I recently purchased a license with NAPA this month for 2 Ohio Counties, and I must say they have solved some many key frustrations that taunt members of other National Amateur League Organizations.
One of which is score keeping. Very Simple. Wins/Losses with calculations on how you beat the person in skill level determined race. Skill Levels range from 0-100+, and as other skilled games other than pool, you're skill level will change every match you play. No innings or ball counting. THANK FREAKING GOD!
There is no annual or perpetual sanction fee's. Once you play your first match and pay that night's league dues, you're a lifetime member with online obtainable statistics for ever.
LO requirements are very straight forward.. $.50 to NAPA, $2.50 retained by the LO for local prize money. $5.00 min per week per player required. So at worst, LO grosses $2.00 per player per week. But nightly league dues typically are $6 to $7 a night per player so this gross number could be higher in certain places. And many LO's will put 50% of the gross for trophies/shirts/ administrative costs typically, unless they're behind on their mortgage. (j/k)
$500.00 per county licensing fee, with a very clean straightforward contract.
They only offer a National Singles Championship at the moment which will be held this Memorial Day Weekend 2011 in Hot Springs, AK.. They are hoping for a National Team Event in 2012, and I'm sure this depends on how well the league does in the next 12 months. Vegas? Atlantic City?
Another key element in their movement is to eliminate the dragged out regional or national qualifier tournaments a LO holds in other organizations, A frustration that has the attention of many weary amateur players across the board.
NAPA Leagues will be the most affordable to date, and more profitable for the LO at the same time.
What's also crazy, is they take care of all the score-keeping. Enabling the LO to concentrate on their licensed areas and easily promote the league. What a great idea to utilize the technologies that other organizations are not using today!
I'm part of the team.. So I will be personally adding the the success of the league. I think they have a very good concept that could rapidly succeed other leagues in an area just because they eliminate many current frustrations. As we all know how small the pool playing community is, we will be seeing a lot more about NAPA Leagues in the near future.
Zach Goldsmith, LO
Buckeye NAPA Pool League of Central Ohio