Category Archive: Announcements

Jan 19

Snooker in 2016 – Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

Since 2011, I have been involved in promoting the game of snooker in Alberta, hosting a variety of tournaments and putting together a competitive season that has thrived for a game that has largely waned in popularity nationwide for many decades now. My love for the game drove me to see more playing opportunities created and to put the game back in the public eye in a region once known to boast some of Canada’s strongest players.

It is difficult to promote snooker for many reasons, be it the difficulty in finding an appropriate venue or the related lack of prize money and available tables to stage larger events. While I have learned a great deal about managing these challenges over the years, it has come at a great cost and most of those problems have not become any easier to overcome in the current market for cue sports. 

While it has given me a great deal of joy to promote the sport and some irreplaceable life experiences, circumstances beyond my control have forced me to limit my involvement in this aspect of the game. There are many positives to hosting snooker tournaments and helping grow the game I love, but there are also downsides and burdens that come with it that I am no longer in a position to juggle. 

The incorporated Alberta Billiard Sports Association still holds the sanction for spots to play in the Canadian Snooker Championships and I will continue to try and host the Alberta Snooker Championship annually up to and including the year 2018. Otherwise, my own personal involvement with qualifying events and ranking tournaments will be put on hold indefinitely. 

If anyone else is willing to host snooker or pool tournaments throughout the season in the interest of qualifying players for the Canadians, you are more than welcome to email if you would like to have it promoted under the banner of the ABSA. If no additional qualification tournaments are conducted, spots for the Canadian Snooker Championships will be distributed solely on the basis of the results of the provincial championships and Pool spots will be direct entry.

Thank you for your understanding–maybe I’ll be back some day.

Randall Morrison
President, Alberta Billiard Sports Association 

Aug 29

2015/16 Calgary Snooker League – Sept. 24 to Feb. 25th

The 2015-16 Calgary Snooker League is scheduled to run September 24th through through to February 25th.


 Contact Justin Gaydos (403-519-2677) or by email at with any questions about this year’s league!

Feb 12

2015 Canadian Open Pool Championships – March 30 to April 4

The Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association has announced the dates and venue for the 2015 Canadian Open Pool Championships, to be staged this March/April in Mississauga, Ontario!


Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre
6750 Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON

The 2015 Canadian Open Pool Championship will be hosted by the Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre in conjunction with the Canadian Cue Sports Association national championships for the second year running.

Book rooms early to ensure a discounted rate for the tournament by mentioning the CBSA or CCS and quoting offer code: CANADIAN CUE

Open Eight-Ball – March 30 to March 31

Open Ten-Ball – April 1 to April 2
Women’s Ten-Ball – April 1 to April 2

Open Nine-Ball – April 3 to April 4
Women’s Nine-Ball – April 3 to April 4



All players must be declared in by their provincial association to play in the Canadian Championships. Please contact Randall Morrison at or by telephone at 403-399-1972 in order to inquire about playing in the Canadian Open Pool Championships. Please note that at this time, the ABSA is unable to provide travel expenses associated with attending the Canadians.

Trips to the International Pool Tournaments

Invitations to international events will come to the CBSA and spots to fill will be allocated to Canadian players on the basis of their performance at the Canadian Pool Championships.

Sep 16

Cliff Thorburn at Leather Pocket Billiards – Sept. 25th in Calgary!

Cliff Thorburn

Snooker and pool enthusiasts alike are being treated to an evening exhibition and show with former world snooker champion and Canadian cue sports legend, Cliff Thorburn!


Leather Pocket Billiards
3715 Edmonton Tr. NE – Calgary, AB

Wednesday, September 25 – 7:00 PM

Leather Pocket

Cliff will be in town at Leather Pocket Billiards in Calgary on Thursday, September 25th – all are welcome!


Jul 23

2014 Canadian Pool Championships – Combined with CCS Events!


First Time Ever

Combined 2014 CBSA / CCS Canadian Championships!

CBSA - CCS Combined Championships

April 14th-19th

Delta Meadowvale Hotel

Mississauga ON


Every year, there are two National Pool Championships in Canada:

  • CBSA ‘Canadians’ – to select and crown the very best Open players who will represent Canada in the WPA World Singles Championships in 8ball, 9Ball and 10 Ball..
  • CCS ‘Canadians’ – to recognize and honour the very best Amateur players in Singles and Team play in 8Ball and 9Ball.


The CBSA and CCS proudly announce that, for the first time ever, two of Canada’s most prestigious Pool Championships will be ‘combined’ in 2014 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga ON from April 14-19th. .


Steve Cooper, CBSA President: “CBSA is very pleased to be sharing the stage with the CCS at the Delta Meadowvale, next Easter. We feel that it is a huge leap forward for cue sports in Canada.”


Ted Harms, CCS President: “What a great opportunity for CCS players to see all the world class, Canadian stars first hand, in the game we all love to play. We can hardly wait.”


