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Summer 2012

CSI Lifts Ban on Phenolic Tips on Break Cues Summer Marketing Tips Upcoming Events IPS IONSH HAMP C L 2 A 1 N 0 REGIO EMBER 3, 2 T WEST P H E T S U O S ST 30 AUGU

Pg 3 BCAPL UPDATES League Member Spotlight Register Online for 2012 Southwest Regionals BCAPL Rules on Kindle and Nook


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USAPL Expands Across America USAPL Happenings on Facebook

Pg 5 CSI OPEN EVENTS CSI Juniors Earn Top Spots CSI Tunica Open Results


BCA Pool League and USA Pool League are divisions of CueSports International (CSI).

General News CSI Lifts Ban on Phenolic Tips on Break Cues

The "2012 - 2014 Official Rules of the BCA Pool League" was released June 1, 2012, the beginning of the new BCAPL and USAPL league year. The most noted change for the newly released publication is the lifting of the restriction on the use of the phenolic tips on break cues. Below is the newly added language in the 2012-2014 Edition quoted from section 9d of the Equipment Specifications section:

UPCOMING EVENTS August 30 - September 3, 2012

BCAPL Southwest Regional Championships Radisson Ft. McDowell, Scottsdale, AZ $6,000 ADDED

"The cue tip must be composed of leather, fibrous, or pliable material." "Note: Pending further research and review, the BCAPL has temporarily rescinded the prohibition of the use of phenolic tips for break shots. However, the restriction is subject to reintroduction before the expiration of the 2012-2014 rulebook. League Operators and League Managers will be contacted if any further rules modifications regarding phenolic tips are made."

October 9-14, 2012

15th Annual Western BCA Regional 9-Ball Championships(WBCA Members Only) Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, OR


When the last edition of the BCAPL rule book went to press, CueSports International (CSI) adopted the ban on phenolic tips on break cues to be consistent with forthcoming World Standardized Rules. In the interim, CSI has determined that the ban is unenforceable, since neither the expertise nor the apparatus is available during pool tournaments to determine conclusively and consistently that a tip is phenolic. Also, the word "phenolic" covers a wide spectrum of material. This only reinforces how difficult the rule was to consistently enforce, and further confirms the need to rescind the ban. Hence, the ban was lifted pending further review by CSI, World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), or other world bodies.

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To view the entire "2012-2014 Official Rules of the BCA Pool League" visit A listing of significant content and editorial changes can be found in the beginning of the publication on pages VII - IX.

Typically, summer pool leagues have lower participation than fall or spring sessions. This is a great time to visit new rooms to generate more teams for a traveling league or to start up a new in-house league. In August throw a league member end of summer / get ready for fall session party. Offer incentives to all current league members who bring in 3 new players!

BCAPL Updates League Member Spotlight:

Dave Miller 28 Years and Counting Fifty-one years ago Dave Miller picked up his first cue at age 12 in his parent’s garage in Illinois. Dave, who plays in league 77 out of Hard Times Billiards in Sacramento, California, competed last May in his 28th BCAPL National Championships. Armed with his 1978 Joss West, Dave finished 25th place in the Men’s Open Singles division at the 2012 BCAPL National Championships and will be heading into his 29th year of BCAPL competition as an Advanced Division player. Dave looks forward to the move to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2013 for its modern and extensive amenities and larger convention space for the event.

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2012 BCAPL Southwest Regional Championships August 30 - September 3

Radisson Ft. McDowell, Scottsdale, AZ


BCAPL Rules on Kindle and Nook Photo of Dave Miller Courtesy of Myra Miller

When asked his favorite aspect about the BCAPL nationals Dave said, “It is growing all the time, the money keeps getting better, and the competition is tough as nails. I love the game.” In fact Dave’s favorite game to play is 9-Ball for its position play.


Outside of pool, Dave served in the US Army where he completed two tours in Vietnam as a medic. Upon return stateside, Dave completed his education and has worked as a pharmacist in California for the past 34 years. Dave is an avid sportsman, who enjoys hunting, jet skiing, and white water rafting.

USAPL Updates USAPL Grows Across America Going into the fall 2012 league season, the USA Pool League (USAPL) is expanding in the following states: North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Illinois. Below is a list of newly established USAPL territories and contact information for their respective USAPL Managers.

