How Billiards have Changed Over the Years. ~ Anthony Beeler

There are many ways to gage the changes in billiards since it was invented approximately 350 years ago.

Obviously, from the earliest days to today’s modern game there have been many rule changes but these changes extend way beyond just matters related to sport—Billiards has grown up and transformed as much as the United States has during its existence.

The way billiards have changed begins in many ways with how they began.

As an amateur sport it was a loose organization of rules and it became more and more sophisticated as time passed. After the Billiards Congress of America was formed in 1948, the rules were adapted to meet the needs of the players. Previously, the predominant game was 14.1 but as time progressed, 9-Ball grew in popularity because it was a quick game, and friendly for television audiences.

Today, many other leagues have formed. The American CueSports Alliance (ACS) and The American PoolPlayers Association (APA) offer players popular alternatives to the Billiards Congress of America Pool League. The variety of leagues and varying schedules have made it easier for working players to participate in the game that they love.

Billiards have always been populated with stars and as it grew in popularity the need to track and distinguish between players become more important. Most significantly, the Billiard Congress of America, Hall of Fame was founded in 1966.

“The purpose of the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame is to honor outstanding people who, through their competitive skills and dedication, have enriched our sport and industry.”

Later in 2005, the Legends of One Pocket and Bank Pool Hall of Fame were founded to further recognize players who have demonstrated excellence in competition over time.

Another way that billiards have changed over the years is of course equipment.

Brunswick Billiards dominated the table scene at professional tournaments during the 1970’s and 80’s. However in recent years, Diamond Billiard Products have become the table of choice at most professional events.

In 1976, Bob Meucci developed the concept of low deflection shafts which were further developed by Predator and OB Cues.