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USBA Installs Interim Board of Directors: Mazin Shooni Named President

The United States Billiard Association (USBA) has installed an interim Board of Directors, and Mazin Shooni has been appointed the President. Joining him on the Board are Charles Brown, William Hanisch, Ricardo Carranco, and Andrew Janquitto. The Board will serve until general elections are held in 2024.

Shooni, the 2006 USBA National Three-Cushion Champion and a long-time promoter of the carom game in America, had served as President of the USBA from 2017 to 2019. Both Brown and Janquitto are also ex-Presidents of the USBA. Brown has been the tournament director for many of the USBA nationals and numerous other tournaments across the USA. Janquitto will serve as the Secretary-Treasurer for the interim board.

Will Hanisch, from New York, and Ricardo Carranco, from Los Angeles, round out the leadership group with their individual qualifications and experience. Hanisch is a computer programmer and avid player of both the pocket and pocketless versions of the game. Carranco, who also served on the Board in the past, arranges and runs tournaments on the west coast. He is also a fine practitioner of the carom game.

Shooni and the Board are fast at work, planning to introduce a new website in the coming weeks. They are also working on the 2023 calendar, which is highlighted by the Las Vegas World Cup, scheduled to begin on February 26, 2023.

The USBA calls for elections of the Board every four years. Unfortunately, the last scheduled election was derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that the pandemic has calmed down and the billiard rooms are open again, the Board feels it appropriate to hold general elections beginning with a nomination period in late 2023. Until then, the interim Board will guide the USBA.

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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.

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