Main Events

Welcome to NCPT!  North Central Pool Tour is a regional pool tour. Membership is open to anyone. We currently have two divisions: Open and Ladies. We run billiard events throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  Throughout the year, players earn points to become the annual NCPT champion for both Open and Ladies divisions, as well as a Spirit award winner. Top point earners in the Ladies division also receive an invitation to the NAPT's Division 2 Championships held in February of each year. (The Division 2 Championship for the open division is still TBD.) 

Bonus Events

NCPT may partner with various tournament directors to give NCPT players a chance to earn more points! Points will be counted toward becoming the NCPT tour champion as well as qualifying for NAPT events throughout the year.  Bonus Events will NOT be run or organized by the NCPT.  The guidelines enforced by the NCPT listed below may not apply.  Any questions, concerns, or comments regarding any of these events should be directed to the tournament director listed on the flyer.  All event promotion done by NCPT will state whether or not the event is a Bonus Event.  Please refer to details on the event page on NCPTplay.com to confirm.

Special Events

We may hold Special Events throughout the year that are run by NCPT and other entities combined.  These events will also give NCPT players a chance to earn more points! Points will be counted toward becoming the NCPT tour champion, as well as qualifying for NAPT events throughout the year.  Rules/Guidelines associated with these events can vary and will always be posted on NCPTplay.com.



*Below applies to NCPT Main Events only*

(For Bonus Events, refer to the event info on the flyer or tournament director listed on the flyer for those guidelines)


  • Race will be to 7/6. The tournament director will have discretion as to whether or not the race will be shortened depending on the number of players and the size of the room.  

  • Lag for the first break then alternate breaks.

  • Rack your own.  For the 10-ball rack, the 2 and 3 balls should be placed in the corners of the rack.  A template rack will be available.

  • Events follow CSI 10-ball or Texas Express 9-ball rules.  All decisions regarding the rules are at the discretion of the tournament director.

  • The tournament format will be double elimination and will have a blind draw for bracket position following the players meeting. 

  • Calling a referee is the responsibility of the non-shooting player before any controversial shot is attempted.  The decision of the ref is final.

  • Jump cues are allowed for NCPT events. But this option will be at the room’s discretion. It will be announced during the players meeting.

  • 3-foul rule is in effect.


Registration & Entry Register at NCPTplay.com.  Tournament entry is $50 (and usually includes greens fees unless otherwise noted) per event. Every entry will include a $5 NCPT registration fee. New players to the tour will enjoy a $20 discount off their first 2 NCPT Main Events (not to include Bonus Events). Payment can be made online with PayPal/Zelle via friends and family or cash the day of the event.  Register early so we can ensure a nice field!


North American Pool Tour (NAPT) North Central Pool Tour is sanctioned through the NAPT, which hosts events all over the U.S. and Canada.  NAPT hosts Division 1 (pro) events and the annual Division 2 Championships for regional tour players. The NAPT sanction gives NCPT players an opportunity to play among the top players in the world.  Players have the option to pay part of the annual sanction fee for NAPT ($20) to join.  Once the $20 payment is paid, the player's points count toward the NAPT's Division 2 event. The player can also win qualifier invites.  (Please note: NAPT will require an additional $130 sanction fee to participate in any Division 1 pro event.)


Earning points NCPT members earn points throughout the season (Jan-Dec) for each tour stop they participate in (see chart below). Everyone receives points, but the higher a player finishes, the more points they earn. Points will be the same for NCPT Main, Bonus, & Special Events.  



























NCPT Champions At the end of the year, the top points earner in both divisions will become the annual NCPT champion.  Both champions will receive a prize.  In addition, there will be the Spirit award which is handed out to the one player across both divisions that exemplifies what NCPT is all about – growth, hard work, and great spirit.  (All award winners must have at least 4 matches played.) 


