10 minutes, then the penalty is forfeiture of the match (0 points).

If a player takes a 2nd break, then the penalty is forfeiture of the match (0 points). If both players take a 2nd break, then both players forfeit the match (0 points).
In matches of 40 points or longer, a player may take a 2nd break in an emergency only with the permission of the tournament director.

5) During a match, under no circumstances will the use of foul or inappropriate language by either player be tolerated. This would be grounds for forfeiture of the match. Furthermore, a warning will be issued that any further violation of these Rules of Conduct will be grounds for dismissal from the tournament and after review by the USBA Board, possible termination from the USBA.

6) During a match, under no circumstances will either player throw any objects such as chalk, cue sticks, balls, etc. Such behaviour will automatically disqualify the player or players for that match. Furthermore, a warning will be issued that any further violation of these Rules of Conduct will be grounds for dismissal from the tournament and after review by the USBA Board, possible termination from the USBA.

7) During a match, if an opponent feels that the shooting player is taking an abnormal amount of time between shots and innings, he may ask the Tournament Director to watch or even referee the remainder of the match. If the Tournament Director agrees that the player is taking too long, he shall warn the player. Disregard of the warning will result in forfeiture of the match.

8) During a match, if a player engages in any other conduct with the intention of distracting the other player, the Tournament Director shall warn the player. Any further incidence of bad behaviour will result in forfeiture of the match. Furthermore, a warning will be issued that any further violations of these Rules of Conduct will be grounds for dismissal from the tournament and after review by the USBA Board, possible termination from the USBA.