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  • 28 Oct 2021 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    Media Contact: Shane Tyree
    Name: Billiard Education Foundation
    Phone: 303.243.5070
    Email address: shane@bca-pool.com



                           

    Superior, Colo., August 13, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation recently held its 33rd annual Junior National Pool Championships, Tuesday, July 27 to Friday, July 30. The event attracted more than 130 of the top junior pool players across the country.

     

    During the event, the Billiard Education Foundation recognized more than 85 players as Academic All Americans, as they all had a grade point average of 3.0 GPA or better. Of those players, 39 players had a 4.0 GPA or higher. Along with the Academic All Americans, the BEF also recognized Alessandra Alejandro and Niko Konkel as the recipients of this year’s Brenden Crocket Sportsman Award for exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship while at the pool 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 27th consecutive appearance and held his annual artistic pool competition. Dr. Cue presented the 2021 Artistic Pool awards to this year’s champions: Landon Hollingsworth (U18 boys division), Joey Tate (U16 boys division), Grayson Vaughan (U14 boys division), Hayleigh Marion (U18 girls division), Hayleigh Marion (U16 girls division), and Chole Tate (U14 girls division).

     

    On Friday July 30th the Junior National Pool Championships concluded with the final matches in each category. In an effort to aligned with the WPA World Junior 9-Ball Championship, 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 Landon Hollingsworth (Greenville, SC)

    •        18UG Aryana Lynch (Allen, TX)

    •        16UB Landon Hollingsworth (Greenville, SC)

    •        16UG Kennedy Meyman (White Bear Lake, MN)

    •        14UB Harry Leinen (Waconia, MN)

    •        14UG Hayleigh Marion (Bristol, VA)

     

    Silver medalists:

    •        18UB Riley Adkins (West Jefferson, OH)

    •        18UG Sofia Mast (Land O Lakes, FL)

    •        16UB Joey Tate (Elm City, NC)

    •        16UG Elli Gonzales (Normal, IL)

    •        14UB Kyle Yi (Sugarland, TX)

    •        14UG Skylar Hess (Queenstown, MD)

    Bronze medalists:

    •        18UB Eric Roberts (Crossville, TN)

    •        18UG Tiana Jiang (Harvard, MA)

    •        16UB Lazaro Martinez III (New Braunfels, TX)

    •        16UG Hayleigh Marion (Bristol, VA)

    •        14UB Konner McFadyen (New Port Richey, FL)

    •        14UG Bethany Tate (Elm City, NC)

    This year’s event also has 2 new divisions: the U22 10-Ball National Championship presented by Diamond Billiard Products; and U18 8-Ball National Championship presented by Lucasi Cues. Both inaugural events allowed for both male and female competitors to compete alongside one another for a very dynamic and competitive event that will return in 2022. Finalists for the 2021 10-Ball and 8-Ball events are:

    U22 10-Ball National Championships presented by Diamond Billiard Products

    ·      Gold Medalist: Mason Koch (Appleton, WI)

    ·      Silver Medalist: Justin Toye (Ormond Beach, Florida)

    ·      Bronze Medalist: Ricky Evans (St. Charles, MO)

     

    U18 8-Ball National Championships presented by Lucasi Cues

    ·      Gold Medalist: Gabriel Martinez (New Braunfels, TX)

    ·      Silver Medalist: Lazaro Martinez III (New Braunfels, TX)

    ·      Bronze Medalist: Trenton White (Plant City, FL)


           

    Sponsors for this year’s event included:

    •        Aramith

    •        AZ Billiards

    •        BBTV Productions

    •        Billiards Digest

    •        Diamond Billiard Products

    •        Iwan Simonis

    •        J. Pechauer Custom Cues

    •        Jacoby Cues

    •        Lucasi Cues

    •        Master Chalk

    •        Predator Group

    •        Seyberts

    •        Ultimate Team Gear

    •        Viking Cues

    About Billiard Education Foundation

    The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. The BEF is managed by the Billiard Congress of America. For more information about the BEF or to learn how you can support the foundation please visit BilliardEducation.org.

    Billiard Education Foundation | 303.243.5070 | BilliardEducation.org

  • 1 Jun 2021 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Today, June 1, 2021 is the Deadline to Register

    Superior, Colo., - June 1, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) today announced Seyberts Billiard Supply will be the official retailer of the BEF Junior National Championships, taking place July 27-30 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Convention Center.

    “Seyberts Billiard Supply loves giving back to the sport,” said Sid Kreis of Seyberts. “Given this event is all about junior play, we simply can’t think of a better event to get behind and support. We are proud to support one of the most important slate of events on the calendar annually as it provides the infrastructure for our sports’ future.”

    “It’s always a pleasure working with the team at Seyberts,” said Shane Tyree BEF associate director. “They are so committed to helping support our youth initiatives and their staff is knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated to the game.  I even know a couple of their guys are PBIA instructors. I personally want to encourage all BEF participants to check out their web site (Seyberts.com) and show them and all of our sponsors some love and support.”

