The youth movement in pool has been growing and growing. Kids these days have great equipment to start with as well as an organization in the BEF that allows these kids to test their skills in a professional setting. The work these kids put in is phenomenal and it shows in how good they play. Pool is a game that draws people from all walks of life, from the busy city to the rural farms. Here is Cole Peavler, a 17 year old junior player from rural Indiana looking to make his mark on the industry. He is sponsored by Alpha Cue and has big goals he wants to fulfill.
How old were you when you started playing pool?
I started playing pool when I was 3 years old. I remember my dad dragging an old rusty tool box around a pool table for me to step on so I could see over the table.
When did you start taking the game seriously?
I started taking pool seriously the first time my dad went to compete in Vegas. He got home on the day of my birthday with his pool team. I remember him handing me a pool cue and in front of his pool team and everyone else in the room he told me I was going to be the best and these people look up to you. From that day forward I've had a pool cue in my hand ever since
Take us through a practice session. How often, how long, and what do you practice?
So in my practice sessions I try to play every day for at least 3 to 4 hours depending on how I'm feeling about my game. In my practice sessions I try to find drills and things that keep me motivated and fun but are also helping my game at the same time.
Favorite and least favorite game to play and why?
My favorite game to play would definitely be 9 ball. The reason why is because I feel that it's the cleanest game a person can play. You can play several racks of 9 ball and not touch another ball on the table and leave perfect position on the next ball and that’s my idea of a perfect game. My least favorite game would have to be 10 ball for the simple fact that I get in my own head and the break kills me in 10 ball. Overall I appreciate every game in pool as Earl Strickland says it best pool is a beautiful game played by ugly people.
7ft table or 9ft table?
I grew up playing on a 7ft barbox table but once I realized how important it was to play on a 9ft I switched up to a 9ft and I don't see myself ever going backwards.
If you could play one player, living or not, who would it be and what format?
If I could play one player I would definitely want to play earl Strickland for the simple fact that the man still thinks he is the best and can beat anyone who steps up to the table and I find his drive in pool very unique. If we were to play a race I would want to play a race to 100.
Do you have a pool coach?
I’ve had many forms of coaches growing up but it all started with my dad . If it wasn't for him having the patience I wouldn't be where I am today. My mom is also my coach in a way because without her I wouldn't have ever made it to the places I've been. My dad coaches me now by reminding me that I have a chance to still be great and that’s enough coaching to get me where I want to go.
Favorite player and why?
My favorite player is by far my dad no he isn't a world champion but he showed me the game and if it wasn't for him picking up a pool cue I never would've picked one up either
Your thoughts on the BEF?
I think the BEF Is a great way to show where you truly stand in pool. Yes you can win all the little tournaments and think that you’re the best but when you go play with the top juniors in the United States It will either make or break you.
What tournaments are on your bucket list?
I would say a few of the tournaments I would like to win are Derby City All Around and the 9 ball World Championships
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in 5 years playing my best game. I believe I will be on the pro circuit. While playing pool I see myself being a pastor and preaching the word of God cause without him I wouldn't be able to fulfill the dreams I have
What is your best/favorite accomplishment to date?
My best accomplishments are being a 2 time state champion along with a few 2nd and 3rd placed finishes in state. Finishing 9th in the BEF and Finishing 9th in the APA nationals and winning a few big money tournaments.