Match Time "Guidelines"

The APA has established guidelines to limit match play time in an effort to produce a tournament that adheres to a schedule that is productive and enjoyable for all participants. (National Tournament) The guidelines we have set are more than adequate for tournament status play; in most cases actual match play will take less than the time allotted. Please be courteous; long matches are exhausting to all the players.

TIME GUIDELINES FOR 8-BALL MATCHES

TOTAL GAMES
MUST WIN

MATCH
TIME

AVERAGE
GAME

4 - 6
7 - 10

45 MINUTES
60 MINUTES

10 MINUTES
8 MINUTES

 

TIME GUIDELINES FOR 9-BALL MATCHES


MATCH TIME



40-60 MINUTES


 

TIME GUIDELINES FOR MASTERS MATCHES

TOTAL GAMES
MUST WIN

MATCH
TIME

AVERAGE
GAME

4 - 6
7 - 10

45 MINUTES
60 MINUTES

10 MINUTES
8 MINUTES


Example: If a player with a Games Must Win of 5 is matched with a player with a Games Must Win of 3, the total for their handicaps is 8, and their match should not last any longer than 60 minutes.


ADDITIONAL TIME GUIDELINES

EACH 8-BALL TEAM MATCH
EACH 9-BALL TEAM MATCH
EACH NEW PLAYER SELECTION
EACH COACHING
AVERAGE SHOT
SPECIAL SHOOTING SITUATION

4 HOURS
3 HOURS
2 MINUTE LIMIT
1 MINUTE LIMIT
20 SECONDS
45 SECONDS (MAXIMUM)



Note: This is The National Tournament (Vegas) Guidelines.