2015 Billiards Started by Terry D. Reavis Sunday, 22 March 2015 3 Replies
2017 Started by Mike Grosso Sunday, 29 March 2015 9 Replies
All Opinions Matter Started by jack ritonya Wednesday, 01 April 2015 1 reply
So................ Started by Jon Callahan Friday, 27 March 2015 1 reply
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Start time for Billiards has been changed to 12PM on Tuesday, June 30

Looking forward to a great competition, so keep those 8ball, 9ball, and straight pool registrations coming in! Tell a friend and get him or her on board. Registration has been extended until May 31st. I meet with the Federation in the morning.

Any news on the count of participants who have sent in their entry fee for each event (8-ball, 9-ball & 14.1) so far?

Craig Luecke Mike Grosso - the WPFG Federation doesn't typically post that sort of info this far out. Everyone is excited, but we still have 2 months to go. Help us promote your event to get the numbers to what would make it amazing! 3 years ago
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Mike Grosso Thanks Craig.... I am looking forward to meeting everyone. Hopefully we all will have some down time to sit, maybe have dinner & talk. 3 years ago
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Your venue for the Fairfax 2015 WPFG Billiards Competition

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Craig Luecke replied to 2015 Billiards 3 years ago

STRAIGHT POOL was just approved and added as one of the events. Lots of work between the venue owners and coordinators to make this happen.

Craig Luecke replied to 2017 3 years ago

STRAIGHT POOL was just approved and added as one of the events. Lots of work between the venue owners and coordinators to make this happen. Thank you Eric!!!!

Craig Luecke replied to All Opinions Matter 3 years ago

STRAIGHT POOL was just approved and added as one of the events. Lots of work between the venue owners and coordinators to make this happen.

Craig Luecke added a photo to Stream Photos album in Pocket Billiards group

Stopped by to look at Breakers Lounge - the home of your WPFG Billiards competition. Great place! Really glad to see everyone working to get STRAIGHT POOL added to the event list!!! Great job by all!

Stopped by to look at Breakers Lounge - the home of your WPFG Billiards competition. Great place! Really glad to see everyone working to get STRAIGHT POOL added to the event list!!! Great job by all!

Your voices have been heard. The WPFG Pocket Billiards competition will now include a straight pool event (a.k.a. 14.1 Continuous). We will use the same Cue Sports International rulebook, with a new link available below for the 2014-2015 edition. Please skip to page 55 for the 14.1 Continuous rules. To accommodate straight pool, we will shorten the 9Ball event to a single day (likely races to 3, still double elimination). We will install either a race time limit or shorter races for a straight... Show more

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Mike Grosso Eric Townsend...... Thank you..... My Thanks to Tony Shibe, Mark Kidd & Shanna Lewis. 3 years ago
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Craig Luecke Thank you Eric for making this happen for the Athletes. I will get this on Facebook as well. 3 years ago
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Eric Townsend.... you have misunderstood the "Joe Shmoe" comment and you are also misunderstanding all the comments of wanting to keep the Billiard event the same as it always has been.

It seems like you have to get the last word in, the problem is, you have been the one that is negative by making statements such as "rude or ill-behaved", "selfish and bratty"..... You want any competitors who are not attending this year's Games to stop lingering on this site. You just want them to go away even...
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Alan Hanafin My main event is tenpin bowling, I was considering pool as an extra event, but as pool is not now an event, that choice has been taken away. have no knowledge of the other forms of pool, so not worth entering. Shame 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend Alan, pool remains an event at WPFG. There is talk that it won't be offered at the NEXT games. Fairfax is slated to play 8ball and 9ball events, and I am coordinating it for WPFG. 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend Alan, we just added straight pool thanks to 2 Lt. FCSO Tony Shibe, 2 Lt. FCPD Mark Kidd, and Breakers GM Shanna Lewis. We will stage 8ball, 9ball, straight pool (a.k.a. 14.1 Continuous). 3 years ago
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jack ritonya posted a new discussion3 years ago

All Opinions Matter

I have been keeping up with most of the Billiard comments,and kept an "OPEN" mind in regards to them.If a player is putting forth Time,Effort,and Money to participate in Fairfax,they have every right to their opinion.I will turn 60 in july,and this will be my first World Police & Fire Games.I am looking forward to meeting you all and making this a memorable event.There's no doubt,that there will be some spirited competition.It is really up to us to make or break this tournament.I know in a...

