Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2021 stage III

  • Regulations
  • Participants
  • Mezz Cues Baltic Pool League 2021

    Organizers: Estonian Billiard Association, Lithuanian Pool Federation, Latvian Pool Federation, Belarusian Association of Billiard Sports and Finnish Billiard Federation.

     Venue: Arena Billiards, Savanoriu per. 363, Kaunas, Lithuania.

    23rd of October 2021

    • 8:30                Doors open
    • 9:00                Start of 1st session
    • 10:30              Opening ceremony
    • 11:00              Continue of play

    24th of October2021

    • 9:00                Continue of play
    • 12:30 Quarterfinals
    • 14:00 Semifinals
    • 15:30 Final
    • 17:00 Award ceremony

    Discipline: 9-ball


    • Open division race to 7.
    • Women division race to 6.
    • Old-boys division race to 6.
    • U15 division race to 4.
    • All play-off stage matches (RT+1).

    Prize fund: 80% of all received entry fees.

    Prize money will be paid during the award ceremony only.

    Tournament officials:

    Tournament director: Tomas Brikmanis (Lithuania)

    Stage head referree: Vladislavs Belkovs (Latvia)

    Registration and draw

    Entry fee

    Participants in open, women and oldboys divisions must pay an entry fee in the amount of 40 euros.

    Underaged athletes participating in open division must pay an entry fee in the amount of 20 euros.

    Youth U16 division must pay an entry fee in the amount of 10 euros.

     Tournament brakets:

    • In open division the qualifying stages chart consists of the winners and losers side. In case there are more than 64 participants then the last 32 play knock out stages. In case there are less than 64 participants then the last 16 play knock out stages.
    • In women‘s, oldboys and U16 division the qualifying stages chart consists of the winners and losers side. In case there are more than 16 participants then the last 8 play knock out stages. In case there are less than 16 participants then the last 4 play knock out stages.
    • U16 division games start 24th of October (Sunday).

    Age limits 

    • U16 - An athlete must have no more than their 15th birthday in the current BPL season.
    • Seniors and Ladies age group is defined according to EPBF sports regulations:
      • 2021 - An athlete must at least have their 44th birthday in 2021.
      • 2022 - An athlete must at least have their 44th birthday in 2022.
      • 2023 - An athlete must at least have their 45th birthday in 2023.

    Dress Code

    Each player’s attire must be clean, proper and in good condition. If an athlete is unsure about the legality of his attire, the athlete should approach the Tournament Leader before the match and ask whether the attire is legal. The Tournament Leader has the final say with regards to the legality of attire.


    Shirts can be of any design providing it has a collar, short sleeve or long sleeve and any colour. Extra clothing if the area is cool can be worn on top of the shirt in the form of a jumper/sweater or tracksuit top but none of these are permitted with a hood attached. It is also allowed to wear undershirt as long as it is matching the shirt. Shirts must be tucked inside trousers and must be long enough that when stretching over the table, no body skin should be visible. For Women, shirts can be outside trousers, but no body skin should be visible. It is not allowed to wear T-shirts.


    Dress trousers that are clean and in good condition are to be used. Trousers must cover entire backside and must fit around waist and a belt should be worn, no half trousers regardless of the design. For women, also a black skirt or divided skirt, which covers the knees is allowed. It is not allowed to wear trousers with studs/chains or side pockets below the thigh. Denim/blue jeans of any colour and corduroy material are forbidden.


    Shoes must be elegant dress shoes that fit in the outfit. Sneakers and sandals are not allowed. Dark sports shoes with a top of leather or leather-like material are allowed but are subject to the Tournament Leader’s discretion.


    No headgear, or headphones other than on recognized grounds with written medical reasons from a qualified doctor.

    Any Athlete refusing to meet with requirements in respect of the Dress Code shall be liable to forfeit that respective match.

    Special break rules

     All matches alternative brake, 9 ball on the spot and 3 point rule applies.

