Is Johan Ruysink out as USA Mosconi Cup Coach after only one year?

garczar

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Johan is pathetic

love is 20/20 hindsight, lol

ship his ass back and good riddance
He did NOTHING wrong. Bottom line is the U.S. is not a pool hotbed any more and may never be again. Look at the next generation or lack thereof. There are no good young US players in the pipeline. Now, look at Europe. They're lined-up and more on the way. I just watched a Polish kid become the youngest Eurotour winner ever. Wiktor Zielinski is only 16 and plays as good as Filler, Kaci you name it. Besides Thorpe who is going to be next great US player? Anybody??? Bottom line is it ain't a coaching problem. Far from it.
 

lfigueroa

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Very dire straits indeed, Lou.
But how much responsibility do the players have in this equation?
To tell you the truth, Johan sounded ultimately dejected when describing he, himself, a coach, flying to Doha to watch the world championships. And not even his best player Shane, making the trip with him.

I think Skylar missing that pre Mosconi tourney vs team Russia was a HUGE part in his comments in the interview.

If the players wanted to train, and commit, he seems to think the money is there, but are they willing to do that?

Is Justin B willing to move to Europe if given a stipend and room and board to play full on Euro tour pool while training drills 6 hours a day?

I know this is off topic but I stumbled across the table tennis world championships for 2017. The Romanian girl who was lowest ranked in the field, won the entire thing, but watch her matches and it's all about the focus and commitment. In the stands were her coach, her sports psychologist, and her family.

Here's a link: https://youtu.be/xK92_3HLjyg

I understand there is probably funding for her from the Romanian government IOC, but first the player had to show up and make the commitment. What resulted was a complete dark horse defeating the best in the world.

I think there's a way but it starts with the players, there are people who want to support them, but are they willing to commit every part of their being?


I believe the players have some responsibility. At one level or another they could work and train harder.

On the financial side, I can't necessarily fault them. Travel is frippin' expensive nowadays. There is little chance that even our best players can afford to be paying dozens of entry fees, hopping on planes, staying at hotels, eating, and absorbing all the associated costs travel incurs.

So basically it boils down to the industry support JR alluded to. But what does that support buy a sponsor besides a feel good moment? There is little ROI in American culture for a successful pool player. IOWs, you're not going to see a successful MC team/player doing the next Budweiser ad on the Super Bowl. Even if there were, do American players have the savvy, ethics, and good grace to appreciate what professional sponsorship entails and provide the sponsor some ROI besides posing in an ad? Are they willing to *work* to support the sponsor? From what I've seen, too many American players think they are owed something. So in that sense, yeah, it's the player's fault too.

Lou Figueroa
 

Colormegone2002

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why would anyone want to contribute to the education
or support of this thng?

it really is nothing to most people

not being rude,but why would anyone want to support
pool players to play

Filipinos,yes
not just because they play better but
they represent a national consciousness

it means something,over there it truly means nothing over here
to anyone but a few groupies

honestly,I have played most of the great players
who ever lived over here and I can not even name the guys on the Mosconi team

My point is,professional pool is nothing
not one person in a hundred has even heard of Efren Reyes or Ronnie o'Sullivan

More people know Minnesota Fats than they do any other pool player

it is nothing like baseball

more like chess or checkers without the sportsmanship

Sad but true
 

Ak Guy

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Well shoot..........

So back to this bar box thing. Shane plays on a bar box and has been our dominant American player for going on 10 years. He said he loves them and grew up playing on them.

A couple of short sets under the MC style of play and rules does not truly decide who the best 9 Baller is, it just decides a couple of short races that take place over a short period of time.

I like the 7' Diamond tables and wish my hick Alaskan town had them, but it never will , so I am stuck playing on the poor condition crumby bar boxes if I venture away from my own home table.

Thousands of Americans love the bar box. I think there is room for both 7 and 9 foot tables.

The MC is thrilling to watch, even if America looses. So I will keep watching it and hope we beat Europe again some day.

I am more concerned about the poor sportsmanship I observed in the last MC, then who the winner or looser is. I hope the coaches on both sides tell their respective teams to act like gentlemen, win or loose and give the game of pool the respect pool lovers think the game deserves.

My 2 cents guys.
 

jayburger

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why would anyone want to contribute to the education
or support of this thng?

it really is nothing to most people

not being rude,but why would anyone want to support
pool players to play

Filipinos,yes
not just because they play better but
they represent a national consciousness

it means something,over there it truly means nothing over here
to anyone but a few groupies

honestly,I have played most of the great players
who ever lived over here and I can not even name the guys on the Mosconi team

My point is,professional pool is nothing
not one person in a hundred has even heard of Efren Reyes or Ronnie o'Sullivan

More people know Minnesota Fats than they do any other pool player

it is nothing like baseball

more like chess or checkers without the sportsmanship
You are 100 percent right dean. We(the american public) don,t put pool in our top 10-20 favorite sports in the u.s. ( its kinda like soccer,although soccer does have the money behind it, even though we have 300 million people,we just aren,t that interested in pool or soccer,except for the hardcore fans. Name 2 players on the u.s. National soccer team...yeah i don,t know any either lol. Thats the way the public here views pool)
 

erhino41

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If the players wanted to train, and commit, he seems to think the money is there, but are they willing to do that?

