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Chris Cass
09-05-2002, 07:37 PM
Hello everyone!

I was interested to find out your specific short and long term goals or plans to get where you desire to be. These goals need to be in place if your going to improve your play or status in the billiard community, even just to satisfy your feeling of accomplishment. Anything is better than spinning your wheels and staying at your current level. Pros or aspiring pros, welcome to share theirs too. Also, cue makers and their goals too. I don't want to leave anyone out.

I'll be happy to share mine with you. Who knows, they may even cross your path? They could give you insight in reaching yours or maybe help give insight to mine? Things might come along to put the kabosh on some as mine did this week and alter those goals, but nevertheless, I'm trying to get closer to the path I've chosen.

Short Term:

1) Shoot an average of 500 balls a day in drills. Competition separate/pocketed balls only count. 2) Recording these drills and changing drills per day/mth.
3) Recording on camcorder my form while doing these drills to show insight of consistency or lack of, once a week. Last day each week. Stance/Stroke Method/Follow Through/Eye Pattern/Head Position/Shot Alignment/Timing
4) View tape and make corrections as needed.
5) Morning stretches and exercises every other day to stay limber.
6) Try to cut down smoking and quit eventually.
7) Try to maintain a healthy diet.

Note: I was meeting the 1000 balls a week and was satified. Saw improvement but things come up during the week that would make me fall short of these new goals. I don't see this as a problem, close is good.

Note: The Break Shot and the Jump Shot will not be 500 at a time. Due to the strain these shots have on the body, these will be in 1 hr. increments and done at the end of the session if possible.

Long Term:

1)Sept. 7-8th, 2002 Midwest 9ball Tour stop/Collinsville, IL.
2)Oct. 4-6th, 2002 Leisure Time Billiards 8 ball Tour stop/Cedar Rapids, IA.
3)Oct. 17-20th, 2002 Midwest 9 ball Tour stop/Olathe, KS.
4)Oct. 25-27th, 2002 Leisure Time Billiards 8 ball Tour stop/South Beloit, IL.
5)Nov. 9-10th, 2002 Midwest 9 ball Tour stop/Burlington, IA.

Main Goals:

Derby Classic, 2003 (1st Place in One Pocket)
BCA 8 ball Championships Vegas, 2003 (1st Place Masters Division)
Remodel the bathroom. LOL

Now, these goals I have in place aren't written in stone but pretty much. In between all this I'm looking into eye surgery. What's yours? Who knows, we might even run across one another or sell a cue or two?

Regards,

C.C.~~expects to meet Stickman at the Olathe, KS. tourney. That's one goal too. hahaha

mike_in_iowa
09-05-2002, 07:56 PM
great question Chris, pick up almost any sports psychology book and they will always talk about written goals being the first step for improvement. Studies have shown the power of written goal and increased sports performance. This is something I have written in my pool journal and almost monthly review and evaluate my goals.

my short term goals are similar to yours where I do certain drills 5X a week. mighty X, six pointed star and/or ghost.

long term goals are also like yours, set high but achievable? I don't hit alot of tourneys but a high finish in Olathe is always on there. Of course winning all the local tourneys is on there too. That on is usually pretty close. See you in Olathe and maybe in Poplar Bluff. didn't know about the Cedar Rapids tourney but 90% chance I'll be there.

Tom_In_Cincy
09-05-2002, 08:01 PM
Great Goals CC..
My game is in need of some serious Goals.. short and long term.. My pratice time competes with Family and Work, and always loses.

When I do practice.. its usually speed and inside and outside english long shot drills. and then long cuts.

When I play in a tournament the goal is always to win.. but I do have specific game goals. My main goal is to get to the hill in the winners bracket.. and keep my missed shots under three a match. Typical race to 4, 4 or 5 matches to the finals of the winners side.

Currently practicing Banks and One Pocket for the Derby City Classic. Two nites a week minimum. (if I am lucky.. sometimes 3 nites)

socrates
09-05-2002, 08:28 PM
Great challenge ?. Goals have played an important part in my life and one of my avocational interest is giving talks to jr. h.s. students on the power of goals. Couple of thoughts. Goals should be specific, measureable and time dimensioned. I use a category called areas of concentration for those items that I am not willing or able to make specific, measureable or time dimenensioned at that point in my life. That way they stay on the radar screen but do not receive the same attention as goals. Remember a goal without a deadline is a dream. Recommended reading are the books "The Magic of Thinking Big" by Dr. David Schwartz and "The Psychology of Winning" by Dr. Denis Waitley.

