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We're going to come right out and say it: billiards could very well become your favourite sport. Is that going to far? We're not so sure.
First of all, because of its physical benefits, billiards improves your good posture. And so? And so it's simple and really very logical to maintain good posture, you have to improve your balance. Without even mentioning core strength, billiards requires you to hold certain positions without moving to achieve a precise shot.
In addition, you must adapt and change your posture throughout the game. This upright activity also often requires a certain flexibility. Actually, according to the rules, you can position yourself however you want to play...as long as you keep one foot on the ground! Therefore your entire body can be used and all muscles put to the test.
In short, you can get toned without even realising it. Agility and accuracy are also essential.
Billiards is an excellent way to develop motor coordination. Your hand/eye coordination is sure to improve!
Cognitive Benefits of Billiards
When you think about billiards, concentration immediately comes to mind. And for a good reason playing billiards requires quite a bit of concentration and strategy. What angle? What shot? How hard? You have to analyse over and over and over. And this leaves no room for irritation or frustration. No, you have to find a thing, "your" thing. You know, the thing that helps you focus. For me, I've found "my" thing in yoga classes. Feel free to try out "my" thing and make it "your" thing if it works! In fact, it's very simple. All I do is listen to my breathing. Instead of letting my thoughts affect the game, I focus on my breathing and do not think of anything except breathing in and out (this works for running as well). Like I already said, it's not rocket science. This tip helps me calm down and find my centre, and therefore better master myself. In billiards, this is absolutely essential.
I talked about “strategy” earlier, because billiards also helps you develop this ability. To succeed, you must be able to understand the trajectory of balls and challenge your memory to remember specific "figures". Visualisation, calculation, and researching solutions will become your most precious allies.
The Benefits of Billiards: The Bonus
If I say billiards, do you envision a game between friends? You're absolutely right. While billiards is a true sport that can be played in competitions against opponents, you can also play games with friends and family. It is here that things start to get interesting! In what other sport can you play with other genders and ages? In addition to being beneficial for the body and mind, billiards can also be played alone. And if you like playing alone, you can also train at your own pace in clubs while also meeting other passionate players. In other words, billiards is what you make it!
The Benefits of Billiards for Kids
And what if all the benefits we've already mentioned were also applied to kids? Well good news, it's true. By playing games (a generally good approach to giving kids a good introduction to sports), they can practise quick geometry lessons, patience, agility, and concentration.
As a game that can be played among others, billiards also provides an opportunity to get closer to family.
This is quite a nice change from the board games that inevitably end with tables flipping because no, I will not sell Boardwalk!
Concentration, strategic planning, flexibility, agility...billiards has it all!
Billiards was recognized in 1998 as a member of the Olympic movement. It is featured in numerous international competitions, most notably theWorld Games, a multi-sport competition held every 4 years.
Today, the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) is leading a campaign with the goal of proving the sport's merits to the International Olympic Committee. In March 2018, the WCBS officially presented the candidacy of billiards as an additional sport in the 2024 Olympic Games in France, in full cooperation with the Fédération Française de Billard.
Breaking, positioning balls, holding the cue stick correctly...by now you know how to play billiards. But did you know that there are other kinds of rules? Less official, but just as important? Etiquette, manners, sportsmanship...No matter the name, you must remember to play by these rules.