Arizona Women's Billiard Tour

Rules & Bylaws



Constitution and Bylaws
Code of Conduct
General Rules and Guidelines
Tournament 9-Ball Rules
Tournament 8-Ball Rules

Adopted December 3, 1998
Revised/Adopted October 1, 2004
Revised/Amended/Adopted January 19, 2008
By Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour


The Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour is dedicated to organizing the women of this state to be a force in the sport of billiards. We will endeavor to show the nation and the world that Arizona is a great state for professionalism in women’s pool. We pledge to be an inspiration to all players, whether seasoned or new. We will support all players and enhance their desire to play to the level of their own aspirations. We will devote ourselves to the promotion of women in billiards.

Article I: Name and Principal Office

Section 1.1 The name of this organization shall be known as the Arizona Women’s Billiard Tour (“AWBT” or “Tour”).
Section 1.2 The Principal office of the Tour shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 1.3 Nonprofit Status – The organization shall be a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation and is not empowered to engage directly or indirectly in any activity, including distribution of its assets upon dissolution that would invalidate its status as an organization exempt from federal income taxation.

Article II: Objectives

Section 2.1 The Objectives of this Tour shall be:
1) To advance the level of skill by promoting competition for female players.
2) To promote interest and participation of billiards by players and spectators.
3) To protect the mutual interests of its members.

Article III: Membership

Section 3.1 There shall be two types of membership, each with its own privileges and structures, all of which shall be set by the Board of Directors.
1) Player member: Any female individual interested in joining the Tour as an active participant in Tour events.
2) Patron member: Any individual, firm, or association interested in joining the Tour as a non-participating fan or supporter. With application and payment of appropriate dues, patron members will have privileges of displaying approved materials recognizing their support for the tour and may be afforded other privileges as determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 3.2 Any membership may be suspended or terminated for cause. Sufficient cause for such action includes, but is not limited to: violation of Bylaws or any lawful rule or practice duly adopted by the Tour, or any other conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Tour. The Code of Conduct shall govern suspension, termination, reinstatement and appeals.
Section 3.3 As a condition of the membership, each player member agrees to uphold and be subject to the rules of the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct will be enforced at all AWBT sponsored events. In addition, as a regional Tour sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Billiards Association, each player member agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the WPBA. Violations may result in warnings, fines, suspension, or termination of the player member by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Article IV: Board of Directors

Section 4.1 There shall be six (6) directors to serve on the Board of Directors, four elected from the player membership, including the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary/Press Officer, and Treasurer. The fifth and sixth members shall be appointed at the discretion of the AWBT Board from the player or patron membership.
Section 4.2 The Board of Directors shall have supervision and control of the affairs of the AWBT and may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct and business as deemed necessary. It may appoint such agents as it may consider necessary to pursue the objectives of the AWBT.
Section 4.3 The Board of Directors shall meet a minimum of eight times per year. When possible, the meetings shall coincide with AWBT events.
Section 4.4 The Board of Directors must have a quorum of 4 of the six directors present to conduct business. Roberts Rules of Order shall govern meetings of the Board.
Section 4.5 Vacancies of the Board shall be filled temporarily by the Executive Board without undue delay at a meeting of the Board, within thirty (30) days of the vacancy occurring.
Addendum: As of the annual meeting held on January 19, 2008, the following change went into effect by a unanimous vote: The Board of Directors will now consist of a minimum of 2 Directors to be ratified at the annual membership meeting. This supercedes any previous statements regarding the Board of Directors.

Article V: Officers

Section 5.1 The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected every two (2) years prior to the first meeting of the year. Refer to article 6 section 3.
Section 5.2 President – The President as chief officer shall preside at all meetings. She shall exercise general charge and supervise all affairs of the AWBT. She is the official spokesperson of the AWBT and shall appoint all committees of the Tour with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Section 5.3 Vice President – The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the event of her absence or disability. She shall oversee all committees appointed by the President and may perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Section 5.4 Secretary – The Secretary shall record all the minutes of all meetings of the AWBT. She shall coordinate communications with the members as well as the public including the production of the AWBT newsletter and press releases.
Section 5.5 Treasurer – The Treasurer shall keep all financial records of the AWBT including dues and fees paid to the Tour and render monthly reports of the finances. She is also responsible for the maintenance of the membership list.
Section 5.6 Representatives – Representatives shall assist other Board members in tasks assigned by the Board.
Addendum: As of the annual meeting held on January 19, 2008, the following change went into effect by a unanimous vote: The Board of Directors will now consist of a minimum of 2 Directors to be ratified at the annual membership meeting. This supercedes any previous statements regarding the Board of Directors.


