March Update!

Spring is almost here so that means the Citywide is around the corner, May 29-31! It will be here as quickly as 100 degree days!  I’m sure glad renewal time is over and so are Tami and Lacie!  Come June, I’ll think renewal time was a breeze compared to the fun of those Vegas qualifying tournaments!  I even added a 2nd 9ball qualifying tournament, since three wasn't enough. : )  Lots of News and Lots of Winners!  Check it out!

This is the last session to qualify for Las Vegas, 2015 so find out how YOUR team can still get there.  Spring Session 8 Ball playoff format  Divisions with 14 or more teams qualify the Top Point team to Citywide; 2 vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th play off in the main playoff; 6th vs wildcard and 7th vs 8th (where applicable*) play off for the secondary spot. Divisions with 9-13 teams will advance the Top Point team to the Challenge of Champions (COC); 2 vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th and the rest play off for the secondary spot as above*. Divisions with six to eight teams will play off as normal; 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd and the winner advances to the COC, 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. Citywide qualified teams are NOT eligible for Spring session playoffs so if a Citywide team is ahead of you, do not consider them in the playoff standings.  If a qualified team wins Top Point again, the runner up team is not qualified; they’re in the playoffs. Teams with a Q next to their name are already qualified. *See Citywide Eligibility below for more info. If your team is not interested in the secondary playoff, you must notify me no later than 2 days after the last night of play to avoid penalty (forfeiting will carry the cost of $35, awarded to the opponent for wasting their time).

9Ball playoff format  All divisions with ten or more teams will advance the Top Point team to Citywide.  Continues below.................... 


 


9Ball continued.....If a CW qualified team wins Top Point, the runner up team is not qualified; they’re in the playoffs. Citywide qualified teams are NOT eligible for Spring session playoffs, however teams eligible for the Citywide Qualifier are eligible for the main playoff but not eligible for the bottom tier. Teams with a Q next to their name are qualified. A team that re-qualifies is eligible for a bye, IF a bye is available. No guarantee of any CW byes. The playoff format is 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th and the rest play off for the Citywide Qualifier spot, 6th vs wildcard and 7th vs 8th. Winner advances to the Citywide Qualifier tournament on Jun 6th, to play in the 8-team single elimination event with the winner qualifying for the Citywide 9 Ball Tournament. Divisions with 8 teams play off as normal; 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd and the remaining teams playoff for the CWQ (Qualifier); (excluding all CW teams, as usual).

Citywide Eligibility Qualified teams are required to maintain certain criteria, and can possibly lose their spot, in part or entirely. Each year, team\s will lose their spot. Local league management and the APA have the final say on eligibility. All teams are aware of their criteria. Should a team lose their spot, byes would become available which would be awarded to the most deserving CW qualified team, by past performance and repeat performance since qualifying. All teams are evaluated on a case by case basis. For more information, contact me directly.

New Challenge of Champions location This May is the last Alsip Challenge of Champions (sigh). Effective September 2015, the Clarion Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Joliet will be our home for all three Challenge tournaments through 2016. The Clarion is conveniently located at the intersection of Larkin Street and I-80.  Even Kane and Kendall teams will have a shorter ride than Alsip. I was happy to see that the tournament room is larger than Alsip and the tables will be all in one large room. The hotel rooms are cheaper, and they’ve assured me that the beer, drink and food prices will be much more reasonable too.  The Doubletree Hotel was home for almost 15 years and while the staff and bartenders were awesome, and the restaurant was great, it was time to move on. The summer Champions will the first to check it out.  (and the mini players of course).

May and June Tournaments  The Spring session Challenge and the Citywide tournaments are the most intense of the year, so more refs are needed than normal. If interested being a ref for the COC, or either Citywide tournament, please let me know. Referees must be a 5 or higher skill level. These are paid positions.  Check the calendar below for dates and locations. (local referees preferred in Sandwich).

Division Reps needed  Division Reps are players that volunteer their help to assist players on league night with rule questions, league calls, disputes, offer suggestions and input on local league policies and to ref local championship matches. Anyone interested in helping to make the APA even better, with your help, let me know. Please show respect to our Div Reps.

