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.
Congratulations to the most recent I000 Match Club members: Mark Holt, Butch Weese, Duane Peterson, Joel Klein 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 was the last event held at the Riviera Hotel before it closed. 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!