The ACS now uses PLAYER RANKINGS of STANDARD, OPEN and ADVANCED. There will no longer be a Division category labeled as MASTER in any ACS-produced event.
A player will be assigned a ‘Performance Ranking’ based on their finish in the Finals of every 8-Ball SINGLES or TEAM Event played in an ACS [USA] or CCS [Canada] Championship.
The ‘Performance Rankings’ are assigned, as follows:
Top 12% – assigned ‘Performance Ranking’ of NEXT HIGHER Division.
In the Money – assigned ‘Performance Ranking’ of SAME Division.
Out of the Money – assigned ‘Performance Ranking’ of NEXT LOWER Division.
Since a player’s ranking will be based on the ‘HIGHEST OF THE LAST 2’ finishes, any move up is immediate but the move down will only happen after a player comes back and finishes out of the money in two consecutive appearances at the ACS Nationals.
There will be no automatic dropdown for those with a MASTERS Ranking (all players that finish in the top 12% of an Advanced Division 8 Ball Singles or Team Event).
A player’s TEAM RANKING may not be lower than their SINGLES RANKING.
A player’s SINGLES RANKING may not be more than one level lower than their TEAM RANKING.
A Player without a Ranking will be designated as ‘U’ [Unknown]. A ‘U’ Ranking will be considered the equivalent of Standard, unless assigned otherwise based on Known Ability (KA).
The ACS reserves the right to assign PLAYER RANKINGS based on KNOWN ABILITY (KA) and will continue to recognize the Player Ranking Lists of the VNEA and the BCAPL. ACS ADVANCED Player status is assigned to all BCAPL MASTERS, VNEA MASTERS, BCAPL ADVANCED, VNEA INTERMEDIATE and State Masters recognized by all ACS, BCAPL, VNEA state-affiliated associations and similar independent regional organizations.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYER DEFINITION
Players of “Professional Player” status shall be ineligible to compete in any American CueSports Alliance sanctioned amateur event between the dates of June 1, and May 31, of the year in question. A player will be considered a professional if he or she is listed in the rankings (per quotas listed below) in the year ending prior to the year of any ACS sanctioned amateur event.
Top 128 men players of the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA)
Top 32 women players of the World Pool Billiard Association (WPA)
Top 32 players of the Men’s Pro Points List
Top 32 players of the Women’s Professional Billiard Association (WPBA)
The ACS Player Review Committee reserves the right to disqualify anyone formerly or currently considered to be a professional-caliber player based on Known Ability (KA).
Player Ranking & Guidelines