Attention: Junior Players and Parents
The nomination process for the 3rd Annual Atlantic Challenge Cup officially begins January 1st. The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) will once again be accepting nominations for Team U.S.A. from the major billiard organizations throughout America.
Among these talented nominees there will be a final selection process to see who will officially become members of the Team U.S.A. (4) boys and (2) girls. These skilled junior U.S. representatives will compete against an equally talented European team at the 2017 Atlantic Challenge Cup to be held in Europe the summer of 2017. This junior event is modeled after the highly watched and popular Mosconi Cup.
The (4) boy and (2) girl player nominations made by the league organizations must be 19 or younger (player may not turn 20 before January 1, 2018). Deadline to receive nominations from billiard organizations will be January 31, 2017.
In order to make the Team U.S.A. selection process complete with the utmost concern of fielding the very best junior talent the U.S. has to offer we, the BEF and the Billiard Congress of America, has sincerely invited all the major billiard organizations to participate and nominate (4) boys and (2) girls from their leagues affiliates and memberships to possibly compete on the American Junior Team.
Invitation letters to the major league organizations include (but are not limited to):
- American CueSports Alliance (ACS)
- Association of College Unions International (ACUI)
- American Poolplayers Association (APA)
- Billiard Education Foundation (BEF)
- CueSports International (CSI)
- Super Billiards Expo (SBE)
- TAP League
- North American Poolshooters Association (NAPA)
- Valley National 8-Ball Association (VNEA)
If you are a junior player or a parent of a junior player who is inquiring on what needs to be done to become a nominee and participate in this event, contact your league affiliations directly expressing your desire to compete on Team U.S.A. and to have them to put your name on their list of six nominees. If you know of a reputable league, tour or youth billiard program that is not listed above, have them contact us directly to submit their nominations.
To be considered for the U.S. Team, players must also meet the following criteria:
- Player must be 19 or younger with a birthdate in 1998 or later.
- Player must have played in at least one (1) of the past two (2) BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships.
- Player must maintain a minimum 2.5 academic GPA or higher.
- Player must be an upstanding role model within their local billiard community (supported by letters of recommendation).
The participating leagues offering nominees will only require minimal initial information from the junior players including just: name, address, phone, and email. Once you have become nominated the BEF will contact you by phone or email to direct you to a web address for further gathering of in depth information on your experience and skills. This information provided should be thorough and timely.
The team selection will be made by an impartial BEF committee from March 1-31, 2017 with final team selection announcement and press releases on April 1, 2017. We need to stress the importance of timely participation of the nominee process. Contact your league affiliates today and we hope to see you on Team U.S.A!
For complete details on the Atlantic Challenge Cup event, visit: http://billiardeducation.org/events/atlantic-challenge-cup/.