APA 9-ball Doubles Championship
Rules For Participation
The APA Poolplayer Championships and Showdown Series events (collectively the “Tournament”) are operated and administered by American Poolplayers Association, Inc. and its affiliated leagues in Canada and Japan (collectively, “APA”). APA acting through its designated officials, including APA’s Handicap Review Committee (“HRC”) is the Tournament Director for this Tournament. As Tournament Director, APA has the full, absolute and final authority to make all rulings, decisions and judgments, in the exercise of its sole discretion, on all issues and matters related to this Tournament. The Tournament Director’s rulings, determinations and judgments are final.
This is a handicapped tournament. Skill levels are calculated using The Equalizer® Handicapping System. For more information regarding The Equalizer®, refer to the APA Official Team Manual (“OTM”).
The following are rules applicable to this Tournament:
1. You must have submitted an Entry Form and entry fee prior to July 1, 2021.
2. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
3. There is an enforced casual dress code described in the Event Program and on poolplayers.com. Any player that the Tournament Director considers inappropriately dressed will be asked to change.
4. APA reserves the authority, at its sole discretion, to make modifications to the rules, format or any other aspect of the Event.
5. Roster changes will not be accepted at the Tournament site in Las Vegas.
6. To be eligible to participate in this Tournament:
- a. The sum of the Highest Skill Levels of each team’s members must equal, or be less than, ten (10), unless the team won its bid through division play or a qualifying tournament, in which case the team will be allowed to start this Tournament with a combined skill level of twelve (12) or less. If the team won its bid through a qualifying tournament, and has a combined skill level of eleven (11) or twelve (12), the qualifying tournament’s bracket must be submitted with the team’s entry, or the team will not be eligible. If the team’s combined skill level exceeds the maximum, one or both players must be replaced, prior to the Tournament, to reduce the combined skill level to ten (10) or below.
- b. Each team must be made up of two players from the same League area who each must have at least twenty (20) 9-Ball scores within the two years preceding July 1, 2021 and who are each on the roster of at least one active team, playing in the 9-Ball format, during the current Summer Session.
- c. Players must have played at least four (4) times in the Spring Session in the League area the team represents. Matches must be in the standard 9-Ball format.
- d. Players may only be on the roster of one team participating in this Tournament.
- e. Players cannot be 8-Ball Classic participants.
7 .Participants may only be on the roster of one team participating in this Tournament.
8. The Tournament Entry Fee is $100 per team. There will be no refunds issued to no-shows or to entrants who are disqualified.
9. The maximum number of teams that can enter this Modified Single Elimination Format tournament is 512. The size of the board and the breakdown of prize money will be based on the number of entries.
10. Matches are played according to an APA 9-Ball Doubles Championship “Points Must Win” Chart that will be provided at the Tournament.
11. If this Tournament is cancelled for any reason, you understand that your only remedy is a refund of your entry fee.
12. By participating in this Tournament, you accept, and agree to play by, the Championship Rules provided with these Rules for Participation and published in the Event Program.
1. FORMAT: Players alternate shots, not turns. The first break of the team match starts the rotation. If a player makes the 8-ball or 9-ball, their teammate breaks the next rack.
2. LAGGING: The lag will not count as part of the rotation. Teams are not allowed to flip a coin instead of lagging for the break.
3. SHOOTING OUT OF ROTATION: It is a foul to shoot out of rotation. Although it is sportsmanlike for the sitting team to remind the shooter that they are about to foul by shooting out of rotation, they are not required to do so. Once the shooter has shot out of rotation, the foul has occurred and the sitting team will receive ball-in-hand if the sitting team calls the foul before another shot is taken. In 8-Ball, if the 8-ball is pocketed during such a shot, the foul results in loss of game; and in 9-Ball, if the 9-ball is pocketed during such a shot, the foul results in ball-in-hand and the 9-ball is spotted. If the sitting team does not call the foul before the next shot is taken, the sitting team will not receive ball-in-hand, and the team that shot out of rotation will assume the new rotation for the remainder of the match. However, before any foul has occurred, the shooting team may avoid penalty by asking the sitting team which player’s turn it is in the rotation. In that circumstance, the sitting team must tell them the truth.
4. CONCESSION OF GAME: If the sitting team concedes a rack before the last ball is pocketed, the winning player’s teammate will break the next rack.
5. NO GAMBLING: Gambling on pool is not permitted at any APA function, including this Tournament. Therefore, you are prohibited from gambling on pool at the Tournament site, even after the Tournament has ended or you have been eliminated from the Tournament. Any participant that gambles will face disqualification from the Tournament and/or forfeiture of all awards and prize money.
6. FORFEIT TIME: Forfeits will be declared after 15 minutes have passed after a match has been called. If a team has registered for the Tournament, a Tournament Official may attempt to locate the team before a forfeit is declared, however Tournament Officials are not responsible if a forfeit occurs. It is the team’s responsibility to be present for their matches when they are called. The Tournament Director determines when a match is officially forfeited.
