Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces NM
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Address
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces
1201 E Amador Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3275 USA
- Dona Ana County
- Timezone: MST
Other cue sport businesses at this address:
- Las Cruces Pool & Billiards Association
Contact Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association
Reach Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association using the contact info below:
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces Phone Number
- (208) 247-2343 (MVPBA - Local Phone)
- (505) 526-8855
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Website
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces - Cue Sport Organization Info
The Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association (MVPBA) is a group of Billiard Congress of America (BCA) and ACS sanctioned pool leagues, operating in Las Cruces, NM, and hosted at Q-Time Billiards. The MVPBA website provides information on pool/billiard leagues and tournaments in the Las Cruces area. The Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association (MVPBA) is a Billiard Congress of America (BCA) sanctioned pool league, operating in Las Cruces, NM. Our goal is to provide a competitive environment for players of all levels and encourage both male and female participation. While there is a separate Ladies Only League that plays on Thursday evenings, most of these players also participate in one or both of the two Mixed Open Leagues that play on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
All MVPBA leagues use BCA Rules and scoring is handicapped in an attempt to level the playing field. While not an ideal system, it does offer some assistance to those of us still trying to learn what this fascinating and great game is all about. So come in, look around, compare our scores and averages with those of your league or send us a request for additional information. We would love to hear from you. If pool is your passion, as it is ours, come join us. There is no better way to improve your game than to play in a competitive environment!
History of the Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association
I have been asked to provide a chronology and history of the Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association (MVPBA). I was involved with the league from the beginning and might be a logical choice, but I'm not sure I can remember all the details at this point. My wife complains that I can't remember what happened yesterday, so to recall events of several years ago is going to be a stretch. Dan and Sharon Chester, owners of Olhausen Pool Tables in Las Cruces, moved their retail store to 17th Street in 1992. My wife, Lauren, worked for them at the time and while visiting the store one day, I recall a conversation about the need to start a local area pool league. The idea originated with Robert Baca, a local building contractor, who had already discussed his proposal around some of the local bars. Several weekly tournaments were being held in various establishments at the time, but there was no organization or coordination among those hosting the events. Robert volunteered to serve as president of such a league and Bob (Smitty) Smith, an active participant in local tournaments and someone with a keen interest in the sport, was contacted and asked to serve as Vice President. The league was eventually formed with Robert as the first president of the MVPBA and Smitty as vice president. Being the fool that I am, and having a background in computers to boot, I volunteered to keep track of all the scores if a league did materialize; not realizing of course just how much work that would entail. Therefore, I became the third administrative member with the title Secretary/Treasurer. At that time, I don't think I had ever heard of the Billiard Congress of America, but was quickly educated. We decided to adopt BCA rules right from the start, but chose not to apply for membership that first year. Local tournament players were contacted and invited to form teams, and before you knew it, we had a fair size group ready to play. By now, it was the summer of 1993.
The next problem was finding a place to hold our matches. There was a logical choice, but unfortunately the owner, when approached with our proposition, did not share our enthusiasm. He probably thought we would be tying up too many tables, for too many hours, for too little revenue. Little did he know at the time just how much beer a bunch of pool players can drink in 4 or 5 hours. Eventually, we found two or three pubs that would allow us to take over their pool tables for one evening a week and we were in business. There was a fairly steep learning curve for all involved, since none of us were familiar with BCA rules, league score sheets or handicapping, and it took some trial and error to determine what local rules and by-laws were needed, but we survived. We officially became sanctioned by the BCA in 1994, and today our league is stronger than ever, with many of those original players still participating and several local teams traveling to Las Vegas each year for the International BCA 8-Ball Championships. Also in 1994, a Ladies Only league was organized to increase female participation in the sport. Follow this link for a brief history of how that came about. The Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association has grown from the original 6 or 8 teams in 1993 to 30 or 40, depending on the season, playing in four leagues. If we continue to grow, someone will have to open a new room to accommodate us because we are currently pushing the limits of available space.
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces Business Information
Mesilla Valley Pocket Billiard Association Las Cruces Employees
|Robert Baca||Founder, President|
(Bob "Smitty" Smith)
|Ed Frazier||Secretary, Treasurer, League Administration, Webmaster|
|Butch Lucero||Mixed 9-Ball League President|
|B.J. Copeland||Mixed 8-Ball President|
|Victor Meza||Mixed 8-Ball Vice President|
|Susan Pearson||Mixed 8-Ball Secretary, Treasurer|
|Denise Nemiroff||Ladies League President|
|Lucy Morales||Ladies League Vice President|
|Raquel Chavez||Ladies League Secreatry|