As you set your goals remember:
It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Good luck.

Voodoo Daddy
09-05-2002, 08:52 PM
Short Term Goals;
1]Make it to Sunday, thats the start of my three days off.
2]Spend all three days in the PH practicing my break so I wont look like complete ass in the CCB tourney
3]Eat, drink and smoke as much as I can to keep my svelt Voodoo like frame and my Barry White-type morning voice.

Long Range Goals;
1]Work for 11 years, 5 months and 3 days...then RETIRE!!
2]Hunt, Fish and do everything I have done my whole life just full time!!
3]Eat, drink and smoke as much as I can because why screw with what works!!

bluewolf
09-05-2002, 09:02 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> Great Goals CC..
My game is in need of some serious Goals.. short and long term.. My pratice time competes with Family and Work, and always loses.

When I do practice.. its usually speed and inside and outside english long shot drills. and then long cuts.

When I play in a tournament the goal is always to win.. but I do have specific game goals. My main goal is to get to the hill in the winners bracket.. and keep my missed shots under three a match. Typical race to 4, 4 or 5 matches to the finals of the winners side.

Currently practicing Banks and One Pocket for the Derby City Classic. Two nites a week minimum. (if I am lucky.. sometimes 3 nites) <hr></blockquote>

I think st and lt goals are very important Lt is where i want to be in a year with my poolplaying. Just should not be carved in stone because I may have set unrelistic goals without realizing it or it takes longer to reach the goal or if i improve faster than i thought and i reach it earlier.

st goals are what keeps me from going crazy,it involves not only skills i want to improve on, but goals regarding amt of time on the table,drills i want to work on and plans to take more lessons as soon as possible.generally st should focus on being happy with continued improvement.it can also involve pool books or videos i want to watch.

just my 2cents

bluewolf

Rich R.
09-06-2002, 04:57 AM
Although I love pool, it has always gotten the short end of the stick, when it comes to my time. For many years pool time was nonexistent.
Right now, my short term goal is to play in the CCB tournament and not embarrass my self too badly.
I will have fun regarless of embarrassment. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
My long term goals are to live long enough to retire, spend more time playing pool and continue to improve.
Rich R.~~~wants to be the best that I can be.

Karatemom
09-06-2002, 06:58 AM
Short and long term, huh? Short term for me is within one year, long term is following.

Short term:
1. Practice all that I can to improve my game to a C.
2. Make my BCA league team proud that they chose me /ccboard/images/icons/laugh.gif
3. Concentrate on specific aspects of my game that need special attention.
4. Compete and don't go 2 and out in Vegas.
5. Quit the PTA.
6. Keep up a work out routine.

Long term:
1. Move up to a B player.
2. Make sure that family comes first.
3. Keep Christ out of trouble, and Chris, too /ccboard/images/icons/laugh.gif
4. Move from the Midwest to somewhere warm and less buggy, with no grass to mow!
5. Stay happy and healthy.

There are others, but they tie into the ones I've listed. The most important goal of all, at all times is family, making sure everyone is happy and taken care of. Pool has kept me sane for the last 6 months, but family is most important.

Heide

09-06-2002, 07:12 AM

09-06-2002, 08:07 AM
I'd like to add that when creating short term goals, they should be realistic and achievable. Realistic goals provide positive feeback and motivation to keep going. Unrealistic goals generate frustration and poor self confidence. Small steps.

stickman
09-06-2002, 08:13 AM
Short term: Pickup my pool table.
Get my house sold and move into another so that I can setup my pool table. (listed for three months now)
Rehone my photographic skills, and begin accumulating equipment. (started)
Begin studying and get prepared for Professional Photographers Association recertification.
Get kidney transplant and get healthy so that I can re-enter the work force. (I hope this is short term, but you never know)
Meet Chris in Olathe.
Be the MVP of my league team, one shot at a time, one game at a time. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
Be a better Christian, Husband/Dad.

Long term: Once moved and table setup, establish a routine practice schedule.
Once recovered and healthy, return to work in the photography business.
Become the premier photographer of the area.
Begin winning some local tournaments, within a year of getting my table setup.
Be a better Christian, Husband/Dad.

