Current Division Reps - you will be required to take the new 2021-2022 test. I will put them in your Team Packets Week 9, if  you are unable to print them yourselves. Thank you! 
 
Spring Week 1 Packets have your UPDATE INFO sheet for ALL un-paid members. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that all players review their address/cell number/email to be sure that everything is up-to-date. IT IS EXTREMELY important that your cell and email be CORRECT. More and more you are starting to see Members Services Account relaying information to you DIRECTLY from the National Office. Also, we have increased our usage of the Members Services Notifications to you. Don't forget all players who play Spring 2021 Week 1 need to pay their annual dues that week (either via the packet system or through Members Services On-Line. See Page 23 Section 8 in your Official Team Manuals.
 

 

 
 

Team Information Packet - We ENCOURAGE all players to read! 

 
 


Over $3000 was raised from the Breast Cancer Event at Bumpers. Thank you to EVERYONE who donated, participated, or baked! Congrats to Mountain Man & Kevin Walls for taking 1st and DeAnthony Stockdale & Pacman Pagleno for placing 2nd. Thank you to Bumpers Billiards for waiving the green fees and providing excellent customer service.


 
All Fall Session Divisions have been created and released now, YAY! We will still accept new teams for the first 4 weeks. Flexibility will remain the BUZZWORD this session as well as we keep adapting. 
Boards 2 and 3 for the 8 Ball World Qualifiers were drawn "Live" on Facebook at 4pm on the Closed Group and shared on the Open page. We will conduct all 3 Boards for the 9 Ball World Qualifier on Sunday, August 9th. (We MIGHT do earlier and if so, I will post)
We are also still looking for players for some teams. If you are a player looking for a team, look at the Fall Rosters for where they play and if there is an opening - then contact me at 256-476-6093 and I will assist you in contacting the Team Captain. Emily, our friendly admin, has been making a lot of calls and will continue to do so. 
Now, let's address the "alcohol ordinance". (Emily has been making those calls also) A lot of the Host Locations asked for our assistance in getting teams to START their matches EARLIER than 7pm. If this is the 1st time you are hearing about the ordinance, it goes like this: bars CANNOT sell alcohol AFTER 11PM and ALL alcohol MUST be REMOVED from the tables (IF NOT CONSUMED) BY 11:30. There are several ways to think about this but from YOUR point of view, if you are still playing a match after 11:30 with no cocktail, are you still enjoying yourself? Even if you can get 1 match started by 6 (if you are a 7pm division) that would help your team AND your host location be able to be out of there by 11:30. PLEASE, try your BEST to start early. That is what they are asking. Why are WE making the calls? Because WE have ALL of your phone numbers. (and we are nice like that, just saying) 
 
 
 
7/26/20
New Plan for TODAY - PLEASE READ!
There was a complication in loading the Fall Session that cannot be worked out until Monday morning. We will STILL be starting the Week 1 Fall Session for those Divisions that are scheduled to start this week. For Monday teams - I will download a WORD document letting you know where everyone is shooting tomorrow night later this afternoon. I may or may not have an EXCEL spreadsheet with the rosters you provided. The REST of the starting Divisions will be shown the "regular" way after I finish processing on Monday. The National Office Tech Team is supposed to be putting us on the top of their list Monday morning. Apparently, when we built our year-long divisions, it negated our "skip of Summer session" rules in the computer and now we cannot reach the Fall Session (this is all tech talk to me and just means I cannot do my job, argh).  
Should any teams have any corrections to their rosters, need to add teams, change Host Locations, etc TODAY is the day to contact me. Generally, I am off on Mondays and the ONLY thing I will be doing tomorrow is loading the Fall Session and updating your website. Please call Cyndi at 256-783-5699 for any other APA of North Alabama needs. 
Also,at 4pm today, Cyndi and I will be going "Live" on Facebook to discuss the Staggered World Qualifiers. Pdf's are loaded for everyone to follow along on the World Qualifier Information tab. We REALLY wanted our Fall Session built and out there before doing this step but it wasn't to be. Oh well, FLEXIBILITY IS THE BUZZWORD, right?
 
