Juniors are the future of our game and 8ball is becoming popular as an indoor non-contact sport.
The first thing we need to realise and promote is that 8ball isn't the drinking, smoking, gambling stereotype it once was.
Professional, well mannered, fun loving, enjoyable, social, competitive, are some of the words to describe the new generation of pool player.
We are more than happy to help in any way we can with juniors.
All our junior work for Associations is no charge.
Shannon - "Personally I have been involved in juniors both as a player and coach. I was the inaugural Queensland junior champion in 1991, a title I held two more times and got to travel to places such as Melbourne and Adelaide to represent. In reality my situation would never have allowed me to go on these trips if it was not for then Queensland President Stan Schrieber and his committee covering all the costs. Something I will never forget.
My coaching started with juniors in 2008 at Geebung RSL which even though has folded due to combining and moving to Norths Cuesports, produced some great talent for the future including the face of our juniors Kyle Thompson who went on to win the 2013 Australian U12s title. Im sure the first of many"
JJ - "After winning the Northern Territory Open Singles Title in 1994, I was asked by my home 8ball Association (Alice Springs) to help out and coach juniors.
Even though I wasn't much older than many of them, I passed on whatever I had learnt in the short time (5 years) I had been playing competition pool.
I found it to be an enriching experience and ended up being Head Juniors coach for many years in Alice Springs culminating in taking the Juniors to a couple of N.T. titles, the last being in 2000, with them performing well and gaining valuable experience.
One of the juniors I coached went on to become NT Singles Champion, and another has represented Northern Territory and Tasmania at the National 8ball titles on many occasions.
Two others have successfully represented Alice Springs, Darwin and other centres several times.
Having been President of Sunny Coast 8ball for almost 20 years, I have had the opportunity to pass on whatever knowledge I can to anyone who wants to know, juniors included.
It’s a real thrill when you can successfully teach someone something, and also into the future when that person credits you for it, is humbling and pride worthy."
Juniors is a big job and we would love to see funded trips and a Junior City vs Country. This will only be possible with the help of many people in different areas.