BCA Announces Formation of WPA Committee

Broomfield, Colo. – October 8, 2007 – In its capacity as the North American member to the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) today announced the formation of a WPA Committee. With the goal of uniting the professional player organizations and youth programs in North America to participate more effectively in the global growth of billiards as a sport and a business, the WPA Committee is comprised of the major organizations involved in pool and billiards in North America, including:

• Billiard Congress of America (BCA), Ivan Lee, President
• Billiard Education Foundation (BEF), Laura Smith, Executive Director
• Canadian Billiards & Snooker Association (CBSA), Dale Brimicombe, President
• National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association (NWPA), Jeff Dolezal, President
• United States Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA), Frank Alvarez,
• Women's Professional Billiards Association (WPBA), Dawn Hopkins, Director
• BCA Delegate to WPA, Fran Crimi
• BCA Delegate to WPA, Ed Smith

“This is an historic moment for pool in North America,” said Ivan Lee, BCA Board president and WPA Committee chair. “Our first meeting on October 2, 2007, confirmed our belief that this group is able to work together in a way that will allow the BCA to maximize its participation in the WPA to the benefit of all professional and junior players, as well as our industry.”

Members of the WPA Committee will provide input on various issues associated with WPA participation, including player selection processes for international events, rules and specifications issues, potential scenarios for hosting international events in North America and other timely topics paramount to the sport and industry.