 
 
 6/14/20
 
Teams that are sitting out (that have NOT made a firm commitment to us already)  - your re-entry deadline is next week. If your team DOES plan on starting back you MUST contact us by Friday the 19th by 5pm. 
 
 
 
5/26/20 Divisions/their teams READY to start week of 5/26
Some divisions might have TEMPORARY "tweaks" to start. The "buzzword" for the rest of this year is FLEXIBILITY, not just at the Local Office level, but at the National Office Level, the Team Captain level, Team level, Player level, and Host Location Level.
Division 020 Shuttle - Teams responding with ready to start: 8 Life, On Cue, Bankin N Spankin, Shades of Gray, ARACKNOPHOBIA, Misfitz. (Breakin' Away has decided to wait a bit until they return and I will be giving Pocket Rockets the Bye for this Week)
Division 034 Lake Life -  ALL TEAMS  (Southern English will have the Bye for the returning week)
Division 040/041 - I CAN see CLEARLY NOW - Straight to 8/9, Not There, Bank 'em and Spank 'em, and Psychotic Cues (I will be giving Lags to Riches the BYE for the 1st week as I don't have a decision from this team yet)
Division 032 - Meteor - RESPONSES FROM ALL NOW EXCEPT DIFFERENT STROKES WHICH I WILL GIVE THE BYE  WILL START WEEK BEGINNING 5/31
Division 022/023 - Asteriod DJ -RESPONSES FROM ALL GOOD TO GO!
Division 021 - This Division has A LOT of Changes but will start this week. Yes'es are Serendipity, Rebels, Serving Up Pie, Here Comes Trouble, and Pool School Drop Outs. Money has NOT sent in a response so one team will get a BYE FOR THIS 1ST WEEK, if Money wants to add in that will be fine.
Division 026/027 - N/S Chips Tues is a GO but will now have a BYE. Bad Coaching will have a BYE this 1st week. NOW STARTING WEEK OF 5/31
Division 043 - Mercury It is a GO! 
Division 047 - NOVA - STARTING THIS WEEK! 
 
Note: IT WILL TAKE ME SOME TIME TO SET THE SCHEDULES AND THEY WILL NOT APPEAR ON YOUR MEMBERS SERVICES APP. YOU MUST COME TO THE SCHEDULES TAB TO GET YOUR SCHEDULES AND TEAM CAPTAIN CONTACT INFO.  
 
AFTER I GET THESE DIVISIONS "SET" INTO THE COMPUTER AND EVERYTHING POSTED, I WILL START ON THE DIVISIONS THAT WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF MAY 31ST. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REVIEW YOUR TEAM'S RESPONSE ON START BACK WEEK SO THAT WE DID NOT MISS ANYONE'S RESPONSE. WITH SOME OF YOU TEXTING, EMAILING, OR FACEBOOK MESSAGING (OR CALLING US INSTEAD OF PUTTING IT IN WRITING) BOTH OF US, YOUR RESPONSE COULD HAVE FALLEN THROUGH A CRACK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DILIGENCE!
 

Key Starting Back Points

Safer At Play Policy

 
 

OLD NEWS

 
 
 As I stated previously, this is a fast evolving event, and our (Cyndi and myself) decision to suspend play came upon hours after announcing that we would continue play as of this week. We will answer additional questions to the best of our ability later. Please click on our Official Letter for details, thank you!

APA of North Alabama Suspension of League Play Letter

 
OLD POST -
Since we, Cyndi & I, know you are getting worried, we wanted to reach out and address the COVID19 Virus and how it affects our APA of North Alabama League. First off, it won't help anything to start panicking. Please take the time to educate yourself regarding the Coronavirus. Go to the CDC direct link. Don't just learn about it through hearsay or social media.

Secondly, we are concerned about the well being of our family - our players - our Host Locations. Based on current information and updates from the National Office, IF we have to suspend play, we will. However, we will not make this decision lightly because we acknowledge that league play is almost everyone's "get away" from the stress of everyday life. We also do not want to take unnecessary steps that might endanger the survival of our Host Location's businesses. Where would you have to play if they were to close down?

