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  • 2 May 2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Superior, Colo., April 30, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) today announced “Mr 626” John Schmidt will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual BEF Junior National Championships awards banquet on Friday, July 30.  


    “On May 27, 2019 John Schmidt surpassed Willie Mosconi’s 65-year-old record of 526, when he ran 626 balls in a 14.1 straight pool exhibition,” said Shane Tyree, BEF associate director. “I was one of the first people able to witness John’s amazing record-breaking achievement and it is our honor to have him come share his story of dedication, perseverance and inspiration with the junior pool players and their families at this year’s award banquet.”


    In addition to his 626 run, John’s list of pool playing achievements include: twice playing as a member of Team USA in the Mosconi Cup (2006, 2014); 2006 US Open champion; 2012 American 14.1 champion; 2012 14.1 World Tournament champion; and, 2018 Derby City Classic 14.1 Challenge champion. He is also the only living player known with eight runs of 400+ and 204 runs over 200 in 14.1 straight pool.


    “I devoted a lot of my pool playing career to breaking Mosconi’s 526 record,” John Schmidt said. “It’s really the only true record in pool, and now, to be able to share my experience with the next generation of pool players at the BEF Junior National Championships is something that makes me very proud and excited.”


    This year’s event will feature an “open” registration for any junior competitor wanting to compete in the country’s National Junior Pool Championship and will take place at the South Point, Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in Las Vegas, July 27 – 31, alongside the BCA Billiard and Home Leisure Expo.


    This year, the BEF Junior National Championships will have three categories in the 9-Ball division, presented by Iwan Simonis, for boys and girls. The categories include: 14&U* (cannot turn 15 in 2021); 16&U* (cannot turn 17 in 2021); and, 18&U (cannot turn 19 in 2021). *Divisions are based on minimum field or players will participate in the open divisions.


    Allocations for the prestigious 2021 Predator World Junior Pool Championship, September 9 – 11, at the Rio in Las Vegas, will be provided to the top three finishers in the boys open 18&U 9-Ball division, the top five finishers in the boys 16&U 9-Ball division, and in the girls open 18&U 9-Ball division.  


    This year’s BEF Junior National Championship will include two new events: a 21&U 10-Ball National Championship (min. age 18), and an 18&U Junior National 8-Ball Championship (this event is sold out, but if you are interested, please sign up on the waitlist on the 8-Ball registration site). Both of these new events will feature an open field of male and female competitors. 


    To register for this year's events please visit BilliardEducation.org or use one of the following links below:

    Registration for this year’s event will be open until June 1, 2021. No late or onsite registrations will be accepted.

    About Billiard Education Foundation

    The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. The BEF also sanctions Junior State Championships, produces the annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships and qualifies young players each year for the WPA World Junior Championships. Visit BilliardEducation.org to learn more about junior programs in your area.

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  • 8 Apr 2021 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    April 8, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) today announced the 33rd annual BEF Junior National Championships presented by Iwan Simonis will take place at the South Point, Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in Las Vegas, July 27 – 31, alongside the BCA Billiard and Home Leisure Expo.

    This year’s event will feature an “open” registration due to the ongoing impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on many pool rooms attempting to host 2021 qualifier and state championship events.

    [click here] to read the full press release.

  • 14 Nov 2019 4:21 PM | Anonymous


    CONTACT: Deanna Palma, Marketing Manager Imperial dpalma@imperialusa.com
    Rasson Billiards USA

    Rasson USA Supports Youth Billiards Through Charity Table Auction

    November 14, 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) – Rasson Billiards and their exclusive United States distributor, Imperial, are partnering with Matchroom Pool and the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) to host a charity auction for the 9-foot Rasson OX arena table played on during the partypoker Mosconi Cup XXVI. Beginning Saturday, November 23, Rasson USA will be taking bids for the Rasson OX until December 2, with all proceeds to be donated to the BEF.

    The OX is the latest table from Rasson Billiards and is the official table of the partypoker Mosconi Cup XXVI. The winner of the charity auction will be one of the first to own an OX in the U.S., with the table having been released on the market in November of 2019. Upon completion of the tournament, the table’s cloth will be removed and signed by each pro player at the event. The table will also come with a certificate of authenticity and an engraved plaque identifying it as the partypoker Mosconi Cup XXVI Arena Table.

    100 percent of all proceeds from the auction will be designated to the BEF to support youth billiards. The BEF was formed in 1993 as a nonprofit charity with a mission to promote a lifelong love of pool and build the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. “The Billiard Education Foundation is extremely grateful that Rasson and their U.S. distributor, Imperial, have chosen us to be the recipient of the funds from this amazing auction,” said BEF Managing Director and BCA CEO Rob Johnson. “What a great example of a leading company in our industry stepping up to support junior players with opportunities to compete in tournaments nationally and internationally, receive ongoing coaching and instruction and obtain educational scholarships. We will continue to strive to promote, operate and grow our junior programs.”

