Tri-Cup Structure

The Tri-Cup tournament is held three times a year and is considered an extension of playoffs. This tournament consists of all teams who came in first place in division standings or won their division playoffs. The Tri-Cup
 tournament is a single modified elimination format. In each Tri-Cup tournament, the top eight teams in 8-Ball and the top eight teams in 9-Ball will advance to the Local Team Championships and win $700.00.

Handicaps For This Event

All players participating in the Tri-Cup tournament will play at their highest session ending handicap from the session they qualified for the event or what they are currently in regular session – whichever is the higher of the two skill levels.

Common Players 

If two teams meet up with a common player(s) during any Tri-Cup tournament, the common player(s) will sit out of the match completely. A player may not quit one team to participate with another team at this tournament. 

Remaining Eligible For This Event

A team must participate the following session, in the same format they qualified in, with at least four original members, with the minimum matches played, to remain eligible for the Tri-Cup tournament. The roster a team will use in the Tri-Cup tournament is the roster they had the last week of playoffs in the prior session.  A  player who does not return to the qualified team, will be able to participate with the team as long as they are actively playing in the Riverside APA, in the same format in which the team is qualified.  

Sudden Death Will Be In Effect

In 8-Ball: This format will be implemented 3 hours and 45 minutes into an 8-Ball match in the Riverside County APA League area. Each team must be in the 5th individual match by the 3-hours and 45 minute mark or all subsequent matches will consist of 2 racks regardless of skill. *Please note: The first rack will be worth 2 points; the second rack (if needed) will be worth 1 point.
In 9-Ball: Sudden death will be implemented at the three hour mark. Each team match must be in the fifth individual match by the three hour mark or all subsequent matches will consists of points earned being doubled. The Riverside County APA will be using the same time schedule and sudden death rules as the National Team Championships at the Tri-Cup and Local Team Championship level.