Fortunately, the virus is currently NOT as large a threat in our area and state. So, at this time all APA of North Alabama league play matches and tournaments will take place as scheduled. The packets will be available to you at your Pickup Locations for you to play. Keep in mind that we are not a full contact sport which can cause this type of virus to spread. Even so, COMMON SENSE and CAUTION is always needed. Take the steps as outlined in the flier to avoid getting infected: wash your hands before and after a match, do not attend league play if you are sick, have been out of the country in the last two weeks, or are in the high risk categories, and do NOT shake hands after a match (maybe we should just bow to each other!).

The APA National Office has had a live stream with the entire League Operator Network everyday since last Thursday and will continue to do so as more information becomes available. This is a FLUID situation and changes are possible each day. We will keep you posted on any and all information regarding the World Poolplayer Championships.

Thank you for your time, we appreciate you all, and above all be safe. 

 
 
 
 
FILL A BYE PROGRAM - SPRING 2020 - 
 
BY 01/05/20 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $80 TEAM CREDIT AFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $160 TEAM CREDIT FOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THE PRIZE DRAWINGS.
 
BY 01/11/20 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $40 TEAM CREDIT AFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $80 TEAM CREDIT FOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THE PRIZE DRAWINGS.
  
 
 
ALL PLAYERS ON "FILL A BYE TEAMS" WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A CUSTOM APA LEATHER JACKET (1ST DRAWING), CUETEC CARBON FIBER SHAFT (2ND DRAWING)
AND SESSION FREE PLAY COUPON FOR THE PLAYER - VALID FOR ONLY ONE OF THE TEAMS THAT PLAYER IS ON (IF ON MULTIPLE TEAMS). (3RD DRAWING) Drawing to be held after the 4th week of play.
 

Helpful Hint: If you are looking for players for your Team, go through the Player Stats Report for "Not Active" (far right hand column) you might KNOW this person and can make a connection that way.  

Qualified Teams: I have added a NEW report to use to make sure that you adhere to the "Original 4 Players" Requirement from the session you Qualified. This means you cannot drop 5 players, leaving you with only 3 Original players without losing your Qualification. Be Aware and Informed. 

  

Teams that paid all their players who played received 1 Extra Bonus Point in 8 Ball and 5 in 9 Ball. Teams who played an UNPAID player last week, lost those players earned points. HOWEVER, if they pay this week, those earned points will be restored but no extra bonus points will be added.

 

Spring Session Info Meeting Agenda

 

 Kids to Love Christmas Fundraiser @ Bumpers Flier

APA of North Alabama/Steve's Cue & Grill Christmas Party 

Spring Session/December Calendar

Junior Bundt Cake Fundraiser 

October Local Leaguer 

 
 
6 of our Team Captains or Co Captains Qualified for the Spring 2020 Regionals during the Team Captain/Co Captain Appreciation Event. Congratulations to James Swan, Twitch Peters, Buck Busha, and David Monaghan for Qualifying in 9 Ball and Dustin Patton and David Fentress for Qualifying in 8 Ball! 
Gypsy Wilksman passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the age of 76. Doug Pennington, her longtime Team Captain notified us last night when he had called to inquire how she was doing. Her son told Doug the sad news and let him know that Gypsy, just like in her life, did not want any special services or recognition. 

