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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


Some Shots To Practice

By Jim Shovak - Four Time USBA Tour "B" Champion



    4 Tips             3 1/2 Tips          3 Tips                2 Tips                 1 Tip                 0 Tips


When the angle from the cue ball to the hit on the first object ball is going directly into the corner or slightly longer (lower right corner in this case), and the first object ball is near the top cushion (one ball's width or less), then the numbers on the top cushion tell you where your cue ball will go with a thin hit and 4 tips of English. Since the first object ball is on the "5" line, then 4tips of English and a thin hit will bring the cue ball to 5 on the 3rd rail (lower left area). Likewise, if the first object ball was 1/2 diamond to the left, then your cue ball "wants" to go to 10 on the 3rd rail.


In this example, the first object ball is at "0", which means just missing the corner. Very handy if you wish to play this drop-in shot.


Since the cue ball "wants" to go to 17 on the 3rd rail with 4 tips of English, then 3 1/2 tips brings the cueball to 15, 3 tips brings it to 12 and 2 tips brings it to 10 to make this shot.


In this shot, 4 tips of English and a thin hit (soft speed) brings it just short of the corner. If the last object ball is along the first diamond of the left side short rail (-1), then use 3 1/2 tips of English. If it is at (-2), then use 3 tips and if it is at (-3) as shown, use 2 tips. Soft speed, thin hit, follow through on stroke. Thin hit is about 1/8

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