POOL LEAGUE STARTS TODAY!

Well, kinda. We are having our captains meeting tonight. This is were we have the captains from all the teams meet and discuss any rule changes and the like. We also take this time to introduce any new teams and go over the schedule.  I am starting my own team this year and I am looking forward to having some fun.

We will probably have a 12 week session, 2 weeks off and then another 12 week session depending on how many teams we have. Usually I set a few goals for myself so that I have something to works towards during league. One year I decided I was going to get the trophy for most 8 balls on the break.  Another year I wanted to get the most table runs. Last year I worked on playing better defense and playing the smart shot. But this year the only goal I have is to have fun and make sure that my entire team is getting equal playing time, even if it means loosing the match.

I figure that it may hurt us some this year in the standings but it will make us a stronger team in the future. So tonight it’s a  pitcher of beer, hopefully a short meeting and if I’m lucky a few 8 ball games for cash!

 

I hate to post a article without any pictures but I don’t have any that pertain to the topic. So I thought I would add a picture of a table layout and ask you how you would shoot this shot. The shot set up below is for a 8 ball league rules game (ball in hand rules) You are stripes, how would you play it?

I look at this shot and figure that there is a offensive shot that is low percentage, and several defensive shots. Scroll down for my offensive solution. I will leave it up to you to decide which is the best defensive solution.

 

How would you play this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offensive solution: You must thin the 15 ball with a lot of right hand English. Your speed will be a big factor in this shot.

I did this shot on one of my trick shot videos and I have made this shot in a actual game but I would recommend you only do this as an absolute last resort because it is a very low percentage shot and will most likely cost you the game if you miss.

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Monday Night Pool League 2/28/12

I know, I know, I am a week behind. I am still recovering from a nasty

cold/flu and horrible back pain. Well, last week we

were in second place, 1 point behind 1st. Now we

are in third! We had a bad night on many levels. I

guess the first place team was more worried about

us than I thought since a couple of their player

were acting like 2 year olds. It all started when one

of our guys got ball in hand on the 8 to win the

match. The 8 ball was a little more than a balls

width off the rail so our guy put whitey right

between it and the rail. The other team blows up,

saying that it will be an illegal shot because there

is no way he can shoot it without double hitting 

the cue ball. (not true at all by the way, there are

several ways it can be done) So after 15minutes of 

discussion our guys takes his shot (no double kiss)

and make the 8 ball to win the match. You would

think that would be the end of it right? Not even

close.

This guy on their team keeps running his mouth all

over the pool hall trying to start a bunch of crap. I

wasn’t getting pissed at all but I was pretty

disappointed, I used to have allot of respect for this

guy because he can really play, but not after

seeing him act like this.  So the next match begins.

There guy wins the first game and breaks for

the second. He makes the eight on the break but

also makes the cue ball, instant loss. But wait,

here comes the trouble maker yelling that it’s not a

loss! He says show me where its at in the rule

book! Now, he knows full well that it IS a loss but

he is just trying to start a argument with us. He

comes over to me complaining that he wants to

see the rule book so I get our out. He says, “Show

where its at in there”. I told him to do his own

reading and gave him the book. He looks at it for 2

min and says it’s not in there. So I decided to really

tick him off by saying that it doesn’t matter if it’s in

the rules or not, it’s still a loss. He says” How do

you figure it’s a loss?” I point to his guy that is now

racking the balls, and say ” Your guy has already

swept up the balls and began racking, in other

words he has conceded the game!”

At this point I am still laughing it off and I’m not

pissed at all. But I failed to notice that one of my

guys was taking it so serious. So I go over to the

bar where there is 2 guys from the other team and

we are joking around and watching the fire break

out at the Daytona 500 when all of the sudden I

look back at my teams table and see two guys

about to come to blows. Yep you guessed it, the

guy that was acting childish all night finally

found someone that wasn’t amused with him.

Apparently what happened was my player told the

guy on our team that was playing at the time to

check to see if a ball is frozen next time a certain

situation comes up. Now it wasn’t during his shot

that he said this and in our league you can talk to

the player when it’s not his shot.

Well the guy that had been starting arguments all

night walked by him and said, “That’s a coach,

that’s a coach”, and my guy went off!