Gypsy joined the Rocket City Pool League (the original name of the APA of North Alabama) 24 years ago. The computerized records do not show what team or host location she played on THEN but starting in 2001 (when the computerized records DO start) she played out of the Sports Page on an 8 Ball Team named P.S.S.S.,in 2007 she joined On Cue (also 8 Ball only) out of Steve's Cue & Grill which she remained on until her passing (now THAT is TEAM LOYALTY!), in 2011 she added a 9 Ball Team, The Wolf Pack, that played out of Chips & Salsa and then later out of Steve's Cue & Grill, she also played on a Ladies team, Hot Beaches, for one year long session in 2012. Starting in 2018, she began playing 8 Ball only again with, yes, On Cue. Out of 72 sessions in her 24 years of play, Gypsy only took 1 session off when her WHOLE On Cue team did in Fall 2010.
Gypsy attended 12 World Qualifiers (Cities) throughout her time with the APA of North Alabama. She achieved that of a skill level 4 as her highest skill level in BOTH formats. 
A couple of things that I can, PERSONALLY, say about Gypsy is this: FIRST, regardless of how SHE was feeling, she kept on going AND with a smile on her face. I remember having a conversation with her a long while back and I might not be quoting EXACTLY but it boils down to this - you can wake up in the morning and DECIDE what attitude to have because THAT is CHANGEABLE but you can't take back or change what IMPRESSION someone has on you because of the PERSONALITY you inflicted on them. Okay, I am pretty sure that I am using the wrong word on the 2nd part, but you get my drift. I thought that was pretty wise advise. SECOND, SHE encouraged the rest of her team to participate in the "other" stuff we (the league) offered - Captain/Co-Captain Appreciation Event - That is the FREE thank you present to our Captains and Co Captains and is NOT a doubles tournament but is singles, Top Guns (that was MVP's ORIGINAL name), you name it. All because she recognized that her team was qualifying a lot of their players in these extras and should take advantage in the programs. Smart Lady! 
Friends who wish to send condolence cards to her son can do so through us (via their team packets) and we will make sure he get them. Please pray and give condolences to her On Cue Family: Doug Pennington, Keith Losset, Wally Olszewski, Andrew James, Drew Edmonson, Chris Skinner, and Sharanna Bridges. Also, please do not forget the WHOLE Steve's Cue & Grill Family and Division 020 and us. Thank you.
Billy Berry passed away Tuesday, May 29th, 2019 in the morning at his home. Billy had been battling cancer and remained in good spirits throughout the end. He was touched by the league wide turnout of his pool family and friends to assist in him for his medical needs.  Greg Thomas had spoken to him the day before and reported that Billy sounded good. Our prayers go out to Billy's wife and nephew, Chad and the rest of Billy's friends and family. Service arrangements are at the end of this memorial. 
Billy started playing league in 2008 out of Shooters on 9 on the Break, which turned into Double Jeopardy the following session with the sister name of 8 on the Break. In 2011, the team moved to Chips & Salsa and  Billy added 2 teams that played out of Bumpers, Freight Train and Cloud 9's. In 2012, he started playing out of Diamonds when Freight Train changed host locations. In 2016, he played for Billy's Sports Bar on 9 Ball Mafia. In 2017, he played for Steve's Cue & Grill when Freight Train changed to the Once A Month format. Also starting in Spring 2017, Billy started playing on weekly, standard teams only at Chips & Salsa. So, in a way, Billy Berry...PLAYED PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE!    
Billy was also a Team Captain in 2013 and 2014. He also attended "The Big Show" also known as The World Pool Championship, THREE times, ALL in the 8 Ball format, TWICE with "8 on The Break" and once with Gambler's Anonymous in the years of 2010, 2013, and 2015. He shot in EIGHTEEN World Qualifiers (aka Cities, aka Road to Vegas). His computerized lifetime match total was 988 played but with the extra events such as MVP, Team Captain/Co Captain that he participated in, we are sure that he reached that 1000 matches played.
The last time I saw Billy was at his Fundraiser. I was so impressed by the amount of players who attended. And I was LATE, I was told there were many more at the beginning. I hugged him and felt like I couldn't do it too tightly or I might break him. We BOTH teared up. I had to lean in close to hear what he was saying but he could not believe everyone was there "for me??". We talked about extended family and the community we are. Jamie Lack came up and just reaffirmed our whole conversation. It was a beautiful moment that I will carry with me always. Rest in Peace,  Billy.
Billy's visitation will be Friday, November 1 from 6pm-8pm with his Funeral to be held Saturday, November 2 at 1pm at the Hazel Green Funeral Home.  
Karen Luck passed away Sunday, October 26, 2019 at Huntsville Hospital. Karen had Lupus and had been struggling the last couple of weeks with fluid retention. She had been in the hospital twice in the last nine days and was waiting to go to Birmingham for liver tests. Saturday she was admitted again because she was having trouble breathing and her platelets were extremely low. The medication given to her to assist her breathing, also effected her kidneys, so she had to be taken off that and the fluid retention has escalated too high for anything to be done for her. 
Karen first started playing APA in 2008 but then stopped until she formed her own team in 2013 out of Steve's Cue & Grill. From 2013 she played without stop. She played Tuesday 8 Ball and Thursday 9 Ball. In 2014, she switched to Double Jeopardy out of Chips & Salsa. In 2015, she added a Steve's Ladies Team to her play as well as went back to single format out of Steve's Cue & Grill where she remained until her passing. 
Karen played in SIX World Qualifiers in which she was the Team Captain for two of those Teams. Karen achieved a skill level 4 in both formats. She also was very strategic in put ups. During one World Qualifier, I remember asking her why she played a line up a certain way and I was impressed by her reasoning.  Rest in Peace, Karen.