It will be the ‘World Trials’ and a ‘National Pro-Am’ rolled into one! Canada’s very best Men’s and Women’s players, at all levels, will all be together ‘in one place, at one time’ for a week-long celebration of great pool.


The CBSA entrants will be on regulation 9’ tables and the CCS entrants will be on bar box 7’ tables. It’s going to be exciting to watch and fun to be a part of. Players are encouraged to play in both.


Something as major as this doesn’t happen overnight and not without a lot of work. Both Boards are to be commended for all their efforts and accommodations in overcoming the many logistical and scheduling issues.


Full details will be released and posted on both websites in the coming months.


Let’s Play Pool!



CBSA is the official governing body for Cue Sports in Canada as recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee and the WPA – World Pool-Billiard Association. CBSA is supported by member Provincial Associations across Canada who annually stage ‘Canadians’ Qualifiers. 

CCS is exclusively recognized by CBSA for the sanctioning of Amateur Pool League play and related Amateur Championshipsacross Canada. CCS currently has 4000 members in 60+ leagues and annually stages the Maritime, BC, Western and Canadian 8/9 Ball Championships.



…but what about the snooker?


This press release from the Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA)  deals exclusively with the staging of next year’s Canadian Championships in pool disciplines only, including Nine-ball, Eight-ball and Ten-ball. 

The date’s of the 2014 Canadian Snooker Championships are not yet set and the CBSA is still accepting bids from provinces to host the event, CBSA President Steve Cooper noted:

At the conclusion of this year’s CBSA’s AGM, we had a venue and details for the Open Pool Divisions, but no host for the Snooker Divisions, Amateur Pool or Junior 9-Ball. Therefore the CBSA will be accepting bids for these divisions up until Friday, October 11, 2013.
Snooker: Consist of Open & Senior divisions. Duration is 10 days. We suggest that the Open starts on a Sunday for seven days, with the Senior starting on the final day of the Open division, and runs for four days. The Open division calls for a 40 person field and the seniors is twenty-four. Starting in 2014 a person 55 years of age and older can qualify to play in both divisions. We suggest that the event is scheduled between mid May to mid June. Host will need 4 snooker tables.


When the host for next year’s Canadian Snooker Championships has been determined, you can find out here, or at the CBSA’s official website,

Feb 12

2013 Canadian Cue Sports Championships – Dates Announced!

2013 Canadian Cue Sports ChampionshipsTORONTO, ONTARIOShooters Snooker & Sports Club1448 Lawrence Ave. East (MAP)


The Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association is pleased to announce that the 2013 Canadian Cue Sports Championships will once again be hosted by Shooters Snooker & Sports Club in Toronto, Ontario, with events commencing Friday, June 21st and concluding July 2nd.

The dates for each discipline are specified below:



Amatuer Women's 8-Ball

Amateur Division Guidelines

Any person that is not listed as an open player, pro, or semi-pro by their Province or CBSA can play in this discipline. Each Province does have a different criteria in ranking their players. An amateur can also play in the Open 9-Ball division, if they qualify out of their Province. If one of the Amateur divisions does not have at least 12 entries by May 24, 2013 that division will be cancelled. 

In the case of Alberta players, requests to claim an amateur division spot in the Canadians will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, as no official ranking system differentiating amateurs for pool is currently enforced at the provincial level. 

Spots Available: 2 (minimum)


  • Glen Collins (Edmonton) – Amateur Men’s 9-Ball

Junior 9-Ball Championship

Junior 9-Ball Division

For the last three years the Junior 9-Ball division was sponsored by the Junior Association of Canadian Cue Sports (JACCS), but the JACCS association has disbanded. Due to this the Junior 9-Ball division will have a $100 sanction fee per entry. These fees will all be put back into the junior program, and the CBSA  will also make every possible attempt to pay for the expenses for the individuals representing Canada at the World Junior 9-Ball Championships. 

Please contact if you are or represent a player interested in playing in the Canadian Junior 9-Ball Championship.

Spots Available: 1 (minimum)

Women's 9-Ball Championship

Women's 10-Ball Championship

Women’s Open Pool Divisions

For fewer than 8 participants in either the Women’s 9-Ball or 10-Ball divisions all sanction fees will be used to send our representatives to the respective World Championships. In other words, there will be no cash prizes for fewer than 8 participants in each of these divisions. 

Please contact if you are or represent a player interested in playing in the women’s open pool events in Toronto.

Spots Available: 2 (minimum)

Open Eight Ball ChampionshipOpen Nine-Ball ChampionshipOpen 10-Ball Championship

Open Pool Divisions

Alberta players interested in playing in the Open 9-Ball Championship can do so by entering the CBSA Alberta 9-Ball Provincials event held over March 15-17th in Edmonton, AB. Contact Gilles Richard for more information–contact information found on the official poster.

