FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What Happened to the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) League System?
For 28 years the BCA, as a non-profit Association:
(1) For its Player Members and sanctioned League Members - staged related Amateur US National Championships.
(2) For its Trade Members - staged annual Industry Trade Shows.
During the 2003/04 League Year, the BCA decided to sell their League System and instead focus entirely on serving their Trade Members.
On June 1, 2004, it was purchased by the co-owner of Diamond Tables, renamed the BCAPL and is now run as a private venture by Cue Sports International.
Who is the Canadian Cue Sport Association (CCS)?
The CCS officially formed in June of 2004. In planning since January of 2003, its original purpose was to take over the direct management of the Canadian Championship Program, first started in 1996. The scope of the new Association was then expanded to include League Sanctioning.
This means that Canadian Leagues now have the option to belong to a League System that is entirely managed by Canadians, for the sole benefit of Canadians.
The CCS is a federally incorporated, non-profit Amateur Athletic Association with Directors who are Member League Operators across Canada.
Who is the American CueSports Alliance (ACS)?
The ACS was formed in March of 2004 as a direct response to the BCA selling their League System.
Its purpose is to stage US National Amateur 8 Ball and 9 Ball Championships, provide a US Amateur Singles Tour and offer Member Programs such as Referee, Instructor, etc..
They are a non-profit federally incorporated organization. The Directors are League Operators and Representatives from State and other affiliated Billiard Associations.
What is the Relationship Between the CCS and ACS?
The CCS and ACS have become affiliated partners. What does this mean?
All CCS Members have the right to enter their National 8 Ball and 9 Ball Championships held annually in Las Vegas and to take advantage of their Referee and Instructor Programs.
Will There Be A New Governing Body for Pool in North America?
Time will tell. For now it remains the Billiard Congress of America. Their future role is somewhat questionable as they no longer have any direct Player Members.
For Canada, our official Governing Body is the Canadian Billiard and Snooker Association (CBSA).
Who Can Join the CCS?
Anyone who has a League or wants to start one. There are no exclusive ‘Franchises’ or any restriction regarding Table Ownership, Type or Size.
All you need is a minimum of 20 Players on at least 4 Teams.
Although a League Operator Manual is available to assist you, you’re free to run your League any way you want.
Alll your Players and Teams are then eligible to enter Regional and National Championships that offer Singles, Scotch Doubles and Team Events.
How Do I get More Info on the Championships?
On the left sidebar of this website, there is detailed information on past and upcoming Championships. Posters and Tournament Brochures are there which will answer most of your questions.
If you have any queries, call (403) 271-9221 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.