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. Renee 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. She was appointed to her position by former APA President Terry Bell, when he stepped down to assume a position on the Board Of Directors.
The Southside APA Pool League, located on the Southside of Hampton Roads, is owned and operated by League Operators, Michelle Arrigo & Mike Arrigo and League Manager Robbie Raacke. They have been running this franchise of the APA since January of 2001.
The Southside APA boasts over 150 teams that compete weekly in 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Doubles, Ladies and Masters formats. There are also over 800 local members and still growing. We offer pool players, of all ages and skill levels, across the area the opportunity participate in a well organized and professionally managed amateur pool league. In addition to weekly league play, we also offer a variety of tournaments for our APA members. Tournaments include both singles, doubles, and team tournaments that range from local qualifying tournaments, to cash payout tournaments, and Vegas Qualifying tournaments. The Southside APA pays out over $90,000.00 annually in cash, prizes, and travel assistance! Add that to the over $1.5 Million paid out at National APA Tournaments and Events and you can see why the APA is undoubtedly #1.
The History of Billiards is rich and interesting. The game we know today has evolved over centuries, morphing from games popular during different periods of history. Billiards is known to have evolved from a lawn game, similar to croquet. Play was eventually moved indoors to a wooden table with green cloth, to simulate grass. The history of the “Noble Game of Billiards” is deep and vast, the table, tools for play and rules have changed century to century. Billiards enthusiasts have included, Kings, Queens, commoners, Conquistadors, church officials, Presidents, up to modern day players and professionals.