I'll apologize in advance if this comes off as a troll, but do they hand out participation awards or something? I've never seen a person with just one APA trophy, they always have a bunch (reminds me of those ripoff martial arts schools giving kids trophies for every little thing)
And patches! What's up with those patches? Is it like boy scouts?
no need to apologize. i can go along with the participation outlook you have.
in our area only 1st place teams get trophies. the 2nd place gets plaques. that trophy means your team is the best in your area. that kinda means something dont'cha think ?
as for participation patches. to me ...8 on the break or 9 on the break patches mean diddly squat...pure luck mostly.
as for a 8 on the break patch. that kinda means something in apa where you have a closed break rule. they are a lil harder to come by than an open break format would'nt you agree ? getting one of those means i participated in a rack where i overcame the penalty of closed break rules. i " earned " that patch by participating in that match.
rackless patch...means just that . i " participated " in a match where i shot good enough to win by a shutout. ex ; 4-0 in a 4-4 race.
skunk patch. that signifies that you not only " participated " in a match you won but you held your opponent to a very low score.
it goes on a sliding scale.
s/l 1 less than 3 points
s/l 2 less than 4 points and so on with the other s/l's.
unless you are an a player that can run racks its pretty difficult to earn a skunk patch.
i have " earned ;" 3 skunk patches so far. my most coveted one is where i
participated in a match at nationals where i won vs another 5 by a score of 38-4.
so you see...those participation patches signify when you played exceptionally well in a league known for beer guzzling social playing bangers:grin-square: