AMERICAN POOLPLAYERS ASSOCIATION
P.O. BOX 481
TURNERS FALLS, MA 01376
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Jon Waidlich, League Operator/Owner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Hall, League Manager – email@example.com
All checks should be made payable to the APA Pool League. There will be charges incurred for all returned checks and the team will be considered a “Rule 16” team until all fees are paid in full.
The full $35 team weekly fee is due for all scheduled matches regardless of forfeits including playoff matches. There will be no charge for BYES. Teams are asked to fill out the fee section on their scoresheets and write their full team number on all checks as well as on the return address section of the envelope.
Captains are responsible for mailing scoresheets along with full payment for each match the day following play and will be held accountable. Scoresheets/payments that are received more than ten days after the match are considered “late.”
"Rule 16" Teams that fall more than two weeks behind in sending in scoresheets and fees will be required to pay back fees either to their opponent or their Division Rep before being allowed to play. Failure to do so may result in forfeit.
Teams that consistently have issues with late scoresheets and payment may be subject to Captain replacement in order to continue at the APA office’s request.
8-Ball (3 point scoring system):
REGULAR SESSION: Bye = 8 points; Individual Match Forfeit = 2 points; Forfeit = 8 points.
PLAYOFFS: Individual Match Forfeit = 3 points
REGULAR SESSION: Bye = 60 points; Individual Match Forfeit = 15 points*; Team Forfeit = 60 points
$25 player membership fees may be paid directly to the New England APA office or online at Poolplayers.com. New player’s membership fee must be included with the scoresheet on their initial night of play. Captains are ultimately responsible for the $25 membership payment if players are allowed to play without paying first so teams are advised to be sure to collect these fees before players are to participate.
Membership applications should be completed and sent to the N.E. APA office. Player may opt to sign-up online at poolplayers.com. If applications are not available players may either call or send in the following information:
NAME / FULL ADDRESS / DATE OF BIRTH / PHONE NUMBER
An *asterisk will remain next to any player’s name that is missing any of the above information.
Page 33, rule 15 states that any unpaid player must include their membership fee with the scoresheet on the first time that they play. Unpaid players will be removed from rosters.
Make-up matches are mandatory and are required to be played within four weeks of the original scheduled date unless an exception was granted by the N.E. APA office. Make-up match scoresheets must be received by the N.E. APA office at least one week prior to the last week of play in the session. Teams that deem make-up matches impossible are required to send written explanations to the N.E. APA office. These teams may or may not receive points. Any points awarded will be below forfeit points and will not be allowed during the last two weeks of the session. It is best to make-up matches.
You must allow a qualified player to play twice in a match to avoid forfeits. The Ghost Rule was designed to prevent teams from forfeiting matches on nights that fielding a full team was difficult and promote the flow of play. This rule is not to be used to manipulate the system in any way and any team considered to be utilizing the rule for anything other than its intended function may receive a penalty that will be determined by the N.E. APA office.
The Ghost Rule may only be used four times each session by any one team. If a team is found to have used more than the allotted amount during a session, the N.E. APA office may decide to rule all “ghosts” played after four times, as individual forfeits. Teams are responsible for keeping track of use of this rule.
Teams must notify their opponents before the match begins that they will have less than five players. The opposing team may choose any qualified “ghost” player who is available that night. Qualified “ghost” players must have 8-Ball skill levels of 2, 3 or 4 and 9-Ball skills levels of 1, 2, 3 or 4. Once that player is chosen, he/she cannot leave or will forfeit the match. Ghost players may only play the last match or matches. The same player may play up to a maximum of 2 times during given match with the Ghost Rule in place which means they can serve as a “ghost” only one time on given match.
If a player becomes available unexpectedly, he/she must play before allowing a player to play twice. If a match has begun using a player that has already played, that match must be completed and will count even if a player shows up while it’s being played. You must always honor the “23 RULE.”
If a team needs to reschedule a match due to weather, the team is to contact their division representative first and then the opposing captain. Captain’s phone numbers are listed on the team schedule at the bottom and representatives should have a list of captain’s phone numbers as well. The N.E. APA office does not cancel any scheduled matches due to the weather – it is the teams’ responsibility to make that decision and reschedule the match within the make-up match guidelines.
Handicap review requests must be in writing or via the website. Only the player can request a review for their own handicap. No information will be given to anyone else including captains and division representatives unless the N.E. APA office deems it necessary.
4 TEAM DIVISION:
4th place @ 1st place
3rd place @ 2nd place
Winners play for 1st Chance Championship & Regional Bid
Losers play for 2nd Chance Championship & Regional Bid
5 TEAM DIVISION:
1st place wins 1st Chance Championship & Regional Bid
5th place @ 4th place
Winners play for 2nd Chance Championship & Regional Bid
6 TEAM DIVISION:
6th place @ 5th place for 2nd Chance Championship & Regional Bid
7 TEAM DIVISION:
5th place receives BYE
7thplace @ 6th place
8, 9, 10 TEAM DIVISIONS:
Runner-up wins 2nd Chance Regional Consolation Bid
8th place @ 5th place
7th place @ 6th place
11-16 TEAM DIVISIONS:
*If 1st place team does not advance, team will be awarded 2nd Chance Regional Consolation Bid
8-BALL PLAYOFF SCORING INFO:
3 Point Scoring System used 100% of the time
If one team is down more than 3 points going into the 5th match, the match is over.
If one team is down more than 6 points going into the 4th match, the match is over.
If there is a tie at the end of 5 matches played, the winner is the team that won 3 matches.
PLAYOFF LOCATION ISSUES:
If two teams are scheduled for home at playoffs and the host location has only one table, the higher ranked team will have the home advantage and the other team will to need pick an alternate location and coordinate the details with the alternate location owner and opposing team’s captain. This alternate location does not have to be the opponent’s host location, it can be at any location in the area.
HIGHER LEVEL TOURNAMENT PLAY
Regional Bids are awarded only to teams that are outlined in the Playoff structure of the By-laws.
All Byes at higher level tournaments are earned.
Regional Tournament Bracket Byes are awarded to the top scoring teams from the qualifying session and are not placed in the bracket in any particular order.
State Cup Bracket Byes are awarded to Qualified teams that won the appropriate amount of rounds of play at a Regional Tournament that given year as outlined in each of the N.E. APA Tournament Boards.