Spring session teams are just a short few months away from qualifying for Vegas! With our secondary playoff in 8ball, and the second tier playoff in 9ball, anyone can still get in the Citywide tournaments to play off for Vegas! See below for the playoff format for this session.

Fall Top Gun tournament Winner is Paul Bradac, 7 from Joliet; 2nd Place Prentiss Bailey, 5 from Aurora; Top Gal Colleen Parkhurst, 3 from Saint Charles and 2nd place Carrie Lee, 4 from Joliet. If you were unable to attend, call me and I’ll invite you to the May 21st event.  In the case of a tie, winning percentage and MP\MW would break the tie. When a previous Top Gun\MVP from the Summer or Fall session wins again in the Spring, the runner up also wins. Top Gal and Female MVPs runner ups do not

 Top Gun and MVP stats: Starting this session, the Top Gun and MVP stats will not be in your team envelope unless you specifically ask for it, except the last week of play and the playoff week. Almost everyone goes online for stats now so if you’re one of the few that doesn’t, we’ll continue to send them out. Keep in mind that Top Gun stats are not on your APA profile, only MVP stats are, so you’ll need to click over to the My League Website from your profile, find the Top Gun list on the left menu, find your night of play and then scroll down to your division. Once you find it, it’s a breeze. The date at the bottom tells you when the list was printed so you know how current it is. It will start mid season, so any time now.  

MVP and Top Gun: To summarize MVP: 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). Female MVP will be computed the same way, but awarded to the woman with the highest percentage in the top 20 of the list* (if in the top 10, then she receives an award). Top Gun is computed by accumulating points of the handicap of the player you beat. Beat a 6, get 6 points, etc. The highest points wins. Top Gal is figured the same way, but must be in the top 20 of the list. No runner up to Top Gal or Female MVP.  

MVP and Top Gun\Gal winners are in the Photo Gallery. Check it out.
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8 Ball Playoff Format: The news you’ve been waiting for….how to get qualified!  Divisions with 10 or more teams where there are multiple divisions per night will play a one week inter-divisional playoff between Top Point teams; the winner qualifies for Citywide and the other team advances to Challenge of Champions. Ex: Top Point team from Div 441 vs TP from 442, etc. (Details will be posted in your team envelope). Each Top Point team will receive awards. The team with the higher point average gets home advantage. In the case of a tie, I will determine the tiebreaker procedure. Keep in mind that normally Top Point teams in a 10+ team division would qualify for Challenge only so this is an exception. The rest of the teams will play off: 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th and the rest playoff for the secondary spot. Division with 8 or less 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 envelope. There could be some runner up and playoff situations, TBA.  NO Citywide qualified teams are eligible for playoffs in the spring session. Remember that men can be 2s only after playing 10 matches, and not in any post season play.  See below for minimum match requirements. There are no Top Point to Citywide divisions this session, as that’s mostly reserved for Summer and Fall sessions. 

9Ball Playoff Format: Divisions with 10+ teams will advance the Top Point team to the 9Ball Citywide, the rest playoff as normal, with a bottom tier playoff advancing a team into the Citywide 9ball Qualifier (CWQ).  NO Citywide qualified teams are eligible for playoffs, except CWQ teams that are not yet Citywide qualified. CWQ teams are noted with a Q online and on the sheet, just like Citywide teams so be aware some may be in the playoffs since they’re not yet Citywide qualified. A runner up team to a Top Point Citywide team is not qualified. They’re in the playoffs. Only Top Point teams deserve the Top Point title but they could be eligible for a Citywide bye, if one is available.

Playoff Minimum Matches:  Players are required to play FIVE matches this session.  All players qualified for Citywide (not CWQ in 9ball) must have a handicap based on 10 matches, so new players may need to play more often, especially if bypassing playoffs or Challenge matches. This is a National rule and there are no exceptions, not even last night of play forfeits or dropped teams would count. Plan ahead.

 Citywide Qualified teams: To summarize: 1) NO Citywide qualified teams are eligible for playoffs in the spring session. Citywide teams are noted with a Q. 2) A runner up team to a Top Point Citywide team repeating is not qualified. 3) Citywide players must have a handicap based on 10 matches to be eligible and are removed from the roster. 4) Citywide teams must be in the top half of the division, or could suffer penalties, including losing their slot. 5) Citywide byes, if available are awarded based on performance. Citywide teams, check your eligibility letter to be aware of the criteria needed to remain eligible.

Fall Challenge Results: The Winners are: Deadman from Endzone and Neustra Familia from Rudy’s, both in Aurora; Totally Corrupt from Mickey’s in Romeoville, Buzzed Balls and Wise Guys from Long Shots both in Joliet, and Boomstix from Mulligan’s Monee. Congratulations and see you at Citywide. All winners’ photos are in the Photo Gallery on the local site *. See link below or click from your profile at the top right corner My League’s Site.  
APA Calendar

        ·        March 4-5  Singles Regional, Pocket Billiards, Crestwood. Qualified Players Only.

             ·        May 2-7   National Singles Championship, Westgate Casino in Las Vegas

            ·        May 19-21  Spring Challenge of Champions, Clarion Hotel in Joliet

            ·        May 21  Top Gun\MVP and top Gal\MVP, Clarion Hotel in Joliet (by invitation only)

            ·        May TBA  9ball Citywide Qualifier

            ·        June 2-4 8Ball Citywide tournament, Timber Creek Inn, Sandwich

            ·        Jun 10-11  9Ball Citywide tournament, Long Shots and Bed Rocks.

            ·        Aug 10-14 9ball World Pool Championship  (Thurs to Mon) Westgate Resort, Las Vegas

            ·        Aug 14-19 8ball World Pool Championship  (Mon to Sat) Westgate Resort, Las Vegas  

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.

Singles Qualifiers: As the players try to qualify for Vegas at the Regional on March 5-6, you can try to qualify for 2018 by winning a local qualifying singles board, anytime before Jun 15th to advance to the Fall Regional. The mobile APP (search M&R POOL) and Facebook are the best place to get word of local qualifiers board, local bar tournaments, and other local APA information. If you’re not a Facebook person, you can still check the /APAMary page without creating a profile, or get the APP instead. If you’re not APP person, check out Facebook. You also get my list to stay informed of upcoming boards.  
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.   

Facebook Fan Page There are 1225 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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Events for the Next Month
Date Description
5/2/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 8-Ball Doubles Championship
5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM MiniMania - APA Poolplayer Championships -
5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 9-Ball Shootout
5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 9-Ball Doubles Championship
5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 8-Ball Wheelchair Championship
5/5/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 8-Ball Shootout
5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM Challenge of Champions
6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM 8 Ball Citywide
6/2/2017 12:00:00 AM 8 Ball Citywide
6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM 9 Ball Citywide
7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM Junior Championships
8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 9-Ball World Championships
8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM MiniMania - APA World Pool Championships
8/10/2017 12:00:00 AM Ladies 8-Ball Championship
8/13/2017 12:00:00 AM APA Jack & Jill Championship
8/14/2017 12:00:00 AM APA 8-Ball World Championships
8/15/2017 12:00:00 AM APA Masters Championship
11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM U.S. Amateur Championship