LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MO (June 30, 2020) — As APA Leagues across North America are slowly but surely starting to return, the American Poolplayers Association is once again taking steps to try and ensure all of its Vegas tournaments scheduled for 2020 ultimately get played.
To do so, APA is making major modifications to its tournament schedule for the second time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
The APA Showdown Series Championships tournament, which was scheduled for August, has been canceled.
However, the four events set to take place during the Showdown Series Championships are being moved to a later date.
Those events are the 8-Ball Doubles Championship, the 9-Ball Doubles Championship, the Jack & Jill Championship and the Team Captains Championship.
“Casinos in Las Vegas are just starting to reopen. Unfortunately, we’ve seen nothing that would lead us to believe that Nevada will permit a large-scale event like ours by August. In order for our participants to make travel arrangements, we had to make a decision by the end of June. As of right now, with the information we have available, we do not believe an event in August will be possible in Las Vegas,” said APA President Greg Fletcher.
According to Fletcher, other factors also contributed to the decision, including State and Local restrictions which have continued to prevent about half of APA Leagues from restarting League play, and recently enacted quarantine orders put in place by the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that may have required a number of tournament participants to quarantine for two weeks after returning from the event.
The move comes as little surprise given that APA had already decided to move it’s World Pool Championships from August to December in a bid to increase the likelihood that it is able to hold that event.
The Jack & Jill Doubles Championship and the Team Captain Championship are being moved to December in conjunction with the APA World Pool Championships. Both events were initially slated to take place during the World Championship when it was originally scheduled for August.
The 8-Ball and 9-Ball Doubles Championships will now be moved to next April, and will be held in conjunction with the 2021 APA Poolplayer Championships. Both events were originally scheduled to take place this past April, but had to be moved due to the pandemic, along with the 8-Ball Classic, 9-Ball Shootout and the Wheelchair Championship. Qualifiers for this year’s events will compete alongside next year’s qualifiers in each event, with the exception of the 2020 Wheelchair Championship, which has been moved to December 2020 during the World Pool Championships.
It was expected that if the four Showdown Series Championship events could not be played in August, they would need to be canceled outright. But after working with the Westgate Resort & Casino Las Vegas, the host of the event, APA has been able to secure additional event space and event days that will allow for all four championships to be played.
“We know our members work hard to qualify for these events. So we are doing everything we possibly can to give them the opportunity to compete at the championship level,” said Fletcher.
The plan gives APA a potential opportunity to host all of its Las Vegas events without permanent cancellation, but it’s important to recognize plans will be dictated by what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic over the next several months.
If APA ultimately determines these events cannot be held, APA will work with its League Operators to distribute players fund monies that would otherwise be used as travel assistance for the qualified teams.
The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, with leagues throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.
The APA typically produces four major tournaments each year—the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships, the APA Junior Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship—that, together, pay out more than $2 Million in cash and prizes annually!The APA and its championships are sponsored by Aramith, Action Cues, PoolDawg and Valley-Dynamo.
For more information on the American Poolplayers Association, visit https://poolplayers.com/.