Join the Ithaca NAPA pool league! This is where our players play. Contact Derek Lao or Aodhan Beattie for more information.
The game of pocket billiards, or pool as it is commonly known, was massively popular among all groups of people from its inception until the middle of the 20th century. Ever since, it has been on the decline, with fewer and fewer players, reduced prize funds and viewership in major tournaments, and almost complete erasure from American popular culture. Part of the reason is because it has garnered an unsavory reputation due to its association with criminality, gambling, and alcoholism, particularly due to the influence of films like "The Hustler" (1961) and "The Color of Money" (1986). This perception paints an inaccurate and damaging portrait of the pool community, turning away many potential players. Our mission is to foster a lifelong love of the game, as well as to help restore its image and popularity both locally and nationally. To this end, we aim to conduct regular practices and participate in collegiate events to promote the sport's revival.