The APA Masters Championship
  1. Teams entering this Event can be any combination of men or women, with up to a maximum of 4 players allowed on the roster. Teams choose any 3 of the 4 team members to participate in each match. There is no skill level limit.
  2. Players may only participate on one team.
  3. Players must be from the same League area.
  4. Player must have at least 10 scores in 8-Ball and/or 9-Ball. A combination of scores from the two formats is allowed. If players participate on a Masters Division Roster, it is not required that they have at least 10 scores.
  5. Players must have played at least 4 times in the Spring Session in the League area the team represents. Matches played can be in either the standard 8-Ball or 9-Ball format or on a Masters Division.
  6. Players must be on an active (Summer Session) APA roster in either the standard 8-Ball or 9-Ball format or on a Masters Division in the League area the team represents to be eligible to qualify to compete in the APA Masters Championship.
  7. APA U.S. Amateur rules and format apply, with the exceptions listed in these rules. Please consult your Official APA Masters Rules to review both 8-Ball and 9-Ball game rules.
  8. The Entry Fee is $150 per team. There will be no refunds to entrants who are disqualified for any reason, including no-shows.
  9. Maximum field is 256. (Size of board will be based on number of entries.)
  10. Coaching is not allowed. (No time-outs.)
  11. Sudden Death will be implemented 2 hours and 30 minutes into a match. Each team match must be in the 3rd individual match by the 2-hours-and-30-minutes mark, or all subsequent matches become a race to two games.
  12. Race-to-7 (8 games of 9-Ball and 5 games of 8-Ball).
  13. Players will earn one point for each individual match won. The first team to win 2 out of 3 matches wins the team match.
  14. A forfeited individual player match is worth 1 point.
  15. Players start by lagging. The winner of the lag has the choice of game (8-Ball or 9-Ball) or the break. Once the format has been chosen, the entire set of that format must be completed before moving to the next format; or 7 games have been won.
  16. Whoever wins the lag is listed first (on top). List team number, last name and first initial (from the team roster).
  17. A player has won the game in 8-Ball when all the balls of his numerical group have been pocketed, and he has legally pocketed the 8-ball in a properly marked pocket without scratching. Note: You cannot play the 8-ball at the same time you play the last ball of your category. The 8-ball must be a separate shot.
  18. On the shot immediately following a legal break in 9-Ball, the shooter may play a push-out. On a push-out, the cue ball is not required to contact any object ball or any rail. The player must announce his intention of playing a push-out before the shot, or the shot is considered to be a normal shot. Any ball pocketed on a push-out does not count and is spotted. Following a legal push-out, the incoming player is permitted to shoot from that position or to pass the shot back to the player who pushed-out. A push-out is not considered to be a foul as long as no rule is violated. An illegal push-out is penalized according to the type of foul committed.
  19. The Masters scoresheet has a separate box created for each game. Indicate who won the game by marking an “X” in either the upper or lower block. The upper block is for the player listed first (on top) and the lower block is for the opponent.
  20. The total number of games won by each player is recorded in the “Score” block.
  21. Indicate who won or lost the match with a “W” or “L” in the “W-L” block.