Fall Session playoffs: As promised, there are lots of large divisions so the Top Point winners advance directly to Citywide 2014. Divisions with 13 or more teams qualify for Citywide. Those divisions will have a second tier playoff of the 6th vs 9th and 7th vs 8th place teams and the winner advances to COC but with an extra round of play on Friday night, but no trophies. The remaining teams playoff in the secondary playoff. Divisions with ten teams will advance the Top Point team to the Challenge of Champions; 2 vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th and the rest playoff for the secondary spot. Divisions with six to nine teams will playoff 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. 9Ball playoffs: Divisions with ten or more teams will advance the Top Point team to Citywide; 2nd vs wildcard, 3rd vs 4th. The last playoff spot is a wildcard team unless there’s a tie.
Playoffs, 3 pt Format: The playoffs and Challenge of Champions will be on the 3 pt scoring system, so even though the transition to this format, league wide went much smoother than I expected, the playoffs and COCs have a couple of different points to remember. 1) A forfeit is worth 3 pts in the playoffs, not 2, like regular season play. 2) The winner is the team that takes 8 points, or mathematically eliminates their opponent’s chance to get to 8. 3) If it’s a tie after 5 matches, the team that wins 3 matches is the winner. 4) A match doesn’t have to be completed to win (like in 9ball). The match is over when the points have been reached. In tournament play, Sudden Death would be 2 racks: the first rack will be worth 2 points; the second rack (if needed) will be worth 1 point. If the first rack determines a winner, it’s over, if not, the 2nd rack does.: Tuesday teams need to play and turn in the scheduled Dec 31
Romeo\Lemont bracketst match prior to Dec 15th so that the last week of play is up to date prior to the holiday break and playoffs. Contact the opposing captain and schedule it ASAP to avoid a hardship in December. Remember that these divisions are no longer separated at the Challenge and Citywide tournaments; they are blind drawn in with the rest of the Will county teams.
Playoff Minimum Matches: The Summer and Fall session minimum required matches for post season play is FOUR, and only the Spring session requires SIX matches, new and old players alike.
Summer and Fall Top Guns & Gals Summer Top Guns and Top Gals will be invited to play in January with the Fall winners. Mark your calendar for January 19th in Alsip. Watch your home bar for your certificate. Ask that they be mounted. You deserve it. I hope the Top Guns like the new awards.\The winners are:
Summer Challenge of Champions Results: Wild Turkey from Liquid Therapy in Joliet, captain Karl Weinhold; Moose Spunk from Moose Lodge in Wilmington, captain Rodney Richmond; No Balls All Brains from Stone City in Romeoville, captain Kim Urbanek; Ninja Please from Main Inn in Lemont, captain Tanya Blazevich; Money Shots from Mike & Denise’s in Aurora, captain Josh Bird and B*tches Be Trippin’ from White Stag in St. Charles, captain Paul Zamp. Congratulations to you all! Photos available in the photo gallery. ** This was the first Challenge at the Wyndham in Lisle. There were a few issues, which are expected at a new location. We always learn what can be improved on the next time, which will be Sept 2014, but overall it was a huge step up from past events at Pockets and Q Billiards and everyone agreed. We are not leaving Alsip, but simply moving the summer COC into a hotel so the quality of all the Challenge events are quality locations. As always, John Stitch does a great job of keeping tables and conditions great, and running mini tournaments until the wee hours of the night. He’s awesome and will be at the Shoot Faced event too. Please support John’s other events throughout the country whenever possible.
Scotch 8Ball Doubles winners: I ran a Vegas qualifier for the April event and the winners were Alex Fenili and Randy Palonis. 2nd place was Bob Curry and Rich Haran. If I get any additional Vegas 8ball or 9ball Doubles slots, I will run more qualifiers. Watch the local site’s message board and the Facebook Fan page (see below) for all tournament updates. I will also be holding a Jack ‘N Jill Vegas Qualifier for the August event some time in the spring. As previously announced, the Doubles events are moved to April and the Jack ‘N Jill event has been moved to August.
Singles Qualifiers I’ll be running local singles qualifier boards each Sunday in November (four Sundays) at Chaoz at 1PM. It’s difficult to get enough interest in a 9ball qualifier, but anyone can run them, just let me know and I’ll spread the word. If someone could run them on Dec. 1st, I will extend the deadline to include that weekend. Let me know. The entry fee is $20, single elimination, just 3 wins to advance. Open tables. You must have at least 10 league matches and be on an active 8ball roster to participate. Watch Facebook & the Message board for other times and locations of qualifier boards. Congratulations to Jeff Sergent, who qualified for Las Vegas at the October Regional.
3 Point Scoring System There has been a little verbal (and FB) dissatisfaction with the new scoring system but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the transition went. I know change is never comfortable and maybe by now you’ve adjusted even more. Many players like the added strategy and intensity it creates. I know it seems unfair to win 3 matches but not win more points than the team that “lost” but it’s no longer about winning matches, it’s about winning points. Our 9ball system has always been about winning points, not matches and most of 9ball players get “it” more than others. You can compare it to football in that a team can win the first three quarters and still lose the game. One thing that has come out that isn’t fair is the extra bonus point for three Ws. Since the team with three Ws isn’t always the team that wins the night, I’ll be doing away with the extra bonus point for winning 3+ matches. The current point system accomplishes that already by rewarding the winning team with more points. Effective Spring session, the extra bonus point will not be in effect. It does not effect this session. The team that WINS three matches will still receive the extra bonus point, regardless of team points won. One thing that is more important than ever is keeping score. To make sure sheets are being inputted corrected, you must show the games won and the points won in each match, and mark the total team points won. It allows for a double check system for more accurate stats. I also need the innings to be added and safeties to be marked. If one team has safeties and one doesn’t, there’s a problem. If two fives play 30 innings with no safeties, there’s a problem. Teams that aren’t keeping score at all will start losing their bonus point but you will get a warning or two. That’s one of the conditions to earn the bonus point and will now be put into effect.
Online Members Profile (see below) 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. Did you know that if you use just one APA discount, you’d save enough to cover your membership plus some? The players that stayed at the Wyndham for COC saved $13 off my group rate just by using their APA card. If you haven’t checked lately, check out the membership discounts on the APA page, right from your profile. Everything from hotels to insurance, car rental, cell phone discounts and more. http://www.poolplayers.com/discounts .They’re always adding more merchants. If you have a local business and want to offer local APA members a discount, you can post it on the Message board or put out fliers at my events for free.
Spring Session: Renewal time is every January. All memberships, even those that just joined this session, expire in January. New Fall players renew for only $15 instead of the full $25. If money is tight after Christmas, don’t wait, you can renew now and you’re covered until Jan 2015!
- Dec 1 Singles Qualifiers Deadline
- Jan 17-19 Challenge of Champions, Doubletree Hotel in Alsip
- Jan 20 Top Gun and Top Gal tournament, Doubletree Hotel in Alsip
- Mar 1st Singles Regional, TBA
- Apr 30–May 2 National Singles, 8ball Doubles, 9ball Doubles in Vegas
Thanks for your continued support and participation. Please call or contact me with any questions or comments.
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