We have changed the structure regarding how teams qualify for city cup and how session money is won by teams. We will review this new structure after a year and see what changes if any need to be made. As always, please provide any feedback you may have.
Central Indiana APA is approaching 240 teams and 1300 members. The main reason for the change is simply that we have out grown the prior structure. Also there were some inequities in the prior model that needed to be addressed. For example, in one division this past spring there were 14 teams. From this, one team advanced to city cup. Yet in another division, there were only four teams of which one team advanced to city cup. That was not fair. The new structure takes into account division sizes when advancing teams. Additionally, there were 54 teams eligible for the 8 ball city cup tournament. That is just too many teams. Although the tournament ran smoothly, it took five days to complete and there is no room for further growth. Under the new structure, there will be a maximum of 32 teams for 8 ball and 32 teams for 9 ball in our city cup tournaments. Each tournament will take place over no more than three days.
Shortly after the end of each session, we will be holding an APA Cash Cup weekend. (The dates for these tournaments are listed on the web site calendar.) The 8 ball team tournament will be held on Saturday and the 9 ball team tournament will be held on Sunday. Session payouts and City Cup bids will be earned at these tournaments.
In the old structure, all teams that finished in the top half of their division received some sort of payback money. Under the new structure, all teams that qualify for the APA Cash Cup tournaments will receive payback money. The amount of payback will depend on how well your team places in the APA Cash Cup tournament. I have listed on the example chart an estimated payout schedule for the summer session APA Cash Cup tournament to give you an idea of the new payout structure. These amounts may change from event to event and may not be the same for both 8 ball & 9 ball due to the number of teams involved.
You no longer qualify for the city cup tournament by winning the session ending playoffs. You will now qualify for the city cup by finishing at a certain level in a session ending Cash Cup tournament. During the summer session Cash Cup tournament, the top 16 teams will earn city cup bids. During the fall session and spring session Cash Cup tournaments, the top 8 teams will advance. Thus in our City Cup tournaments there will be a maximum of 32 teams; 16 summer teams, 8 fall teams and 8 spring teams. If a team double qualifies for the City Cup tournament by qualifying from two session ending Cash Cups, they will be guaranteed a first round bye during the City Cup tournament. If a team triple qualifies, in addition to the bye we will also award a $250 cash bonus or will pay the entry fee for that team for the next APA State Tournament. Once qualified for city cup, teams will again need to finish in the top 75% of their division in subsequent sessions to keep their eligibility and stay eligible for the double and/or triple qualifying incentives. The number of teams advancing to the City Cup tournament from the spring Cash Cup tournament may increase if summer or fall qualified teams lose eligibility.
The number of teams in your division will be the key to how many teams advance to the Cash Cup tournament. Depending on the division size, some teams will automatically advance to the APA Cash Cup tournament while others will need to advance via the session ending playoffs. Trophies will now be awarded at the Cash Cup level, NOT the playoff level. Below is the breakdown of division sizes and number of teams advancing to the Cash Cup.
Divisions of 4-5 teams: 1 team. No automatic spots. Standard playoffs. Playoff winner advances to Cash Cup.
Divisions of 6-7 teams: 2 teams. Division champion automatically advances to Cash Cup. Standard playoffs. (2nd vs WC, 3 vs 4) Overall playoff winner advances to Cash Cup.
Divisions of 8-11 teams: 3 teams. Division champion automatically advances to Cash Cup. Eight team playoffs. (See chart for playoff seeding.) Top two playoff teams advance to Cash Cup.
Divisions of 12-16 teams: 4 teams. 1st and 2nd place in division standings automatically advance to Cash Cup. Eight team playoffs. Top two playoff teams advance to Cash Cup.
Division champions from divisions that automatically advance teams to the APA Cash Cup will be first in line to receive byes if they are available. If there are byes left after that, the remaining byes will then be filled by a random draw from qualified teams that finished in the top half of their division.
There will be some special “higher level tournament” patches available at the APA Cash Cup tournaments for ‘on breaks’ and ‘break and runs’. Playoff trophies will no longer be awarded; rather trophies will be awarded to the APA Cash Cup winners. Regular session patches, trophies, MVPs, matches played, and other awards will remain unchanged.