General Information
IYC Billiards offers many opportunities to learn the game and play socially or compete on a regular basis. The scheduled organized play is designed around two seasons per year, a winter session from November to March and summer session from May to September. Social play or individual practice is available daily at a member’s convenience.
 
The IYC team 8-ball league is operated during the winter season only--staffing a team match during the summer has proven problematic. The team 8-ball leagues currently has eight teams of average 9 players per team. Each team plays one match per week from November 'til March. This is a handicapped league resulting in team competitive balance.

IYC Billiards operates three different singles leagues. These leagues are defined by differing skill levels per league. The Yawl league is designed for players new to regular competitive pool play. The Sloop league is meant for more experienced players looking for a step-up in skill level. The Schooner league is the Club’s high skill level singles league and will be a challenge unless you have significant skills. All three league schedules request one match per week be played and the match format of each league is designed to result in one hour to 1 & 1/2 hour length matches. These leagues operate during both the winter and summer seasons.

Between seasons and in support of special activities like charitable events we conduct approximately a dozen tournaments annually both 8-ball & 9-ball events.

A very active ladies program is operated year-round with weekly play from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday evenings more of a recreational, social nature than competitive. However, formal instructional clinics are now being added to this activity at the participant’s request. This is an ideal environment for those ladies looking for stimulating activity but having little pool experience. The more experienced may join the ladies who participate in our team and singles leagues.


Pool Table Reservations
To reserve a time for a billiards match or practice, click HERE to log on to our Billiards Calendar. Enter our email address islesyc@gmail.com and the password iyc8ball. On the weekly calendar, click on the date and time you want to play and enter your name. DO NOT remove or write over any time previously reserved. Then click on "create event" and sign out. This will save the entry and display it on the calendar on the website.




 

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For more information,  contact Bob Spencer at (941) 505-1279 or poolwiz007@aol.com

LOG Article
Most of us who love the game of pool often get asked the very interesting question, “What is the difference between pool and Billiards?” This is a great question, so let’s spend a little time talking about the difference.
 
We, in the Club, play pool. Pool uses a white ball and fifteen colored balls. The table that pool is played on has six straight-edged pockets and knife-edged rails. The aim of the game is to hit the colored balls with that white cue ball into one of those pockets. The balls are numbered one to fifteen and all have different colors. With this type of set-up one can play numerous games and we do!
 
Billiards historically was a gentleman’s game developed in the 19th century and was usually played in private clubs while having a drink or smoking a cigar. The tables used for billiards have no holes and use only two balls. The aim is to hit your ball into the other ball and then your ball must hit the sides of three different walls. Tough game, no wonder we don’t play that one.
 
The most important thing for IYC pool players is that we have the luxury of space. With the recent expansion, there is ample room for three pool tables. Over a hundred IYC players play pool, either socially or in leagues, and enjoy the fun and comradery. It’s fun to meet all the wonderful men and women who enjoyed the game when they were young and discover that they can still play the game, even at the ripe age of 93. Please join us!

 
Billiards Contacts
Bob Spencer
poolwiz007@aol.com   (941) 505.1279

Bonnie McDonald
bflaherty@att.net   (941) 627.9281

Peter Sinden
peter.sinden@fredonia.edu  (941) 505.7062