Brief History Of The APA

The American Poolplayers Association was founded in 1979 by professional poolplayers Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart (pictured left). 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.

eneé 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. Former APA President Terry Bell appointed her to her position; when he stepped down to assume a position on the Board Of Directors.  


The APA Nationally

Today the APA has grown to over 270,000 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 currently play across the United States, in Canada and in Japan.  APA is working to develop a presence in other international countries as well.  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 Million in national tournament prize money. This consists of the APA National Team Championships, 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 2005 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 QUAD CITIES APA is the #1 Amateur Pool League in the area with over 100 teams and over 400 active members competing weekly in Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois.  We offer local pool play in a well organized and professionally managed amateur 8-Ball, 9-Ball, and Masters pool leagues.  We have to thank all of our players and give them all the credit for the success of the League!  We are the fastest growing League in the area because of our members and hope they realize the bigger we are, the better we'll get!

Teams consist of 5-8 players with a low weekly fee of $35 per team or $7/player plus a $25 annual membership fee. These teams compete in local divisions where we try to group the APA Hosting Taverns geographically to minimize traveling distance. The year is divided into 3 sessions, with each session running between 12 and 18 weeks including play-offs. Teams may play any day, Sunday through Thursday, so it's easy to fit the APA into your schedule.

You can compete in weekly pool leagues in a fun and exciting format with family, friends and co-workers.  On top of the league night fun and excitement, players and teams have the opportunity to win cash, trophies, and award patches.  Teams then advance to our Local Team Championships and compete for the right to represent the Quad City Area in Las Vegas at the APA National Team Championships.  In fact, the winning teams can enjoy the luxury of travel assistance for airfare and hotel accommodations.  The QUAD CITIES APA offers over $50,000 Local Prize Fund and growing!!  Players also have the option of playing in one or more of our many tournaments that are for APA players only. 

One reason the APA Pool Leagues are so popular is because of The Equalizer®, APA's copyrighted handicap and scoring system that allows all players to compete nearly equally, regardless of level of skill or experience.  With this unique system, the league offers a great experience for beginners and highly skilled players alike.  With the APA and The Equalizer® handicap system it's really true that "Everyone Can Play... Anyone Can Win®"  

When it comes to amateur pool leagues, the APA is constantly setting the standard for others to follow and is widely known as "The Governing Body Of Amateur Pool".  It's no wonder that the APA is the largest amateur pool league in the world with over 270,000 members.  

Please feel free to browse our website and contact us directly at 563-320-4527 or by emailing us at with any questions that you may have.


Formats we currently offer:

8-Ball -  Arguably the most popular bar table pool game today.  The balls numbered 1-7 are solid in color and are often referred to as "low balls" or "solids". The balls numbered 9-15 are striped and are often referred to as "high balls" or "stripes".  The object of the game is to shoot in your category of balls, and then pocket the 8-ball before your opponent does the same.

9-Ball - Typically, the pros play 9-Ball where position and strategy mean everything.  It's a faster pace game than 8-Ball.  The lowest numbered ball on the table must be struck first in order for the shot to be legal, and from there a ball must be pocketed or driven to a rail.  The object of the game is simple: Run the balls out and pocket the 9-ball, or shoot a combo that legally pockets the 9-ball before your opponent.

Masters - Showcases the "Best of the Best" on a weekly basis.  There is no handicap limit, no scorekeeping, and no coaching.  Jump Cues and Push Out are allowed.  This is your chance to STACK YOUR LINEUP! 3 of 4 members on the roster play in each match. 
Consult the Official Team Manual for more rules.


Message to our Host Locations

We are professionally trained League Operators offering you a chance to be a part of the world's largest pool league.  Join the almost 9,000 location owners who have watched their business flourish with this fast, easy, no-hassle opportunity.  We offer free professional marketing materials, more choices and rewards than any other league, many ways to generate interest and income hosting tournaments for APA members, and friendly competition that is fun for patrons at any skill level.
  • APA Pool Leagues help bar and location owners increase business on slow nights.
  • By hosting APA teams in your establishment, you are creating a steady traffic flow into your location on a weekly basis. You are also providing your current customers with another reason to frequent your establishment.
  • APA provides League systems and formats for 8-Ball and 9-Ball.
  • You receive professional marketing materials designed to promote league development free of charge from your APA League Operator.
  • You have no paperwork! Your local representative will do it all for you.
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  • Keep in mind the Best of All:  HOSTING APA TEAMS COSTS YOU NOTHING!!!
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