Exciting stuff happening in Chicago baseball!  I always equate the World Series, Stanley Cup and the Super Bowl to our National team championships! It’s the highest accomplishment in amateur pool!  We had a great showing this year with our top 8ball team, the Scorpions taking 5th place and both Ladies teams taking 2nd and 3rd! Just by making it that far is an accomplish-ment, just like the Cubs making the World Series! But unlike the Cubs, the APA World Championship is a shot the teams get every year. As the Fall session is underway, all teams are vying every week for points to get their position into the playoffs. Each week’s points add up; not just at the end of the season. A missed point now, a lost bonus point, a forfeit are all missed opportunity for a higher seeded spot; some will lose top points, some will lose top tier, some will lose by a tiebreaker! Below is the details playoff format for this session. There are some direct to Citywide spots, and also some inter division Top Point play off spots. Twelve teams will get their Citywide spot this session; some by wining Top Point, some by a one week Top Point play off, some by winnings the playoffs, and some could come through the 2nd tier playoff or secondary. Unlike the other sports, we have several ways to get to the World Championship. Good luck this session and good luck to the Cubs!  

See the bottom for two rules that need clarifyingPlaying Twice and Splitting Tables; and two bylaws that will start being enforced.

8Ball Playoff Format: Divisions with 13 or more teams qualify for Top Point to Citywide. Those divisions will also have a second tier playoff of 6th vs 9th and 7th vs 8th place teams, and the winner advances to Challenge of Champions but with an extra round of play. The remaining teams playoff in the secondary playoff. Divisions with 9-12 teams will advance the Top Point team to Challenge of Champions, 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th and the rest play off for the secondary spot. Divisions with less than nine teams will play off as normal, 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd and the division winner advances to the Challenge of Champions, the rest playoff for the secondary spot, where applicable. If there are any exceptions to this format, you’ll be notified through your team envelopes
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Playoff Minimum Matches:  Players are only required to play FOUR matches during the summer and fall sessions for post season play.  Remember that men can be 2s in 8ball only after playing 10 matches, and not in any post season or tournament play. 9Ball Playoff Format: Divisions with 9 or more teams will advance the Top Point team to the 9Ball Citywide; the rest play off as normal, with the bottom tier advancing a team into the Citywide 9ball Qualifier; 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th; 5th vs wildcard team and 6th vs 7th. Men cannot be ones in 9ball, but can be twos.

MVP and Top Gun\Gal Summer and Fall Top Gun\Gal and MVPs are qualified for the upcoming tournament Jan 8th. To qualify, players need to play 4 matches for Top Gun and 6 matches for MVP, and summer players must be active in the Fall. Women must be in the top 10 to qualify for an award and top 20 to be recognized. The Top Gun stats are no longer available on your APA Online profile as the APA wants to use MVP throughout the league, but they are on the local site, left menu Top Gun List. Click on the area you want and search for your division. It's a bit old skool, but it works. (date updated is at the bottom).   

Singles Qualifiers  If you’re unfamiliar with Singles, it’s a shot at Vegas by winning an 8 man board. The winner of the board goes to Regional, and those winners go to Vegas in April. For a $20 entry, you could play in Vegas with travel and lodging paid for.  The deadline is Nov 30th. Watch the Facebook page for notice of qualifiers. Currently, Long Shots in Joliet and Diamonds in Lockport will hold boards every Sat in November. Contact me if you want to be kept informed.  
APA Calendar


    §       Jan 6-8 Fall Challenge of Champions, Clarion Hotel in Joliet

    §       Jan 8: MVP and Top Gun\Gal tournament, Clarion Hotel 

    §       March 4-5 Singles Regional, Location TBA 

    §       May 19-21 Spring Challenge of Champions, Clarion  

    §       Jun 2-4 Citywide 8ball tournament, Timber Creek Resort in Sandwich

Playing Twice: Playing twice is allowed, but certain conditions are in place to avoid abusing the rule as listed on the Golden Rule sheet. What is not included on the Gold sheet is: Ex: You can only play a player whose handicap is on the roster: ex: 1) If you have only one two, you cannot play a two twice at 23 points. 2) You can play two 2s, if one 2 is not present. This is true of ALL handicaps. This will be updated on the new Gold sheets. Spread the word.

 Splitting matchesThe rule reads on page 27: Lengthy matches make it logical to put a second table in action, if one is available. If the fourth match has not started by official League start time (7:15) plus two hours (9:15), then it would begin on the second table. The fifth match would then be played on whichever table becomes available first. So, IF either team wants to start on a 2nd table at 9:15 and you’re not in the 4th match, then you do. If neither team wants to split, that’s ok too. It’s ONLY if one of the teams does.

Inclement Weather bylaw In the case of inclement weather, the league office will not allow any forfeits (Watch the FB page & APP alerts). Make up matches will be allowed when approved by the League Office. Any players that show up would play but any missing matches would need to be made up. All points must be claimed before the last two weeks of play, but preferably played within 2 weeks. Some areas are hard hit than others, so be considerate.

One more bylaw that many don’t know: The league office closes at 10:00 pm, Mon - Thurs, except the last week of play and during playoffs. Questions should be referred to the Division Rep listed on your scoresheet first or if you can’t reach me.  Anyone calling and being abusive at any time could lose their bonus point. See if you can see my point:  Calling in at 11PM to tell me you didn’t get your patch; calling at 11:30PM to tell me you shouldn’t be your current handicap because your opponent dumped to you, which proves it; calling at 10:30PM because your opponent didn’t shake your hand and called you a name; calling at 1AM and the bar isn’t on fire or raided. So, some of you know players that do this and they’re also the same players that call me at 8:30AM to ask where they play next week. Of course I’m here to help, but I need to ask for some consideration and common sense on what’s reasonable. So, I will be enforcing the 10PM office hours, because there should be no question that can’t wait for a reasonable hour. You have rule books, the rule book is on the website and the rules are on the app; if you disagree on something then use common sense or call a DR or ask someone else at the match. Someone will know the answer, or have common sense. If in doubt, I can confirm during office hours. If you read this part, please send me an email with your name and the key word “whiner” and you’ll be in a drawing for a free 2017 memberships.

Facebook Fan Page There are 1195 players on the Facebook Fan Page but still only about half the paid members: www.Facebook.com/APAMary page. I know many of you are on FB, so just LIKE the page and you'll be added. I won't waste your time on there, but sometimes I'll post something relevant, or direct you to check the local site for news. If you want to be removed from the Mary Guzzo page, just un-friend me but Like the APAMary page for news and updates. 

Thanks for your continued support and participation.  Please call or contact me with any questions or comments. I do like hearing from you, during office hours.


Mary@chicago-pool.com    (this does not go to a phone, but its the best way to reach me, even when the office is closed) BTW: The league office is officially closed at 10PM. Division Reps are available after 10. See above.

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Playing Twice: Playing twice is allowed, but certain conditions are in place to avoid abusing the rule as listed on the Golden Rule sheet. What is not
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11/02/16 - 11/06/16 U.S. Amateur Championship