In order for a player to advance to any level of the World Pool Championships (including the World Qualifiers) they must meet certain criteria. The Higher Level Tournament criteria is listed below.
v Must have a skill level based on at least 10 actual League match scores in the format in which the player is advancing. These scores include normal weekly play, playoffs and TriAnnual.
v Must advance with the highest session-ending handicap they had from the time their team becomes qualified to his Spring Session ending handicap.
v Must have played at least five times with the qualified team in the Spring Session. Local bylaws may stipulate additional eligibility requirements.
v Must maintain current APA membership status. Memberships must be paid by the 4th week of the Spring Session. Players will be dropped as of the 4th week, if unpaid, and will not have the option to be added back to the roster.
v Must be on a team that has at least four original members from the session they qualified.
v Must have either joined an already qualified team or a member of a team that won a division title (or placed second in a division to an already qualified team) to gain entry into the Higher Level Tournament.
v Teams qualified from the Summer or Fall Sessions must make note of all roster changes before submitting week 4 scoresheets in the Spring Session.
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES!