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2024 USBA National Championship Scheduled for April in Modesto, CA

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2024 USBA National Championship

Venue:       The Billiard House

Address:    2549 Yosemite Blvd #B, Modesto, CA 95354

Dates:        April 25 to 28, 2024

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USBA National Championship Eligibility

All players MUST be a member of the USBA

All players must be a US resident and have resided in the US for a minimum of two years prior to the start of the tournament

Players who compete under the flag of any federation/country other than the USBA/USA in UMB or other official tournaments are not eligible

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2024 National Qualifiers

Qualifiers are being scheduled now for January through March 2024

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Schedule of National Qualifiers

January 26 to 28, 2024      Tacoma, WA         Elks Lodge #174            Link to Info     COMPLETED

January 27, 2024                Milpitas, CA         Jimmy's Billiards            Link to Info    COMPLETED

January 28, 2024                New York             Carom CafĂ© Billiards      Link to Info    COMPLETED

February 3 to 4, 2024         Modesto, CA       The Billiard House         Link to Info    COMPLETED

February 24, 2024              San Francisco      Billiard Palacade           Link to Info


Shots That I Love To Play
By Jim Shovak - Four Time USBA Tour "B" Champion

These 4 shots are common shots that most players consider "safe" but are not. They are basically the same shot off the first ball, but since the last ball is in a different position, it is necessary to use 4 different englishes. The 2 object balls are far away near the top rail and your cue ball is coming from the opposite corner. Your cue ball can be anywhere along the same line unless you are very close to the first object ball.

Shot # 1

In the first shot, use a lot of right center-ball spin (reverse), a 1/4 ball hit which means aim for a 1/8 ball hit because of deflection, and a hard snap stroke which means don't follow through. You are trying to hit the LONG rail first (on top), not the short rail.

Shot # 2

In the 2nd shot, use the same hit and aim, but use high right reverse English with the same stroke.

Shot # 3

In the 3rd shot, use the same hit and aim, but use high English with just a hair of right spin (reverse) and the same stroke. If the cue ball goes BEHIND the last ball, you are using too much reverse English.

Shot # 4

In the 4th shot, use a 1/4 ball hit and also aim for 1/4 ball since there will be no deflection on this shot. Use a high ball hit with no English and the same stroke.

If the cloth is new, then you will need to adjust your English. First shot, use high reverse; 2nd shot, use 1 tip reverse; 3rd shot, use no English high; 4th shot, use a hair of running (left) English.


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