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NO. 17 January 2005 Published By Inside Foos
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USTSA Announces International Championship Enhancements
United States Table Soccer Association Tour Director
Bill Maloney has announced that there will be several notable
additions to the USTSA foosball tour and the upcoming USTSA International
Championships in Las Vegas. Included among these enhancements will be the
implementation of a new and more accurate ratings system, and the creation of an
all new "Package DYP" to be held simultaneous to the Open Mixed
Doubles event on Thursday evening in Las Vegas. This brand new event will be
included in everyone's Package Deal as an option for non-mixed players and will
feature $2200 in prize money. The Amateur and Semi Pro Singles events have also
been given added value, with the winners of each singles flight now earning free
World Championship Package Deals for their efforts. Also, the winners of the
Amateur, Semi Pro, Pro, and Women's Singles and Doubles events will now
qualify (and earn free entry) for the big-money Championship bracket at the 2005
These new additions to the tournament format and the professional tour are part
of a constantly evolving process which the USTSA hopes will help take the tour
and the sport of foosball to increasingly higher levels. "Our goal is to do
whatever it takes to create the ultimate playing environment for the tournament
fooser", states Maloney. "We have a clear vision of where we would
like the sport of foosball to be in the coming years and we will do whatever we
can to make that vision a reality. We are listening to all of the constructive
input we have received and will take the best of it and make it part of our
Maloney's goals also include growing the player base through VIFA league play, a
national network of foosball promoters, more media exposure, and by doing
everything possible to get younger players involved in the great sport of
foosball. Bill also hopes to "spice-up" the major tournaments by
offering increased prize money, showcasing the winner's of all divisions, and
holding several different types of mini tournaments, among other things.
Maloney and company also released the dates of both the National Championships
in July (at a location TBA) and the World Championships, which will again be
held at the DFW Hyatt Hotel in Texas over Labor Day weekend (August 31-September
5). Look for more information on both of these events to be released shortly.
The changes and additions to the 2005 pro tour and the Las Vegas International
Championships are as follows:
$2200 HI-LO DRAW-YOUR-PARTNER FOR PACKAGE BUYERS IN LAS VEGAS.This
newly-added event will feature a $1000 first place prize and be open to all
package purchasers who do not play in Open Mixed Doubles. The high-low format
will allow the top-rated player to be drawn with the lowest, and on down the
line. You cannot be in any other USTSA event to compete in this exciting new
DYP. VIFA league players still in events will be allowed to play. Walk-up entry
fee for this event will be $75.
THE NEW POINTS SYSTEM.Among the highlights of the newly configured USTSA
ratings system will be a more accurate accounting of a player's points and a
more realistic "weighting" of state and regional events.Also,
players will maintain their rating throughout the season. You can only go up or
down a ratings class after the season has been completed. In other words,
players who begin the 2005 season rated as an Amateur will be able to play as an
Amateur at this year's World Championships. There will also be lists of the top
seasonal performers in each ratings division published
in Table Talk, with Player of the Year Awards in each category handed out at
season's end. The first tournament to utilize the new ratings system will be the
upcoming International Championships. There will be a more definitive
explanation of the new system published at a later date. FREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PACKAGES TO THE WINNERS OF EACH OF THE SINGLES
FLIGHTS.This new enhancement to the Amateur and Semi Pro flights adds
more value to the events by offering a free World Championship package to the
winners of both Amateur and Semi Pro singles flights. Of course the winners of
the individual flights will also go into an 8-person playoff with a $1000 check
handed out to the lucky winners in each category. WINNERS OF AMATEUR, SEMI PRO, PRO, AND WOMEN'S SINGLES/DOUBLES WILL QUALIFY
AND EARN FREE ENTRY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.Win
one of the main Singles or Doubles events in Las Vegas and you will qualify to
play in the big money Championship event at this year's World Championships. The
winner's of Amateur, Semi Pro, Pro, and Women's Singles & Doubles in Las
Vegas will qualify to play against the big boys in Dallas at this year's worlds.
Their Championship Event entry fee will be covered as well, and they will
also be allowed to play events in their regular ratings category. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HELD AT THE DFW HYATT ON LABOR DAY
WEEKEND.The DFW Hyatt Regency at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport will be the
host of the Worlds for the 10th time in the last eleven years. This year's big
event will be held August 31-September 5 and will feature several new and
original events and an all-new ballroom set-up. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE HELD JULY 1-4 IN A LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED.The National Championships, featuring the always-exciting Masters Singles
competition, will again be held over July 4th weekend in a city to be announced.