Central North Carolina USAPL (Winston/Salem) Manager: Ryan Hucks (336) 687-9991 Southwest Virginia USAPL Manager: Crystal Royal (540) 632-3459 Northwest Florida USAPL (Fort Walton Beach) Manager: Chris Fortune (850) 685-3213 Dupage USAPL (Lockport, IL) Manager: Myron Bahryjczuk (773) 908-0237 For the full list of USAPL active leagues and territory manager’s contact information visit:

USAPL Happenings on Facebook Spotlight this issue: The New England USAPL Player Meeting in Norton

(post and photos on right from the New England USAPL Facebook Page)


Players from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut converged on City Oasis in Norton to learn more about the USA Pool League. We had a break speed contest, a “ten ball” challenge, raffles, shirt giveaways and more. Players walked away with Red Sox tickets, cues, lots of prizes and some great information. Most players have been playing in a league for many years. Virtually all expressed dissatisfaction with their current handicap system, institutionally tolerated “Sandbagging” and the unfairness resulting from their resulting policies. We had a very positive response from the players not only because now there is a real alternative, but also because of the league payout structure and our commitment to make this league fair and fun for everyone. Let your friends know about the USA Pool League. Play for the league that puts the player and the sport first.

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CSI Open Events CSI Tunica Open: Players Cash at Harrah’s

CueSports International (CSI) sponsored 10 young players to the 2012 BEF US Junior National 9-Ball Championships. Produced by the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF), the event was held July 11-15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Romine’s High Pockets. The players CSI proudly supported this year were: Shawn Begay, Chad Behnke, Brady Behrman, Mike Evans, Nick Evans, Ricky Evans, Manny Perez, Sergio Rivas, JC Torres and Joey Torres. CSI wishes to congratulate the following players for placing in their divisions: Chad Behnke (3rd Place in the Boys 18 and Under), Brady Behrman (4th Place in the Boys 18 and Under), Manny Perez (2nd Place in the Boys 14 and Under), Sergio Rivas (3rd Place in the Boys 14 and Under), and Shawn Begay (4th Place in the Boys 14 and Under). Behnke will be one of six players representing the US at the 2012 World PoolBilliard Association (WPA) World Junior 9-Ball Championships.

Payouts: 8-Ball Men’s Open Singles 9-Ball Men’s Open Singles 1st Place: $2,200 Robert Frost 1st Place: $2,000 Nicholas Hickerson 2nd Place: $650 Sean King 2nd Place: $650 Dustin Wilkins 3rd Place: $200 Nicholas Hickerson 3rd Place: $200 Gabe Apollos 8-Ball Men’s Senior Singles 1st Place: $$650 Joey Aguzin 2nd Place: $230 Scott Willoughby 3rd Place: $100 Robert Doral

9-Ball Men’s Senior Singles 1st Place: $630 Gene Albrecht Sr. 2nd Place: $220 John Bretinoiu 3rd Place: $90 Bobby Hibbitts

8-Ball Women’s Open Singles 1st Place: $450 Nicole Keeney 2nd Place: $150 Jessie Human 3rd Place: $60 Liz Lovely

9-Ball Women’s Open Singles 1st Place: $420 Liz Lovely 2nd Place: $120 Nicole Keeney 3rd Place: $40 Grace Nakamura

To view the brackets for the CSI Tunica Open, visit the CueSports Tournament System (CTS) at The CSI Tunica Open was produced by CueSports International and played on 7’ Diamond tables. The 1st Annual Southern Classic was produced by Diamond Billiard Products and played on 9’ and 10’ Diamond tables.

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Chad Behnke


Brady Behrman


CSI Juniors Earn Top Spots at 2012 BEF Junior National Championships

The CSI Tunica Open, a satellite event of the 1st Annual Southern Classic, drew 84 players in the 8-Ball division during July 20-22 and 79 players in the 9-Ball division during July 23-25 at Harrah’s Tunica in Tunica, Mississippi. CSI (CueSports International) awarded a total of $9,060 to the top finishers in the six double elimination divisions.

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State and Regional Events Added Money STAMP Program (UNDER CONSTRUCTION) League Member Store Sponsored by MUELLER

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US Open 10-Ball Championship

Live Scoring

US Open One-Pocket Championship

Texting or Email Notification

USBTC - US Bar Table Champ.

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Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball


CSI Affiliates:

Mark Griffin (CEO) David Vandenberghe (Chief Operating Officer)

CueSports International 2041 Pabco Road Henderson, Nevada 89011 (702) 719-7665

Glenna Stock (League Administrator) Tessie Vilahu (New Membership Administrator) Sara Bayliss (New Membership Assistant) Bill Stock (Rules Administrator & Director of Referees) Ron Guilmette (IT Manager) Mark Estes (Manager, USA Pool League) Holly Ryan (Manager, PR, Marketing & Media)


Sunny Griffin (PR & Social Media)

Summer 2012 CSI Newsletter  

Quarterly newsletter of CueSports International, the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.

Summer 2012 CSI Newsletter  

Quarterly newsletter of CueSports International, the BCA Pool League and the USA Pool League.