League Formats

What nights and formats will West Michigan BCAPL be offering?

What options do you offer for Junior players?

We offer Sunday Junior Leagues in a team format 8-Ball and Lagger’s Option, ages range from 7 to 20.

The last few sessions we have had 4 Teams of 4 Players with subs. We almost have enough registered for the fall session to have 6 3-Player Teams.

Juniors may also participate in leagues on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights if accompanied by a parent and if the teams play at Sands West or Sands East.

West Michigan BCAPL Juniors may also participate in KREWE events or become members of The KREWE.

What is the Laggers Option Format?

Players will lag and the winner of the lag either selects the game format (9, or 10 ball) or chooses to break. If the winner of the lag chooses the break then the opponent chooses the format. If the winner of the lag chooses the format then the opponent get to break.

Singles Leagues

Each week you are scheduled to play one opponent in both 8-Ball and Lagger’s Option

Being a committed player is very important being that you have no substitute if you are unable to make it to your match. Make-up matches are allowed given that you notify your opponent in a timely manner. Matches may also be rescheduled ahead of time or even completed ahead of the schedule if you have some scheduling conflicts. Please resolve scheduling issues with the opposing player and notify a League Operator of the new match date and time.

At the end of the session payouts are determined by a Playoff Tournament scheduled for the Saturday following the last day of league play.

Singles Playoff Tournament (Eligibility Requirements)

  • All matches must be completed by the Wednesday Night before the tournament.
  • If you forfeit or are unable to complete your matches by the Wednesday for the Playoff Tournament then you will be ineligible to compete.
  • Finish in the top half of the league for combined points for 8-Ball and Lagger’s Option
  • Finish as Top Shooter of either 8-Ball or Lagger’s Option (1st Place)
  • Wildcard Entries are drawn for players that complete all of their scheduled matches by the Wednesday Night before the Playoffs. The number of wildcard entries is determined by the number of players (Typically 1 to 3 wildcard entries)
  • Fargo ratings are subject for review half way through the session and before the playoff tournament begins

How do the Scotch Doubles Leagues Work?

Matches are scheduled for every other week on Sundays with some adjustments to avoid holiday weekends.

Being a committed team is very important as substitutes are not allowed if you are unable to make it to your match. Make-up matches are allowed given that you notify your opponent in a timely manner. Matches may also be rescheduled ahead of time or even completed ahead of the schedule if you have some scheduling conflicts. Please resolve scheduling issues with the opposing team and notify a League Operator of the new match date and time.

Team rating is determined by both players combined divided by 2 (The Average)

Scotch Doubles Handicap Example:

Player 1 has a rating of 450 and Player 2 has a rating of 503. Adding them together equals 953. Dividing 953 by 2 generates a handicap of 477. (We round up when there is a fraction for the average).

To calculate the race, you need to get your teams handicap, and the opposing teams handicap and compare them to the chart on the About FargoRate page here

Scotch Doubles Race Example:

Team A has a rating of 477 and Team B has a rating of 431. Since Team A is the higher of the handicaps, we subtract Team B’s handicap from theirs and look up the difference in the chart. For this example, the difference is 46 points. In the chart for handicaps between 400-499, we see that the race will be 4-3. Team A will race to 4, while Team B will race to 3.

The race will be the same for both the 8 Ball match and the 9 Ball match.

New players without established Fargo rating may be adjusted at any time throughout the session.

Team ratings will remain the same throughout the session unless the League Operator deems it necessary to adjust the overall rating of a team. As we begin our first session with Fargo, we will be monitoring player ratings more closely.

How many players are allowed on a roster for team nights?

One less than double the number of matches. i.e. If the night is a 3-Match Division then the team is allowed no more than 5 players.

Can players be added to roster at a later date?

Yes, Players can be added through week 5. Our League Operator may allow exceptions however in special circumstances. Playbacks are allowed.

Is there a skill level max for teams?

There is no max skill level per team or individual. However a fargo rating of 720 or above is considered a professional rating and is not eligible for the amatuer level divisions at the National Championships. Nevertheless the player ranked 720+ would be eligible to play in the Open events ie 8-Ball Challenge, 9-Ball Challenge, 10-Ball Challenge, US 8-Ball Open and US 10-Ball Open. The 720+ rated player would also be eligible to compete in the travel fund at the end of the year which awards travel expenses to the top finishers of each respective divisions.

What is cost for playing leagues?

$15 annual membership fee valid from June 1 through May 31

Nightly dues are $7 per player per match played for Teams

Nightly dues are $14 per player for Singles Leagues ($7 per match)

Nightly dues are $14 per player for Scotch Doubles ($7 per match)

Are there payouts at the end of the session?

Yes, Payouts are based on the number of teams, matches played, and number of weeks completed and forfeits. We will be increasing the amount paid to the Top Teams and Travel Fund that were previous paid out by West Michigan NAPA. However where the funds get applied are yet to be determined, please note however this will not be less than how we operated in the past.

Will there still be a Top Shooter, Top Male Shooter or Top Female Shooter?

Yes, We will still award Top Shooter for Singles and Top Male and Female Shooter for teams. Note that playbacks will not count towards overall top shooter points.