    Time limit

    In order to better control the schedule of an event, each match can be given a certain time limit. A shot clock can be implemented at any time. The decision lies with the discretion of the tournament leader. After enforcing the shot clock, the time for each shot (with the exemption of the second shot after racking, see below) is 35 seconds, with a warning after 25 seconds. Each athlete will be allowed one 25-second extension during each rack. The time for the second shot after the racking of the balls will be 60 seconds with a warning after 50 seconds and no option for extension. The second shot after racking means the shot immediately following the break shot in 8, 9 and 10-ball. The shot clock will be started when all balls come to rest, including spinning balls and (when applicable) the cue-ball is available to the player. The shot clock will end when the cue tip strikes the cue ball to initiate a stroke or the when athlete’s time expires from the shot clock. If an athlete runs out of time, it is a standard foul.

    Late Start

    Athletes must be at the venue and ready to play their assigned match 30 minutes before the appointed match time. If an athlete is late for an announced match, he/she will have a maximum of twenty minutes to report to his assigned table ready to play or the match will be lost. If an athlete is late for his appointed match the following procedure will be enforced:

    • after 6 minutes: First call and one rack (8, 9 and 10-ball);
    • after 11 minutes: Second call and one rack;
    • after 16 minutes: Final warning call and one rack;
    • after 20 minutes: Loss of match by forfeit.

    Should this happen in the winner’s bracket of a DKO system, he will be placed in the loser’s bracket. Otherwise such an athlete is disqualified.Should both athletes in the same match in the winner’s bracket arrive too late, both athletes will be disqualified since both of them cannot use the one and only existing spot in the loser’s bracket. Tournament officials are the only ones who have the power to implement this.

    Rack template (aka magic rack) removal

    After the break, the rack template must be removed from the table as soon as possible without disturbing any of the balls. If there are balls obstructing the removal of the rack template, the opponent must be the one to remove the rack template. If there are no obstructions, the athlete at the table may remove the rack template without the opponent interfering. The Rack Template can only be removed if not more than 2 balls are an obstruction in its removal. Exception to this rule applies if 1 or more balls are frozen and obstructing the removal, in this case the rack template stays in place until such time that the frozen balls are no longer an obstacle in the removal of the Rack Template.Once the rack template is removed from its original position, it cannot interfere with the game i.e. it will be considered a foul shot if any ball touches it. 

    Random 9-ball and 10-ball rack

    The rack in 10-ball and 9-ball should be built randomly, with exception of the 1-ball, which should always be on top and the 9-ball/10-ball, that is to be put in the centre of the rack. It is not allowed to routinely put specific balls in a specific location. Both players agreeing on this is irrelevant.


    One time-out of five minutes for each athlete is allowed per match. The time-out can be taken between racks and play is suspended. The athlete can use his right for a time-out only before any break shot is executed. The opponent must remain seated as during normal play unless he/she decides to use his/hers time-out in the same time, in which case no further time-out will be allowed. The athletes should remember that their actions must be within the spirit of the game and if they act otherwise, they are subject to a penalty under the Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Reasons for an imposed penalty are: taking time-out other than in between the racks, practicing during time-out and late return after a time-out.

    Anti-doping, smoking, drinking alcohol, etc  

    Prohibited substances are defined by WADA List of Prohibited Substances (

    Smoking, using of snus or snuff or electronic cigarette and drinking alcohol or non-alcoholic beer is forbidden during the match, including time-out (at all times for U16 division). Any violation will be considered as Unsportsmanlike Conduct. If a referee or the tournament leader decides that an athlete is unfit to start or continue his/hers match because of visible intoxication, they can penalize the offending athlete up to disqualification from the event at their sole discretion.

    Use of mobile phones and other electronic devices

    Active athletes are not allowed to use of mobile phones and other electronic devices during the match, including time-out. Such items must be turned off or in silent mode and may not lie on the table or in any other visible spot.


    BPL will endeavor to have at least one referee present at the venue for the duration

    of the event. The athletes will be taking care of the racking themselves. The athletes are responsible for match scoring and for calling the referee when needed. The winner is responsible for the official match protocol.

