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APA Wheelchair 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 March 13, 2019.
  2. The Rules contained in The Official APA/CPA 8-Ball & 9-Ball Game Rules Booklet and the OTM apply to all Tournament matches and are applicable except to the extent they conflict with these Rules For Participation or the Certification Statement.
  3. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
  4. There is an enforced casual dress code described in the Event Program. Any player that the Tournament Director considers inappropriately dressed will be asked to change.
  5. It is the responsibility of every player to verify that each opponent has a qualifying Photo ID that positively identifies that player as being the person shown on the scoresheet. Do not assume a player is who they say they are.  If, prior to the lag, your opponent has not voluntarily presented their Photo ID for verification, it is your responsibility to request to see their Photo ID.  If you believe your opponent is not the person identified on the scoresheet, you must notify a Referee before the lag and ask the Referee to examine the identity of the questioned player.  If the Referee cannot readily verify the player’s identity from the Photo ID, they may consult the Tournament Director.  All decisions made by the Tournament Director regarding a player’s identity are made in the Tournament Director’s sole discretion and judgment, and are final.  If you fail to verify your opponent’s identity prior to the lag and it is later determined an opposing player turns out to be an imposter or to not have a valid Photo ID, you may be bound by the results of the match and you may not be granted any relief or remedy in the Tournament Director’s sole judgment and discretion.  If a player is put up to play and does not have their Photo ID, the match will be forfeited to the player’s opponent without right of protest or appeal.  This rule will be enforced regardless of whether the player’s Photo ID was lost, left somewhere, or the player needs to go get it.  Anyone posing as someone they are not and/or any player who cannot verify that they are the registered participant identified on the scoresheet is subject to immediate disqualification from the Tournament and is subject to indefinite suspension from participation in APA, in APA’s sole judgment and discretion.
  6. In order to conduct a fair and equitable tournament for all participants, APA must ensure that all participants are playing at their Highest Skill Level, as that term is defined in the Certification Statement. Accordingly, APA may disqualify any participant deemed by APA to be playing at a skill level below their Highest Skill Level.  The determination of whether a player is playing at their Highest Skill Level is necessarily subjective; APA is the sole judge of a player’s ability and may make such a determination in its absolute judgment and discretion.
  7. All men participating in this Tournament must play at skill level 3 or higher.
  8. Any player entering the Tournament under fraudulent or false pretenses or participating in the Tournament under fraudulent or false pretenses will be disqualified. Players may also be disqualified for excessive skill level movement, irregularities or falsification of any scoresheet or Certification Statement, or for sportsmanship violations affecting the integrity of the Tournament, APA or the sport.
  9. APA has the absolute and final authority to make all rulings relating to, or having an effect on, the Tournament and APA Members’ participation in the Tournament, including, but not limited to, rulings regarding player ability, skill level assignment, adjustments of a player’s skill levels and disqualifications. If a player is disqualified from this Tournament for any reason, that player will forfeit all titles, awards, and prize money he or she would otherwise be entitled to, and receive a minimum two-year suspension of their membership in APA.  Disqualification can occur prior to, during, or after the Tournament.
  10. APA reserves the authority, at its sole discretion, to make modifications to the rules, format or any other aspect of the Tournament.
  11. Roster changes will not be accepted at the Tournament site in Las Vegas.
  12. To be eligible to participate in this Tournament each participant must have at least twenty (20) 8-Ball scores within the two years preceding March 13, 2019 and be on the roster of at least one active team, playing in the 8-Ball format, in the League area they are representing, during the current Spring Session.
  13. Players who are participating in the Wheelchair Championship are not allowed to participate in other events held during the Poolplayer Championships, except MiniMania events.
  14. The Tournament Entry Fee is $100 per participant. There will be no refunds issued to no-shows or to entrants who are disqualified.
  15. The maximum number of players that can enter this Modified Single Elimination Format tournament is 64. The size of the board and the breakdown of prize money will be based on the number of entries.
  16. In order to be eligible to compete in this event a player must generally have at least a 10% loss of function of their lower limbs. Some of the more common conditions which may result in individuals being eligible include: traumatic paraplegia and quadriplegia, spina bifida, poliomyelitis, amputees, cerebral palsy and all non-ambulant les autres players.
  17. Coaching is not allowed. (No time-outs.)
  18. If this Tournament is cancelled for any reason, you understand that your only remedy is a refund of your entry fee.
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