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Congratulations to our 2020/2021 Masters Division Champions! They will be heading to Vegas to participate in the National Championship in August 2021!

What makes a Masters Division different?
Unlike the other APA formats, the Masters Division is NOT HANDICAPPED. Handicaps help "level the playing field" between a variety of Skill Levels, but the APA Masters format is more suited to higher skilled players looking for the challenge and opportunity to play against other high-skill level players.


Masters Format:


3 PERSON TEAMS - APA Masters teams are allowed a maximum of 4 players per roster.  Only 3 players play in one night allowing for each team to have 1 alternate in the case of illness or some other obligation.
NO 23-RULE - APA Masters format is not intended to "level the playing field" to compensate for a variety Skill Levels; therefore, it is unnecessary to impose a Skill Level Limit as with our 8-Ball and 9-Ball formats.  A team may be composed of all Skill Level 7's and 9's.  However, many mid-level players choose to participate in the APA Masters format for the chance to compete with some of the best players with the intention of improving their game.
RACE TO 7 (8 GAMES OF 9-BALL AND 5 GAMES OF 8-BALL) - At the start of a match players lag and the winner may choose:
A. To break first
B. The first format to be played (either 8-Ball or 9-Ball)
If the winner of the lag elects to break first, the opponent gets to choose the first format to be played. Or, if the winner of the lag elects to choose the first format to be played, the opponent gets the first break.
Once the first format has been chosen, the entire set must be completed before moving on to the next format.
WINNER BREAKS - Once a game has been won, the winner gets to break in the next game as opposed to an "alternating breaks" format.
NO COACHING - Coaching is for the benefit of less knowledgeable players.  The APA Masters format is not intended to "level the playing field" to compensate for a variety of Skill Levels; therefore, coaching is not allowed at any time during a match.  However, once a match is over, it is not uncommon for players to learn new techniques from each other through discussion or demonstration 
JUMP CUES ARE ALLOWED - The legal length for a jump cue is 40" and their use is allowed in the APA Masters format unlike in our handicapped formats which prevents highly skilled players from gaining an added advantage over the other players. 
  • 8-BALL FORMAT - The APA Masters 8-Ball format is the same as the handicapped APA 8-Ball format.
  • 9-BALL FORMAT - The APA Masters 9-Ball format is played just like regular (tournament/pro) 9-Ball. A player DOES have the option of rolling out (push) after the break, but NO 3-foul strategy can be employed to win a game.



A coin flip determines which team picks a player to shoot the night's first match. When a player is chosen they are announced to the opposing team. The opposing team then chooses who on their team will shoot against that player and the match is set.

Score keeping is a breeze and involves keeping track of wins only.  Three players play per night and each receives a point for every game won in a race to 7, even if they lose the match.  For example, the score in the first match might be 7-5, the second match 6-7, and the third match 4-7 for a total of 17 points for one team and 19 for the other.

This Division will play for a separate chance to go to Vegas to participate in the Masters Championship in August 2021! We are looking to begin this division in June 2020! More info as well as a player interest survey will be sent out in the coming months regarding this division!