The PBIA's mission is to provide quality billiard instruction to individuals at all levels of proficiency, as well as offer training and certification programs for individuals wishing to become qualified billiard instructors.
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PBIA Instructors,

We hope you're off to a great start in 2017 and thank you for your commitment as a PBIA Instructor. Please take your time and read this newsletter carefully as we are excited to share a lot of news and happenings within the PBIA program!
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PlayBetterBilliards.com

The PBIA Instructor website PlayBetterBilliards.com is back online.

Please visit the site and double check your personal profile to make sure your profile is listed correctly. 

If you notice anything that you would like us to change in your profile, or if you would like to add a picture, please email the edit and/or photo to rob@pbia-instructor.com.
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PBIA Instructor of the Year Award

The PBIA Instructor Committee recently created an annual "PBIA Instructor of the Year" Award dedicated to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment as a billiard instructor, innovator and ambassador of the game. 

Click here for a PBIA Instructor of the Year Nomination Form.
PBIA Background Verification Program Launched 

Do you work with kids?  Do you give lessons from your home?  Do you go to other people's home to provide instruction?  Do you want prospective students to know that you are background check verified? Do you want your name to be listed at the top of instructor searches in your state?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above we highly recommend you participate in our new background check program offered by Verified Volunteers.  Later this week you will receive a personal email from Verified Volunteers on how to participate in the screening program.  During your registration for the screen, you will have the option of paying for all, part or none of the fee for the background check.  The Billiard Congress of America will cover all fees not paid by the instructor. 

Any instructor involved with the Billiard Education Foundation, BEF Junior Nationals, Atlantic Challenge Cup or WPA Junior World Championships will be required to pass the screening process.   
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Scam Email Circulating 


It has recently come to our attention that a new scam email has been circulating around PBIA Instructors.  Thank you to all the instructors who have brought this to our attention.

If you happen to receive the email below please disregard.

"From RonaldCox011@gmail.com

Good morning

My name is Ronald Cox from United Kingdom. My son Ken will be visiting United States ( Lancaster OH) for 2 weeks and I want him to use the period of his stay in United States to learn the fundamental of Billiard/Pool game from you.

The lesson will be for 2 weeks and 3 times a week, maybe for 2 hours per lesson. From Feb 21 to March 12. Please get back to me to know if you'll be available for the above mentioned date.

Ronald"

**THIS IS A SCAM EMAIL PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND, PLEASE DELETE IMMEDIATELY!**
25th Anniversary Celebration

Did you know this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Professional Billiard Instructors Association?

In honor of this silver anniversary, the PBIA is inviting all instructors to attend the BCA Expo, August 2-4, 2017 in Las Vegas.

To celebrate this milestone, the PBIA Instructor committee is planning two days of activities during the Expo specifically designed for billiard instructors. From tips and content from fellow PBIA Instructors to a special PBIA Instructor's only reception on Thursday, August 3, 2017, this year's BCA Expo will be a special occasion for PBIA Instructors.  

Registration for the BCA Expo is now open.  Please use promo code: PBIAFREE to register you (plus 1) for free. 
PBIA Survey  

As an association we are always trying to deliver benefits for our members.  As such, we developed a brief survey to assist us in better understanding the needs of a PBIA Instructor. 

Please click the button below and help us learn more about how we can better serve you! 
BCA Insider
  
The BCA Insider is a business-to-business members-only publication designed to provide tips for those in the billiards and home leisure industry.   

As a PBIA Instructor, you have access to the quarterly BCA Insider.  To view the BCA Insider archives, all you have to do is login to the BCA-Pool.com website, and then look under the "Membership" tab on the site.  
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