=k=
09-06-2002, 08:49 AM
whitewolf you record to see if you are improving.. k

SpiderMan
09-06-2002, 02:56 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Chris Cass:</font><hr> Hello everyone!
Main Goals:

Derby Classic, 2003 (1st Place in One Pocket)
BCA 8 ball Championships Vegas, 2003 (1st Place Masters Division)
Remodel the bathroom. LOL
<hr></blockquote>

Chris,

Are these goals realistic, ie you expect maybe a 50-50 chance of achieving them? For example, where did you place in BCA master singles this year, and how many places is it reasonable to assume moving up in only one year?

I thought I'd settle for finishing high enough in open division to be forced to play masters, but realistically that's a few years off for me unless I'm underestimating my likely improvement rate. I made the first money round this year (in open, not masters).

SpiderMan

Chris Cass
09-06-2002, 08:09 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Anonymous:</font><hr> I'd like to add that when creating short term goals, they should be realistic and achievable. Realistic goals provide positive feeback and motivation to keep going. Unrealistic goals generate frustration and poor self confidence. Small steps. <hr></blockquote>

I agree with you that the goals one set in life whether it be pool or not should be realistic and obtainable. I also believe if the mind has great expectations and you fall short of these goals. That's not always a bad thing. You may surprise yourself.

C.C.

Chris Cass
09-06-2002, 09:08 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: SpiderMan:</font><hr>Chris,
Are these goals realistic, ie you expect maybe a 50-50 chance of achieving them? For example, where did you place in BCA master singles this year, and how many places is it reasonable to assume moving up in only one year?
SpiderMan <hr></blockquote>

Oh,

I don't know Marty? I had been working for the last 9 yrs in the casino and 7 yrs of it, I didn't play at all. The last two yrs. I played about 4 hrs a day for first yr. The second yr. before the event, I was playing 2 days a week average about 7 hrs. each day.

I was fired April 23rd, that's about 2 weeks before Vegas. I normally practiced 1 pocket on the 9 fts. I played 8 wks in the BCA for a team. So, realistically, I practiced 2 weeks before the event, strictly 8ball.

I played in the Open Singles Division. It was my first time out. I placed 49th-64th out of the 1795 players that played in the event. I was doing great till I ran into Bobby Pickle, who won the tourney and knocked me into the loser side. Considering the pressure of the event and my first time out I felt I did ok. Yet, felt I also should have taken it off. LOL I lost my second match on the loser side hill hill. I give Craig Rice, that took third in the Open singles the 7 ball. Tournaments play has a lot to do with the luck of the draw, immediate rolls, endurance and the pressure of the event. Once in it I set realistic goals, like winning that game.

Sure, I do expect to win every event I play in when going in. Odviously, that's not happening but I believe one should have this feeling or don't even bother getting in at all. When, I do play any event. Once in it I take one shot, one game, one set at a time. I'm just thinking of that moment in a match. It's just how I think before attending an event that seems like a huge goal.

This yr. I'm forced to play in the Masters and I'm going to take it off. If I'm 2 and out? So be it, I'm not walking into the event thinking I going to place 54th. I'm going in it with the idea, I'm bring in some smoke. Matter of fact, I hope I draw Bobby Pickle in the first round. By the way, John Lewis had to have known how strong Bobby plays. I heard a lot of people that knew of him were complaining.
He beat the Masters winner Jesse Bowman, prior in a 9ball match giving up the 7.

I don't mean to sound like I'm all that Marty. You know me. LOL I just think that limiting ones expectations will lead to just that. Kind of like telling yourself your not going to get hooked by the only ball that's on the table, that can safe you. Then, doing just that. hahaha

By the way, Christ says hi. I have one for you. I think the age in your web page has a typo in it. You can't be 45? I can see 35, maybe.


Regards,

C.C.

Chris Cass
09-06-2002, 09:35 PM
Hi Mike,

I won't be attending the MO. tourney in Poplar Bluff but the wife does have family down there though. I'm curious about the Mighty X drill? I've never heard of it.

Best regards,

C.C.

Chris Cass
09-06-2002, 10:12 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> Great Goals CC..
My game is in need of some serious Goals.. short and long term.. My pratice time competes with Family and Work, and always loses.
When I do practice.. its usually speed and inside and outside english long shot drills. and then long cuts.

