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The American Poolplayers Association (APA) was founded by Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart, who at the time were touring professionals and who have since been inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Their goal was to organize the sport of pool on the amateur level and to encourage the growth of the game. Since its inception in 1979, APA has become recognized as The Governing Body of Amateur Pool.

The American Poolplayers Association spans the globe. It includes the Canadian Poolplayers Association (CPA), the Japanese Poolplayers Association (JPA), and the APA of Singapore. Most importantly, thanks to you, the League is over a quarter million members strong and growing. 

The rules, procedures and guidelines in this manual apply to all League and Tournament play.

It is impossible to cover every situation with written rules. Relax, enjoy yourself, and play within the Spirit of the Rules. Common sense must prevail. Teams that try to gain an advantage by creating their own interpretations are subject to sportsmanship violations. Win at the table and not from the chair is a principle that promotes harmony, friendship and good times. That’s what this League is all about.

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