Anyone who qualifies through the provincial 9-ball qualifier has the option of playing in 8-ball and 10-ball, however the ABSA will need to be informed of a player’s intent to play in multiple events and can be so informed via e-mail at

Spots Available: 8 (minimum)


  • Brian Butler (Edmonton) – Open 8-Ball
  • Brian Butler (Edmonton) – Open 9-Ball
  • Glen Collins (Edmonton) – Open 8-Ball
  • Glen Collins (Edmonton) – Open 9-Ball
  • Glen Collins (Edmonton) – Open 10-Ball
  • Jesse Nowak (Calgary) – Open 9-Ball
  • John Paypompee (Calgary) – Open 9-Ball
  • Jesse Nowak (Calgary) – Open 10-Ball
  • John Paypompee (Calgary) – Open 10-Ball
  • Dave Martin (Calgary) – Open 8-Ball



Canadian Snooker Championship

Canadian Senior Snooker Championship

Alberta is awarded a limited number of spots in the Canadian Open Snooker Championship and in the Senior Snooker Championship. One spot is automatically awarded to the winner of the Alberta Provincial Snooker Championship at the beginning of the season, and four additional spots are available to the top 4 finishers in the Alberta Qualifying Series. Any of these five spots may be claimed for either the Open or Senior events.

To be eligible to enter the Senior event, you must be at least 55 years of age on or before June 30th, 2013.

Spots Available: 5 Open, 2 Senior


    • David Kutney (Red Deer) – Open Snooker
    • Tom Finstad (Edmonton) – Open Snooker
    • Peter Terpstra (Red Deer) – Open Snooker
    • Brian Butler (Edmonton) – Open Snooker
    • Brad Grierson (Calgary) – Open Snooker
    • Warren Saffel (Calgary) – Senior Snooker
    • Jim Whittaker (Lethbridge) – Senior Snooker
    • David Tinsley (Edmonton) – Senior Snooker



Additional information can be found via the Official CBSA Website, or if you have any additional questions, contact

Jan 17

Miss Rule Clarification at Alberta Qualifying Events

Foul and a Miss

The 2012/2013 season was the first in which the foul and a miss rule has been put into place for the Alberta Qualifying Series events that lead up to the Canadian Snooker Championships. Understandably, this has caused some confusion for players who are either unfamiliar with the rule or otherwise uncertain as to how it is to be enforced in our qualifying tournaments and in situtations where no referee is present.

 Firstly, this is the wording from the official rules:

14. The striker shall, to the best of his ability, endeavour to hit the ball on. If the referee considers the Rule infringed, he shall call FOUL AND A MISS unless only the Black remains on the table, or a situation exists where it is impossible to hit the ball on. In the latter case, it must be assumed the striker is attempting to hit the ball on provided that he plays, directly or indirectly, at the ball on with sufficient strength, in the referee’s opinion, to have reached the ball on but for the obstructing ball or balls.

a.)      After a Foul and a Miss has been called, the next player may request the offender to play again from the position left or, at his discretion, from the original position, in which latter case the ball on shall be the same as it was prior to the last stroke made, namely:

(i)      any Red, where Red was the ball on;

(ii)    the colour on, where all Reds were off the table; or

(iii)   a colour of the striker’s choice, where the ball on was a colour after a Red had been potted.

This means that after a player has missed the ball on, the opponent has the option of having all of the balls replaced back to the position they were left in just before the missed shot was played and the offending players must attempt to play the shot again. This rule was put into place in order to ensure players make the best possible effort to hit the ball on in all situations when faced with escaping a snooker or otherwise playing from an undesirable position.

Without this rule, a player could gain an unfair tactical advantage by purposefully missing the ball on, giving up the requisite points from the foul and, in doing so, intentionally leave the cue ball in a difficult position for his opponent, thereby gaining a strategic advantage for committing a foul.

Important points to note:

  • If  the ball on is a colour after a red has been potted, and you miss the colour and are put in to play again, you don’t have to play the same colour again. For example, if all the colours are in the baulk end and you pot a red but snooker yourself behind the pack of reds, you can play the yellow off a couple of cushions, miss the yellow and your opponent can have the balls replaced and put you back behind the pack of reds for another go. Because you had just potted a red, you are not obligated to play the yellow–you can nominate any colour and play for it instead.
  • The rules clearly state that the call of “foul and a miss” is ultimately at the discretion of the referee, unless only black remains on the table. Regardless of the difficulty of the escape or how close you may have come to hitting the ball on, any miss may or may not be called by the referee. In fact, even if you are certain that you did make contact with the ball on, the official may disagree and their ruling will stand in spite of player protest.

