UPA - League of Champions

The Evolution of Pool™


What is the League of Champions?

The UPA’s premier League of Champions™ is an amateur pool league program designed by professional pool players for both men and women.

UPA Pool Leagues were specifically designed to give amateur players a “taste” of a professional style of play by incorporating many aspects of professional pool while allowing them to compete for cash/prizes and to become the best team in the U.S.

What do players play for?

Players play for a chance to become the top team in the nation at the UPA Vegas Nationals, as well as, win cash/prizes in weekly league play. Individually players compete locally in order to receive an official U.S. Amateur Ranking.

How good do I need to be to play in UPA Leagues?

Our leagues are designed for both beginner and advanced players. We utilize a unique and professional handicapping system and format that allows each player to compete on an even playing field despite their skill level.

Participation in our pool league program allows players to advance their skill at an accelerated rate as our format, rules, and style of play are designed to evolve each player’s game.

What is the general format of your leagues?

Players play in 5 man teams, each player plays a match (races vary depending on Speeds) with another player from the opposing team for points. 3 Alternate players are allowed for each team.

When does the Session begin for each local Division?

Each Division has its own respective Session.  Check with your local League Operator to find out when the next Session begins in your local area.

What rules do you use?

Our rules have been created and tested by the best players in the world and insure fair play that also hones and develops a player’s skill. Click Here for your free copy of UPA Rules.

How does the UPA eliminate “Sandbagging?”

The UPA has implemented many unique features in order to completely eliminate the aspect of Sandbagging.  The first thing we have done is take away any/all incentives for “Sandbagging.”

Our players play on teams in single match play for points, and team points lead to cash. So simply put, if players don’t play well they don’t win. If they don’t win, their teams suffer and the end result is no cash. There is no incentive to play worse than your actual ability (Speed).

What is the Systematic Speed Ratio (SSR)?

Our SSR program is the only program in existence created and developed by professional players. The SSR program looks at more than 36 aspects of a player’s game from a completely objective viewpoint. The SSR program then simply reports how well an individual performs/plays. This not only completely eliminates any aspect of “Sandbagging” but also provides each individual player with invaluable information about their game. Simply put, “It tells you “who you are on the pool table” and allows you to evolve your game as you turn your weaknesses into your strengths.

Example: A player joins the UPA league and convinces the local operator that they are only a “4 Speed” on a scale of 1-10. With objective data the SSR comes back and tells us how well the player actually plays. In this example, if the player was a high caliber player they would have to literally play like a beginner in regards to Shot Making, Break percentage, Fouls committed, Misses, and overall Strategy (to name a few). Now once the player realized that they do not benefit from playing like a “beginner” or “Sandbagging,” they will start playing their “true Speed.” At that time the SSR will immediately catch them and *raise their Speed accordingly.

*In UPA Leagues once a person demonstrates what their Actual Speed is, they are never lowered.

Do you play both 8-Ball and 9-Ball?

Yes, we actually offer 8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball. Each game utilizes our SSR program.

What size tables do you play on?

Our Leagues are designed for all table sizes, and our SSR program understands the subtle changes in table sizes and views a player’s performance accordingly. This provides completely accurate Speeds and information.

What are the payouts to players at the end of the season?

Prize funds vary from division to division based on the size of each division.  The UPA National Office has implemented standard prize money payouts for leagues of various sizes that all League Operators follow.

Do you have Team Handicaps?

Yes, currently our Team Handicaps are an accumulative score of your nightly five person team of 28 points. Keep in mind that our Speeds are typically lower than other leagues as our system views individuals from a professional perspective.

How do you score for UPA Pool Leagues?

Our scoring system is easy to understand and even easier to learn.  In 8-ball there are only 6 possible outcomes when a player makes a shot; X/O, M, F, S, V, or I.  (Only one symbol is marked on a per shot basis).

X/O (Stripe/Solid) – When a Stripe/Solid is legally called and pocketed.

M (Miss) – When the player Missed the intended pocket.

F (Foul) – When a player commits a Foul.

S (Safety) – When the player plays a Safety shot.

V (Miss/foul) – When a player both Misses AND committed a Foul.

I (Intentional Foul) – When the player decides the best strategy is to Intentionally Foul.


Player A       Y  O  O  M      O  O  S                   O  O  O  8          X

Player B                         F                X  X  X  V


Are there any prizes besides cash for players?

Yes, our sponsors graciously provide cues, cases, and other accessories and we randomly give them away each month to active members.

How many Teams are in each Division?

There can be anywhere between 4-20 teams per division.

How much does Membership cost?

Please see our Join Us Page to view each of our Membership options.  Each of our Membership options allow for you to participate in our League of Champions™.

What are the Nightly Dues?

Our Nightly Dues are $50 per Team.  (Teams consist of 5 players with up to 3 alternates).

Does the UPA plan on having Annual Events in the future? 

Yes!  The UPA has developed a national event for our league players which will take place in 2014.  We have implemented Vegas Playoffs in 2013 to determine who qualifies for our Vegas Nationals. 

How do Player Skill Levels compare to other leagues?

Our SSR looks at individual player performance through an objective and professional perspective. Typically your Initial Speed will be lower when entering into our league system due to this fact. The SSR program will hone in on your actual level of play (Speed) which we have data for you as a player and your Speed will adjust accordingly.

Why do you use the term “Speed” instead of “Rating” or “Skill Level?”

The term “Speed” is a common term used by professionals on tour and being a league developed by professionals we believe that using this term is not only accurate but serves as a means to immediately differentiate us from all other leagues. The UPA is the first and only Amateur League program designed by professional players to help evolve the game of amateurs across the nation.

What will my Speed be when I first join the league?

Upon joining you will be prescribed what’s called an “Initial Speed.”  This Speed is based on the information you provide on your Membership Application and is generally viewed as Beginner (1-3), Intermediate (4-7), or Advanced (8-10).  Once you begin to play and data is received, UPA corporate office will determine all “Official Speeds” from that point on.

Do UPA Leagues differ from state to state?

No. One of the many great features (rules, format, etc.) of our program is that leagues are run the same across the U.S. This means that a player with a 5 Speed in Wyoming is the exact same skill level as a player with a 5 Speed in New York. The only item that may differ is payout structures.

Do League Operators determine player Speeds?

Our League Operator is trained to grant each new member an “Initial Speed.”  The purpose of the “Initial Speed” is to simply help determine which type of player each new member is; beginner, intermediate, advanced. UPA corporate office manages all “Official Speeds” when real-time data is in our SSR program.

Do you play “Slop Pool?”

No. We believe that “Slop Pool” hurts one’s overall game and hampers their ability to increase their level of play to professional standards.

Why do you use an Alternating Break format?

The alternating break format is the only fair way of playing the actual game of pool. Note that in all other sports and games in existence this is a standard for fair play. It allows each player to demonstrate their skill equally.

Why do players rack their own balls before the break?

Ideally a referee would rack for each player. This is not practical for league nights so we utilize the method we used in our professional events. Not only does this eliminate any arguments that may arise, but also allows each breaking player to be completely responsible for their break percentages.

Is there an Amateur League and Pro League?

No. The UPA offers only one Amateur League Program. Our Touring Pro’s may participate in our leagues. However, they are always considered 10 Speeds; granting their opposing players an adequate in nightly league play.

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