New Top Gun\Gal format Effective this Summer Session, there will be a new Top Gun & Top Gal formula to go with our new 3 point scoring system. While the current “performance points” system was to encourage players to play more challenging matches by awarding 5 points for playing a 5, etc; the new scoring is making the Most Valuable Player the team member that gets the most available points. If a player shuts out and win 3-0, he is more valuable to the team than a player to gets 2-0 or 2-1 or 1-2 for his team. With this new formula, the likelihood of any skill level winning Top Gun or Top Gal is possible and they really will be the Most Valuable Player, because they won the highest % of points he\she could for the team. Ex: In an individual 8-Ball match, a player has 3 points available to win. If he/she played 10 matches, they had 30 points available to win. If they won a total of 13 points, then their PA is 43%. The player with the highest PA (percent of available points) would win Top Gun\Gal. There will be tiebreaker formulas, but that’s TBA. Similarly, in 9ball, a player has 20 points available to win. If he/she played 10 matches, they had 200 points available to win. If they won a total of 162 points, then their PA is 81%. The bottom line is that going for the 3-0 shut out, whether you’re a 7, 5 or a 3, will get you the best PA. Just like anything else new, it takes some adjusting, but many players have previously complained about being in a Top Gun\Gal race and then have to play a low handicap at the end, which takes them out of the race. There are also complaints of the same players repeating.  Now the points are up to you; always go for the shut out and if you don’t get 3 pts, get 2 pts, or at least 1 and you’re still accumulating points.

 And the Winners are…………….

Fall Challenge of Champions Results The winners can be found in the local site’s Photo Gallery (see link below or click “my League’s website” from your APA profile.  Just click on the album Fall 201 4. Congratulations to you all!  See you at the Citywide!  Two thirds of the Citywide board has been filled. The last one third is filled from the Spring COC winners and a few Spring Top Point winners. With the secondary playoffs, any team can still make it to Citywide and Vegas in just a couple months. It’s happened before. Good Luck. Read on for more news about the winners and more Vegas news!

Fall Top Guns & Gals Results Congratulations to Top Gun Luke Watkins, 5 from Monee and 2nd place was Justin Peralez, 7 from Joliet; Top Gal was Tami Sellers, 4 from Joliet and Angela Linden, 3 from Aurora won 2nd place. Photos can also be found in the local site’s Photo Gallery. There is no Summer Top Gun or Gal tournament due to the smaller team count. All are eligible for the January one instead.

Singles Regional Results Congratulations to Jeff Sergent who qualified at the March Singles Regional. He’ll play in Las Vegas in April for the 1st place prize of $15,000 in the 7 tier.  Honorable mention goes out to Ray Rojek, 5 from Bolingbrook and William Logan, 4 from Sandwich for finishing as runner ups in their tier. Well done guys!  There will be more singles qualifiers held in the spring. Anyone interested in running boards in your area, let me know. Your help would be appreciated.

8 Ball Scotch Doubles winners The winners of the Vegas qualifier for the April Vegas National event are Chris Gonzalez and Elias Navarro from Aurora, and Rich Potter and Tony Landrey from Joliet won the 2nd spot. I will also be holding a Jack ‘N Jill Vegas Qualifier some time in the spring or at one of the June tournaments for the August event in Vegas.  Watch the local site’s message board and the Facebook Fan page (see below) for all tournament updates including Singles qualifiers.

Congratulations to the most recent I000 Match Club members: Erick Ryl-Kuchar, Sean Pearson, Barre Nall, Mark Holt, Tanya Blazevich and Doris Yehling. Whew!  Thanks so much for your commitment, loyalty and support.

Tournament Announcements If you didn’t hear about these events, please read on so you don’t miss any other events: Please allocate one player on the team, that has a Facebook page to keep the team aware of any APA announcements; such as Singles board schedules, upcoming tournaments, playoff updates, deaths and other important information. I will be posting there instead of fliers in the team envelopes. Unlike a Facebook Timeline, the news stays on the page, so please check it. If you don’t want to have a Facebook page, you can still check out the page for updates without a profile, so just check it out.  See below.

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Closes The APA Singles Nationals will be the last event held at the Riviera Hotel before it closes and is imploded. They will close their doors after we leave on May 4th. Out the back door of the Riviera tournament room is the Westgate, APA’s new Vegas home. It was previously the Las Vegas Hilton, and then later the LVH. After much renovating by the new management, it will again be a great property for APA events. With even more space than the Riviera, and the bonus of lower rates since it’s off the strip, the Westgate will be perfect for the APA players, hopefully for many years to come. There’s also easy access to the strip since the monorail is located inside the hotel, and connects the Westgate with the strip by an inexpensive pass. This year’s winning teams will be the first to experience this new hotel, new era. Awesome news! 


 
APA Calendar


    ·        Apr 30–May 2  National Singles and 8ball Doubles, in Vegas. Office closed April 25-30

    ·        May 15-17   Challenge of Champions, Double Tree in Alsip, Top Gun and Top Gal on Sunday.