    The OX is equipped with Rasson-designed and patented Slate Leveling and Leg Leveling Systems, Thermo-Plastic rubber pockets, 30mm thick premium slate, Klematch cushion rubber, aluminum support beams, and Adamath rails that are warp, scratch and heat resistant. The OX has been designated as the official table of the partypoker Mosconi Cup, replacing the Rasson Victory II Plus, which previously held the title. "We're thrilled to have so many top players from all over the world play on the OX,” said Junny Song, General Manager of Rasson Billiards. “We believe that whoever this table goes to after the event will enjoy many good years playing on it and we're more than excited to be able to give back to youth billiards and support the development of this sport!"

    Bids will be accepted through the auction’s official eBay page to be posted on Rasson USA’s social media channels on Saturday, November 23. For news and updates about the auction follow Rasson USA on Facebook or Instagram @RASSONBILLIARDSUSA. For more information about Rasson and Rasson products visit www.rasson.cn.

    About Rasson Billiards

    Rasson Billiards was established in 1990 and has since become the leading manufacturer of billiard slate and billiard tables worldwide. Each Rasson commercial table is built with expert craftsmanship and the highest quality materials available. Rasson offers its support to an array of international billiard tournaments like EPBF, ICP, ECP, UMB, WPA, and more. Rasson has been designated as the official table of the partypoker Mosconi Cup, World Cup of Pool, World Pool Masters and by many international billiard organizations like Matchroom, WPBL, GB9, and the Polish Billiard Association.

    About Imperial

    Imperial is the premier distributor of billiards equipment and is the exclusive distributor of Rasson products in the United States. With over 60 years of experience, Imperial has made a name in the industry with some of the most well-crafted pool tables and accessories on the market with price ranges to fit any budget. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.imperialusa.com. Follow Imperial on Twitter, Facebook @imperial_usa and Instagram @imperial_gameroom. 

  • 14 Aug 2019 10:55 PM | Anonymous

    31st Annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships Results

    Presented by Iwan Simonis Crowns the 2019 Champions

    The Billiard Education Foundation recently held its 31st annual Junior National 9-Ball Championships, presented by Iwan Simonis, Tuesday, July 23 to Saturday, July 27. The event attracted more than 170 of the top junior pool players in the country.

    During the event the Billiard Education Foundation recognized more than 100 players as Academic All Americans, as they all had a great point average of 3.0 or better. Along with the Academic All Americans, the BEF also recognized Joey Tate and Patricia Huber as the recipients of this year's Brendan Crockett Sportsman Award for exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship while at the table with ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity throughout the event.

    During the week long tournament BCA Hall of Famer Tom "Dr. Cue" Rossman also made his 26th consecutive appearance and held his annual artistic pool competition. Dr. Cue, presented the 2019 Artistic Pool awards to this year's champions: Jack Boldt (U18 boys division), Duncan Weiss (U16 boys division), Jayden Liu (U14 boys division), Vivian Liu (U18 girls division), Brianna LaRatta (U16 girls division), and Patricia Huber (U14 division).

    On Saturday July 27th the Junior National Championships concluded with the final matches in each category. In an effort to stay more aligned with the WPA World event, the BEF awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the top three finishers of each division. The finalist of this year's BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships presented by Iwan Simonis are:

    Gold Medalists:
    18UB Kaiden Hunkins (Waukesha, WI)
    18UG Vivian Liu (Harvard, MA)
    16UB Kodi Allen (Tampa, FL)
    16UG Tatum Cutting (Diamond, OH)
    14UB Lazaro Martinez, III (New Braunfels, TX)
    14UG Skylar Hess (Bowie, MD)

    Silver Medalists:
    18UB Lukas Francasso-Verner (Wallingford, CT)
    18UG Casey Cork (Frankinville, NC)
    16UB Matthew Wiseley (Poplar Bluff, MO)
    16UG Tiana Jiang (Harvard, MA)
    14UB Trenton White (Plant City, FL)
    14UG Kennedy Meyman (White Bear Lake, MN)

    Bronze Medalists:
    18UB Ricky Evans (St. Peters, MO)
    18UG Alexis Burciaga (Adrian, MI)
    16UB Cameron Cummings (Como, TX)
    16UG Savanna Wolford (Troutville, VA)
    14UB Joey Tate (Lake Villa, IL)
    14UG Tatum MacLachlan (Bonsall, CA)

    Sponsors for this year's event included:
    Diamond Billiard Products
    Iwan Simonis
    J. Pechauer Custom Cues
    Master Chalk
    McDermott Cues
    Predator Cues
    Ultimate Team Gear
    Billiards Digest

  • 30 Jan 2019 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Billiard Congress of America today announced it has reached an agreement with the Billiard Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees to assume oversight and day-to-day management of the organization.

    The Billiard Education Foundation, formed in 1993 as a non-profit charity, is committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. 

    Key programs of the BEF include the annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships, annual Junior State Qualifiers, annual selection and support of juniors competing in the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championships, academic scholarship and awards, Pool in School programming and curriculum development, and junior instruction in partnership with the Professional Billiard Instructors Association. 

