The BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships is the only junior event in the U.S. that qualifies young players to compete at the WPA (World Pool-Billiard Association) World Junior 9-Ball Championships. The host venue for this exciting world championship moves from country to country every year.

And each year, the BEF sends six or more young athletes to represent North America and vie for their chance at this prestigious title.

If you’re a junior player interested in qualifying for World Juniors, please contact us for more information.


Tentative Dates & Location for 2017 World Junior 9-Ball Championships:

Arrival Date:   31st October
Competition:    1st – 4th November
Departure:      5th November

Tentative Location: Moscow, Russia

In July of 2016 Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Junior National 9-Ball Championships qualified 14 billiard student-athletes to represent North America as part of Team USA at the WPA (World Pool-Billiard Association) Junior 9-Ball Championships. On November 16-20, 2016, the prestigious annual world event took place in Shanghai, China for the third consecutive year.

Through the support of the Billiard Congress of America (BCA), the BEF continues to coordinate international travel and participation for this tournament, a tradition it has carried on for the past two decades.

The following players proudly represented the United States in 2016:

  1. Ricky Evans, age 15 (St. Peters, MO)
  2. Nathan Diederich, age 18 (Victorville, CA)
  3. Travis Southard, age 17 (Reidsville, NC)
  4. Nathan Childress, age 14 (North Chesterfield, VA)
  5. Mahkeal Parris, age 14 (Kingshill, St. Croix, USVI)
  6. Joey Tate, age 11 (Lake Villa, IL)
  7. Evan Swett, age 16 (Wichita, KS)
  8. April Larson, age 16 (Bloomington, MN)
  9. Michelle Jiang, age 16 (Harvard, MA)
  10. Hailey Fullerton, age 16 (Lake Park, MN)
  11. Ashley Fullerton, age 14 (Lake Park, MN)
  12. Vivian Liu, age 14 (Harvard, MA)
  13. Serena Black, age 18 (Warrensburg, IL)
  14. Emily Herpel, age 16 (Freehold, NY)

Along with the lineup of talent from the U.S., Canadian players Nicholas Ridley and Waleed Hasheem will also be representing North America at the Junior World Championships.

For more information on the BEF Junior Nationals or hosting qualifiers or a State Championship, contact us.