    Today is last day to register and ensure participants receive this year’s free 2021 Ultimate Team Gear jersey and Predator pool glove. Registration for this year’s event will be open through June 1, 2021. No late or onsite registrations will be accepted.

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

    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.

    Today, June 1, 2021 is the Deadline to Register

  • 28 May 2021 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    Superior, Colo., - May 26, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) today announced Cues & Case with their flagship brand Lucasi, has agreed to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 BEF Junior National 8-Ball Championships, taking place July 27-30 at the South Point Convention Center.

     

    “With this sponsorship it signals that Cue & Case, and our parent company Escalade Sports has a renewed commitment to supporting youth play, including sponsoring tournaments and events aimed at promoting the sport of billiards for junior players. Cue & Case and Escalade Sports strongly believe that it is our duty as leaders in the sporting goods industry to promote healthy sporting activities for our young people, especially with the increased competition from the internet and electronic devices. Therefore, we are extremely excited to be sponsoring this new event at the BEF Junior National Championships, and really look forward to seeing some great play by the fantastic juniors that are participating this year.”

     

    The 2021 BEF 8-Ball Championships presented by Lucasi, is a new event in 2021. An open field of male and female junior competitors who are 18 and under (won’t turn 19 in 2021), will take place alongside the 33rd Annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships presented by Iwan Simonis and another new open event, the 2021 BEF Junior National 10-Ball Championships for players who are 22 and under (won’t turn 23 in 2021). The event will also feature the return of the Artistic Pool Challenge. 


    “We are thrilled to have the Lucasi brand joining the Billiard Education Foundation in supporting this new event for junior pool players,” said BEF Managing Director Rob Johnson. “This is a great first step in what we believe will be a long and mutually beneficial partnership. They recognize the importance of supporting additional opportunities for our juniors to compete in a great atmosphere that will now see 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball and an Artistic Pool Challenge. As we’ve said many times, putting on these events would not be possible without sponsors who recognize the important of supporting tomorrow’s generation of players.”


    Please register today as there is less than 7 days left to register and ensure you receive this year’s free 2021 Ultimate Team Gear jersey and Predator pool glove. Registration for this year’s event will be open until June 1, 2021. No late or onsite registrations will be accepted.


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



  • 27 May 2021 10:20 PM | Anonymous
    Superior, Colo., - May 28, 2021 – The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) today announced Diamond Billiard Products Inc. has agreed to be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural 2021 BEF U22 National 10-Ball Championships, taking place July 27-30 at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Convention Center.

    “Diamond Billiard Products Inc. has had a long tradition of supporting the Billiard Education Foundation’s Junior National Championships,” said Chad Scharlow of Diamond. “We are excited to see the Billiard Education Foundation expand its National Championships to include an older age division to provide BEF alumni players another high-level event to compete in after they have aged out of ‘traditional’ BEF junior events. We take great pride in partnering with the BEF to make the BEF Junior National Championships an even greater experience for our junior players.”


    This year’s inaugural BEF 10-Ball National Championships presented by Diamond will feature an open field of male and female competitors, 22 and under, and will take place alongside the 33rd Annual BEF Junior National 9-Ball Championships presented by Iwan Simonis, the 2021 BEF Junior National 8-Ball Championships presented by Lucasi, as well as the return of the Dr. Cue’s Artistic Pool Challenge.


    This year’s 10-Ball National Championships will host a very competitive field of past BEF champions, including: Kaiden Hunkins, April Larson, Shane Wolford, Casey Cork, Ricky Evans, Vivian Liu, Lukas Fracasso-Verner, Kodi Allen, and many additional players seeking to continue playing pool at the highest possible levels.


    “Diamond has a long and successful track record of supporting the Billiard Education Foundation,” said BEF Associate Director Shane Tyree. “For them to now step up and become the title sponsor of our new 10-Ball BEF alumni event shows how much they care about our sport, as well as our sport’s continued growth and development. Knowing we can count on them annually to provide the tournament tables and installation services is such an amazing commitment from Diamond.”


    The champion of this year’s BEF 10-Ball National Championships presented by Diamond will receive three paid entry fees into any BCA Ranking Events in 2021 or 2022 ($1,500 value). Second place will receive paid entry fees into two BCA Ranking Events in 2021 or 2022 ($1,000 value), and third place will receive a paid entry fee into one BCA Ranking Event or 50% entry fee covered for two BCA Ranking Events in 2021 or 2022 ($500 value). Click here for a complete list of 2021 BCA Ranking Events.


    Please register today as there is less than 7 days left to register and ensure you receive this year’s free 2021 Ultimate Team Gear jersey and Predator pool glove. Registration for this year’s event will be open until June 1, 2021. No late or onsite registrations will be accepted.

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


  • 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

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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:
    Aramith
    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. 

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