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2018 Senior Games Congrats & Thanks Yous!

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Congratulations

ALL Billiards Senior Games Participants

& Medal Winners!

Billiards continues to rank in the top three sports for participation in The Villages!

Whether you are a seasoned player or played in the games for the first time, billiards rooms filled with players of all ages and skill levels is always a sight to behold!

Thanks to you for playing and creating such a grand presense for billiards in the games!

I'd also like to give a special thanks to all of those who volunteered their time and officiated, helping bring some formality and professionalism to the games. They are:

Carol Chambers, Jim Garry, Tom Gittings, Jeff Kublin, Moe Lepenven, Jean & Warren Light, Elmer McClain, Zack Nichols, Armand Occhetti, Larry Russo, and Barney Stuart.


MAY 25th MEMBER MEETING

Posted on May 8, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us for our


Monthly Social Fun Tournaments, 


Meeting, and Light Dinner    


Friday, May 25, 2018


ALL MEMEBERS ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME!


Please sign up by Wednesday,  May 23rd, so we can plan for food.


TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT YOU MUST Contact Wendy Lord 

352-250-5295 or [email protected]


Schedule of Events:

2:30 - 2:45pm -- First Fun Tournament check in

3:00pm -- First Fun Tournament

5:00pm -- VBC Monthly Member Meeting

5:45pm -- Light Supper

6:00 - 6:15pm -- Second Fun Tournament check in

6:30 - 8:30pm -- Second Fun Tournament

**NOTE: Be sure to let Wendy know which tournament (First or Second or both!!)


One Tournament & Light Supper $7.00

Two Tournaments & Light Supper $10.00

This month's menu is:  TBD 


Time to Update the Activities Listing

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

SEEKING HELP TO UPDATE THE BILLIARDS ACTIVITIES LISTINGS 


Many of you have enjoyed the activities listings on our website as well as the hand out which has information about all of the billiards activities that group leaders are willing to share with us. It has been more than a year since it was last updated so we are seeking 4 or 5 people willing to do a bit of research and make some phone calls to the group leaders to confirm the information we print is still accurate and to add any new ones that have come along in the last year.


If you are willing to give back to help us maintain this important and valuable resource please contact Gale at [email protected]

Pro Shop Deals!

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Your VBC Pro Shop currently has 2 great deals!


Visit our VBC Members Only Pro Shop Page on the website to see the prices.

(the only way we can offer these great prices to you is by not publishing or offering them to anyone but our members)

DON'T MISS OUT!


Special Order - DigiCue BLUE Billiard Training Device - great Savings!

Some of you may have seen this device being used as a training tool by some of our members. The VBC Pro Shop is offering a great price on it and taking special orders. All orders placed by Sunday, May 13th will arrive for delivery to you the week of May 21st.  

Using a phone app, here's what it can do:

The DigiCue BLUE will Detect:

Jab strokes

Follow through

smoothness of acceleration through the cue ball

Finish duration

Tip steering and direction

Straightness of your stroke

Finesse Shot interval (time between shots)

Backstroke pause duration

4 unique settings: beginner, intermediate, advanced and custom modes

Comes with two sizes to fit the vast majority of Pool, Snooker, and Billiard cues

Comes with the FREE DigiCue App available for both iOS (Apple) and Android.

Battery included

Made in the USA


We got a special buy on a great looking FURY Break Stick (19oz) - ONLY 1 Available

See the price in our Pro Shop Website and Buy it NOW!

Tip : 13mm phenolic tip and ferrule combo

Ferrule : Phenolic tip and ferrule combo

Shaft : 29" SSS Shaft

Pin : True-Loc

Collar : Black collar silver ring at joint and double silver and blue stone rings at wrap

Forearm : Black

Wrap : Black leather wrap

Butt Sleeve : None

Butt Plate : Black phenolic with blue stone ring and silver Fury logo

Bumper : Plug black rubber with silver Fury logo

Additional Information

This cue is weight changeable with Katana weight bolts. Model number WBKAT.

This cue comes with joint protectors.

This cue does not come with an extension.

This cue does not come with a case.

Warranty : Limited lifetime




2018 Flags For Vets

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)
2018 Flags For Vets Program  

Open For Sign Ups! 


Flag Placement Day, May 27, 9am 

Flag Removal Day, June 2, 9am

The VBC has been helping with this program for a number of years now but our participation has dwindled over time.

The experience of honoring our fallen, and seeing the flags lined up as each soldier did during their service is a sight to behold!

Please consider helping with this incredible project this year. 

You can sign up for one day or both by emailing Gale at [email protected] 

Let me know if you would like to ride with someone or if you can drive, and how many you can take with you.

Instructions and directions will be sent to all who sign up to Volunteer.


NEW Men's League Opportunities

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
The VBC Is Expanding It's Men's Singles

8ball & 9 ball League Opportunities!


