8 Ball Tournament Guidelines
This thread is designed to give prospective tournament hosts and participants an insight into what hosting or participating involves. It includes information on the types of game play, types of tournament, tournament rules, and other information which I thought may be of use.
Introducing the main types of tournament
Different types of game play and the rules for the various types can be found below the first post.
I would recommend new tournament hosts starting with either a basic tournament or a knock-out tournament, with only the more experienced hosts opting for the slightly more complicated formats.
More specialised types of tournament
Due to these tournaments having a different play style to typical 8 ball pool games, players wishing to take part will be required to play one game against a proven member who often plays indirect before they will be allowed to sign up.
In this thread here
is a list of members who have proven themselves to be capable of playing in indirect tournaments and they will be allowed to participate in any indirect tournament. Please comment in that thread if you wish to play a match to get your name on the list.
Help topics for hosts
• Please ensure that the deadline you choose is suitable for you so that you can post updates if necessary. Even if this means slight variations in round deadlines.
• Ensure that your chosen deadline allows players enough time to play their match, be sure to take into account that time zone differences may mean that it takes longer for some players to find a suitable time to play their match.
• Do not change the deadline once a round is over as this is unfair on those players who completed their matches within the set time.
• There is a suggested maximum number of players of 100 for normal pool, this includes: 8 Ball, 9 Ball, and one pocket. And a maximum of 50 players for indirect.
• Only being able to take part in indirect tournaments if your name is on the list of qualified players.
• You should allow all members to take part in your tournament if they wish to play, and not turn down other players just because you have your differences with them.
• If a host suspects cheating or foul play from a player in the tournament they should alert a moderator or admin who will deal with the situation accordingly.
• If a player is to be removed from, or banned from, a tournament then they will be notified by a moderator or admin.
3. Arranging Matches
• Send a PM, or wall post, to your opponent to arrange your match. Posting to their wall is preferable as this can be monitored by forum staff and means that if a match does not take place we can determine which player tried to organise a time for the match to place so that they advance to the next round.
4. Making your tournament bracket
• Hosts may use this website http://challonge.com/
to create their tournament bracket; this is particularly useful for knockout styles.
• If using Challonge please make sure a screen shot of each level of progress is posted to the forum or post a link to it if possible.
• You are also permitted to make your tournament bracket using Excel or by another means if that is easiest for you.
• Make sure that your first post and round information posts are easy to read, with the post split into different sections. A section for tournament overview, one for rules, one for subscriptions etc. posting like this will mean the information should be clear to everyone reading it. This is so that everyone knows what is expected of them, when they will be required to play, number of rounds, tournament specific rules, how the results should be posted etc. to reduce any confusion that may occur later on due to lack of information.
• Base all your deadlines around GMT, as this makes it easier for players to work out what the deadline is where they live. It is useful to include this link (or a similar site) in your post http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/
• Include the standard tournament rules in your post so everyone is aware of them:
1. Hacking is not allowed. You will be instantly and permanently banned from the forum. Do not accuse someone of cheating, create a zendesk ticket if you do have enough proof.
2. Faking screenshots is not allowed. You will be permanently banned from all future tournaments. Further sanctions such as an infraction and forum bans are possible.
3. Abusing glitches is not allowed. If you find a glitch, report it to the host instead of abusing it to get a high score. Same punishment as for point 2 will be applied if you fail to do so.
4. Any other form of cheating is not allowed. Bans from both tournaments as the forum are possible.
5. Play fair. Play legit. Show good sportsmanship. Have fun. Use common sense.
6. Optional: take a screen grab of your in-game aim lines to just avoid arguments here.
7. No one is allowed to submit scores on the behalf of others.
Remember that hosting a successful tournament requires some time and effort, you can't just stop by to drop the name of the next game. It's good to participate in a few tournaments before hosting your own and you'll get the idea of host's duties. That way you'll know better if you have the time hosting requires.
I hope that you have found the information in this thread useful, if anything is missing or you would like any additional information please post in this thread.
Thank you to @m4rt1n
for their contributions to this thread.