Pool League Continues to Thrive, Despite Economy

As the stock market continues its downward spiral, and workers are being laid off at a record pace, many people are looking for low-cost activities as an escape from today's harsh realities.  Many are choosing pool leagues for their escape.

The American Poolplayers Association (APA), the world's largest amateur pool league, finished 2008 with a record 267,526 active members.

“I think people are recognizing the need to still be out and active, despite fewer recreational dollars to work with,” said APA Public Relations Manager Jason Bowman.  “Pool is still a sport that can be enjoyed at any time of the year, for a relatively low cost, by nearly anyone.”

The billiard industry certainly hasn't been immune to the state of the economy, but pool leagues appear to be one area that continues to see success.  People are still looking to pool as a great way to have fun, meet new people and compete in a recreational activity.

“I've been playing in the APA Pool League on and off for nearly 20 years.  It's a great way for me to get together with my friends and family once a week to get away from the hassles of day-to-day life.  I think now, more than ever, people are looking for something positive in their lives and playing pool provides that,” said APA member Renee Cox.

One key to the success of the APA Pool League, is adapting to the changing trends and giving their customers what they want.

“We're still seeing the sheer number of people playing, but in some cases, people are playing fewer nights.  Instead of playing two nights a week, maybe they're only playing one night as a way to reduce costs – one meal out, one night of cocktails, one night of hiring a babysitter, less gas, etc.,” said Bowman.  “This is why many of our leagues now offer ‘double jeopardy,' which allows our members to compete in both 8-Ball and 9-Ball on the same night.”

If you are interested in participating in an APA Pool League, visit www.poolplayers.com to find a league near you!