SIGN UP NOW!


Email Gale at [email protected]


VBC Men's Singles 8 Ball League:
The new VBC Men's league has had enough interest to encourage a second Division. We are looking for men including beginners who know the basic rules and can complete a game in a half hour, and intermediate level players who are looking for a singles 8 ball league.

Players will be seeded and play at a location with others closest to your skill level. We will need regular as well as subs. This is a year round league. You can sign up to be a sub now!

When: Next session to begin July 19th, Thursday, 9am
Where: Burnsed Rec & other location TBD

I anticipate the second division would also play at an available site south of 466A.

VBC Men's Singles 9 Ball League:
We have had some interest shown in a Singles 9 Ball League opportunity for Men at the lower Skill levels. If you are  a lower skilled player looking for a men 's 9 ball opportunity this one is for you!

Don't know the rules of Play? No problem!

Come to Saddlebrook on Monday, May 14th for a 9 ball clinic 1 - 3pm where we will go over the rules of play and give you some table time to play games and ask questions to become familiar with the rules and strategies. We all know the best way to improve is to play!  

If this league takes off it will become a year round league with multiple divisions if necessary to accomodate various skill levels.

When: Monday's, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Start date will be June 4th.
Where: Saddlebrook Rec

SIGN UP NOW!

EMAIL GALE at [email protected]



Learn How to Play 9 Ball!

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)
DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY 9 BALL?

COME LEARN HOW!

The VBC will be hosting a 9 Ball Clinic for anyone who has never played 9 ball and wants to learn about the rules & how to play. The clinic will include review of the rules and handout followed by play with the opportunity to ask about rules along the way.


WHAT: 9 Ball Clinic for ALL players new to 9 ball

WHEN: Monday, May 14th at 1pm - 3pm

WHERE: Saddlebrook Recreation


Congrats to the APT ANNUAL TOURNAMENT Qualifiers!

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)
 Annual APT Championship, May 17th

Congratulations to the following for qualifying to play! 

Listed in the order of highest # of wins for the last 12 months: 

Zack Nichols, Debbie Clifford, Bill Lord, Ron Boyle, Richard Toole, Denny Ruggles, Pete Fleming, Al Hooper, Dennis Gilbert, Rick Arenz, Chuck Newman, Roger Payer, Joey Grasso, Jill Bulmash, Dariel Deistelkamp, Ron Dewey.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 17th beginning at 8:30am at Silver Lake. All qualifiers will receive an APT chanpionship T-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top 4 finishers. GOOD LUCK!

The more frequently you play, the greater your chances of qualifying for the annual event which will be held in May of each year. YOU can be in the running for next year! The next APT will be on June 21st. Watch several weeks before that for the sign up email.



VBC To Organize 2018 Senior Games Officials

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)
The VBC will provide the Officials for the 2018 Senior Billiards Games again this year

Anyone interested in being an official for the 2018 senior
games can contact Gale at [email protected]

Please let me know what days you are available,
and how many you are willing to volunteer for.


The games will take place Wed. through Sat. April 24th - 28th.

Times and locations are yet to be determined.

Mike Fitzgerald will be scheduling & training the officials again this year.


March 2018 Monthly Member Meeting & Tournaments

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

DON'T MISS IT!


WHY NOT?


Hear the Latest Club News & Happenings

Meet New Friends and Connect With Old Ones

Enjoy Fun Competition and Maybe Win a Prize!

 

Next gathering is Friday, March 30th at La Hacienda


Make your reservations with Wendy Lord

250-5295 or [email protected]


Please sign up by Wednesday, March 28th so we can plan for food


Schedule of Events:

3:00 pm -- First Fun Tournament

5:00 pm --VBC Meeting

5:45 pm -- Light Supper

6:30 pm -- Second Fun Tournament


Cost:

One Tournament & Light Supper $7.00

Two Tournaments & Light Supper $10.00


Contact Wendy NOW!


Meal TBD


The March meeting has been moved to the Ricardo Room at La Ha



Nip the Rumor in the Bud!

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

There is a rumor out and about that the Villages

is going to remove the billiards room from LaHacienda!


If you hear anyone spreading this flasehood, please let them know that it is not true!


JOHN ROHAN SAYS "NO SUCH PLAN"!

Couples "WHINE & CHEESE" Tournament

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

SAVE THE DATE!


DON'T MISS OUR "WHINE & CHEESE" Tournament!

The VBC does "couples only" fun tournaments a few times a year


The next one is coming up on April 14th at 6pm


You bring the "Whine, Wine, OR both"

& we'll bring the cheese :-)


Snacks will be provided & you can bring something if you wish


BYOB

SIGN UP HERE NOW!


Shoot For a Cure with Tommy Vee!

