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ACS Gains National Governing Body Status for Carom, Pool and Snooker
Mar 5, 2007, 9:09 AM

With the ultimate goal of gaining cue sport affiliation to the USOC – US Olympic Committee, the American CueSports Alliance (ACS) has announced a significant restructuring within the United States for all three recognized disciplines of billiards — carom, pool and snooker.

Firstly, both the USBA – United States Billiard Association (carom) and the USSA – United States Snooker Association (snooker) have formally agreed to be represented by the ACS within the international billiard structure.

Having now met the requirements under IOC —International Olympic Committee continental structural guidelines, the CPB — Panamerican Billiard Confederation accepted and notified the appropriate world governing bodies of the ACS as its newest member. The ACS was then granted a certificate issued on Feb. 2, 2007 by the CPB that formally recognizes the ACS as the “governing body in the billiard sport in all their modalities carom, pool and snooker, in the United States of America territory.”

The CPB represents the Americas in the international billiard structure through its confederation membership to both the world governing body for carom — the Union Mondiale de Billard (UMB) and the world governing body for pool — the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA).

The CPB now has 22 national federations throughout the Americas, 12 of which already have attained affiliation to their respective National Olympic Committees. This includes the CBSA — Canadian Billiard & Snooker Association, who, on behalf of Canada, coordinated its application to the CPB with that of the ACS and received similar official recognition at the same time.

As a next step, this now sets the stage for the CPB to lobby as a collective unit for the inclusion of cue sports into the 2011 Pan American Games in Jalisco, Mexico. The Pan American Games are produced every four years by PASO - Pan American Sports Organization, who within the IOC has represented the National Olympic Committees of all countries in the Americas, since 1948.

The ACS, as the official national governing body for all cue sports in the United States, will provide:

· League Sanctioning for amateur players.

· Referee and Coaching accreditation.

· Junior Programs and support for the Billiard Education Foundation (BEF)

· Room Owner representation.

· Tournament Sanctioning.

· Support for the production of National Championships by which athletes are selected to represent the United States in World Championships and other International Competition in the billiard disciplines of Pool, Snooker and Carom.

Further information on the ACS is available at www.americancuesports.org.