Official Team Manual
APA/CPA Official Team Manual for League Years 2023/2024, 2024/2025 & 2025/2026
All balls should be frozen (touching) as tightly as possible. Balls are racked by the non-breaking player, with the head (front) ball on the foot spot. The breaking player may request and receive a rerack. The loser of the lag, and/or the loser of any subsequent game, racks for the opponent. In each format, the ball placement in the rack is as follows:
8-Ball – All 15 balls are racked in a triangle, with the 8-ball in the center. The remaining balls can be placed in any order.
9-Ball – The balls numbered 1 through 9 are racked in a diamond shape. The 1-ball is placed at the front of the diamond, the 9-ball in the center. The remaining object balls can be placed in any order. When using coin-operated tables, teams have the option to substitute any unused balls (10-ball to 15-ball) for pocketed balls following a short game; this will save both teams money during League night. The breaker can ask for the lowest available nine balls to be used in each game.
Example: If the 3-ball and 9-ball are made on the break (because a 9-on-the-Snap is a win, unless you scratch), you can use the 10-ball and 11-ball in the next rack. The object ball sequence in the next game would be 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11. The 11-ball, in effect, is the “9-ball” (last ball) in this game. Do not use the 10-ball to replace the 3-ball, as this can be confusing. Shoot the balls in numerical order.