7. COACHING: One coaching time-out per team, per game, is allowed. If team members talk in between shots it will be deemed a coaching time out. However, team members may converse freely when neither is at the table shooting without being charged with a coaching time out. If the sitting team member suggests a time-out to the shooter, the time-out will be charged even if the shooter disagrees with the decision to take the time-out. However, if a shooter requests a time-out and the sitting team member refuses to take the time-out, no time-out will be charged. A player may line up the next shot, prior to making their shot, without being charged with a coaching time out.
8. NO EARPHONES: You are not permitted to wear earphones of any type during Tournament play. This includes ear buds, headphones, headsets, Bluetooth devices, etc. Hearing aids and non-electronic earplugs are allowed.
9. CELL PHONE AND SMARTWATCH USE: Cell phone and smartwatch use is prohibited while a player is taking their turn at the table and during coaching time-outs.
10. GAME RULES: APA game rules apply. The game rules are covered in the Official Team Manual. You should ensure that you are familiar with these rules. Further, these Championship Rules and the Rules for Participation also apply at this Tournament. Any and all Local Bylaws applicable to your Local League, or interpretation(s) of the APA game rules made by your Local League Operator, which are not in full accord with the Championship Rules established by the APA do not apply at this event. It is your responsibility to know what is a Championship Rule and what is a Local Bylaw. In addition, you are obligated to review the Certification Statement prior to signing it and registering for the Tournament.
11. MINIMUM SKILL LEVELS: Ladies may participate at their assigned skill level, even if that assigned skill level is lower than a SL3. All other players must participate at a skill level 3 or higher. To be eligible to participate at a skill level lower than a SL3, the player’s State/Province issued picture ID, Military ID or passport photo ID must identify her as female.
12. CUE BALL FOULS: Do not touch the cue ball while it is still rolling. Doing so may result in a foul.
13. CLOSE HITS: If a shot looks like it may result in a “bad hit,” stop the game and get a Tournament Official to observe the shot and make the call. Either player may stop the game to ask for a call. The decision of the Tournament Official is final. If a shot is close and a Tournament Official is not called, the ruling will most likely be in the shooter’s favor.
14. SPORTSMANSHIP: The primary objective of APA has always been to provide players of all abilities with the fun and enjoyment of friendly competition. Naturally it is expected that every player hopes to do well, and that all players and teams will be doing their best to win. However, each player and team is also expected to accept defeat in a sportsmanlike manner. Two common examples of bad sportsmanship are: conceding an unfinished game; and undoing a cue during play. Both forms of conduct are frowned upon by professionals, and have no place in amateur play. All players are asked to allow opponents to finish the game before racking the balls or undoing cues. No penalty will be assessed unless, in the determination of the Tournament Director, such sportsmanship violations by a team are excessive. Another cause of sportsmanship concerns are fouls. A foul is a foul and should be observed as such regardless of whether the player believes that he will get caught failing to disclose a foul. Generally speaking, a professional player will call a foul on himself. Likewise, good sportsmanship dictates that amateur players admit a mistake, and live with the consequences. However, it is technically the responsibility of a player, and their Team Captain, to protect the outcome of the player’s match. Therefore, all players are advised to pay attention to their games.
15. EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS: Laser devices, mechanical cues and training/practice aids may not be used in Tournament play. Some specialty cues may be allowed on a limited basis. Special equipment, such as bridges and cue extenders, are legal. Players are expected to use equipment consistent with its intended purpose. In addition, players must use the rack, cue ball and object balls provided at each table. Additional equipment guidelines applicable during Tournament play are set forth below:
Jump Cues: Are not allowed.
Break Cues: Sometimes combined with jump cues to form a jump-break cue, these cues are allowed in Tournament play for breaking only.
Regular Shooting Cues: These cues may be used to perform jump shots, massé shots and break shots in all APA League and Tournament play. You may not “break down” your Regular Shooting Cue to perform a jump shot.
NOTE 1: Using a regular shooting cue to break does not qualify it as a “break cue”.
NOTE 2: Wheelchair players and players who are limited in their height are allowed to use a junior cue or “shortie” as a regular shooting cue.
You may change cues and/or cue shafts during a game provided the cues and/or shafts you are switching to do not violate any rules of use, and you remain within the time guidelines. Any equipment bearing any message or image that is sexually explicit or political nature, or may be offensive due to the use of profanity or the promotion of violence, alcoholism or substance abuse, shall be prohibited from use in this Tournament. The Tournament Director shall have the right to inspect a player’s cue(s) at any time during the Tournament without prior notice to the player, and if the cue(s) are found to be in violation of this rule, the player shall immediately cease using the objectionable cue during Tournament play, or face immediate disqualification and forfeiture of all prize money earned and/or entry fee paid.
16. BEVERAGES: Hotel regulations prohibit coolers, glass beverage containers or outside beverages from being brought into the Tournament rooms or hotel ballrooms. Beverages are available for sale at the Tournament site.
17. NO SMOKING: Due to Nevada state law, smoking is not permitted within the Tournament rooms. The use of electronic cigarettes/vaporizers are also not allowed in the Tournament rooms.
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