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Eric S. Townsend replied to 2017 3 years ago

Christopher, it looks like I misunderstand your "Joe Shmoe" comment. It's not so much that comments have been "rude" or "ill-behaved" as you stated. The board should be about helping WPFG to sign up a growing number of competitors. If a player has decided not to go, then I don't get why they would linger on the board and stand in the way of others signing up. That seems selfish and bratty. The perhaps unintended impact of this (from a behavioral standpoint) is that people see lots of talk...

Will there be separate men's/women's tourney's?

Genadijs Kaminskis All events are Unisex [18+]. 3 years ago
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Mary Jane Richardson Thank you. 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend Mary, is this a deterrent for you? We'd love to have you compete! 3 years ago
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Mary Jane Richardson I haven't yet decided whether or not I'll participate in the Games (I'm local), but competing against men has never been a deterrent for me. However, I have not really played pool in many years. 3 years ago
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I see nothing wrong with playing a race to 4 or 5 in a 9-ball or 8-ball tournament. But..... taking out the straight pool (14.1) event is just a slap in the face. Yes, I am a police officer and I am happy that there are these games for our fellow fire & police. I am also a dedicated straight pool player and feel very strongly about that event. To me straight pool is on the top of the list when it comes to pool. Now the billiard event might not even be offered in the next games. It seems like... Show more

Mary Jane Richardson Isn't this supposed to be more about comradery and support of the Games? If you love the game, play what they offer.... 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend Mary, you are correct. This should be about camaraderie and support of the Games. I'm sure each Games that are staged by WPFG has logistical challenges to navigate. You make the best of the opportunity. 3 years ago
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I just don't get the inflexibility in thinking I'm seeing in some of the comments on this forum. Either you are committed to the notion of the World Police and Fire Games — that is, you're a respected police and fire professional who'd like to compete against and get to know others in your field — or you're not. If you're not fitting this profile, then this forum is not designed for you. It's designed for people making an honest consideration of the WPFG pocket billiards event. By posting... Show more

Paul Northrop Inflexibility Eric? Really? Ok... What we are posting is our frustration in what has happened to the games. This seems to be more about YOU versus what is in the best interest of the WPFG. If you are going to shorten the races, you are not going to get... Show more 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend Paul, voicing your frustration publicly hurts WPFG's ability to book a field for this event. You project that no one is signing up because you are not signing up — but others are signing up. Please allow the board to be used as it was intended,... Show more 3 years ago
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Eric S. Townsend replied to 2017 3 years ago

Mike, maybe if there's no billiards event planned for the next WPFG, then we aren't such bad guys after all LOL. Maybe the public behavior on this forum has convinced future games to reconsider accommodations. I don't know this for sure, of course, but I know that WPFG people are watching these forums. I get emails from up above me to respond when it gets negative.

Eric S. Townsend replied to 2017 3 years ago

Jon, I agree that it's odd that the event turn out is lower than you'd expect from a world event. Like you, I've run events with put to 100 competitors. The stipulation that the player be a police or fire professional is what narrows the field. Previous events have had 40-45 competitors. Those are the recent event numbers I was given and what I used to make the decision to drop straight pool from the competition. If you do the math with the tables we have and when we have them then factor in...

Eric S. Townsend replied to 2017 3 years ago

Chris, are you calling the sport coordinator (that would be me) "joe shmoe" before the games begin? If you're a police and fire professional, then I would expect more respect for authority coming from someone in your profession. For starters, this isn't my first rodeo. Of course, I've heard of straight pool. It's a great game. I prefer it to 9Ball. We just don't have the logistics for it given the dynamics of pool rooms in Northern Virginia. It's a longer discussion, which I would be happy to...