Professional, and second ranked player in the United States Rodney Morris came over to Skip and Jans Sports Bar today in Tempe to shoot some pool and meet with the staff of the United States Professional PoolPlayers Association (UPA).
The Phoenix Billiards Examiner was fortunate enough to have received an invite through the Phoenix UPA president Chuck Webb.
UPA National president Frank Alvarez was also in attendance and we spoke on the new things happening with the UPA, and the future of the association in regards to amateur pool. More on this will follow in future articles.
This event was not open to the public, but was an informal time of fun for the staff of the UPA, and professional Rodney Morris. Rodney was in town to discuss business with the UPA as he is one of the creators of the UPA rating system.
About the UPA:
The UPA Mission
The United States Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA) is The Governing Body of Men’s Professional Pool in the United States. The association is based in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Founded in 2002, the UPA is the collective effort of male professionals governing themselves within the Billiard Industry. The UPA is comprised of the best pool players from all around the world and works in conjunction with all Governing Bodies within the industry. The UPA is the first association to allow both foreign and domestic players to join in one unified voice to better move the sport of pocket billiards forward in the U.S. and even the world.
The UPA serves as the governing body for the sport of men’s professional pool in the US in conjunction with the Billiard Congress of America and the World Pool Association. Our mission is:
To elevate the standards of the professional pool player’s vocation
To stimulate interest and involvement from major media companies
To seek major advertisers and educate the general public
To further the progress of the sport entering into the Olympics
To continually promote the overall vitality of the sport
About the UPA ranking system:
There are two types of Rankings; Calendar & Seeding.
Calendar Rankings are an accumulation of the specified year’s events. After each Tour Stop rankings are calculated and made public. These rankings are the Official U.S. Rankings in the Sport of Pocket Billiards in America.
Seeding Rankings are always an accumulation of the last 10 UPA events. These rankings determine seeding of players in both UPA and non-UPA events. When U.S. invitations are given to players and there are less than 5 season events that have taken place, the Seeding Rankings are then utilized.
In Example, when the U.S. is asked to provide the names of it’s top 12 players for a World Championship the Calendard Rankings are used. However if the U.S. is asked for these top players and only 4 Season Tour stops have taken place, the Seeding Rankings will then be used as it is a more accurate representation of how players have been performing.