Article VI: Pay Structure (Amended 1/19/2008)

Addendum: As of the annual meeting held on January 19, 2008, the following change went into effect by a unanimous vote: The Board of Directors will be paid a Director fee of $50 (total to be split as they see fit) per tournament. In addition, at the end of the year, the Board of Directors will be paid an Administrative Fee in the sum that equals 50% of net profit, post-operating costs. This pay structure will be reviewed and changed as needed at the annual membership meeting.

Article VII: Meetings of the Tour

Section 6.1 Annual meeting – There shall be an annual meeting of the Tour held at a time specified by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the annual meeting shall be to elect officers of the Tour, to receive annual reports of the officers, and transact such other business as may properly come before the Tour.
Section 6.2 Voting – Each player member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote at the annual meeting.
Section 6.3 Nominations – Forty-five (45) days prior to the annual meeting, the AWBT will accept nominations for the offices of President and Secretary or Vice President and Treasurer in alternating years, as their terms expire. The AWBT will publish election procedures in the newsletter prior to the election.
Addendum: As of the annual meeting held on January 19, 2008, the following change went into effect by a unanimous vote: The Board of Directors will now consist of a minimum of 2 Directors to be ratified at the annual membership meeting. This supercedes any previous statements regarding the Board of Directors.

Article VIII: Committees

Section 7.1 With the approval of the Board, the board may appoint such committees deemed necessary to conduct the affairs of the Tour.

Article IX: Amendments

Section 8.1 These Bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed at any duly called meeting of the membership by a 2/3 vote of player members, present or responding by mail-in ballot, or a combination of the two, provided that the proposed changes are given, in writing, to the voting members of the AWBT at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

Article X: Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 9.1 Limitations of liabilities – Nothing herein shall constitute members of the Tour as partners for any purpose. No member, officer, agent, or employee of the AWBT shall be liable for the acts or failure to act on the part of any other member, officer, agent, or employee of the AWBT. Neither shall any member be liable for her acts or omission to act arising out of willful misconduct or negligence.
Section 9.2 Dissolution – Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all its assets exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such a manner, or to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code of Civic Leagues and Social Welfare Organizations (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Laws) as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the county in which the Principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.


Dress Code

Accessories No audible electronic devices (including, but not limited to: ipods, earbuds, cellular phones, walkmans, etc.) in the playing area.

Hygiene Some people are highly sensitive to perfumes and odors causing them to have allergic reactions in varying degrees of intensity. Please be aware and give special consideration for your fellow competitors.

As a member, you represent the AWBT, the WPBA, and all women participating in competitive billiards. Appropriate attire is strongly encouraged. The dress code will be reviewed at the annual membership meeting and adjusted as necessary.


All who participate in any AWBT event will follow the following rules and regulations.

Members as well as players should not convey any negative or derogatory message verbally or in print about the players, facilities, equipment, the AWBT or its members. Consequence for such action will be judged and enforced by the regents of the AWBT.

As an AWBT member or player in such AWBT event, you are under scrutiny and must avoid behavior that could discredit fellow competitors of the AWBT or the sport. The following actions will not be tolerated: Unsportsmanlike conduct, abusive language, abuse of public equipment, whether verbal or physical, profanity, public drunkenness, public arguments with fellow players, rudeness to Tournament officials, staff, sponsors or promoters. Depending on the violation, disciplinary action will be determined by the AWBT.

All rules and regulations must be followed. Tournament officials may penalize at their discretion, any player who does not (or will not) comply. In addition, players must comply with specific rules and regulations of the event.

All complaints should be addressed to the Tournament official and/or submitted in writing to the AWBT Board of Directors.

Appeals Board

A member who has received a citation may appeal the decision of the AWBT to the Appeals Board. The Appeals Board will consist of three members elected by the AWBT Board of Directors from the general membership who do not regularly participate in AWBT events. In order to appeal, the player must declare her intention in writing within 10 days of notification of any charge. If the player has been fined, she must first pay the fine to qualify for an appeal. The Appeals Board may dismiss the fine or the entire case, lower assessed penalty, uphold the original decision or increase the penalty previously imposed. All Appeals Board members will serve for a term of one year, but may be unseated for the following reasons: 1) Voluntary resignation, or 2) AWBT Board decision. If a member of the Appeals Board is unable to serve in a specific case for any reason, including a conflict of interest, a temporary member should be elected for a replacement during the appeal process.



Players are responsible for knowing and keeping their schedule.