When I play in a tournament the goal is always to win.. but I do have specific game goals. My main goal is to get to the hill in the winners bracket.. and keep my missed shots under three a match. Typical race to 4, 4 or 5 matches to the finals of the winners side.

Currently practicing Banks and One Pocket for the Derby City Classic. Two nites a week minimum. (if I am lucky.. sometimes 3 nites) <hr></blockquote>

Hi Tom,

You know exactly where I'm coming from with, my theroy about goals. I don't mean to rub in all the practice time I'm able to put in, for the time being. You know, I'm presently not working now. Like you when I was working and only had minimal time between family and house stuff to take care of. I used my time wisely at the tables. Quality practice is key with this scenerio.

I'm sure you'll do just fine at the Derby and I expect to play you in the finals one pocket match. LOL Someone has to tell all the rest of those stone champions our plans on taken off the event. hahaha

Maybe, it's a little far to reach but you know the mindset one has to have competing with these champions. I currently am not doing so well with my short term goals. I resently, slipped a disc and my back is messed up. Did it on the power break at the ph. The chiro has seen me for the last 3 days. I walk like I'm 70. I'm in tons of pain but hope to be better soon.

It's killing me not to hit some balls. I was sore one day and the next day I went back to the ph after egnoring RJ's advice to see a Dr. messed it up big time. The chiro said it could of happened brushing my teeth. It was inevitable(sp?). Next time RJ tells me something, I'm going to listen. LOL

This is no quick fix thing and It's extremely painful too. I went immediatly to a Dr. after the chiro bent me like a pretzel to get pain meds. I'm wasted as we speak. Still feel the pain but don't care. LOL Can't wait to get better. Today, I have much improved movement.

Regards,

C.C.~~has a legit reason for spelling for now.

Rod
09-07-2002, 12:00 AM
Hi Chris,
I'm sorry to hear about your back problems. I don't think you were around in late 99 when I had lower back surgery. Pain, it was past pain, it was torture before the operation that is. I have learned at least one thing. When the doc or chiro says to do certain excercises for a better back it is a good idea to do them. I've gotten a little lazy but I still do certain ones. Stretching the hamstrings pull on the lower back and it makes me a lot more flexible plus my lower back has never given me a problem since then. Well anyway I'm sure you don't want to hear that stuff now.

Goals, well really I don't have any other than go back to work or buy another business. As far as pool goes I may play or practice once a week. My goal there would be three times a week just for practice. I practice shots probably more than any drills and work on keeping my rythm and timing at a constant pace. When that is smooth everything falls into place. I thought about going back to 14-1 for practice. I can set goals there that I like. The problem is most places near by have worn balls, small gaps etc so it really makes 14-1 difficult. Oh I just remembered I have a new set of Aramith Pro balls whoo-hoo. Jeez now the brain is going. I do like to play fargo for high score and it combines 14-1 and 9 ball. Short and long term is to play in more monthly tournaments and win. I'm not going any farther out than that at this time. If I should come across a strong team for Vegas I would play next year, and win the Seniors.
I don't think that is wishful thinking, it is possible. If I did play on a team you can bet there will be more serious hours on the table. I just need a reason to play more than anything, otherwise I lack desire. I don't get a real thrill driving long distance to play in a weekly somewhere. I did that for a while on bar tables with success but getting home at 3 AM ruins the next day. Well thats my plan or what there is of it.

Chris Cass
09-07-2002, 04:40 AM
Hi Rod,

Thanks so much for the advice on the back thing. It pays to have friends like you. I was thinking about what you said about driving to these tourneys. The reasons these tourneys are in my goal plans is mainly to get me ready for the Derby and Vegas events.

I need them to get mentally tough to compete. The practicing of the drills for me is to keep my stroke and shot making ability in check. I don't lack desire only because, theses events are on my schedule.

I could just play with other players at the ph too, but it doesn't feel to me like I've accomplished anything. I do and will practice with someone but only after I take care of the drills. I also have Heide help me do them. She's been kind enough to help set them up. It goes much faster. I was doing 1000 balls a week. That I'd knockout in 2 days and have the rest of the week to play the guys at the ph.

I can do 100 in 40 mins with her help and use 20 min breaks every hr. So, basically 5 hrs a day. It's not so much the pocketing of the balls that count as much as the stroke. Getting it fluid and straight throughout the final stroke does it for me. I use one ball at a time to increase my focus. Rather than a lot of balls on the table to cause loss of focus, I'll consentrate on making that one and only shot. I don't know, it does it for me.