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


"Shooting For A Cure"

Billiards Tournament Fundraiser for MS


April, 14th at 8am & 10am

at La Hacienda Recreation Center


Your $25 donation will go to MS


Deadline to Register is March 30th


Click HERE to SIGN UP NOW!


VBC Member Tommy Vee's family has been impacted by this disease so his heart is all in it as he tries to support finding a cure for MS.


He is organizing MS fundraisers with ALL of the clubs he belongs to and is reaching out to find a total of 100 Billiards Players and Friends of ALL SKILL LEVELS!

 

LET'S HELP HIM MEET HIS GOAL!


Teams will be organized by committee for utmost balance and a fair chance to win GREAT prizes donated by various local businesses!


Can't make the date? 


Your $25 donation Will Make a Difference!


All proceeds to benefit the 2018 Walk MS event held at the Villages Polo Field



Spring League Opportunities

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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Sunday Mixed Doubles league has openings Starting March 18th!


Larry Berg runs a popular mixed doubles handicapped league on Sunday nights that has openings and is well suited to couples. He right now also has men looking for women to partner with. If you  are a woman or couple looking for a mxd doubles opportunity, even if you play at different skill levels, this league is handicapped and a great opportunity for you to play in a popular organized league. They play at Hibiscus, Canal & Allamanda and are divided by team skill level.

For more information, or to sign up for the next session expected to begin March 18th please contact Larry here. 


Friday VBC 8 Ball League Looking for Players - Next session to begin March 23rd


The VBC 8 ball league uses modified APA rules and is a team league that is open to ALL skill levels beginning with advanced beginner players who know how and are able to play games. The league plays on Friday mornings from 9 - noon at multiple locations. 

The next sessions will go from March 23rd to July 6th followed by the summer session go from July 20th to Oct 26th. Each session if followed by end of session individual and team tournaments. Openings will be available to fill snow birds spots during the next few sessions as well as permanent positions that open up for various reasons. Must be a VBC member or become one to participate.

For more information or to sign up, please contact League Coordinator Zack Nichols here. 


NEW Men's Singles 8 Ball League beginning April 19th

The VBC is starting a Men's singles 8 ball league on Thursdays at 9am to fill a gap for lower skill level players from beginners to intermediate players. It will be played at Burnsed giving players in the southernmost part of the Villages a new opportunity closer to home as well. Beginners must be familiar with BCA rules and able to play a game. Maybe you've never played in an organized league, are just getting back to it after not playing for years, or have only learned how to play since moving to the Villages and want to get involved. Must be a VBC member or become one to participate.

The next session is due to begin on Thursday, April 19th and will end before the week of July 4th. Looking for both regulars and subs.

For more information or to sign up as a regular or a sub, please contact Gale here.


Thursday VBC Women's 8 Ball League Has Openings

 Next session to begin April 19th


The VBC Women's Singles league plays on Thurday Mornings from 9 - 11:30 am at multiple locations. This is a laddered league so players are divided into three divisions and assigned a location with other players closest to your skill level. Must be a VBC member or become one to participate.

The next session is due to begin on April 19th and will end before the week of July 4th.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Gale here.


Monday VBC Women's 9 Ball League Has Openings - Next session to begin April 16th

The VBC Women's Singles league plays on Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00pm at Saddlebrook. The next session is due to begin in April and will end before the week of July 4th. Must be a VBC member or become one to participate.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Carol Chambers here.

2018 Billiards Senior Games

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Senior Games Registration is Now Open!


Registration booklets are available at LaHacienda rec

& on line Here


DON'T WAIT REGISTER NOW!


Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 11th 


 Mark your Calendars - Billiards Games Schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, April 25th - M's & W's Singles 8 Ball 

Thursday, April 26th - M's & W's Doubles 8 Ball

Friday, April 27th - Mixed Doubles 8 Ball

Saturday, April 28th - 9 Ball - M's Sgls/W's Sgls/MXD Dbls


NEED A SENIOR GAME PARTNER?

LET ME KNOW AND I WILL TRY TO CONNECT PLAYERS




New and Ongoing Lesson Opportunities

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Brush up on your skills or learn how to play...

When & Where:

Mondays:

9:00 - 11:00am - Canal - Intermediate to advanced lessons w/ Mike Fitzgerald

9:00 - 11:00am - Saddlebrook - All levels w/ Armand Ochetti

1:00 - 3:00pm - Bacall - Beg - Intermediate w/ Lenny Klein

10:00 - noon - Allamanda - All Levels w/ Bob Supino & Bill Lord

Tuesdays:

9:00 - 10:00am - Chula Vista - Beginner basic mechanics/ stroke & stance w/ Gale Bellew

Wednesdays:

11:00am - 12:15pm - Bridgeport - Learn straight pool with Tommy Vee - call first 401-261-2328

9:00 - 11:00am - NEW Opportunity! Beginner & Intermediate Billiards Lessons at The Enrichment Academy w/Ken Boguski Click here for more info on dates & pricing or to register for upcoming classes beginning in April

Fridays:

1:00 - 3:00pm - NEW Opportunity! Truman Rec - The VBC is presenting a NEW Men's beginner & advanced beginner lesson every Friday with Mike Fitzgerald. Learn the basic mechanics or hone your basic skill set to become a better player.

