Tour events are open to all amateur, female pool players, of any age, and any skill level.
The Tour itself does not charge a membership fee. Players are required to purchase an annual, $25 WPBA Membership. The entry for each event is $25, which includes a $5 administration fee. WPBA Regional Tour Player dues support the WPBA’s mission to produce the annual Regional Tour Championships, world-class pro events, and grow the sport of pocket billiards by increasing its visibility as a respected and true, professional sport.
Tour players receive ranking points for their tournament finishes, earning invite status for the annual WPBA Regional Tour Championship and WPBA Pro events. Player rankings, end-of-year top 16 players, tournament articles, and photos, are all published on this website, and tournament press is disseminated to over 30 press partners in an effort to build player brands and celebrity. Event wrap-ups, photos, and special interest stories are posted periodically on Facebook and Twitter.
Other benefits include:
- Membership into the only women’s professional billiard organization recognized by the Billiard Congress of America, North American Federation to the World Pool-Billiard Association
- WPBA Office Support, M-F, 9am-5pm PST (1-888-FOR-WPBA)
- Members receive a WPBA Patch
- Member listing on WPBA.com
- 10% off WPBA Merchandise
Annual Tour Awards
- Tour Champion Award – honors a Tour Player who finishes in the number one spot, on the end-of-year rankings list.
- Sportsmanship Award – honors a Tour Player, who in the opinion of her playing peers, by her behavior and deeds, best exemplifies the spirits, ideals and values of the Tour. It recognizes her diplomacy and goodwill toward her fellow players, inside, and outside of competition.
- Most Improved Player Award – honors a Tour Player, who through her hard work, dedication, and perseverance, becomes the most advanced player, in the shortest period of time.
- Best Attendance Award – honors the Tour Player who has participated in the highest number of
events in a tour season.
- Rebecca Arcangeli Dubious Achievement Award – in remembrance of fallen Tour Player, Rebecca Arcangeli, who loved to prank, joke, and above all, laugh, this award honors a Tour Player, who in the opinion of her playing peers, exhibits the most remarkable, dubious behavior, in a tour season.
- The primary game on Tour is 9-ball. Each event is two-days, $700-$1,000 added, guaranteed.
- There is a mandatory players meeting on-site, Saturdays, beginning at 11:00am. This meeting includes player registration, “new player” orientation, question and answer session, and the tournament draw to determine player placement in the bracket. Tournament matches start between 11:30am and 12:00pm.
- Events are played on 7’, 8’, and 9’ tables. Game, format, and equipment type for each event are indicated on the respective flyer, and the annual schedule.
- Matches are a race to 7 on the winners’ side, and a race to 5 on the one-loss side. Each event is true double elimination, including the finals.
- On event weekends, rooms open Saturday at 10:00am, and Sunday at 11:00am. Free practice begins when the doors open. On day two, matches will begin at 12:00pm.
- THE GAME. The primary game on Tour is 9-ball, played with pool balls numbered one through nine, pocketed in rotation. The first player to legally pocket the 9-ball wins. A player does not have to call the shot, or the pocket, as long as the player legally pockets the ball(s). The same rules will apply for both 9-ball and 10-ball, with the exception of, 1) in 10-ball, the player is required to call the pocket for the 10-ball, and, 2) when breaking 10-ball, a pocket may be called for the 10-ball prior to the break, and if the 10-ball is made in the called pocket, it is a win.
- Flip a coin to determine who breaks first. The winner of each game earns the break. Players must break with the cue ball completely behind the head string, striking the head ball (one-ball), first. After the break, if the 9-ball is pocketed in either of the bottom two corner pockets, it is spotted and play resumes. If the 9-ball is legally pocketed anywhere else on the table, it is considered a “win”. The player breaking must pocket at least one object ball to continue her inning at the table.
- Players will rack for themselves when they are breaking. The one-ball is racked on the spot with the 9-ball in the middle. There is no specific order in which the balls should be placed. Pattern racking is not allowed. In 10-ball, the one-ball is placed on the spot, the ten-ball in the middle, and the two-ball and three-ball on each corner.
