Thursday, May 5, 2011

I'm Back!

Well, I am finally back to blogging. It has been pretty uneventful lately in the pool world for me for the past year or so. I'm not traveling so much this year and there aren't as many WPBA events. What does that leave to talk about??

Finally, something very important to me has come along. I have been offered a position with Cue Sports International as the Junior Program Coordinator!! As everyone knows, I started playing pool as a young pup. Now that I'm all grown up, I'd like to help the future of our great sport. With the help of Mark Griffin and all of the great people at CSI, I am getting that chance. There are lots of big plans in the works.

Something coming up very soon will be the BCAPL Nationals. Throughout the event there will be Challenge the Pro matches being held on 9ft tables, from 4-6pm at the Straight Pool Challenge area of the main tournament room. Each day there will be top pros to challenge for a small price. There will also be a Challenge the Stars event on May 17th on the bar tables in the main event room from 8-10pm. All proceeds will go toward forming the junior program. There will be prizes, raffles and auctions throughout the event as well.

If you are wondering what we mean by junior program, here is a hint. Some of us noticed that the USA is falling behind a little bit when it comes to international events. On top of that, pool is not a mainstream sport in this country so the future is a little bleak. The only way to change that is by promoting and building the game from the bottom. By bottom, I mean age. Pool isn't promoted at all to young kids in a positive way. We would like to change that.

The money raised will go toward providing coaches for the players that win the Billiard Education Foundation Junior Nationals. The coaches will help those players prepare and stay focused for the World Championships. They will also accompany them to the World Championships.

There is also a regional Cue Camp idea that is being thrown around. All of the details need to be ironed out, but once they are, all levels will get a little guidance. Everyone deserves to see the beauty of this game.

I really can't wait to get all of this going. I am hoping this can lead to really great things and a really great future for the kids.

If you would like to help us raise money, you can donate here through the blog by using the donate button on the right-side of the page. You will get a confirmation that says the purpose of donating. If you are attending the BCAPL Nationals, please take advantage of the chance to play some of your favorite pro players, meet some of the top junior players, and learn about the pro side of the sport!

If you are someone that can offer products to raffle or auction, please contact me at sarahr(at)

I have had some questions about the Heartbacker program for 2011. I have decided not to do it this year since I am not planning to travel overseas at all and due to the lack of big events to fund this year. I didn't think it was right to ask for money for expenses when there are virtually zero expenses! If you would still like to donate money...please put it toward this project. It will benefit plenty of people rather than just one. I promise, they will be just as grateful!