Sunday, December 28, 2008

Coming Soon to an 8 Ball Express Website Near You!

Even though I'm on "vacation" I've been working on some new updates for the website. Be sure to check back in about a week or so to see what I've been up to.

Here's a hint - More ways to get your input and give you updates!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Had Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?

Did you have a great Christmas? Looking forward to the new Session starting up Jan. 5?
I know I am....I'll be out practicing towards the end of next week. (God I feel rusty!)
See you out there?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Free League Play Anyone?

As seen on a flyer at Breaker's of Rock Hill: (Breaker's appreciates League Players):
  1. If Breaker's has 10 teams on a league night, Breakers will pay home teams weekly dues.
  2. Any team with 3 new players (never played @ Breaker's) Breakers will pay that teams weekly dues for the session.
  3. The team that finishes last place for the session and does not get the wild card, Breakers will pay that teams weekly dues for the next session as long as they have at least 6 original players on the new roster.
  4. If there are 6 8 Ball Express teams on Monday or Thursday night, Breakers will pay home teams weekly dues.
As seen on Caveman's MySpace Page: (Caveman's will play your league fee)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

O Captain! My Captain!

When Santa is checking is Naughty/Nice list this year, 8 Ball Express Team Captains are sure to be found on the "Nice" side! For members who are not Captains, now is the time to maybe consider at least a Holiday card this year, if not more for whomever heads up your team. ;)

Captains are people that step up to the plate and organize a team. Their names appear at the top of a roster. Score sheets and notices are sent directly to them and they are the designated point of contact 8 Ball Express uses for a team of 5-8 people. But, 8 Ball Express Captains are also:

  • Team Accountants - making sure all the fees collected, paid and correct

  • Logistics Coordinators - ensuring their team mates are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be

  • Primary Scorekeepers and Stat Trackers - correctly filling out all boxes and totals

  • Head Strategists - deciding the nightly team line-up

  • Supply Managers - making sure flyers, patches and membership cards get to their rightful owners, that there is a pen to write with and a coin to flip with
They are the heart of the team and without them the League would simply not work. 8 Ball Express extends to each Captain items to help them with their duties - folders and clipboards, rulebooks, pens, etc, but it's nothing compared to the appreciation they would receive from their players, the people they spend each week with.

How might you thank them? Perhaps in the form of a good ol' fashioned "thank you", a round of their drink of choice or even volunteering to handle the duties for one night. (There is a team out of Matthews Ale House that actually rotates their Captain duties on a weekly basis. Now that is teamwork if I've ever heard of it.)

Because, remember, when the $10,000 checks are cut, the Captain gets an equal portion of the prize, no bigger or smaller. So...have you thanked a Captain today?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ne Plus Ultra

Wow, this is it! This is the crux, the climax, the apex, the ne plus ultra ending of 16 total weeks of play. After this week everyone will know which teams will compete for a total of $20,000 in either the Winter 2008 8-ball or 9-ball End of Session Championships.

I've seen some fierce competition out there, matches pitting cousin against cousin, girlfriend versus boyfriend, but happily, most teams depart their matches still on speaking terms.

I think I overheard it put best last night, when one player looked over the simply despicable defensive position he had been left and muttered "I hope your mother loves you, because I sure as hell don't." followed by laughter from both teams.

Good luck to everyone and see you in January! (If you don't make it with a team, we always need volunteer referees.) {Wink}