Snooker & Billiards Ireland (SBI) held a free National Junior Snooker Developmental Day in the SBI HQ Academy of Excellence in Carlow on Sunday the 27th of February from 11am to 4pm with our National Coach PJ Nolan.
The day was hailed a huge success with junior players travelling from Wexford, Limerick, Dundalk, Carlow and Nenagh attending this day with PJ who is also a professional WPBSA Snooker Coach. PJ was very impressed with the amount of talent on show. The players learned about the Approach, Stance, Grip, Cue Action, Cue Ball Control. Basic Potting Skills and various kinds of Practice Routines.
Within the SBI Academy we have four mini star tables which will help introduce new younger people to the game and help SBI develop the game going forward. We also have 4 Shender and 4 Star Tables for the more experienced players.
Over the past few seasons SBI have held Junior Developmental days to introduce and encourage more juniors to play our beautiful sports and this will continue in the future with more days planned for 2022.
SBI Coaching Team
Irish National Coach PJ Nolan thanked SBI Coach David McArdle for attending and bringing their players to this development day. We hope their players enjoyed the day and had some fun and learned to improve their games.
The Learning Process
The day began with the players playing some basic shots to warm up. Next PJ went through how to make a good shot approach, and followed that with good fundamentals in the player’s bridge hand.
Each technical area was recorded and the players watched back their techniques on the large screen and PJ feels this is crucial in teaching good fundamentals. PJ followed that with learning to make a solid stance, cue action and delivery. The players were then shown how to control the cue ball and then try some of PJ’s practice routines. Finally, PJ used his academy laser to help the players correct or confirm their shot alignment.
Latest Training Aids
Throughout the day the players were shown and tried out some of the leading and latest training aids on the market including the Str8aim SA-1 & SA-2, Chris Henry ‘The Balls’, The Master Doctor, Blade Cue and the EBSA Coaching which were designed by PJ Nolan.
SBI would like to thank all the Coaches, Parents, Guardians for attending and supporting this developmental day. We would like to thank all the players for coming and we hope they learned a lot on the day. SBI are planning another Junior day later in the season so keep an eye on our web site and Facebook page for future junior days.
Address / Post Code of SBI HQ
Snooker & Billiards Ireland
Sport HQ, Academy of Excellence
Graiguecullen, Co Laois
For more information on Coaching, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or PJ Nolan on email@example.com