Shooting pool is often an adult sport, but a group of local kids are getting ahead of the game.

"We are the first junior billiard league to come into the Gulf Coast for Baldwin County and Mobile County. So we have kids that are shooting. We play every week. We have an 8-week academy where they come in and play. They have thirty minutes of lessons before they play their nine ball matches,” said April Shepherd, APA League Operator.

The game teaches the kids fundamentals that translate into the real world.

"It's getting them interacting with each other, it's getting them off the electronics, and it's giving them math skills because they have to use angles and stuff like that,” said April.

Some advice for future youth billiards stars.

"Practice makes perfect as everybody says and just have fun with it. You're not going to win all of the time and you're not going to lose all the time but just have fun and practice a lot,” said Izzy Shepherd, a 13-year-old pool player.

For more information visit or email

All content © 2018, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.  

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.