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    The rules and regulations give the referee and other tournament officials considerable latitude in penalizing Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Several factors will be considered in such decisions, including previous conduct, previous warnings, how serious the offense is, and information that the athletes may have been given at that the start of the tournament. If an athlete insults a referee or any other tournament official, the offending player will be penalized up to disqualification from the event.

    Protest procedures

    All the disputes between participants are resolved by the head referee. The participants have the right to forward a written disagreement the application of the head referees decision to the organizing committee‘s email within one week after the event is held. Each forwarded disagreement application fee is 50 EUR that must be forwarded to the organizing committee. In case the organizing committee finds that the participant disagreement is justified the disagreement application fee in the amount of 50 euros is refunded to the participant and further actions regarding the decision are forwarded to the participant, referee and any other party involved.

    COVID-related information

    To minimize COVID-related risks, all participating EU residents must hold a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate for the duration of the competition.

    Athletes from Non-EU counties must possess a negative PCR test with a testing procedure completed no more than 72 hours before the end of the tournament. The aforementioned documents have to be presented by participating athletes to a Tournament Director after arrival at a venue. These requirements don‘t change or replace any traveling restrictions (if any) of a hosting country. Please be aware that additional restrictions can be implemented at any time to comply with laws, current epidemiologic situation and authorities of the hosting country.


    # Player   City г.р. зв. жер
    1 Kaunas 1968 6
    2 Kaunas 1986 52
    3 Kaunas 1989 40
    4 Kaunas 1972 7
    5 Vilnius 1952 8
    6 Kaunas 1974 4
    7 Kaunas 1998 54
    8 Telšiai 1960 9
    9 Kaunas 1994 45
    10 Kaunas 1980 4
    11 Rīga 32
    12 Tallinn 19
    13 Tallinn 2006  
    14 Tallinn 3
    15 Kaunas 1980 13
    16 Ventspils 1983 3
    17 Vilnius 1983 МС47
    18 Rīga 26
    19 Kaunas 1985 3
    20 Вильнюс 5
    21 Kaunas 1999 8
    22 Panevėžys 1995 51
    23 Kaunas 1995 38
    24 Вильнюс 1989 7
    25 10
    26 Vilnius 1993 5
    27 Panevėžys 1997 53
    28 Panevėžys 1990 46
    29 Tartu 1
    30 Vilnius 1997 11
    31 Tallinn 1983 25
    32 Vilnius 1968 5
    33 Kaunas 1967 12
    34 Kaunas 1983 50
    35 Vilnius 1979 6
    36 Liepaja 44
    37 Kaunas 1992 34
    38 Kaunas 1959 18
    39 Kaunas 1970 10
    40 Kretinga 1986 10
    41 Kauno raj. 1995 7
    42 Klaipėda 1988 29
    43 Rīga 9
    44 Rīga 30
    45 Vilnius 8
    46 Vilnius 1984 6
    47 Kaunas 1984 9
    48 Vilnius 1983 15
    49 Klaipėda 1987 43
    50 Tallinn 1987 18
    51 Tartu 1970 15
    52 Tartu 23
    53 Panevėžys 2007  
    54 Šiauliai 1983 42
    55 Panevėžys 1985 49
    56 Kaunas 28
    57 Tallinn 1993 22
    58 Kaunas 1969 11
    59 Klaipėda 1997 35
    60 Kaunas 1988 17
    61 Rīga 2
    62 Visaginas 1979 41
    63 Rīga 1978 4
    64 Olsztyn 1972 17
    65 Tallinn 2002 24
    66 Ķekava 1976 1
    67 Vilnius 1975 12
    68 Kaunas 1973 16
    69 Rezekne 27
    70 Kaunas 1993 33
    71 Panevėžys 1987 16
    72 Muraste 1958 13
    73 1984 31
    74 Klaipėda 2000 39
    75 Kaunas 1980 14
    76 Gdańsk 14
    77 Санкт-Петербург 1981 МС1
    78 Минск 1996 МС48
    79 Санкт-Петербург 1989 2