Division 2 Championship This annual tournament is limited to Division 2 players only (no pros) and is played out in a round robin format. The number of players in the open field is yet to be determined, but the women’s field accepts 64 players (8 brackets of 8 players). That is a minimum of 7 matches played over 2 days. The top 4 players from each 8-player bracket earns cash and moves on to the top 32 double elimination round. The top 4 finishers receive automatic invites to the following year’s Division I events. Past host locations were in Arizona and California.


NAPT Qualifiers Occasionally we will announce that a certain tour stop will be a an NAPT QUALIFIER. In these qualifier tournament stops, the top 2 current NAPT sanctioned members will receive automatic invites to an upcoming NAPT Division I pro event.  Players must be NAPT members to be considered to receive the invites. Qualifier invites are UNPAID invites unless otherwise noted. Entry fee to these events is $275 + annual sanction fee, which is $130 + the $20 you have already paid for sanctioning.


Tie-breakers In the event of a tie for a qualifier prize, the tie-breaker is as follows: 1) NAPT members, 2) placement in the tourney, 3) head to head, 4) points earned for the year, 5) NAPT rank, and 6) number of NCPT stops attended that year.     


Dress Code There is no dress code. But please note we are aiming to have a live stream at our events. Photos will also be taken throughout the day.   Please look presentable.


Etiquette Coaching is not allowed during matches. Whenever possible, players must be seated while their opponent is shooting.  Unscrewing your cue while your opponent is at the table is loss of game. Conversation with spectators is not allowed.  The use of electronic devices, phones, or ear plugs is prohibited during matches. If on the live stream, please do not concede any balls.


Brackets NCPT utilizes League Pool Stats to maintain the tournament bracket.  You can view the brackets online at Challonge.  All results are forwarded to FargoRate.

Forfeits Players will have 10 minutes to report to their match, once the match is called. If a player fails to report to their assigned table within the allotted 10 minutes, the player will forfeit one game. If the player is not at their table within 15 minutes of the called match, the absent player forfeits that match.  It is the player's responsibility to keep an eye on the bracket via Challonge.


Time-Outs Each player is allowed one 5-minute time-out during each match.  A time-out may be taken only between racks.


Shot Clock Usage Matches may be subject to a shot clock.  When the shot clock is exercised, there will be 30 seconds allowed per shot, with one 30-second extension. Players will receive a 10-second warning.  On matches that are hill-hill, one additional 30-second extension will be allowed in the final rack.  Either the shot clock will be monitored by the tournament director or by the players themselves. If the players are required to monitor their own shot clock, explanation will be provided on how to use it. Please note: Time is of the essence so a match may also be put on the clock at any time, at the tournament director’s discretion.


Pool Rooms and Sponsors We encourage NCPT players to support our pool rooms and sponsors.  Anything you can do to spread the word, either by mouth or social media, will greatly benefit those that have invested with the tour. During the tournament, sharing is caring, and of course, spending at the establishment is highly encouraged.  Invite your friends and family to the event as well!  As we obtain more sponsors, do what you can to promote.  Without their support, there is no NCPT.


Payouts The top 33% of the field will be paid. In 2020, all entry fees and added money listed on the flyer, minus the greens fees & $5 registration per player, will go back to the payout. Added money will be based on a full field unless otherwise stated. Any sponsorship funds & registration fees will go toward a combination of added money, prize money for the year-end awards, equipment, and organizational expenses.  NCPT will use a tournament payout calculator to determine the breakdown of the payout. NCPT may adjust the resulting amounts, rounding up or down to create round numbers.


Side Pot At some events, players will have the option to enter a $20 side pot. The top 33% of the players that entered the side pot will be paid. Only players who have entered the side pot will be eligible to win.

Raffles NCPT may raffle items to sustain the tour.  Any raffle money will go toward a combination of added money, prize money for the year-end awards, equipment, and organizational expenses.

Conduct It is important that players at NCPT events exhibit professional behavior at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct, abusive language, intentional sharking, and deliberate destruction of equipment will not be tolerated during our events. Doing so will result in an automatic forfeit of matches and loss of entry fee. Players may also be banned from attending future events, based on the tournament director’s discretion.


All decisions regarding the rules are at the discretion of the tournament director.

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