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About the APA

The APA is the world’s largest amateur pool league with more than 250,000 members competing in 8-Ball and 9-Ball Leagues throughout North AmericaClick here for more information about the history of the APA.
History Of The APA

The American Poolplayers Association was founded in 1979 by professional poolplayers Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart. The two men realized the popularity of the sport and knew that, unlike other sports, there was no existing recreational league system. Back then the league was called the National Pool League. The name was changed to American Poolplayers Association (APA) in 1981.

Over the years, the APA Pool League has gone by many names, including The American Pool League, Busch Pool League, and Bud Light Pool League. Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart maintain positions on the APA's Board of Directors, and strive to create continued interest and growth in the sport of pool.

Renee Lyle, (pictured right), has held the position of APA President since April of 1995. As President, she has total responsibility for overseeing the daily operations and future growth of the League. She was appointed to her position by former APA President Terry Bell, when he stepped down to assume a position on the Board Of Directors.

The APA Nationally

Today the APA has grown to over 250,000 members. The league boasts more members than all other "national" leagues combined. APA Pool Leagues are administered locally by a network of Franchise Operators. These League Operators conduct weekly leagues in both 8-Ball and 9-Ball team formats. The APA currently has franchise opportunities available in other states for those who wish to be their own boss, and promote the sport of pool.

APA leagues play across the United States, Canada and in China. Teams compete weekly in 8-Ball and 9-Ball leagues with all teams having the opportunity to advance to the APA's National Team Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the national level, the APA guarantees more than $1.5 Million in national tournament prize money. This consists of the APA National Team Championship, the $200,000 APA 8-Ball Classic, the $100,000 APA 9-Ball Shootout, and finally the MiniMania Tournaments, that paid out over $200,000 during the 2006 National Team Championships.

The APA also conducts the U.S. Amateur Championship, the world's most prestigious amateur tournament. It is the only tournament conducted by the APA that is open to members and non-members alike.

The APA in Charlotte Metro

The Charlotte Metro APA has over 300 teams and over 3,500 active members competing weekly in Charlotte & surrounding counties. We offer both amateur 8-Ball & 9-Ball Leagues using the APA's Equalizer Handicap System where everyone has an equal chance to win.

Teams consist of 5-8 players with a low weekly fee of $40 per team or $8/player plus a $25 annual membership fee. These teams compete in local divisions where the APA Host Locations are grouped geographically to minimize traveling distance. The year is divided into 3 sessions, with each session running 14 weeks and 2 weeks of playoffs. Teams may play any day, Sunday through Friday in most areas, so it's easy to fit the APA into your schedule.

The Local Charlotte Metro APA offers a $112,000 Travel Assistance Fund, this is for the National Qualifier which we hold at Metrolina Expo at the end of each session. Winning teams compete for the right to represent Charlotte in Las Vegas at the APA National Team Championships. We now offer all teams which are defeated on Sundays at our City Tournament the opportunity to come back and play for a second chance for Las Vegas. This event will be held the next weekend following the June Cities. We also offer the teams choices for winning. Division Winners & Playoff Winners have the option of a large trophy, individual plaques and/or tee-shirts. Sportsmanship Winners (at the present time) get plaques. There are a variety of patches that are given out every time you earn one.