TAP League’s 14th Rally in the Valley

TAP League’s 14th Rally in the Valley

by InsidePOOL Staff

After 14 years of an event that shows continued growth, increasing participation numbers, and improvements that players recognize were done to better serve them, the TAP league and its growing number of licensees returned home from Valley Forge, PA, on a positive roll.

On March 17, licensees and players alike started to arrive to the Valley Forge Convention Center. Registration was offered to the players for the first time that evening, along with a social gathering at Fox and Hound for the licensees to get acquainted.

Licensees had their annual national meeting March 18 to go over training modules throughout the day lead by TAP founder, owner, and CEO Loyd Schonter. In the last hour new licensees (of which TAP has over 15) spent time solely with Mr. Schonter to be welcomed as part of the TAP family and have one-on-one time with him. New licensees, UPSTATE TAP, Chris Ruegsegger, and April Bradley from South Carolina were awarded plaques for starting up with over 50 new teams in their first month of operation. At TAP, licensees are encouraged to share experiences and ideas and work together to provide the best sanctioned amateur league experience to the players. Positive feedback from several licensees was received on the format, structure, and educational information provided to them at this annual meeting.

Thursday evening saw the beginning of the single competition. This year TAP brought back the round robin format and added a “best of the rest” so that all singles participants got four rounds of play guaranteed.

Front row left to right: Brian McGee, Dennis Dudgeon, Kurt Wanyek, Dave Kriak, Larry Holschuh. Back row left to right: Greg Kencson, Bryan Kasper and Karl Abend

Front row left to right: Brian McGee, Dennis Dudgeon, Kurt Wanyek, Dave Kriak, Larry Holschuh. Back row left to right: Greg Kencson, Bryan Kasper and Karl Abend

On Friday the sold-out, 144-team event kicked off at 8 a.m. and ran through Sunday. TAP’s Dream Team event is a round robin event that goes to single elimination of Elite, Championship, and Best of the Rest and guarantees four rounds of play.

Over $100,000 in total prizes were given out at the event. Players enjoyed 100% payback in the singles event, open Diamond tables, and the competition of players throughout the USA and Canada. As with all Rally events, friendships were always formed because of the common love of the game with new people.

As always, the entry of all score sheets for team and singles events ensures an overall solid handicap based on player performance week to week and at National competitions. New Pool Net features were used for the planning of the event, which took manual processes and made them automated, efficiently and effectively streamlining preparations. Also available for the first time, a new qualification report and the release of automated flagging report features helped the director and his staff run the event.

Players were appreciative of the communication efforts and improvements to registration, proving once again TAP listens to their players and is continually using their resources and efforts to constantly improve based on player feedback.

Once again, the Predator Group was an event sponsor, providing items from their Predator and Poison lines to all TAP players, Poison jump cues to each player on the Elite Bracket Dream Team and to each singles handicap winner, and various cues for the player prize giveaway.

Back row left to right: Bert Csizek, Ron Perry, Winston Davis, Tim Hyatt, John Walsh. Front row left to right: Jack Albainy, Justin Yankowski and Bill Varkonyl.

Back row left to right: Bert Csizek, Ron Perry, Winston Davis, Tim Hyatt, John Walsh. Front row left to right: Jack Albainy, Justin Yankowski and Bill Varkonyl.

Omega Billiards sponsored badges and provided a 10% discount for all players and licensees in attendance at the event. Additional sponsors and advertisers included Fox and Hound, Crown Cues, Mickey’s Cues and Brews, and Diamond Tables.

Congratulations to the 2010 TAP Rally in the Valley Elite Board Champions: “Mulligans.” Front row left to right: Brian McGee, Dennis Dudgeon, Kurt Wanyek, Dave Kriak, Larry Holschuh. Back row left to right: Greg Kencson, Bryan Kasper and Karl Abend

Congratulations to the 2010 TAP Rally in the Valley Championship Board Winners: “Fat Guy Assassins.” Back row left to right: Bert Csizek, Ron Perry, Winston Davis, Tim Hyatt, John Walsh. Front row left to right: Jack Albainy, Justin Yankowski and Bill Varkonyl.

Congratulations to the 2010 TAP Rally in the Valley Best of the Rest Board Winners: “All or Nothing 1.”

Congratulations to Singles Championship Winners: Butch Weimer, 7 Handicap; Nick Comstock, 6 Handicap; Travis Babcock, 5 Handicap; Pat Boone & Ben Pope, 4 Handicap; Laura Mallery, 3 Handicap.

A complete list of team and singles winners will be posted on www.tapleague.com and on TAP Facebook.

In 2010 and 2011 TAP will be returning to Las Vegas, NV, for Nationals and adding a new event, RALLY AT BALLY’s, which will be like its big brother event, Rally in the Valley, in March in Valley Forge, PA, held each year.

Want more information about TAP? Visit tapleague.com or contact TAP through their corporate office, at the Live Help Desk, or via e-mail or IM.

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