Regarding multiple misses and other special circumstances, the rules also state:

b.) If the striker, in making a stroke, fails to first hit a ball on when there is a clear path in a straight line from the cue-ball to any part of the ball that is or could be on, the referee shall call FOUL AND A MISS, unless:

(i)      any player needed penalty points before, or as a result of, the stroke being played; (see 14b(ii))

(ii)    before or after the stroke, the points available on the table are equal to the points difference excluding the value of the re-spotted black; and the referee is satisfied that the miss was not intentional.

If the balls have been replaced after a miss and, on the second attempt, the offending player misses the ball again, the miss rule still applies. At the discretion of the opponent, the balls can once again be returned to their original positions before the foul for another attempt.

Under these rules, if the referee calls “foul and a miss” after each unsuccessful attempt, the opponent can continue to have the balls replaced over and over again until the offending player either requires more points than are available on the table or the points required are equal to the number of points available on the table.

For example, suppose you are 27 points behind with 35 on the table and you find yourself snookered on the last red. You attempt to escape but miss the red and the official calls “foul and a miss”, leaving you 31 points behind after the penalty points are awarded to your opponent. Your opponent has the balls replaced and you miss the red again. Your opponent is awarded the 4 penalty points leaving you 35 behind and the referee cannot call “foul and a miss” because the number of points you require is equal to the number available on the table. 

This rule applies whether you are leading or trailing in points during the frame. Therefore, if you are 35 points ahead and snookered on the last red but fail to hit it, your opponent is awarded 4 points, leaving you only 31 ahead with 35 remaining, but a miss would not be called because the points remaining and the points required were equal before the stroke was made.


There are two main differences between the above rules and the rules enforced throughout the Alberta Qualifying Series, chiefly to do with the miss rule and the related absence of a referee:

    The rules don’t make a specific set of rules for officiating a game with no official, however it does have this to say:

    19 c.) When there is no referee, such as in a social game, the opposing player or side will be regarded as such for the purpose of these Rules.

    Snooker is a game that has long prided itself on sportsmanship and courtly politeness, from the practice of spotting your opponent’s colours to the unspoken understanding that players are to call themselves on their own fouls that would otherwise go undetected by the referee–a customary self-policing that is quite unusual in any sport.

    The notion that you can trust your opponent to be an impartial referee while you are at the table is built on that same trust they will have in you to do the same when they are at the table. Although emotions in matches may run high, instances of controversy and argument between players based on fouls called by an opponent as the acting referee are rare. To intentionally use the role of acting referee to sabotage your opponent is an egregious transgression that is likely to bring anyone brave enough to try it into heavy disrepute with players and tournament directors alike. 

    Such is the expectation of good sportsmanship that an opposing player acting as a referee should do so in their best interpretation of the rules to give an honest assessment of whether or not a foul stroke should also be called a “miss”, even if the resulting call works against them in the frame. 

    In cases where there is a disagreement, the sensible approach as two players in a match with no official is to find a third person to assess the situation impartially.

    In the Alberta Qualifying Series, this is doubly important when dealing with “foul and a miss” scenarios. There is almost always someone around with a good understanding of the game who can observe an attempted escape from a snooker and confirm whether or not a legal contact was made and, if necessary, offer an impartial opinion as to whether or not to call a “miss”.

    A third party should be used to resolve these and all disputes between players from determining whether or not a free ball should be awarded, or whether a ball is touching another or any other interpretation of the rules or a game situation that two players are unable to agree on. 

    At all of the events in the Alberta Qualifying Series, the rules explained above all apply with the following stipulation:

When snookered, failure to hit a ball on after two successive strokes have been called a FOUL AND A MISS results in a third foul stroke and no miss shall be called.

This means that if you are snookered and you miss the escape, your opponent can have the balls replaced and have you attempt the shot again a maximum of three times. After you have missed a third time, the cue-ball remains in position and all options normally available to the opposing player after a foul are in place. 


1.) That said, please note that this condition is not in place if you are not snookered. If there is a clear path from the cue-ball to hit any part of the ball on and you miss it three times, your opponent can continue to have you put back until snookers are required, or until the points difference is equal to the points available on the table. 

2.) Please note, that as with all officiating decisions in snooker, an official is the sole judge of fair and unfair play and there is no tolerance for the abuse of these modifications to the rules to gain an unsportsmanlike advantage. That is to say that regardless of the “maximum three miss” rule that differs from the official rules, “the striker shall, to the best of his ability, endeavour to hit the ball on“,  even on his third attempt. Any third attempt to escape in which an official or third-party considers that the player has not made a sufficient effort and is attempting to gain a positional advantage by intentionally missing a ball on CAN AND WILL be called a miss indefinitely, until a sufficient effort is made.

Hopefully this offers some clarification as to the rules and how they should be enforced throughout the Alberta Qualifying Series. As these qualifying events all aim to qualify players at the national championships, please note that the luxury of the “maximum three misses” provision will not be available at the Canadians.