NAPA leagues are specifically designed to provide fair matches for all levels of players. Its advanced skill level system, combined with electronic, simplified score keeping make the league enjoyable to play. Every league has its own handicap system, some more convoluted than others.
Most every league gives out trophies, few give out cash prizes, and even fewer certificate awards. NAPA's payout structure is transparent, and the payouts are larger than the other leagues and generally deeper (more places). Rather than having league operators run qualifiers and regional events; NAPA itself operations a regional tour - bringing higher dollar tournaments close to the player.
At the end of the session, and it is close as to which team(s) will be "in the money" or win - you will always want to know the statistics of the teams. NAPA provides near real time statistics, standings, and player information - you will always know where you and your team stands.
Some leagues have you qualify to play in larger events - with NAPA, simply play in the league (10 matches or more) to qualify to play in the larger tour stop tournaments and national championships.
Every league has sandbagging problems - generally these programs are centered around the score keeper or captain. Marking additional innings, defensive shots, leaving more balls on the table when you lose, etc. No league can completely eliminate these types of problems - but NAPA comes close because it does not keep track of all of these additional things - pure and simple wins and losses determine your skill level and hence your handicap when playing other players.
LEAGUE FEATURE MATRIX
|Annual Dues (per person)||NONE||$25||$25||$25|
|9-Ball point system||NO||YES||NO||NO|
|Cash Payouts and end of season||YES||NO||YES||NO|
|Player/Sponsor Trophies, Player MVPs||YES||Depends||Depends||Depends|
|League Operator adjusts handicap||NO||YES||NO||NO|
|Range of Handicap||0-150||2-7 or 1-9||2-7|
|Races based on Handicap||YES||YES||NO||YES|
|Hill-to-Hill Matches (50% or better target)||68%||unknown||unknown||unknown|
|Results and Scoring known next day||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Complete Player History available?||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Player Statistics Web Page||Individual||YES, from 1993||NONE||NONE|
|Certificates for achievement||YES||Patches||NONE||NONE|
|Player Local Ranking||YES||YES/Top Gun||Yes/By Div||NO|
|Player National Ranking||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Local Large Tour Stops||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|1-2-3-4-5 person teams||YES||NO (2/3/5)||NO (3/5)||NO (3/5)|
|Scotch Doubles available||YES||YES||NO||NO|
|Scotch Triples available||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Electronic Payment for Fees||YES||DEPENDS||DEPENDS||DEPENDS|
|Varied formats (8,9,10)||YES||8/9||YES||NO|
HIGHLIGHTED RULE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LEAGUES
Push out or roll out (9 ball)
Shooting the 8 ball