Regional Junior Pool Leagues to Open October 3

Posted: September 9, 2015 3:19 pm


Local World Junior Pool Hopefuls Must Play for Minimum of Six Weeks

Erie, PA: The 2016 VNEA World Junior Pool Championships will be hosted in Erie for the first time from June 16-19, 2016, but local youth hoping to be named the next VNEA World Champion will need to sign up much sooner.

Local youth age 8-20 hoping to play in the World Junior event must play for a minimum of six weeks in a Junior League. Several leagues in the region are beginning on October 3 at 11 a.m. Leagues will start in Erie at Gold Crown Billiards, in Meadville at Station 27, and in Franklin at Taylor’s Pub. Participants can show up that morning to register for league play and training from VNEA certified instructors.

The VNEA World Junior Pool Championship is being held at the Bayfront Convention Center for the first time in the association’s 26-year history of hosting the event.

More than 500 youth are expected to participate in the championship, many of whom have already committed to attend from across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and more.

Warner Coin Machine, which hosts the annual PA State Pool Tournament, will host the World Juniors event. Eleven former World Juniors Champions have come from Erie.

“This is a great opportunity for Erie,” said Ed Borgia, First Vice President of the VNEA and Partner of locally owned Warner Coin Machine. “To have all these people descend on Erie truly makes it an international destination.”

“Erie has been hosting exceptional pool players for years, we are happy to be able to take that to another level,” said Rod Didion, the Tournament Event Coordinator from Warner Coin Machine. “We’re honored to have been given the chance to host an event of such a high caliber.”

“It’s truly thrilling to have a world-level event take place in Erie,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “I hope the community will pull together to show these young athletes from around the world what a spectacular place Erie truly is.”

For more information, call Warner Coin at 814-454-1587 or visit
The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.