Calling a Referee

It is the non-shooter’s responsibility to call the referee before any shot is attempted. The shooting player must wait for the referee before attempting the shot. If a referee is not present to make a call, the decision goes to the shooter. The referee’s decision is final.


When a match is called, players have 15 minutes to report to their table, or will be forced to forfeit that match.

Five-minute Time Out

Players are allowed one five-minute time out per match. A time out may only be utilized between racks. A referee must be called if the opponent chooses to continue play. If the opponent chooses not to play, but also leaves the area, she must return before or immediately after the first player returns, otherwise she will also be charged with a five-minute time out.


Players should be seated while their opponent is shooting.

Disassembling the cue stock while opponent is at the table is a loss of game.

Conceding the final ball is considered inappropriate conduct. It is not allowed and will result in the loss of current and next game.

Illegal Marking

It is a foul to mark any part of the table with chalk, powder, etc., to assist in aiming or marking a shot.


Purposely interfering with opponent’s play is illegal and can be declared a foul at the discretion of a referee.


Talking with spectators during play is not allowed except in the context of showmanship.

Practice on Tournament Tables

Practice time is not allowed on any tables utilized during any Tournament, unless otherwise advised by the Board of Directors.


Outside Interference

When outside interference occurs during a shot that has an effect on the outcome of that shot, the referee/official should be called to restore the balls to the positions they had before the shot, and the shot will be replayed. If the interference had no effect on the shot (i.e. someone walking by touches/moves balls other than the legal object ball), the referee/official should be called to restore the disturbed balls and play will continue. If the balls cannot be restored to their original positions, the game should be replayed with the original player breaking.

Players should not approach distracting spectators. Simply report them to the Tournament Director.

Slow Play

If, in the opinion of the Tournament official, a player is impeding the progress of the Tournament or game with consistently slow play, the official can warn the player and then at her discretion impose a time limit up to a maximum of 45 seconds (WPBA 9-ball is 30 seconds) that applies to both players between shots (that is, both players are put on a shot-clock).

If the official does impose a time limit and that limit is exceeded by a player who has received a 10-second “time” warning, a foul will be called and the incoming player is rewarded according to the rule applicable to the game being played.

During a player’s inning, the shot clock starts when the previous shot ends, and runs until tip-to-ball contact begins the next shot. The time while a shot is in progress is not counted.

If a player begins with cue ball in hand, the shot clock starts when she has possession of the cue ball, and any spotting or racking is finished.

If the player has not approached the shot, a warning with the announcement of “time” should be made 10 seconds prior to the time limit being reached. If a player exceeds the announced time limit, a foul will be called and the incoming player is rewarded according to the rules applicable to the game being played.

In the case of a player down over a ball at the 10-second mark prior to the time limit, no announcement is to be made and no penalty is to be imposed. In the event of the player standing up off the shot, “time” will be called at that point and normal shot-clock procedure is followed. Each player may call for one extension per rack.

Extension period is identical to the time limit imposed. In the event of a tie score with only one game remaining, each player may utilize two extensions. The player must ensure that the official/timekeeper is aware when an extension is called.

Balls Moving Spontaneously

If a ball shifts, settles, turns or otherwise moves “by itself”, the ball shall remain in the position it assumed and play continues.

A hanging ball that falls into a pocket “by itself” after being motionless for 5 seconds or longer shall be replaced as closely as possible to its position prior to falling, and play shall continue.

If an object ball drops into a pocket “by itself” as a player shoots at it, so that the cue ball passes over the spot the ball had been on, unable to hit it, the cue ball and object ball are to be replaced to their positions prior to the stroke, and the player may shoot again. Any other object balls disturbed on the stroke are also to be replaced to their original positions before the shooter replays.


Object of the Game

A total of nine object balls, numbered one through nine, and a cue ball are used when playing Nine Ball. The cue ball must first contact the lowest numbered ball on the table on every shot, but the balls need not be pocketed in order. The game is won by pocketing the nine-ball on a legal shot including any combination shot.

Racking the Balls

The nine object balls are racked as tightly as possible in a diamond shape, with the one ball at the top of the diamond and on the foot spot and the nine-ball in the center of the diamond.

Order of Play

Players will lag to determine the order of play. Starting in the kitchen (the area between the head rail and the head string), the players must strike any numbered ball off the foot rail and the player whose ball stops closest to the head rail has the option to break or have the opponent break. Thereafter, it is alternating breaks. While lagging, if a ball touches the long cushion, crosses the center of the table, strikes the other ball, touches the foot cushion more than once, scratches or stops inside the pocket, it is a loss of lag.