Saturdays:

9:30am - 11:30am Big Cypress - Women's beginner & advanced beginner lesson every Saturday with Mike Fitzgerald.


DON'T MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN

OR HONE YOUR SKILLS & GET OUT OF THE HEAT!

SUMMER'S COMING!


Member List now available on this website

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The VBC BOD voted to post a listing of current members on our website. With a current membership of 365 people, we thougth it would be nice for members to know who their fellow members are! We DO NOT post contact info. This also serves as a way for MVP & Massage Envy to verify who are club members to receive their corporate rates. (See the NEW recently posted corporate membership article in our news feed). You can find hte listing by going to our membership page and clicking on the Member list link at the bottom of the page. The list will be updated periodically and as needed to reflect new memberships.


2018 Cup Match Pictures Now Available

Posted on March 4, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2018 newly combined Feeney & Ladies Cup Matches have come and gone, but won't soon be forgotten thanks to the hard work of Roger Vigrass our official club photographer. Roger took team photos as well as shots of the event and posted them to our Shutterfly account. Roger was unable to attend the Awards Dinner so thanks to Sherrie Aly for providing the photos which Roger included in the post. https://thevillagesbc.shutterfly.com" target="_blank">Visit this link to visit the albums.

Hope you enjoy them!


NEW VBC BENEFITS FOR LOCAL WELLNESS SERVICES!

Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The VBC recently learned that corporate membeships are available to us without cost to the club. By simply registering our club with them, our members can now receive reduced rates for their services! 


So Who have we signed up with?

MVP - Brownwood & Spanish Springs locations 

Details:

If your insurance provider doesn't offer a free wellness membership to a gym, you can join MVP with a month to month membership with NO Sign up/registration fee and NO contract!

Cost is $45 p/mo for our members. Additional family members can sign up under your name for an additional $40 p/mo. This is for full use of the club facilities and it's many daily classes with no time restrictions. All you have to do is tell them you are a member of the VBC which they can confirm on our website. The VBC is not involved in your membership in any way. You sign up and pay them directly for your monthly membership.


Massage Envy - Bichara Blvd, Spanish Springs & all participating locations nationwide.

Details:

Go in to Massage Envy at Bichara Blvd. Tell them you are with the VBC. Subscribe with them to a one year membership at $55 p/mo (instead of $60). This gives you one 1hr service each month. You can save them up and mix them up to have a 1 1/2 hr or 2 hr session every other month or add on an extra 1/2 hr for only $20 more. If you want more than one service in any month, you pay an additional $40 for a 1 hr service. You can also transfer 1 monthly service to someone else twice a year.

Are you a snow bird or going to be away for multiple months each year? No worries, you can either freeze your membership for up to 6 months or until you return, or find a Massage Envy provider where you are traveling to at one of 1170 locations nationwide!

And, what if you develop a health issue and are not allowed to have the services that Massage Envy offers? Your membership can be cancelled for medical reasons.

If you are already a member at the $60 montly rate with time remaining on your contract, you can receive a free enhancement service. Once your anual membership has ended, you can choose to sign up for the $55 monthly club rate if you wish.






VBC & THE VILLAGES JUMP SHOTS POLICY

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)
The Rec Department has requested that we remind pool players of ALL SKILL LEVELS that jump shots are not allowed on The Villages pool tables.

Cloths on some pool tables have been getting damaged due to billiards players practicing and playing jump shots. Some months ago, I was approached by several VBC members witnessing jump shots being practiced with concern about the potential to damage tables. They asked what The Villages rule on jump shots was. I contacted John Rohan who at the time told me that it was not permitted and that rec center management was responsible for enforcing the ruling wherever it was an issue however they had no plans to post it. As a result, the VBC BOD voted to not allow jump shots in any of our activities and the membership was notified.

We are not being asked to police the problem but I am asking ALL of our members to please respect the rule and NOT use jump shots in your games whenever you're playing pool, even if it's not a VBC activity.  I know there are many of you who are skilled enough to successfully play jump shots. However, when somone chooses to overlook that rule, it gives unspoken permission to others that it's ok to do. We are able to enjoy more than 100 tables in the Villages that we may complain about for one reason or another, but no one can deny that they are far and above what we would be playing on in the bars. I for one am grateful for it. Let's be a responsible group and not participate in jump shooting.

Please help foster respect and care for our tables and set a good example to others so that our tables are not at risk of being damaged.

Thanks for your help!






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