TAP (Pool's Amateur Tour) was established in the Fairfax, VA area in 1994 with approximately thirty-five players. Now TAP is played in over 40 states and Canada. TAP has become the second largest and fastest growing billiard league system in the country.
TAP is known as the "league that goes places", referring to the fact that TAP moves its national tournament site every two years.
The first national TAP tournament was held in 2002 – just eight years after the league's humble beginnings. Every year the national tournament grows larger and soon may add scotch doubles in addition to 8-ball singles and 8-ball and 9-ball team events.
TAP was started by Loyd Shonter, a disgruntled APA player. He decided to handicap players on their ability at the tables not on just how many times the player (missed) or luck. He also thought the players deserved more information on how they played. He came up with call your pockets (no slop), recording non-shot balls (made on break, left on table, dead balls), and POOL-NET. He also came up with a financial guideline for league operators that give more league dues to the players in the form of cash prizes and tournament entries. He came up with a financial plan to send teams to a national tournament, with $1 per player for each match played, an operator can send a team with 20 teams playing one year. That is basically what the APA does but they charge $30 and send one team for about 40 teams playing. TAP gives the champion of the national tournament $10,000. In 2009 the TAP national tournament had under 70 teams playing. Total prize purse was almost $100,000 in cash and another $25,000 in prizes. TAP's plan is to keep players money designated to tournaments and prizes not excessive amounts into the pockets of franchise owners and corporate officials