- ROLL OUT. At times, following the break shot, a player is unable to strike the lowest numbered ball, first. Essentially, the ball they must strike first is hidden by impeding balls. This player may elect to “roll out” or “push out”. The minimum requirement for a roll out shot is the tip of the cue must make contact with the cue ball. The player must notify her opponent that she is going to exercise her option to roll out. Once a player executes a roll out, her opponent has the option to pass the shot back. If the shot is passed back to the player who rolled out, that player must take the shot.
- Any cue ball foul will result in ball-in-hand for the incoming player. Fouls include:
- Cue ball scratches
- Jumping balls off the table
- Pushing through the cue ball
- Disturbing the cue ball in any way
- Moving two or more object balls in play
- A moved ball impedes the path of the cue ball
- Failing to strike the lowest numbered ball, first
- Failing to drive one ball to a rail, following execution
- Moving an impeding ball; for example, when the player is jacked up over a ball
If a player inadvertently touches or moves one object ball, it is not a foul. The opponent may choose to replace the ball, and where to replace the ball, or leave the ball where it is.
- SPOTTING BALLS. The only ball that may be spotted is the 9-ball. When the 9-ball is pocketed during the commission of a foul, or roll out shot, the opposing player will replace the 9-ball on the spot, and continue play. Pocketing the 9-ball, or any object ball during a roll out shot, is not a foul.
- NO RAIL. If no object ball is pocketed, failure to drive the cue ball or any numbered ball to a rail after the cue ball contacts the object ball, is a foul.
- THREE FOULS. There is a three-foul rule which means three consecutive fouls is a loss of game. A player must verbally notify her opponent when they have committed two consecutive fouls, in order for the third foul to be counted.
- CALLING A REFEREE. If a player believes her opponent may commit a foul during the commission of a shot, she must call a referee to the table to watch the shot. This may be the event referee, tournament director, or a person both players agree on to call the shot. The call will stand. If no one is called, the shot will go to the shooter.
- KEEPING SCORE. Each player is responsible for keeping their own score, with their own coin. If a player forgets to move her coin, and wishes to recover that game, her opponent must agree. If not, the score on the table stands.
- If a player is called more than three times to her match table, she will be forfeited. Players may not leave the building during match play unless they check in at the tournament desk, first.
- GRACE PERIOD. Sunday or second day matches will allow for a fifteen minute grace period, from the time matches are scheduled to begin. Players not at their tables within the grace period will be forfeited.
- SLOW PLAY. Holding up match play, intentionally, will not be tolerated. A warning will be issued to any player who is intentionally, or otherwise, holding up match play. Penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the tournament director. Shot-clocks may be implemented at the discretion of the tournament director.
- Players are allowed one five minute break per match, to be taken in between games. Players may not take their breaks at the same time or it will be counted as a break for each player.
- Players must remain seated in their chair, while their opponent is at the table.
- Smoking or drinking alcohol is not permitted during matches.
- Ear buds for listening to music may be worn during match play, on low volume.
- Unsportsmanlike or disorderly conduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- The dress code is in effect for all events.
All regional tour events, including the annual WPBA Regional Tour Championship, are WPBA Dress Code “A”. This means blue jeans, 100% cotton pants, 100% cotton shirts, t-shirts, or polos, and tennis shoes, are not acceptable. Pants, slacks, jeggings (Walmart version of leggings with pockets and belt loops) capris, culottes, dresses, and skirts are acceptable. Leggings may be worn with a blouse that reaches the hip. Blouses, dry-fit polos and fitted shirts of a cotton/lycra/polyester blend are also acceptable. Athletic or yoga-style shoes, all black, with a thin sole, and black dress laces, are permitted. Dress shoes, sandals, boots, or western boots, may also be worn.
For additional information, please consult the WPBA Regional Tour Handbook.