    ·        May 29-31   8 Ball Citywide, Best Western in Sandwich  

    ·        Jun 6           9 Ball Citywide Qualifier,  Chaoz in Crest Hill  

    ·        Jun 13-1 4  (Sat and Sun) 9 Ball Citywide, at Long Shots & Bed Rocks in Joliet

    ·        Aug 14-18  9ball National Championship at Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas

    ·        Aug 17-23  8ball National Championship at Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas

    ·        Aug 14-23  Vegas Mini Mania open to all APA members, Jack ‘Jill Championship at Westgate 

    ·        Sept 11-13  Summer Challenge of Champions, Clarion Hotel in Joliet 

 
Online Member Service Updates

Less than half of you have an APA online members profile. Not sure why as it’s free and pretty cool. You can access schedules, stats, history, videos, National news, Billiard news from around the world, contests, free stuff and so much more.  Mostly I like how players can catch my mistakes (sigh) like wrong players played, wrong points, etc. (Mistake made off the scoresheets, of course. : ) You can also visit the local website from your profile or directly (see below), and sign up for the APA e-newsletter called the BUZZ. This is all part of your membership, along with your magazines and discounts. See link below to join.  You should all have your new APA card (hard plastic version) or the 2015 sticker to put on your old card. I have a surplus of 2014 APA patches, if anyone didn’t get theirs or would like extra. While supplies last.

 
Facebook Fan Page There are only 771 players (29%) on the Facebook Fan Page: 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. 881 of you are on my personal page /MaryGuzzo so why not on the Fan Page.     

Thanks for your continued support and participation.  Please call or contact me with any questions or comments. I do enjoy hearing from you. (usually... : )

 Mary


Mary@chicago-pool.com  This does not go to a phone, but the best way to reach me, even when the office is closed. 

Contact your division rep when you can't reach me. Their contact info is on your schedule and on the top of your scoresheets.

 http://southsuburban.apaleagues.com  (local site for Message board, photo gallery, schedules, Updates, local news, birthdays)

 https://members.poolplayers.com/default.aspxfor Online Profile, all stats

www.poolplayers.com  APA Natonal website, National results, videos are more.

www.facebook.com/APAMary  (LIKE to be added)

www.facebook.com/poolplayers  (APA FB page)

 

League Office: 815-886-2057

League Fax: 815-828-0969 

 

Sorry to announce the passing of Kay Green-Velasques, Joliet and Ron Harris, from Aurora, and long time APA friend Mike Walsh who started with the APA as our first DR in our first division in Frankfort. My condolences to all their many friends. Thanks for the memories.

 If you’re not currently on a team, please get on my list of spares for the new session, starting mid May in most areas.  

 
 
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New APA Member Services Website

Members Services

You can have access to your stats, schedules, rosters and more by creating an account at http://members.poolplayers.com or create an APA Member Account using the "Create Account" link at the top of any of the pages of this website.  It's FREE and takes just a few minutes.

When you create your account:

  • Your name, birth date and email address must match what we have on file for you, so if you encounter any difficulties, please contact us to verify that we have your correct info.
  • You will also need your 8-digit membership number. Your 8-digit # is printed on your APA Membership Card.  Your member number is XXX plus the 5-digit number you see on your score sheets. XXX signifies that you are a member of the LOCAL AREA chapter of the APA. It does not print on your local score sheets since all LOCAL AREA members' numbers begin with XXX.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your account has been set up. If you do not receive the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder to see if it was misdirected by your email server as spam. You will need this email to confirm your account. 
  • Open the email and click the link to confirm your account. 

Once you have created and confirmed your account, log in to your APA account using the "Log In" link at the top of any of the pages of this site and then select "Online Member Services" from the left menu, which will take you to your Member Page.

  • To access stats, standings, rosters and schedules, select "stats" from the top menu. 
  • You will also have the ability to print off your membership card, update your membership profile and see your membership, team and tournament history.

 

 
 
AREAS/COUNTIES SERVED:
Cook, De Kalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Will
FORMATS OFFERED:
8-Ball Open, 9-Ball Open
SESSION INFORMATION:
New session starts early June for Summer, Mid Sept for Fall, and end of Jan for Spring. Spares and beginners are always needed.

 

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Events for the Next Month
Date Description
04/28/15 - 05/01/15 APA 8-Ball Doubles
04/28/15 - 05/03/15 APA National Singles Championships
04/30/15 - 05/02/15 APA National Singles Championships - MiniMania
04/30/15 - 05/02/15 APA Wheelchair Challenge
05/01/15 - 05/03/15 APA 9-Ball Doubles