Pool: A New Beginning

NYEWow! I haven’t posted in my blog since October 2012! Have I taken a sabbatical from the sport, lost the desire to complete, or put away my cues for good? On the contrary! I’ve been so busy in the last few months that I haven’t had time to shoot pool at all, much less write about it. What have I been up to over the last several months, you ask? Well, let me tell you…

After many years of contemplating the sport and trying to make decisions about what my future might look like, I’ve finally taken some concrete steps to make my pool dreams a reality. At the stroke of midnight this New Year’s Eve, I launched a new pool organization called California Cue Sports, Inc. The purpose of California Cue Sports is to promote the game (all cue sports) by establishing leagues that are built for the players and are responsive to player input, and also work with other businesses to help promote the game and build a solid foundation that will allow aspiring players to develop and flourish. For more information about the league, you can visit here:

This February we will launch our first league; a handicapped One Pocket league that will be the first One Pocket league in California and possibly the first in the nation. The league is already generating a lot of buzz because we will be sending three players on an all-expense paid trip to compete in the 14th Annual US Open One Pocket Championship this July in Las Vegas!

In addition to the One Pocket league, we will also be launching a handicapped Scotch Doubles 9 Ball league in February. The Scotch Doubles league should also be a lot of fun for all players involved. So 2013 promises to be a very very busy year for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve out a few minutes here and there to hit some balls and I certainly will make an effort to post here on a more regular basis. So here’s to a great 2013, and may all your New Year’s wishes come true! Cheers!


5 responses to “Pool: A New Beginning

  1. I’m happy to hear you’re still playing and haven’t given up on your blog site.

    • Hi Troy, yes, I’m still playing a little, but I’ve cut back to focus on building the business. Once things settle down a bit, I’ll go back to playing more often. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hey Michael, I was wondering 2 things? 1 hows your goal coming along with being pro? 2nd how would you rate yourself, ie..B+ A- A+ AA or AAA right now? Thank you hope all is well with you.

    • Hi Rich, I certainly didn’t hit my 2 year goal, or 3 year for that matter. Lots of starts and stops, but no excuses…this game is tough! To reach the top it requires many more hours than I’ve been willing (or able) to invest so far, but that could change in a year or two. As of today, I’d say I’m somewhere between an ‘A’ or ‘A+’, depending on how focused I am, so I’ve still got a long way to go. Where in Texas are you? I take trips to El Paso once or twice a year on business, so if you are in that area let me know. Thanks, Michael.

  3. Been riding your blog, thanks for the nice drills and practice write ups. It is also nice for you to say a little of how you feel about the game. This week (Bergen Norway) Efren and Busta are coming to play! (Bergen open) I can’t wait to go watch them! I am a snooker player (highest break 125 in 1995) then let it slip with ladies seeming to come into the picture at that age 🙂 I am now taking up pool in Norway now I am settled (wife and kids) and am looking forward to see how I do. I will let you know how I get on, I am going to rate myself on your system…. I used to also play 8-ball and I managed to clear 7 times in a row, and normal break and clear 3 out of 5 or 2 out of 5 times. (Best result last 16 world UK 8 ball championships) but that is similar cloth to the snooker tables 😉 I am finding potting easy on American tables, but I will be using your drills for my positioning and safety which need a lot of work. I feel I have good fundamentals in my game (from snooker) but practice is what I need (I used to play 6-8hours daily 17-24yrs old) I find the game so interesting… I did hustle small money in pool, but mostly local bars, and I didn’t travel so word got out (done wory nobody broke my thumbs). Again thanks for your blog, I will try to let you know how the practice goes. Regards, paul

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