The Diamond League is for ANY player who wants to take part in a competitive league structure. Using our proprietary grading and scoring system, teams only score points by winning games not by potting balls. While players are graded, there is no match handicap in this league, all teams will play off scratch, but there are limits to team rosters. The scoring system supports lower-graded players and puts more pressure on the better players to perform in an environment that actively supports player improvement.
The Diamond League uses an exciting Match format for three-player teams over 21 games of pool. Every player plays seven games of pool across the night. While the match is predominantly 8-ball singles (16 games), Diamond League have mixed things up with the sixth round being a Scotch Doubles match while the first round is a complete round of 10-ball (3 games). The exciting final round is for DOUBLE points while the final game is our special Marquee Matchup where the highest Fargo Rated player from each team faces off for victory. More than 85% of matches come down to the double points rounds which keeps teams in the hunt until the last games.
Diamond League uses Fargo Rate a recognised global rating system to help us rate players based on individual performance. Our proprietary scoring system allows all players from Novices to Professional to fairly compete. Diamond League believes that Fargo Rate and scoring system is there to allow less experienced teams to compete on a fair footing with stronger teams with a focus on winning games, rather than handing out false victories through potting balls as other league systems do.
Diamond League want players to practice, strive to improve, and get all the competitive enjoyment that the game has to offer. The majority of our registered league players and our League Staff recognize the ability of these players. Diamond League also has statistics on many players through tournaments and various other pool, snooker, billiard events and organizations. Diamond League believes this system of play properly returns the focus of the League back to winning games rather than worrying about balls potted.
The aim is to win a game of pool by all sportsmanlike means possible within the BCAPL Rules, not chasing points by potting five balls then missing, and thus handing an easy victory to your opponent. While this system may seem harsh at first, it is actually a much better environment for learning players to hone their skills and improve.
Our scoring system
Each player has a ‘scalp’ based on their FargoRate; the higher the FargoRate the greater the value. The winner of a game scores their opponent’s scalp towards their team’s total points. The loser scores no points. Diamond League uses the 20-point play which allocates winning points based on the difference between players FargoRate, as shown in the following table:
A lower Fargo Rate rated player has a lower scalp and so even if they lose every game, they still only give away minimal points for the entire match. As soon as they start winning games these points even up meaning that risk/reward is heavily in their favour.
Our system provides the perfect environment for less experienced players to learn while maintaining the integrity of the game. Our system treats players of all levels fairly with greater responsibility placed upon more highly experienced players. The points “at play” have been mathematically worked out from over 500,000+ games of data to statistically even up match play as fairly as possible.
A legal team consists of three core players. You are required to provide accurate information concerning your participation in the event to officials. You may be required to produce photo identification upon request from league officials, so ensure you have it with you.
The team points total is the sum of the three player’s team Fargo Ratings. The team point total is used to limit the number of higher-graded players a team may play.
The maximum team point total allowed for a new team starting the season is 1775 Fargo Rate Team Cap
WEEKLY GRAND LADDER SCORING
You score the following:
One of the primary issues Diamond League has identified is the difficulty of rating teams on a ladder from different regions where the strength of those regions can be wildly different. The Fargo Rating system of grading is universal. If you are a 499 Fargo Rate in one region, you are a 499 Fargo Rate in all regions. Therefore, each region scores points fairly towards the grand ladder.
No more artificial bonuses for smashing a weaker team that gives up. No more minimal points gained for beating the best side in your zone in the tightest match. Our system is intrinsically fair for scoring across regions of differing strengths. Because the teams are fairly graded, the Grand Ladder is a fair indicator of how your team has performed among all the teams in the league. The Grand Ladder is used to determine which teams make it into the final brackets for the respective prize funds versus other teams. Teams are fully seeded in the Finals according to where they finish on the Grand Ladder. Every win REALLY counts so don’t put the cue in the rack.
PLAYER FEES & BCA SANCTIONING
All players MUST be financial members of the BCAPL to be eligible to play at the BCA Nationals in Las Vegas each year.
BCA POOL LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP FEE
Players will pay a $30 League Membership Fee once per League Season. This covers the cost of BCA Pool League Sanctioning.
We have partnered with local Australian Company MyLockerRoom when choosing which Diamond League shirt you will purchase:
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All these jerseys have our sponsor logos so you know you will fit the part and look great in those social media photos. Because we are dealing with a 100% Aussie company we have been able to have an option for a longer TAIL to cover that unsightly plumbers cleavage for you non belt wearing guys out there 😊 and go as large as 10XL, so when ordering let us know what you need.
These awesome jerseys cost $85 each and take 6 weeks to produce with a minimum team order of 5 units. These are lightweight and very comfortable to wear with over 10 designs to choose from. See the link on the home page of the Diamond League website to order yours now from MyLockerRoom.
$25 per player will be paid to your Player Representative.
In the case of a forfeit, each team must pay their weekly $75 fees to maintain the financial health of the prize fund and running costs of the league. This weekly payment must be paid by the following week. However, please note that a forfeited match may be rescheduled and played (depending upon agreement between the two teams captains and League officials).
A rescheduled match counts towards both regional and Grand Ladders and there are NO catch up matches past round 24 of the season. Any team that suddenly forfeits 3 weeks in a row or 4 times across the season will be disqualified from the league, this will result in forfeiture of all fees, prizes and ladder points. For teams to enter into the Finals all forfeits must be fully paid for, no league fees, BCAPL membership fees, or League fees can be outstanding.
Note: A forfeit will be automatically applied if a team cannot field a team of 3 players, by the commencement of the 3rd” round. Points will be deducted as per the rules covering late players.”
As in the case of a forfeit, each team must pay their weekly $75 fees to maintain the financial health of the prize fund and running costs of the league. This weekly payment must be paid by the following week. The team receiving the BYE will get 5 points for the ladder and use of a single table to practice on if available.
Team final positions really impacts the potential payout, the great news is that 70% of the field is getting a chance to earn some the dollars invested while playing pool in a fair, safe and friendly environment the encourages competition and advancement of skills.
See payout table below based on 48 teams.
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