How to Join a Pool League

Have you ever thought of upping your table game by joining a pool league?

Wade McElwain
Wade McElwain

Last Updated: 2023-12-22

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Joining a pool league can be a rewarding experience for both seasoned players and beginners. Whether you're looking to improve your game, meet new people, or enjoy friendly competition, a pool league offers a range of benefits.  To many newbies, it might seem daunting to jump in with the big fish, but with the right preparation, you’ll be swimming in no time.  So let’s take a look at How to Join a Pool League. 

Joining a Pool League

If you're considering joining a pool league, here are some first steps to help you get started.  Even if you have been a player who has been good on the home table, it’s worth checking out what the next steps are to pool league greatness.

Research Leagues

Look for local pool leagues in your area. Consider factors such as the league's history, size, and location. Determine whether the league plays at a specific venue or travels to different pool halls. Also look at scalability, of how quickly you can move up the ranks.

Assess Costs

Understand the costs involved, including membership fees, table rental fees, and other expenses. Some leagues may have weekly or annual membership fees, so it's essential to clarify the financial commitment. Don’t spend more that your skill level when you’re just starting out.  

Player Ability

Inquire about the league's approach to players of different skill levels. Many leagues use a handicap system to ensure fair competition, making it welcoming for players of all abilities. You want to join a league that is as fair as possible, but also challenging enough that you are learning each week.  

Connect with Players

Reach out to the league organisers or existing members to learn more about the league's culture, rules, and expectations. Building connections with current players can provide valuable insights into the league's dynamics and help you feel more comfortable when you join. It’s a social game, so get social!

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Why Join a Pool League?

The decision to join a pool league can be influenced by various factors, including the desire to meet new people, improve your skills, and enjoy the competitive aspect of the game.  It’s a league, so it’s supposed to be a bit fun and competitive.  
Here are some compelling reasons to consider joining a pool league.

Social Connection

Pool leagues offer a social environment where you can meet individuals with similar interests and build lasting friendships. If you need a new friend or potential life partner, maybe you could meet them in a pool league?

Skill Improvement

Engaging in regular league play provides an opportunity to enhance your skills through friendly competition and interaction with experienced players. Just make sure you’re getting better every week, and not losing your money or punishing your liver. 

Competition and Fun

The thrill of competing in a league setting and the enjoyment of the game are key motivators for many players. Leagues often offer the chance to participate in local and national championships, adding an extra layer of excitement to the experience.
And hey, it gets your heart racing too, which is a good thing!

oining a pool league offers a myriad of benefits, including the opportunity to meet new people, improve your game, and enjoy friendly competition. It provides a social platform for individuals with a shared passion for the game, allowing them to connect, learn from each other, and challenge themselves to become better players.

And the only way to join is to put yourself out there.
Play pool, meet new friends, have a laugh, and get better through the camaraderie of like-minded people who enjoy playing a fun game. 

So get yourself and cue, and get out and join a pool league!


Wade McElwain
Wade McElwainSenior Sports Writer

Wade McElwain is our Mr. NFL, a bona fide North American sports nut who knows about NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA plus MMA boxing and more. Originally from Canada, Wade is also an international award-winning stand-up comedian; host of numerous TV game shows; and a TV producer & writer. He also runs NFL in London-the largest NFL fan group in Europe, and has hosted NFL events at Wembley and around the world. Yes, he lives alone and does nothing but watch sports.