I don't know what the requirements are for the Seniors event is but I'd be honored to play with you Rod. Can you play in both the Masters and Seniors? I'm 47 but I do get the McDonalds senior coffee break.hahaha It used to get me mad but for 27 cents, why argue? hahha

Regards,

C.C.

Rod
09-07-2002, 02:03 PM
Hi Chris,
Driving to the weeklys is what I don't do for a number of reasons. Driving to a monthly is ok though. I think we are along the same line here as far as tournaments are concerned. In the end it would be to play in Vegas or another large tourney. I definately need to get mentally tough otherwise I might shoot a ball into the end rail just because I can. LOL

Same here on playing other players I need to put in my time first. People use to ask me to play 9 ball first but I don't want to walk in and start out hitting a hard break, I won't. Not because of injury though./ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif Your lucky to have Heide there to help out it would make it somewhat faster, not that your doing speed drills. Plus some of that must help her, it kind of wears off on a person.

I think we have similar plans but yours is much more agressive and I admire the fact that you put in that much time. My best advice is not to be a senior, stay at 47! HA
I can play in either if it's not to conflicting but I'd rather split it up to Seniors and a Team event shouuld I go.
Something that bugged me was the age change. It use to be you could play seniors at age 50. When I turned 50 they raised it to 55 well that sucked. They left the women at age 50. At that time I was playing strong because I played a lot. I have no clue why that happened but it's water under the bridge now. Thanks for the compliment, it would be my pleasure though. Unless I entered the masters I might need a cane to play you in the seniors when you turn 55. HA HA HA They look at us guys and say you don't need a coffee break, you've been one one for a long time. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif

SpiderMan
09-07-2002, 05:33 PM
Chris,

Sounds like winning the masters could be a realistic goal for you. I'm not anywhere near that good yet. It wouldn't make sense for me to have a similar goal for that reason. If I don't have a 50-50 chance of getting there, even with maximum effort, I'd be guilty of calling a dream a goal.

Just like playing a slot machine, if all it paid was jackpots and gave no intermediate payouts, players would get discouraged and give it up. So, from my current level, I just want to move up to the point where they make me play masters. Then I'll set a higher goal. I guess you could say that my intermediate goal is to catch up to where you are now! Meanwhile, it sounds like you'd probably have to give me the last 3.

I guess I need to update that little web page, it's a few years old. I'm actually 48, just haven't started feeling (or acting) it yet. But don't tell Kmom's unmarried sisters and friends, because I still have hopes of a real family someday and 48 sounds like I should be swilling geritol, wearing bifocals, and walking with a cane /ccboard/images/icons/wink.gif

SpiderMan

Chris Cass
09-07-2002, 08:23 PM
Geritol? Walking with a cane? HAHAHAHA

Hi Marty,

It seems to me your not going into the Vegas Open Singles with the right mindset. Next yr. go in with the mindset, "Your stealing." "Your suppose to be in the Masters and John Lewis has know clue." LOL (don't tell him I said that.) Oh my friend, you need to talk to #### he'll set you on the right path, for sure. It's not that I'm all that good. More that, I make my opponents believe that. hahaha

Seriously, you need to set some goals atleast one month before attending the Vegas event. Make it your goal to shoot, 4000 balls. This can be reachable. Say, you get the weekends off, or 2 days per week. Shoot, 1000 straight-ins one weekend, 1000 cut shots another weekend, 1000 banks another and finish your last weekend with another 1000 straight-in shots.

This will be done shooting alone. It should take 40-50 mins per 100. Leaving 10 mins for a break to clear your mind. That comes to 5 hrs per day and the rest of the time to relax and watch some pool videos. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif Now the Banks might take a little longer because we're talking made shots.

This should give you the confidence you need to compete. I think you can make the Masters without a doubt. Funny, I was kind of hoping I wouldn't have made the Masters. After finding out it's less a playing field with about the same money and maybe more. It sounds like a deal. LOL

Best of luck, I for one have faith you'll make it for sure.

C.C.~~I might not take it off or even place but, they'll know I came to play...

SpiderMan
09-08-2002, 11:05 AM
Rod,

You live so close, why not drive out to 'Vegas next year even if you're not on a team? You can join as a player-at-large and do singles even if you're not in a league. I promise not to bug you with too many coaching requests.

SpiderMan