Legal Break

The cue ball must be placed behind the head string, strike the one ball first, pocket a ball or drive at least four balls into any rail. Once the cue tip strikes the cue ball and the cue ball passes the head string, it is considered an attempted break.

Once the cue ball has passed the head string, the player may not interfere with the cue ball movement. Such action will be considered a foul.

If a legal break does not occur, the opponent may take ball in hand or may ask for a re-rack with the option to break. If the rack is intact, the cue ball must be placed behind the head string.

Push Out

The player shooting the first shot after the legal break has an option to push out.

On a push out, the cue ball does not have to contact any balls or rail, but other foul rules still apply.

Before the shot, the player must announce her intention to play a push out to her opponent.

Any ball pocketed on a push remains pocketed with the exception of the nine-ball, which is spotted on the foot spot.

Following a push out, the opponent has the option of shooting from that cue ball position or passing the shot back to the first player.

There is no push out after a scratch on the break.

Legal Shot

The cue balls must first strike the lowest numbered ball on the table and then cause an object ball to be pocketed or any ball, including the cue ball, to contact a rail.


In very rare circumstances, it is possible for the cue ball to hit 2 object balls at the same exact time. To do so is not a foul.

Continuing play

If a ball is pocketed on a break, the player continues to shoot until she misses fouls or wins the game.


It is considered a foul when a player fails to first strike the lowest numbered ball on the table, scratches, fails to drive a ball to a rail after legal contact, or causes any ball to rest off the table.

When a match is presided over by a referee, it is a foul to touch any ball before, during, or after a shot with the exception of the cue tip contacting the cue ball during normal execution of a shot.

When a match is not refereed, it is a foul to touch the cue ball in play, purposely or accidentally touch any ball that has any effect on the shot. At her discretion, the opponent has the option to place the balls in their original position or leave them in their new position.

It is a foul when 2 or more object balls are purposely or accidentally moved. If it is possible to restore balls to their original position, the opponent has the option to do so. If it is not clear, or not possible to restore balls to their original position, the game will be replayed.

During an attempted jump, curve, or masse shot, or when using a bridge to shoot over an impeding ball, it is a foul to move the impeding ball by hand, cue stick, bridge, or any other means.

When the object ball is frozen to a rail, it is a foul if the player fails to pocket a ball, send the object ball to a different rail or any other ball, including the cue ball, to a different rail after contact. The frozen ball must be declared by the opponent and acknowledge by the shooter prior to the shot.

It is a foul when a shot is played without at least one foot on the floor at the time of contact between the cue tip and the cue ball.

It is a foul if a shot is played while any ball is in motion, including a spinning ball.

When attempting a jump shot, if a player intentionally strikes the cue ball below center (“digs under it”) or miscues during execution of a jump or masse shot, it is considered a foul.

It is a foul when a cue ball is frozen to an illegal object ball and that ball is moved in the process of shooting.

Fouls (Continued)

If the cue tip strikes the cue ball more than once during a shot or is still in contact with the cue ball when it strikes the object ball, it is a foul. When the cue ball is frozen or close to the object ball and the player is shooting directly at the object ball, it is a foul if the cue ball travels at a similar speed and path as the object ball after contact.

All fouls must be called and acknowledged by both players before the next shot takes place.

The players may not interfere in any way with a ball as it enters a pocket. Doing so is considered a foul.


Players are not allowed to use a ball, rack, or any width measuring device to see if a cue ball or an object ball would travel through a space between 2 balls or ball and cushion, etc. Doing so is a foul. Only the cue stick may be used to judge gaps, distance, angles, etc., so long as the hand holds the cue. To do so otherwise is a foul.

Ball in Hand

The player may place the cue ball anywhere on the table and may continue to adjust the position until she takes the shot. The player may use her hand or any part of the cue stick, excluding the tip, to position the cue ball.

When positioning the cue ball, any forward stroke motion contacting the cue ball is a foul, if it is not a legal shot.

It is a foul for the cue ball to come in contact with any other ball during placement.

To purposely or accidentally disturb an object ball that has any effect on the outcome of the shot is a foul.

Object balls jumped off the table

Any balls jumped off the table or illegally pocketed stay down with the exception of the nine-ball, which is spotted on the foot spot.

Three Consecutive Fouls

If the same player makes three consecutive fouls during a game, including any foul committed on the break, it is a loss of game.

The opponent or referee must warn the player that she is on two fouls, for the three-foul rule to take place. Otherwise, the player remains on two fouls unless a legal hit is executed.

WPBA Rules Apply

WPBA rules will apply for any rule, guideline, or situation not described in this section.


See current BCA rulebook for all 8-ball guidelines.

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