Masters Division is geared towards the highly skilled players in the APA. The Masters Division is team play (3-4 members per team) and is a non-handicapped/no Skill Level Limit league.
Following the U.S. Amateur Championship rules and format, each match in Masters Division is a race to 7 and will include 8 games of 9-Ball and 5 games of 8-Ball. Come and play with the sharpshooters…see if you can hang!!
A Night In An APA Masters Pool League…
A coin flip determines which team picks a player to shoot the night’s first match. A player is chosen and announced to the opposing team. The opposing team then decides who on their team is best suited to play that player and the match is set.
In APA Masters, there are no skill levels. It is a straight race to 7, eight games of 9-Ball & five games of 8-Ball. The winner of the lag has choice of game format to begin the match, or they can choose the initial break; the entire set of that format must be completed before playing the other format. 8-Ball is played like it is in regular league, but unlike the regular 9-Ball leagues, it is about pocketing the nine in 9-Ball. In addition, the ‘push out’ is allowed after the break during games of 9-ball and the use of jump cues are allowed in Masters Division play.
Players will earn one point for each game won. The first player to 7 total games wins the match. With the match decided, the process is repeated with teams alternating who puts up a player first in each of the remaining two matches. Once the three matches are completed, points earned are added up with teams being able to earn a maximum of 21 points per night.
In the Masters format, there are no playoff weeks. The top 75% teams, based on points won during the session will qualify for the City Tournament. This includes a Wild Card (ie.,8 teams in a division=5 top teams and one WC, for a total of 6 teams.) Following the session, teams compete in the City Tournament for the chance to win $2,000 and a spot in the National Team Championships in Las Vegas (based on slots awarded from the APA National Office).
Teams must remain active the next session with a minimum of two players (50%) on the same roster. In addition, players who qualify for the National Championship must be on an active Masters, 8-ball or 9-ball team in summer Session. Masters teams are defined as a team that has one or more skill level 7 on the roster (8 or above in 9-ball). City Tournaments will be seeded based on points earned during the session. APA is guaranteed one (1) slot for the Masters National event for every ten (10) teams we have participating in the Masters League format. Therefore, tournaments will be Vegas qualifiers/cash tournaments, based on our team count and slots awarded by the national office.
APA Masters Divisions
|Division #||One Sunday/Month||Area of Play|
|902||Travel league||Myrtle Beach|