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APA Pool Leagues - Trouble In Paradise?

Is the APA Association all it needs to be for billiards?


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Some say APA pool leagues are pool turned upside-down

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The APA's pool leagues represent a powerful and influential body of players, people having a great time in billiards. But is there more to the story?

As the American Poolplayers Association proudly states, "The APA Pool League is the largest amateur pool league in the world." Over a quarter-million avid players shoot pool at one or more of over 250 APA franchises across the United States weekly.

The APA provides enjoyable play and social fellowship, fairly sound game rules and a simple-to-understand handicapping method. But there are certain simple if profound issues the association ought to address per this Guide's opinion:

Show Us The Money
APA players pay over $11 Million U.S. annually just to play in leagues, not much of which comes back to players as rewards for competition or in other ways. Where is that money allocated?

Lack Of Customer Satisfaction
The official APA website proudly states that the association enjoys over 260,000 current members, and adds that since 1979 they've had over 1,000,000 playing members. The implication is that nearly 750,000 players have quit the APA. Most left starting in the late 1980's, when APA grew quickly in size to compare with the BCA and VNEA.

It's Not Just The APA's Fault
The APA does offer marvelous competition and fun for participants. All teams competing in APA leagues nationwide hope to advance to their annual Local Team Championships and perhaps even to Las Vegas for APA's National Team Championships each August. There's nothing like the Vegas atmosphere of thousands of friendly competitors at once, just ask any playing member or team captain who has attended.

No, the problem is our entire sport lacks effective and vigorous governing bodies, and better media placement and public image. There are certainly countless dedicated individuals promoting the sport, just not enough team effort.

And even in an individual sport such as pool and billiards, that is a sad lack.

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