NBL Mission: To instill standardization, organization and professionalism in the billiards industry of America, promoting all billiard entities while providing a platform on which men, women and juniors of various skill levels can all compete against one another, thus elevating billiards to a higher standard across the board and providing feasible accessibility and a viable income for both the casual part-time weekend warrior competitor as well as players seeking a professional full-time career.
Don’t let the word, “League” mislead you. The NBL is a series of 2-stage tournaments with 8 stage 1 qualifiers and 4 quarterly Pro/Am main events designed as a nationwide tour and organized as a league.
Think of the National Billiards League (NBL) in the same regard as the National Football LEAGUE (NFL) or Major LEAGUE Baseball (MLB) or the National Hockey LEAGUE (NHL) which are all recognized as the official professional league of their sport in America. Same objective with the NBL for pocket billiards as well.
STAGE 1 QUALIFIER FORMAT
Amateurs Only (BCA ranked 201 or higher/719 Fargo and below) *these are subject to change in the future
$150 Entry Fee
World Rules 10-Ball (WPA-pool.com)
True Double Elimination
One set pattern (no pattern racking/not random either. Everyone gets the same exact rack to start) To Be Announced
Designated break spot (same break for all players to practice) To Be Announced
FIRST ROUND IS A RACE TO 5! (This allows more opportunity for the lesser players to win)
All winners side matches are a race to 9.
All one-loss side matches continue at races to 5.
(This format balances out the time of play on both sides AND the same number of racks are required to get to the finals from both sides!)
1st set of the Finals are a race to 9 and if it goes to a 2nd set, it’s a race to 5
Top 8 finishers out of 32 (25%) get paid cash that day.
The WINNER will ALSO be awarded with a FREE $1,000.00 ENTRY SLOT INTO THE MAIN EVENT, FREE FLIGHT, FREE HOTEL, TOUR CARD & 2 PERSONALIZED UNIFORM JERSEYS (last name, state and qualifying venue on back) – a $2,500.00 prize package on top!
Stage 2 Main Event
At STAGE 2 – The Main Event, all 64 Qualifier winners will play each other in the first round! This guarantees 32 of them advance on the winners’ side!
The 64 professionals that buy in at $1,000.00 will also play each other in the 1st round sending 32 of them to the B side.
EVERYTHING LEVELS OUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LESSER PLAYERS until the 2nd round where they must play well and earn further advancement. Amateurs and professionals alike, will all have opportunities of winning cash prizes as the top 48 spots pay out at the main event!!!
Stage 2 Main Events follow the same format as Stage 1 Qualifying Events but with races to 7 in the first round and on the 1 loss side of the charts and races to 11 on the undefeated side of the charts.
WINNING FORMULA: 32 Locations x 32 Players @ $150 Twice = A $200,000.00 Prize purse, NO $1000.00 Entry Fee, NO Travel expenses, NO Lodging expenses, CASH in hand at stage 1 (Qualifiers), Tour Card for the year to be exempt from qualifying in stage 1 and go directly into stage 2, Two official NBL uniform jerseys to wear during competition personalized with last name and home state on back as well as qualifying location.
Pretty much in a nutshell, 32 players (open speed and under- no pros) enter a stage 1 qualifying event for $150.00. The top 8 win cash that day and the 1st place winner also gets the big prize package: the $1000 entry into the main event, paid flight, paid hotel, 2021 tour card to bypass qualifiers for events 2, 3 & 4, and 2 official NBL competition jerseys personalized with their last name, the qualifying state and venue on back.
The main event is projected to have a $200,000.00 total prize purse paying $30,000.00 to 1st place and all the way out to 48th place at $1,000.00.
This will occur 4 times a year: stage 1 qualifiers in Jan & Feb for the main event in March. S1Qs in April and May then Event 2 in June. So forth and so forth. Players will have 2 chances to qualify into each quarterly event. Pros are exempt from qualifying in (nor may they play in a qualifier) and can simply buy in the main event at the $1,000.00 entry.
Stage 2 – Main Event $200,000.00 Total Prize Purse (projected)
Prize Purse Break Down
5th/6th $10,000.00ea. (x2)
9th-12th $5,000.00ea. (x4)
13th-16th $2,500.00ea. (x4)
17th-24th $2,000.00ea. (x8)
25th-32nd $1,500.00ea. (x8)
33rd-48th $1,000.00ea. (x16)
The NBL welcomes ALL LEAGUES and TOURS to advertise with us by TRULY SPONSORING their players and awarding their amateurs a spot in a Stage 1 Qualifier (pay their $150 entry) and THEN slap a patch on them. Sponsorship of professionals will require ACTUAL sponsorship as well! Only 3 sponsor patches max: 1 for paying their $1000 entry fee, 1 for paying their flight and 1 for paying their hotel. THAT’S sponsorship. The NBL is raising the value of a pool player as well. Now they will have a defined minimum market value!
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