BCA's August promotional event picks up steam

Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Billiard Congress of America [BCA] has released a tentative lineup of super-Saturday events for "Ballbusters - the Ultimate Pool Party" in Baltimore on August 12. Set to cap the BCA's "Back to Billiards" Preseason Kickoff Expo, a trendy and upscale lineup of pool promotions will take place in Hall D at the Baltimore Convention Center, from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and will feature an ESPN studio taping of 12 top pros, as they play off in a team 8-Ball format.

The Battle of the BCA Champions will be the centerpiece of the festivities, and three original hours of programming will be taped for ESPN re-broadcast in October. The set will be designed to look like a well-appointed home recreation room, and the program will be co-hosted by Mitch and Ewa Laurance. Elsewhere in the hall, a series of other special events will be scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening.

Included will be a Guinness World Record attempt by multiple title-holder Dave Pearson; Pro challenges, autographs and photos; Speed break contests, with special bonus prizes for sinking the 9-Ball; Trick shot exhibitions; Mini-clinics with BCA Instructors for both beginning and advanced players; Novelty, non-traditional billiard games and formats; Video and arcade games (foosball, shuffleboard, air hockey); an American Academy of Cue Art display of one-of-a-kind custom cue art; and promotional giveaways of t-shirts to the first 500 guests, plus door prizes from sponsors.

Admission is FREE! Bookmark the "Ballbusters - Ultimate Pool Party" webpage for details and updates to this lineup as more events are confirmed.

JUNIORS & COLLEGIANS PREPARE FOR TITLE BIDS BCA & ACUI National Championships set to start next week

Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Billiard Congress of America [BCA] and the Association of College Unions International [ACUI] have again coordinated their national title playoffs into the 2nd Annual Junior & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships, which will kick-off at the University of Arizona in Tucson next week. Open since February of this year, the Student Union Memorial Center's Billiards & Games Room offers 17 new 9' pool tables to host the over 100 juniors and 60 undergraduates set to compete, July 5-9.

The event combines two long-running and prestigious junior pool championships, each in their 18th consecutive years of competition. The three-day BCA playoff for juniors will be capped by an awards banquet on Friday evening to name the 2006 All-Americans, followed by division finals on Saturday. Top finishers in each junior division will also become eligible to compete as members of the US National Team that will travel to Sydney, Australia for the WPA World Junior Championships in November. ACUI collegiate playoffs will begin on Saturday and run through Sunday. [ recordbooks ]

In addition to regulation 9-Ball, the 14-year tradition of “artistic pool” competition will also be offered. Organized by Tom "Dr. Cue" and Marty "Ms. Cue" Rossman, the championship offers age division players the opportunity to “take the artistic challenge”… in an easy to understand format and at a convenient time. Youngsters will be guided through the four shots and challenges in their division, and the top two point finishers will receive an award.

The event is sponsored by Olhausen Billiard Mfg. Inc. (official table), Iwan Simonis (official cloth) and RST2 International (official rack). The University will charge admission to the facility ($3/day or $10/week; $5/ACUI only or $12/both events) for all non-competing guests and spectators. A roster of junior entrants is available in advance online, and will provide online event brackets once play begins.