After some speculation as to whether this event would be held at all, we can
assure everyone that it will go off as planned this July 1-4. ATTENTION PRO MASTER PLAYERS:There will be a mandatory meeting for
all Pro Master players held at 1:00pm on Friday March 4th at the International
Championships to discuss, among other things, your roles in the sport's future.
ATTENTION REGIONAL PROMOTERS:As part of a plan to build a national
network and create a more unified front, the USTSA is putting together a brand
new promotional package for promoters and operators that will also provide the
directors of sanctioned state and regional tournaments with brand new Tornado
tables to use for their event. You can learn more about this unique new program
in Las Vegas or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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INSIDE THE PRO TOUR...
Don't forget, you must pre-register by February 18 in order to purchase a
2005 International Championship Package Deal. Go to http://www.vifa.com for more
info and registration forms...
The deadline for room reservations is February 8. Call the Riviera at
Mary Moore'sSuperbowl of Foosball in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the
sport's great regional events,is just weeks away...
January 27-30 are the dates for this well-run and competitive $25,000 regional
I'm leaning towards Tony Spredeman and the Pittsburgh Steelers... Brad Anderson and his Table Sports Radio will return for a second season of
Internet "broadcasts" beginning the evening of January 11th...
This year Brad will be hosting bi-monthly foosball shows every other Tuesday
night which will also featue co-host Phil "Goot" Gootee and will
originate from his local tournament venue, "Bogart's" in Apple Valley,
Of course BA will serve up nightly tournament reports, which will include
interviews and results, from the major events on the 2005 pro tour as well...
Go to http://www.tablesportsradio.com for more information and to access these
informative and entertaining radio shows...
TRIVIA TIME: Who was Fredric Collignon's partner when he reached his first
American final back in 1998 at the Hall of Fame Classic?
2005 Full Season DVD Packages are now available at http://www.insidefoos,com...
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You can also now order the 10-hour, 5 disc 2004 World Championship DVD set for
the special price of $60...
See below ("Special Offers") for ordering details...
As usual, there will be a Hall of Fame ceremony at this year's season-opener,
held Saturday night at the Vegas event... Since first reviving the Hall of Fame back in 1996 there have been 12 new
members added to this elite club of foosball contributors...
Included among those dozen new inductees are names like Furry, Wiswell, Murray,
Simon, Lott and Kaiser...
TRIVIA ANSWER: European foosball legend Ismael Saban who first competed in the
United States on the 1970s Tournament Soccer tour was Frederico's partner at the
'98 Vegas event...
Trivia Follow-Up: After losing early in the event, Frederico and Ismael came all
the way back to face eventual winners Tommy Adkisson and Chuck Pistole in the
Open Doubles final...
Bring your Kids! There will be exciting 17 and Under events held in Las Vegas
which will include cool foosball merchandise, provided by foosball.com and
Inside Foos, and Pro Master "coaches" for the participants...
2005 should be a tremendous season on the pro tour....
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TORO'S CORNERby mark torres
Goodbye Status Quo-
There are all kinds of new things happening this year eh? The
Tour has got new leadership, format changes, $9 Nachos at the movies?!?! Democrats
and Republicans living together, 'Catwoman' TANKED, the Boston Red Sox WON, the
US Olympic Basketball team got SMOKED, a revised value menu at Taco Bell? TOTAL
But really is it really? The new foosball format changes mean that people can't
play all the events they used to. They pay a little more money. They can win a
little more money. Or is it they can win a little less money? Wait a minute, no
one used to win any money anyway. They can't play Masters anymore. Wait, what is
a Master anyway? What is a Pro? What exactly is the color taupe? Hmmm...Wait
another minute, I have won two or three tables on Tour, a few events
here and there, a bunch of fair finishes in Expert/Novice/Semi-Pro and Open, and
overall and it hasn't made a dent in my pocketbook. We are all still playing
because we love the game right?? So what do these changes mean?
Remember a few things about who this is coming from. I write these Inside Foos
articles because I love the game . I AM NOT a promoter. I own zero foosball
tables; I am a fan with the priviledge of commentating in the Inside Foos booth.
