Basic Billiards Phase

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As you work through the Basic Billiards Phase, look for the green tagged items. The Basic Billiards Phase will progress a player who has moderate cuemanship but limited (or no) knowledge of Billiards to an 'average', standard. After completing this Phase you will be able to recognize and play most of the basic Billiards shots and should be able to make an occasional 20 break. Furthermore, you will be at a standard suitable to play in local leagues and compete in tournaments to further your game. You will be entitled to take the Basic Billiards Examination with a qualified coach.


If you live in England, after passing the Basic Billiards Examination the English Amateur Billiards Association (EABA) will award you one free entry to an Amateur Billiards Competition (ABC) of your choice. There are currently six ABC's per year, each one held on a Sunday. This incentive is only available to players who have not previously played in an ABC event.

In addition, the English Billiards Open Series (EBOS) will award you one free entry to an EBOS event of your choice (not including the European Open). There are currently eight EBOS events per year, at various venues, and each event lasts at least two days. As with the ABC incentive above, this is only available to players who have not previously played in an EBOS event.

Basic Billiards Examination

The Basic Billiards Examination will be carried out under the supervision of a National Coach at a suitable venue, and should take no longer than 90 minutes. Before taking the Examination with a National Coach you should complete the self-assessed multiple choice quiz's, one at the end of each lesson, and achieved a 70% pass mark on each of them. The Examination consists of the same shots that are at the end of the 5 Lessons, but you will only have 30 attempts at breaks and your overall score will be counted. You can choose the order that you wish to play the shots and to pass the Examination you need to score a total of 150 points or more. (It is recommended that you start the Examination with the cross loser followed by the 3 stroke pattern from Lesson 2, as this is the easiest way to play yourself in.) You will be allowed 10 minutes of practice time before taking the Examination, in order to get used to the table.

In addition to the above, the National Coach will set you 20 standard half-ball positions. 5 of these will be middle pocket losers, 5 long losers, 5 losers around the Pyramid Spot and 5 drop cannons. You should be able to set the cue ball yourself and demonstrate about a 40% success rate. Any time remaining at the end of the Examination will be utilised for coaching.

If you wish to take the Examination, please contact us and we will email further instructions and coordinate with a Coach in your area. The Examination cost is £20 or equivalent.

Certificate and Photograph

After successfully completing the Basic Billiards Phase you will receive a Certificate from Please take a digital camera along to the Examination in order to email a suitable photograph for the site.