    “With the recent partnership of the two organizations on the BEF Junior Nationals and Atlantic Challenge Cup, both organizations saw the benefit of joining together to promote the game of pool to a new generation of players,” said Billiard Congress of America Chairman Brian Igielski.  “I’d like to thank the Billiard Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Billiard Congress of America’s Board of Directors for their support in making junior pool a priority.  We’ll look forward to continuing the momentum we’ve seen the industry express for our junior programs.”

    “This partnership is a great addition to the ever-growing support we are dedicated to provide junior players and their parents,” said Billiard Education Foundation President Tom Riccobene.  “Across America, in this the foundation’s 30th anniversary year, more teachers and coaches than ever now recognize that playing pool promotes positive growth in social, cognitive and physical skills.  On behalf of these professionals, as well as our fantastic group of volunteers and trustees, we want to thank the Billiard Congress of America for their commitment to help us each and every day to promote, operate and grow our junior programs.”

    About Billiard Congress of America
    Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows, tournaments and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit bca-pool.com or call 303.243.5070. 

  • 3 Sep 2018 5:55 PM | Jeremiah (Administrator)

    The 30th annual Jr National Championships kicked off on July 10th in New Orleans with over 160 players in 8 divisions. Our champions are listed below:

    18 & Under Boys - Jordan Burden
    16 & Under Boys - Kaiden Hunkins
    14 & Under Boys - Joey Tate
    11 & Under Boys - Kyle Yi

    18 & Under Girls - Michelle Jiang
    16 & Under Girls - Aryana Lynch
    14 & Under Girls - Tiana Jiang
    11 & Under Girls - Bethany Tate

    Details on results can be found on the CompuSport page.

    Also, Pool and Billiard magazine wrote an article on the event, so make sure to check that out too.

  • 15 Jul 2018 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Billiard Education Foundation Crowns Artistic Pool Junior Champions!

    The magnetic sport of Artistic Pool celebrated 25 years of competitive challenge July 11 – 13, 2018 at the BEF Junior Nationals in New Orleans, LA. Players showed up in record numbers to take the ever – popular “speed control / lag challenge” with 8 BEF National Junior Championship division titles on the line.

    The preliminary rounds of competition on the first two days revealed a host of talented players seeking a gold medal and national title recognition in each division, plus a special cue ball donated by Aramith in a customized clear box holder. Each ball was autographed by Nick Varner and Tom “Dr. Cue” Rossman. Second place finishers after the final rounds would each receive a silver medal and an Aramith signed ball.

    National champions / runner-ups for the boys were: Samuel Hoffman / Jordan Roberts (18 & under), Cody Mofield / Eric Robers (16 & under), Ivo Linkin / Jayden Liu (14 & under), and Patrick Tafoya / Max Moore (11 & under). The national champions / runner-ups for the girls were: Hailey Fullerton / Michelle Jiang (18 & under), Aryana Lynch / Vivian Liu (16 & under), Tiana Jiang / Skylar Hess (14 & under), and Hayleigh Marion / Bethany Tate (11 & under).

    A record – breaking performance by Aryana Lynch was achieved when she scored the highest points total ever for five lags (63 points) and ten lags (108 points). The five lag score registered is the highest among any junior, amateur, or professional player that has ever taken this “repeatable stroke” challenge. Congratulations, Aryana!

    Note: All champion and runner-up players were placed on a special online registry for documented Artistic Pool competitions (trick shots and so much more) since 1979. A “legacy listing” for 342 events and 783 overall / division champions can be found at:


    Two bonus divisions were also held this year so everyone could join in the competitive challenge and family fun. Terry Fullerton (father of Hailey and Ashley) won an “adult only” division, while Hailey and Terry Fullerton won an “adult / junior partner team” division. Congratulations to ALL players and parents that participated in and / or won select awards / prizes in the various Artistic Pool Divisions!

    A special thanks to the BEF (Billiard Education Foundation) for hosting the 2018 BEF National Junior Artistic Pool Championships and for providing medal / ribbon awards for first and second place in each junior division, plus special prizes for the Adult and Adult / Junior divisions. Thank you also to Aramith for the cue balls and custom holders.

    Best Victories...The “Artistic” Way!

    Tom “Dr. Cue” and Marty “Ms. Cue” Rossman Artistic Pool Founders and Sport Crusaders

  • 10 Jul 2018 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Live Streaming of the 2018 BEF Junior National Championships will be posted @ On The Wire Creative Media and the Billiard Education Facebook pages...First match at approximately 9am CST / 7am PST / 10am EST.

    Live brackets will be provided by CompuSport.

    Please stay tuned for match updates, player interviews and more..

    Support our Juniors !!!!







  • 1 Jul 2018 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    We are proud to have Nivecraft/Pocket Lathe Pro as a sponsor for the BEF. They have always been committed to our junior program and we would like to personally thank Michael Niver for his continued support.

    "Our goal is to provide fun NEW innovative products to consumers with simple solutions to common problems. Nivecraft strives to provide unique products that have great value. Nivecraft is committed to providing quality products and excellent service to resellers/distributors to develop long term partnerships for success. Our products are fully field tested and will stand the test of time. If you ever have a problem with a Nivecraft product or delivery, please e-mail me directly and explain your issue. I will personally respond to you with a rapid solution. “


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