Dress code & conduct

Everything you need to know

Need to knows

Is there a dress code on Thursday night?

No. Players can dress as they wish on Thursday night.

Is there a dress code for spectators?

No. Spectators can dress as they wish during the tournament.

What is the dress code for the tournament?

  •  There is NO DRESS CODE on Thursday night.
  • There is NO DRESS whilst playing in flyers or when renting tables for practice.
  • All players in the playing arena, competing in any main event on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, must be dressed in keeping with the status of the tournament and look smart and presentable. We don’t want players in tracksuits, baseball caps, denim or scruffy attire. Players must wear trousers or chinos, shoes or formal looking footwear and a shirt with a collar – polo shirts are the most popular choice of garment. Ladies can wear heels, flats, wedges, boots, skirts or trousers.  Smart fancy dress that meets the dress code criteria is acceptable.
  • No jeans, denim, trainers, pumps, tracksuits, combat pants, collarless shirts, t-shirts or any scruffy attire.
  • Players unsuitably dressed must change if they wish to continue playing. Refusal will lead to loss of frames and possible disqualification from the event.
  • Exceptions to the dress code for medical reasons can be made, but must be agreed with organises in advance of the tournament or before playing. Organisers will give a medical exemption card for players to carry during the event. 
  • Team names, logos, pictures etc, can be printed or embroidered on the back and front of polo shirts. Offensive words or slogans are not allowed.


  1. Team names must incorporate the name of the pub or club they represent. Names deemed rude or offensive will not be allowed.
  2. Players or teams who do not play within the spirit of the game, behave in an unsportsmanlike way, act aggressively, spoil the enjoyment of others or bring the tournament into disrepute, risk being banned from future events and ejected from the hotel. We will not tolerate this type of behaviour at our tournaments and we will take the appropriate action after an event to deal with offenders. Repeat offenders will receive life bans.
  3. In an event of a dispute, the organiser’s decision is final – players or teams that continue to dispute the decision risk being disqualified from the tournament. Any complaints must be made in writing after the event.
  4. BAPTO is a prestigious competition and we only want teams of good character and manner to be participating, to help make it an enjoyable and friendly weekend for all involved. The tournament committee will carefully assess every team application and will reject any team or player deemed detrimental to the tournament.
  5. Our relaxed approach to running tournaments is not a weakness; it is what makes our events welcoming with a good atmosphere.