I simply love the game. I want the sport to succeed. It is a childhood
pastime that I have brought with me into adulthood. That's my hope
for the sport. I want to remember it well.
Now then, back to these changes, what is the worse that can happen? Less people
play this year than last year? That was already happening. People are unhappy
with the changes? People have been trudging along with the status quo forever.
The end of foosball?!!? THE DEATH OF THE TOUR!?!??! *gasp*
Nah. We will always have plastic men and a ball that goes into a goal. I guess
this column is really about us.
We must remember that what we have is a fragile simple thing. We ARE NOT some
massively prosperous and profitable sports community with leverage and resources
to move mountains of policy from our manufacturer. Take a look at Hockey! HA!We
are a clan of a few thousand friends and acquaintances who congregate in a
competitive environment to have laughs and hack around together. That's the
simple truth of it.
WE should support what we have. I don't mean blindly, I mean we
participate, share a voice, be critical minds during the process, make
suggestions in the form of constructive criticism, and act like a tribe that is
trying to cross an ocean together. If the current changes have a tough
time working, they will change. I hope the leadership we continue to have people
who love the game running it. We can do so by participating and being voices for
This is no time to take this OPPORTUNITY for positive change for granted. I
don't see any reason why I won't be having fun in Vegas this year. If my
friends, local rookies and semi-pros like John Biundo, Mitch McCoy, Mo Uddin,
Glen Carter, Lou York, Dave Rosenthal, Karen Quebec and many others don't find
the value in these changes I am certain we can speak up, and we will be heard.
So goodbye status-quo, hello New Year and with that, hello new horizons!
It's All About the Options
One of the most important things a foosball player can do to
improve his game is to perfect the execution of various passes and shots. This
is obviously done through countless hours on the table executing a large number
of passes and shots to perfection. The shooting or passing series that you
develop is solely up to your own discretion.
With whichever passing or shooting options you choose, it is imperative that you
are able to read the defense. This involves seeing or anticipating where the
opponents men are, or are going to be, and then having the quickness to execute
the pass or shot through the proper hole. The series that you choose should make
strategic sense. This means that if you see your opponents' men in a certain
position, it should automatically correspond with a particular option.
Dave Gummesson, when passing for example, works the ball back and
forth on the near wall checking to see if the opponent is covering the lane or
the wall. He has developed the speed and accuracy to execute either option
automatically without having to think about the execution. He knows that if the
opponent is covering or reacting to the lane, he goes wall and if the wall is
covered, he goes lane. A simple and straightforward passing series but because
of Dave's speed and accuracy, he has developed a highly effective method.
Similarly, Terry Moore uses a lane and wall passing series but instead of using
stick passes with a power wall pass, he uses a very consistent brush to the lane
and a firm brush to the wall. The strategy is the same and both players have
mastered the execution of their respective options without having to think about
the mechanics involved.
The point I am trying to make is that whatever series you choose,
one pass or shot option should complement another. If you choose, for example,
the middle man stick pass and a brush up as your two main passes, your opponent
can predominantly cover the middle man and effectively block both of your
options at once. Therefore, no matter how well you have mastered these two
options, your passing percentages will be very low against the more astute
opponents that you will encounter.
Conversely, if you use a middle man pass countered by a fast wall
pass, your opponent will have to be in one place or the other to make a block.
This is why the lane/wall series is so effective. The opponent must be either on
the wall or in the lane to make the block and does not get the added benefit of
covering two of your passes in one position.
When it comes to shooting from the three row, the strategy for reading the
defense is similar to passing but with the added complexity of more men to time
and shoot through. You still need to develop shot options that complement one
another but at the same time you need to "see" various defensive
positions and be prepared to automatically shoot the right option.
In other words, for a pull shooter, a standard race defense may mean a fast
spray to the long hole. For another, it may mean an off-speed tap straight. For
the rollover shooter, the reverse defense may automatically mean a hitch to the
near side with a fast spray to the deep push side. Either way, you should be
looking for specific positions and patterns that translate into specific shots.
If the option you are looking at does not seem to be available, you should have
at least one "check-down" option, if not two, ready to shoot as
automatic alternatives. In order for any of this to be effective, you must first
develop, through much time on the table, the speed, accuracy and consistency
required to hit the hole you want, when you want.
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