 


 
APA and Bumpers Billiards Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising Tournament Flier THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US RAISE $1803!!! Von Bryant/Tyler Petrie came in 1st in the tournament with Cathy McDaniel/Wes Putty coming in 2nd. Lisa Archer won BOTH the 45 Ball Challenge and the Raffle, Sam "I Am" Imker won the Bra Decorating Competition with Deb McClure coming in 2nd. Alas, no men showed up dressed as women. The bake sale items were simply delicious! Thank you to all our generous bakers! Thank you to all the vendors/donators of the Silent Auction items. A grand time was had "scooping" bids from one another.  See pictures on Facebook.
 
October 8, 2019
My apologies for the lateness of the update of the LOCAL WEBSITE. You all had your APP updated ON TIME.  but due to the Regional Singles this past weekend at Chips & Billiards (and me having to run on a broken big toe to boot, ugh) I passed out on Monday. Sorry.  
 
This seems to be happening more and more THIS SESSION than I am comfortable with seeing. Teams are playing points and then forfeiting the 5th match BUT not having a player on their roster that would show that they COULD have met the 23 rule. Teams CANNOT adhere to the 23 rule by forfeiting the 5th match IF they do not have a player on their roster who is the appropriate skill level. Follows is an EXAMPLE for a 9 Ball Team:
1ST PLAYER - Bob s/l 5
2ND PLAYER - Gail s/l 4
3RD PLAYER - Jim s/l 6
4TH PLAYER - Sally s/l 7
FORFEIT - 
NO S/L 1 ON THE ROSTER SO THE TEAM LOSES ALL THEIR POINTS AND THE OPPOSING TEAM GETS THE POINTS IN THE MATCH WHERE THE 23 RULE WAS BROKEN! 
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - Take the time to add up the player's skill levels that are playing and if you are going to forfeit. There is NOTHING, we as League Operators, can DO, to adjust your points after the fact. This is a computer, automatic generated system. You break the 23 rule, you lose it. PERIOD.
 
 
September Local Leaguer (Fall Session Issue 2)
 
PLEASE REPORT ANY BROKEN LINKS TO northalabama.apaleagues.com or text LEE at 256-476-6093. Thank you! 
 

Not a member of the APA of North Alabama CLOSED  Facebook Group? Join TODAY! The "games" began last week!

HAD A GR8 TIME RUNNING YOUR MVP AT CHIPS THIS PAST WEEKEND! Thank you to Chips & Billiards and their staff for hosting this event for YOU, the players, AND providing FREE GREEN FEES, and awesome food and customer service! This is one of MY favorites too because I get to witness all of you HAVING FUN...MEETING PEOPLE...AND PLAYING POOL, which is what the APA is all about. I have posted pictures of the brackets, runners up, and winners on Facebook. When I get more time, I will also post these on the MVP tab. 
 
HOW DO YOU GET QUALIFIED FOR NEXT SESSION'S MVP? THAT INFO WILL ALSO BE UPDATED ON THE MVP TAB SOON. 
 
A Special Shout out to our new Admin, Emily Leeth, for doing a Bang up job during the MVP event. (I will get her on the microphone, just you wait!)  Another thank you to her husband, Tank Leeth for working the whole event with us. (I DID get him on the microphone at the end, lol)
 
We gave out some GREAT prizes and that prize list will also be posted on the MVP Tab later. We had THREE players able to "JUMP" from the MVP to the Spring 2020 Regionals via the "3 in a Row:" Optional Buy In Pot - David Monaghan (8B), Jennifer Hardy (9B), and Pacman Pagleno (9B). Arkansas Birchfield won the Optional 8 on the Break Pot ($90) and Jackson Thomas won the Optional 9 on the Snap Pot ($140). 
 
