Summer Challenge of Champions NEW
Location We’ve contracted a new home for all upcoming Challenge of
Champion tournaments, the Clarion Hotel in Joliet, located at I-80 and Larkin Ave. After 15 years in Alsip,
it was time to move on and we’re thrilled! In addition to a closer and easier
location for all members; the food, drink and hotel room prices will be more
reasonable, and the tournament room is larger and in one confined space,
allowing for more practice tables. We’re very excited about this move. Mini
tournaments will be open for all our 2015 members on both Friday and Saturday
night. We’ll continue to use Valley tables, supplied by John Stitch. Please come visit and check it out in Sept
11-13th, at the next COC!
June Tournament Results: Check out the June tournament winners in the local site’s photo gallery **. Winners were also listed on the Facebook APA Fan page, along with the Top Gun Leonardo Lopez-Hernandez, 7 and 2nd place Mark Brant, 6, both from Joliet. Top Gal Amber Kwasigroch, 4 from Joliet, and 2nd place Cherie Hausler, 3 from Aurora.
Our very first 3 person Ladies division winner is going to Vegas too, Strokin’ ‘N Smokin’ from the Bull Pen in Shorewood, captain April Scroggins. Congratulations to you all!
Vegas Bound 8Ball teams: Moose Spunk from the Moose Lodge in Wilmington, Sin City from Ryan’s in Frankfort, Slow Rollin’ from Angie’s in Rockdale, Blast from the Past from Suzy’s in Yorkville, 7 Out from Long Shots in Joliet, Totally Corrupt from Stone City in Romeoville and Neustra Familia from Rudy’s in Aurora. Many first time players heading to Vegas! Some are 20, and even 30 year APA veterans, finally going! Various areas, various bars, and you can make it too!
9Ball Vegas bound teams: U Rack’em from Main Inn and Sho-Nuff from Long Shots. While the team names may sound familiar, many first time players going. Congratulations, Good Luck and Make us Proud!
Honorable Mention: The winner of the Citywide 9Ball Qualifier (1st year) was Who Effin’ Cares from Shooters in Lockport, who made it to the Citywide Finals! Way to go guys! It’s a long way to go, but you did awesome!
MVP and Top Gal: As announced last session, the APA has delegated a new “Top Gun \ MVP” formula, called PA (Points Available). The player that earns the highest percentage of all available points at the end of the session would be named MVP, which is what the MVP is…the player that contributes the most points to the team. This should make MVPs more possible for all handicaps, not just the higher skilled ones. To summarize: Since up to 3 pts are available per match, the player that earns the highest percentage of points would win MVP (accumulating 3-0, 2-0, 1-2 throughout the session). Top Gal will be computed the same way, but awarded to the woman with the highest percentage in the top 20 of the list, (If top 10, then she receives an award). All Summer MVPs and Top Gals will be eligible to play in the Fall Tournament in January with the Fall winners. With the smaller summer session and so many other activities, combining the two sessions will be a better event and larger prize money. The Top Gun tournament has a small $10 entry and open tables, 100% paid back, awards added
Fall Session Dues Increase It’s been 7 years since the last increase in dues, and unfortunately with all expenses going up; trophies, Vegas trips, hotels, etc, the dues need to too. Starting the Fall session, the nightly player dues will be $8. Part of the increase will go to increase the Challenge of Champions and Citywide prize money. That too hasn’t gone up in 7 years. It was discussed to cut back on trophies, as the amount of trophy winners has increased considerably in the last 7 years, by adding Top Point division winners, Top Point playoff winners, direct Top Point to Citywide winners, and they all get trophies, also nicer and nicer trophies. (Some have even asked to add Secondary winners’ trophies). So keep in mind, that most people get raises every year, so 7 years between increases should be reasonable.
Fall Session Sign Ups Teams can sign up for the Fall Session at any time. Consider this your first reminder. You’ll also receive a reminder in the mail, some additional emails and even a phone call, if I don’t hear back from you. If you’re not going to play, it’s easier to just say “No Thanks, maybe next time” right from the start (and after I stop crying), I’ll make myself a reminder to check with you again for the spring. The Fall session will start right after Labor day for most divisions. There will be more large divisions with Top Point teams to Citywide, as there were so few this summer. Call, email or reserve anytime.
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.