USBA Announcements

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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)

USBA News

USBA Rules of Conduct for all Board Members and its Officers

1) All USBA Board Members and its Officers shall not wilfully engage in any behaviour that is detrimental to the image of the USBA including:

a) behaviour at USBA Tournaments
b) behaviour at non-USBA Tournaments
c) behaviour in public at billiard-related events or gatherings

Any infraction at these aforementioned venues must be egregious; that is, it must be something serious. For example, getting upset because you missed a shot is not serious. But yelling at your opponent because they just defeated you is not acceptable. If your opponent cheated, for example, and you have a brief exchange with him/her, that might not be something that is out of the norm. That can happen with anybody. But as a Director or Officer, you must be able to keep it from getting out of control.

2) Any communication made without the permission of an Officer of the USBA or the USBA Board, public or private, that jeopardizes a sponsorship or agreement between the USBA and another company, or hurts the image of the USBA, including posts made on any public forum, such as AZ Billiards Carom Forum; phone calls; emails; etc., is an infraction of these Rules of Conduct.

3) While the Board is in discussion, whether on the Board Forum, through emails, on a teleconference or in person, all Board Members will treat each other with respect. Disagreement is normal and arguing is normal. But personal attacks are not permitted. If a Board Member of Officer gets blatantly out of hand, it is an infraction of these Rules of Conduct.

Depending on the severity of the infraction, the Board Member or Officer will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days. If the infraction is very serious, the member can be terminated. Multiple infractions are grounds for immediate termination. If the offender is not an Officer, the President can make the decision regarding suspension or termination. This can be overridden by the Board if the Board feels that the President is out of line. If the offender is an Officer, then the Board will make the decision whether to suspend or terminate the Officer.