There are numerous resources available to ensure you understand the ins and outs of scorekeeping. It's not difficult, but deserves some attention-to-detail to get it right. Review the materials below, and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact your Division Rep or contact the League Office.

The importance of proper scorekeeping cannot be over stressed! Proper scorekeeping is important to maintain the integrity of the APA's Equalizer handicapping system. Your opponents cannot cheat the system unless you turn a blind eye on league night.


Defensive Shots

Defensive shots apply to both 8-ball and 9-ball scorekeeping, so we'll cover those first. It's important to properly mark defensive shots, because they're part of the Equalizer handicapping system. When deciding whether a shot should be marked as defensive, the key question to ask is: "did the shooter intend to make a ball?" APA co-founder Terry Bell does a great job explaining defensive shots in the following video:

8-Ball Scorekeeping


The below video does a good job of explaining 8-ball scorekeeping in the APA. It may be helpful to download and print out a blank 8-ball scoresheet so you can follow along. Blank 8-ball scoresheets are available for download here. While you're at it, print some extras - it's also a good idea to have a few blank scoresheets available on league night in case something happens to your scoresheet or your team wants to keep score at two different tables.


9-Ball Scorekeeping


9-ball scorekeeping in the APA is a bit more involved since you have to mark every ball pocketed, but it's still pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Again, the following video does a really good job of explaining how to do it. Blank 9-ball scoresheets are available for download here. Print a couple of extras!