Finally, I LOVED being able to play some challenge matches against some of our players this time (all part of my thank you to our staff!) Congrats go out to Chris Atchley who "claimed my patch"! I feel really good that I only needed 5 more points on that match. It was a really tight race. I hope to be able to play against more of you and appreciate being able to meet and talk to you all. Thank you NORTH ALABAMA!
 
Richard Robbins - Mini Manias in Las Vegas 2019I went to Las Vegas APA Mini-Mania's. Played a lot, won a few. Made an 8 on the Break. Had a great time meeting good players from all over. Recommend it to everyone! Richard E Robbins 
 
 
 

Fall 2019 Local Leaguer Issue 1 

MVP INVITATION LIST IS POSTED ON THE MVP TAB FOR THE SPRING/SUMMER SESSIONS. THE DATE AND HOST LOCATION INFO IS ALSO ON THIS TAB. 

Are you getting all you can out of the American Poolplayers Association's Social Media? See the list below!

APA Youtube Channel

APA Facebook Page 

APA Twitter 

APA Instagram 

 
FILL A BYE PROGRAM - FALL 2019 - 
BY 8/4/19 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $160 TEAM CREDITAFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $320 TEAM CREDIT FOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THEPRIZE DRAWINGS.
 
BY 8/10/19 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $120 TEAM CREDITAFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $240 TEAM CREDITFOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THEPRIZE DRAWINGS.
 
BY 8/17/19 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $80 TEAM CREDIT AFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $160 TEAM CREDIT FOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THEPRIZE DRAWINGS.
 
BY 8/24/19 AND TEAM COORDINATOR RECEIVES $100 CASH PLUS $10 FOR EACH NEW PLAYER OR 2 YEAR + INACTIVE PLAYER ON TEAM $40 TEAM CREDIT AFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY FOR SINGLE FORMAT AND $80 TEAM CREDIT FOR DOUBLE JEOPARDY WITH ALL MEMBERS ON THE TEAM ENTERED INTO THEPRIZE DRAWINGS.
  
 
 
ALL PLAYERS ON "FILL A BYE TEAMS" WILL BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR A CUSTOM APA LEATHER JACKET (1ST DRAWING),KATANA CUE CASE - LEATHER 2 BUTT/4 SHAFT, JUMP BUTT POCKET, TWO POCKETS, ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP, CARRYING HANDLE, YOUR CHOICE OF BROWN OR BLACK (2ND DRAWING) - PICTURE TO BE POSTED LATER, AND A 2020 APA MEMBERSHIP FOR YOU AND 3 OF YOUR FRIENDS (3RD DRAWING) Drawing to be held after the 4th week of play.
 
 

OLD NEWS 

 
Clarification to "Balls off the Playing Surface" Section: 
If PERSONAL actions cause the object ball to leave the playing surface THEN the OPPONENT places the object ball CLOSEST to where it was at.
If the ball off the playing surface was CAUSED BY THE ACTION OF THE SHOT ITSELF then that results in the "spotted" rules as outlined in the section described.
Think of the following example... My 2nd to LAST solid left is in the corner pocket BUT it is surrounded by my opponent's stripes with NO WAY for me to make a good hit. If I casually knocked into it with the back of my cue stick while stroking at the other solid, I could go "Oops, guess that gets spotted." Well that wouldn't be fair because now that FINAL solid is free and clear and I am out, right? WRONG! Because that ball being knocked into the pocket was caused by MY PERSONAL action and not A shot action, I should not get rewarded for that, so it is put back (as closely as possible, by my opponent) where it sat. IF, however,  I had 3 balls left on the table and when I pocketed 1 ball, ANOTHER BALL OF MY CATEGORY flew off the table AFTER HAVING COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE REBOUND OF THE BALL I POCKETED, the ball that flew off the table is not spotted until I make the other ball left of my category OR I miss, whichever comes first BECAUSE the ball that came off the playing surface was caused by the action of my shot. 
 
 
 

Did you know we....? 

