Northern Nevada APA Pool League

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for the most frequently asked questions from our potential Northern Nevada APA members (including Reno, Sparks, Sun Valley, Carson City,  Dayton, Fernley, and surrounding areas). See what other future pool players are asking us, and get the answers you need!

What’s this pool league all about?
The purpose of playing in the Northern Nevada APA pool league is to get out and have a great time. You’ll meet all sorts of great people and have fun! This is a great way to network and play pool at the same time! You can expect excellent sportsmanship from both your own teammates and your opponents.  

I play pool every now and then, but I’m not an advanced player. Can I still play? Do I have a chance to win?

Yes! One of the best things about the APA is the fact that everyone can play and anyone can win! The league operates using the Equalizer Handicap System (much like golf or bowling leagues use a handicap system). This means that all players – even beginners – can compete and win. This is what makes league play so much fun! Many of the best pool players in Northern Nevada play in the APA, right along side beginners and intermediate players!

 What kind of people play in this pool league?

People from all different backgrounds play in Northern Nevada APA. Our members include clerks, secretaries, lawyers, chiropractors, carpenters, business owners, doctors, waitresses, truck drivers, bank tellers, school teachers, and much more!  Since league play takes place in bars, players must be at least 21 years of age. We have players of all different age groups, ranging from 21 to 90. Both men and women play in the APA; about 30% of our players are women. Some teams are all men; some teams are all women; most teams consist of both men and women. 

Where does league play take place? 

We have league play in four separate areas: (1) Reno/Sparks/Sun Valley, (2) Carson City , (3) the Highway 50 area (Mound House, Dayton, Virginia City), and (4) Fernley/Fallon.   Each team has a home location. This is where your team will play most often. You rotate play between your own home location and other teams’ home locations each week. If you live in Reno/Sparks, you will play against other Reno/Sparks teams. If you live in Carson City, you will play against other Carson City teams. Occasionally, we offer tournaments where teams from one town compete against teams in another town (e.g. Reno vs. Carson City), but this does not happen during weekly league play. During weekly league play, you play in your own vicinity (that is, either Reno/Sparks/Sun Valley or Carson City  or Highway 50 area or Fernley/Fallon). 

My team is interested in playing in a bar/pool hall that currently does not have APA league play. Is this okay?

Most likely! There is no fee to bars for Northern Nevada APA league play, so most host locations are more than happy to have weekly league play in their establishments. Contact us with your preferred location and we can work with that bar/pool hall to see if league play is a possibility. We’re always open to adding new host locations!

When does the league start?

We have sessions running all year long! There are 3 sessions – summer, fall and spring. Contact us to get exact start dates for the next sessions. Also, keep in mind that we can add teams to sessions anytime within the first 4 weeks of a session, so it’s never too late to get started.

What days and times does league play take place?

League play takes place almost every day of the week.  Click on "Schedules" in the left margin to see exact days for each division... or contact us for details (775-443-8844). 

What are the rules for 8-Ball and 9-Ball in the APA?

The rules are simple to learn. Remember, more than anything, this league is about getting out and having a good time. With that said, of course, there are rules for both 8-Ball and 9-Ball. These rules are followed by all APA players throughout the nation and outlined in the Official Team Manual. You can also visit and read  Player Frequently Asked Questions.  

What kinds of prizes are teams and individuals playing for?
Throughout the session, teams compete for division championship and playoff titles. Through weekly league play and tournament opportunities, teams and individual players win trophies, patches, cue sticks, plaques, apparel, bragging rights, and much more! Northern Nevada APA pays out well over $40,000 in cash prizes every year, in addition to thousands of dollars in prizes, apparel, cue sticks, and more. Teams and individuals that qualify for regional and national tournaments play for big money! The American Poolplayers Association runs the largest and most exciting amateur tournaments in North America.  Every year thousands of APA members visit and compete in these tournaments. The APA awards over $1.4 Million in guaranteed prize money every year during National Tournaments in Las Vegas!
Is there a membership fee?

Yes. Players pay a one-time-annual membership fee of $30.00. This membership fee allows you to play in all APA formats throughout the year. As a member, you are entitled to various discounts. If you take advantage of these discounts, the membership fee will pay for itself!  

How much do I pay for weekly league play?

Playing in Northern Nevada APA is one of the most affordable forms of entertainment available! Your league fees will cost you less than going to a movie or just about anything else you can find to entertain yourself! Your entire team pays $50 per week, which is only $10 per player!  

How do I get started?

There are two ways you can get started. The most popular way to get started is to form your own team. Teams consist of 5-8 players. Consider inviting friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to be on your team. Player of all skill levels are welcome – beginners included! We offer incentives for players who start their own teams. Once you have your team put together, contact us. We’ll set up a time and place at your convenience to meet with you and your team to go over everything you need to know.   If you don’t know enough people to form your own team, we can also place you on an already-existing team. Contact us at 443-8844 or via e-mail at for more information.

Can I sign up online?

Yes! You can sign up here or contact us  via phone (443-8844) or e-mail (