Illinois State University to Host 2009 Junior Nationals & Collegiate 9-Ball Championships

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) is excited to announce that Illinois State University (ISU) will host the 21st Annual Junior Nationals and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate 9-Ball Championships on July 21-26. The collegiate event will be held Tuesday through Thursday, while junior competition will take place Thursday through Sunday.

The Bone Student Center (BSC), located on the ISU campus in Normal, IL, has 15 Brunswick billiard tables that will be the stage to an expected 200 young billiard athletes. Junior players will be competing for scholarships, prizes, and an invitation to represent the United States at the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) Junior World Championships.

To participate in the BEF Junior Nationals, players must earn an entry through a BEF qualifier or must be appointed by their local junior league.  The national event features 4 divisions: 19 & Under Boys, 19 & Under Girls, 14 & Under Boys, and 14 & Under Girls. Qualifiers will be held throughout the United States through June 7.  For more information about hosting a qualifier, league guidelines, or upcoming qualifier dates and locations, visit Collegiate participants must be invited to participate through an ACUI regional tournament, visit for more information.

The Junior National sponsors include Brunswick Billiards, Simonis Cloth, Ozone Billiards, Delta-13 Rack, and Billiard Congress of America (BCA).

The Billiard Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization committed to furthering the standard of excellence and leadership within the billiard community by engaging in activities related to the education and cultural advancement of tomorrow's leaders.

To become a sponsor, make a donation or inquiry, please visit or contact Laura Smith at 303-926-1039 or