Lee “Lightning” Brett and Jing Gicoso set new tour records last month. Lee Brett posted a new tour record for Behind the Rock Tour for high score previously set by Tommy Najar back in September of 2011.

Najar’s record was a solid 139 with 5 Snap games, 2 consecutive Snap games, 1 COE and 1 Cut game. Brett crushed Najar’s match statistics with 7 Snap games and 1 COE for a score of 154. If you’ve never played the game 211 before let me tell you these scores are a feat to be reckoned with.

Jing Gicoso set a new record for highest points scored in one game of 21 points and tied the record for the most consecutive snap games of 3. These two scores put Gicoso in for tour title holder for the second and third time in the tour title page. He also has tied the tour record for 3 consecutive Cut games. You can view all the tour records on the website www.behindtherocktour.com. What does all this mean?

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Lee Brett posted a new tour record for Behind the Rock Tour for high score previously set by Tommy Najar back in September of 2011.

This is just an example of what happened last month and the excitement with Behind the Rock Tour (BTRT). BTRT is a weekly national tournament held from any poolroom. BTRT just celebrated its two year anniversary in May and is excited about the national growth over the past 4 months. The tour is currently being played in the states of OR, WA, TX, GA, ID, MD, FL and NY with more rooms getting ready to come on board. Any pool room with 9 foot tables is qualified to be a host location. Players, this is a weekly tournament not league. Players are not required to play each week or they can post as many matches as they’d like to pay and play for. We are currently running 5 divisions with our Advanced and Advanced Scratch divisions just opening up the end of June.

The founder of Behind the Rock Tour (BTRT), Deby Welfringer was inspired to do something for the pool industry after years of watching great players come and go and very little in the industry changing. We (the pool industry) keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. We need a change. Ms. Welfringer has been a competitive player all her life including co-founding a women’s amateur tour in the northwest, participating in the women’s regional tours, local and regional open tournaments and the WPBA. Pool is truly a difficult sport that can take a life time to learn. So the question was asked, how do we bring the complete package to the players and spectators? The answer has two parts.

Part 1 is spectators and pool players need to be educated to take them to the next level. This doesn’t mean educate only the player, but we need to educate the spectators to a level that they understand and appreciate this great sport. League is a great way to get new players interested in the sport and it’s a great recreational tool for competition, but pool isn’t about win/loss. Pool is about skill combined with creativity and that’s why we all love the sport. In addition to players that want an avenue to up their skills at the game we have a whole group of players that are stuck somewhere between league and professional caliber. This tour was designed as a grooming ladder for players to climb as their skills improve. This tour was built for the players that want something more from their game. Maybe a player plays at a high level, but has a job and a family and can’t afford to take a week off work 6-8 times a year to play pool. Now they can compete with players their caliber without having to go far from home or spend days away from the job or family. Players can compete in a larger tournament which only takes 1-1/2 hours a night to play and get home in time to go to work the next day.

Part 2 the answer is technology. With technology and the resources now available to us she has taken advantage of those tools and combined them with our great sport. We now have a virtual tournament utilizing technology to enhance our industry and this is how it’s done. We have a robust website that handles everything. Remote pool rooms upload weekly matches to the website and all tournament results, handicaps and player’s rankings are calculated right on the website. BTRT is currently only in the USA, but this format allows us the capacity to hold world wide events. This could be weekly, monthly or annually. Can you image a weekly world wide event? With this format it is possible. Here’s where the tour is today.

BTRT is a weekly national (USA) competition run out of local pool rooms. The intent of the tour is to support the rooms with 9 foot tables to keep the game where it belongs and educate the players about the sport. Each week pool rooms run their events and players play their matches. By midnight Saturday participating locations uplo Read more ...