 
 
Are you a member of the American Poolplayers Association - North Alabama CLOSED Group on Facebook? If not, you are MISSING OUT on the Reward Questions Games (usually 2 or 3 weekly). This is DIFFERENT from the OPEN Facebook page. Read the April Local Leaguer to see what to do. 
 
The CLOSED group is DIFFERENT from our OPEN Business Facebook Page, you HAVE to request approval and IF you are a member of the APA OF NORTH ALABAMA, you will be approved. I keep it CLOSED because not every league needs to know what we are doing. As many of you found out this weekend at the Regionals, not all leagues are run the same. Some players wish they played in our area and I really don't want to make it worse for our neighboring league areas, truly. The next game will be sometime this week so join right away so you are included for prizes! I recognize that not everyone is "on" Facebook SO there will be the occasional "game question" hidden on the local website as well. 
 
THIS IS AN ONGOING PROGRAM...
Finally, I came up with a great idea for awarding Undefeated Players but I added a twist! I think I watch too much Survivor! I really LOVE that show!  On the Local Stats is the Undefeated Report with a MINIMUM match played of 6 matches. If the player REMAINS Undefeated at the end of the session, they will receive a Free Play Coupon or A Tee Shirt (Their choice) and the certificate signed by your League Operators, BUT here is the Twist! Starting this week, I am placing a BOUNTY on ALL these Undefeated Players. If you beat an Undefeated Player AND write it on your scoresheet, I will award YOU with what would have been their award (either the free play coupon or tee shirt). And... IF the UNDEFEATED Player is a Skill Level 7 or 9, and they are defeated, the player claiming the bounty will get DOUBLE the FREE PLAY! REMEMBER - YOU MUST WRITE IT ON YOUR SCORESHEET OR IT WON'T COUNT!
 
 
Qualified Teams - Just a reminder, you have until the 4th week of play to change your rosters without losing your Qualified Status. This is an AUTOMATIC function of the Computer, IF WE CHANGE THE ROSTER TO A QUALIFIED TEAM AFTER THE 4TH WEEK OF PLAY, the computer removes the "Q". 
Are you using your "App"?  I have been trying to post "Teams that need players" and "Players needing teams" to notify players in case they have not found a team yet or wish to pick up another team. 
If your team is missing points, it is because you have PLAYED but UNPAID players on your rosters. Players MUST have been paid the FIRST TIME they played in the Session to avoid penalty. Read your Official Team Manuals and Bylaws.
 

 
Basic Tips for Playing Consistent Billiards

 

Fun on League Nights!

 

                                                                                         

Just a reminder, I am always on the look out for higher ranked players to volunteer their time with our Juniors on Saturdays at Chips & Salsa from 12-3. 
 
Speaking of Team Captains, while making a LOT of phone calls these were the impressions that I was left with:
1) I can't be a Team Captain because I am only a skill level 4  (3 and 2, take your pick) ANYONE CAN BE A TEAM CAPTAIN - SKILL LEVEL DOESN'T MATTER. 2) I can't be a Team Captain because I have only been playing 1 year (more, less) - CONSIDER IT "ON THE JOB TRAINING" - Would you turn down a fulfilling job just because you have never done the job before? There are plenty Team Captains who were totally NEW to pool league when they started.  3) It seems too difficult There will be your fellow team players AND opposing teams to help you on your way. Not only that but there are videos that assist with scoring, I give new teams "cheat sheets" so they can see what needs to be filled in on those scoresheets. You can always call one of your League Operators for guidance.
In order to participate in the Team Captain Qualifier you MUST be a Team Captain of a REGULAR WEEKLY TEAM. 
 
 
Travel Team Sandtimers (How To)
One of the on LATE NIGHTS. We, The APA of North Alabama, take your concerns very seriously and do our best to try to QUICKLY address and rectify. We immediately ordered the Sandtimers used at The World Pool Championships and are going to implement them during Regular League Play.  We hope that this step, alone, will help reduce late nights. We DO, however, have further steps in place, should they not work as planned. Please take this as a POSITIVE step and let it feel like YOU have CONTROL of your late nights.  Please click on the above BLUE LINKS for HOW TO USE THE TIMERS. In-House Divisions and Travel Divisions have a DIFFERENT set of instructions!   


 


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