Official Team Manual

APA/CPA Official Team Manual for League Years 2023/2024, 2024/2025 & 2025/2026

The Equalizer® Handicap System




Generally, all NEW players will start at a SL3.

NOTE 1: Local League Management is authorized to assign a new player a higher starting skill level if they believe the higher skill level more accurately reflects the player’s true pool playing ability.

NOTE 2: Players with an established skill level in the 8-Ball format will start play in 9-Ball with their 8-Ball skill level; players with an established skill level in the 9-Ball format will start play in 8-Ball with their 9-Ball skill level, unless they are a SL1, SL8 or SL9 in 9-Ball. A SL1 in 9-Ball will begin as a SL2 in 8-Ball; a SL8 or SL9 in 9-Ball will begin as a SL7 in 8-Ball.

After your first match, your skill level is calculated. It is against the rules for a player to attempt to reestablish their skill level. You cannot rejoin the League or transfer to another League area and start playing as a non-rated player. You are obligated to disclose the fact that you are a former member or a current member in another League area and that you have an existing skill level.

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