The trouble maker yells something about how

much better his team is than ours, yada yada

yada. So now I have to get between them to

try and keep this from becoming a actual fight.

They calm down, somewhat, and play resumes.

As luck would have it, I end up playing the trouble

maker on their team. Whats worse is that I have to

give up one game on the wire to him and he is the

better player. So I win the first match to even it up

and I continue to play fairly well, but in the end he

wins it. So I tell him “Good game, you played really

good and you earned it”. To my surprise he says

“So did you, you only missed one shot”.  So we

talked a bit about what went on during the night

and smoothed things over. No hard feelings, at

least not on my end. I never was really mad, I just

thought the whole thing was ridiculous. I show up to

play pool and have a little fun. I take my game

seriously but not myself, I am getting tired of

people getting bent over a league match

though.

I would rather loose and be gracious than win and

be remembered as “That guy”.

Monday Night Pool League 2/21/12

Ok so last week I said I don’t mind getting beat by a

better player but I HATE beating myself……well

guess what, I beat myself. Actually it was a

combination of things. First I hurt my back before I

even started playing, ( I have an ongoing back

issue) and I decided that I didn’t want to take my

pain medicine so I could think clearly. In hindsight

that may not have been the best decision.  Then one

of our problem players says something that puts me

into a foul mood (more on that later). And to top it

all off I am playing a guy that has a handicap of 4

and I am a 6. (I have to win 6 he only has to win 4)

and he can play pretty well.

So, long story short I lost. And I deserved to lose.

The other guy played very good pool and I didn’t,

plain and simple. I congratulated him and their

team and headed home to a nice warm bed and a

pain pill!

Now, as for the foul mood thing you will need a

little background on what has been going on with

our team. There is this guy on our team, I’ll call him

player “A”,  he is a very good shot but not really a

team guy. He only cares about winning and that

would be fine with one exception. We have 8

players on our team and only 5 play each night. 4

of our players are typically 5-6 handicap, 1 is

usually a 3-5 the others range from 2-4. Player “A”

only cares about points and just wants to play the

top 5 players every week. So much so that 2 of our

players only got to play once last session. The

whole thing left me feeling guilty, I didn’t like

playing every week while others sat out every week.

They didn’t join league to sit and watch.

So Player “A” starts complaining about one of our

lower handicap players because he is loosing his

match. I told him not to worry about it, he is just

nervous and he’s still new to league. Player “A” says

“Well, it’s his third session and he ain’t got no

better yet.”  This pissed me off a bit so I snapped

back “Well, he’s only got to play 3 times in the

entire time he has been on the team, how do you

expect him to get better if he doesn’t get any

matches?”

I had to walk away after that, if I talked to him any

longer I would have said something I would have

regretted.  So between that argument and my back

throwing a fit I wasn’t to effective in my match. I’m

not really making excuses for my loss, I should

have still been able to put it all aside and play well

but my heart just wasn’t in it last night. 

 

I decided that I will have to start my own team next

session. I don’t care if we are first place or last as

long as we are having fun playing the game. And in

case you were wondering, I wont be accepting any

“A” holes on my team!

 

Monday Night League 2/15/12

I decided to post a little something each week or so about the league I am in. We just finished our 4th week and so far I haven’t lost a match. In fact our whole team has done well so far. We got 5 points for each of the first 3 weeks and 6 points this week. (6 is the best you can do).  We still have some of the tougher teams to face but right now we are in either 1st or 2nd depending on how the 1st place team did last week.

With all that said if you know me you probably know that I care less about winning and more about everyone getting to play. My personal goal for playing league is to stay at the top of my game and maintain a good attitude win or loose. That’s easy to say when your winning! I don’t mind getting beat by someone that played better, but I HATE beating myself.

I also have found that letting go of the outcome allows me to be happier while I play. When I was too concerned about winning I wasn’t really enjoying myself. Now I am able to have fun while I am playing and it shows in my game. I enjoy the game again. When you develop that attitude everything else just falls into place. Even loosing can be a good experience, if you have the right frame of mind you will use that loss as a learning tool and make use of it.

See you next week…..