Is Justin B willing to move to Europe if given a stipend and room and board to play full on Euro tour pool while training drills 6 hours a day?

I think there's a way but it starts with the players, there are people who want to support them, but are they willing to commit every part of their being?

Where are you getting any of this from? Who are these magical benefactors that the US players are turning down? None of this is actually a thing.
 

pt109

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I appreciate the support on here and would love the opportunity to lead our team one year (or longer). I had high hopes for Johan this year and I think he went above and beyond to be a good coach for our team. Unfortunately he can't make the balls for our players!

Like some of you I'm concerned about next year now. What can we do to change how things are going? I have my own ideas which might not conform with the popular thinking. I won't go into any of that now, just suffice to say that I think we've been heading in the wrong direction for a while now and my plan would change that direction.

I happen to love the MC and want to see it continue. I think it remains the most exciting event in the Pool world!

The reason I support Jay Helfert to lead the USA for the Mosconi Cup

If I had to pick my 100 favorite pool players in history...the majority would come from
the action days...and it was action that made American pool players the best.

Jay has been there and done it...and I don't think US pool players are ready to copy
the mind set of the Europeans....I've been there several times, walking into clubs
where all the tables are going...not a dime being bet.
They play admirably, none-the-less.

I feel the US team has got to stop thinking like milers...and think like dashers.
We had lots of action like that....most of the biggest action I saw at the Rack were
TWO AHEAD one-pocket for more money than what modern pool players make in a
year.

America can do this from their own experience...but they got to learn how to charge
out of the gate FAST...especially Shane...
...and they've got to embrace hill-hill type pressure.

JAY HELFERT FOR COACH !!!!!!!!!!!!


Caveat....Jay, this doesn't mean I'm backing off on the Oscar debacle....
...I'll be posting on that thread again......:D:angry::D
 

Nick B

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Simple fix. Show me the money. Make getting on the team more lucrative and everything will work it's self out. Every clown who could chalk up a cue ran to the IPT including the Brits (Darren, Boyes, Melling etc) for the possible payday. These guys all played English 8 Ball and had never played on a pool surface seriously until then. We all know IPT was a sham but it goes to show what money in the pot does. Like they say...follow the money.

Make the top spots on a team pay like this and the boys will be killing each other for a place on the team.

All points tourneys are 9 ball and the Mosconi Cup plays same break rules. No bar box BS. No Ten Ball with different break and skillset to skew results.
Top Spot - 50K
2nd - 40K
3rd - 30K
4th-5th - 25K

The above would be the minimum. 2x would make the water boil. Now no more short sighted decisions about which tourneys to play. Everyone would be chasing the big prize of getting on the team. Do that an a mannequin could coach the teams.

As a side note lose the poor playing funky Rasson and make all the qualifying events on the same table.

You want to guarantee the result let guys like Alex P who actually life in the USA play. Then it's game set match. That would include, Shaw, Darren, Mika, Thorsten etc. 20 plus top pros playing for the cash will drive this home...even without the USA transplants.
 

Swighey

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IPT type money will certainly bring them. Read the 3rd last paragraph:

http://https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2006/jul/29/snooker.gdnsport3

Mosconi Cup is different though - when asked to play they play. It's not about who is the best action player or who resides in the USA. It's about a USA team vs a Europe team. Sure, Alex, Shaw, etc might make the team stronger but that would cheapen the event, there would be no sponsorship and it wouldn't happen.
 

lfigueroa

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The reason I support Jay Helfert to lead the USA for the Mosconi Cup

If I had to pick my 100 favorite pool players in history...the majority would come from
the action days...and it was action that made American pool players the best.

Jay has been there and done it...and I don't think US pool players are ready to copy
the mind set of the Europeans....I've been there several times, walking into clubs
where all the tables are going...not a dime being bet.
They play admirably, none-the-less.

I feel the US team has got to stop thinking like milers...and think like dashers.
We had lots of action like that....most of the biggest action I saw at the Rack were
TWO AHEAD one-pocket for more money than what modern pool players make in a
year.

America can do this from their own experience...but they got to learn how to charge
out of the gate FAST...especially Shane...
...and they've got to embrace hill-hill type pressure.

JAY HELFERT FOR COACH !!!!!!!!!!!!


Caveat....Jay, this doesn't mean I'm backing off on the Oscar debacle....
...I'll be posting on that thread again......:D:angry::D


In their day, American players were undoubtably the best. But the rest of the world has caught up and flown past us. Old school, action day guys, will not get it anymore.

Lou Figueroa
 

lfigueroa

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And one more thing: we just had the best coach in the history of the MC coach the US team and he couldn't do squadoush with the American players.

We now know that it ain't the coach and anyone who thinks hiring one particular guy to be the US coach is going to make a difference -- especially some guy that says he has the secret sauce but will not reveal his hand (to wildly mix metaphors) -- is kidding themselves.

Lou Figueroa
 

deanoc

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I could coach the Filipinos and they could beat the others
and I wouldn't even show up

except to watch or cover the bets

pool players don't need coaches

they play better without them

who has a coach at the derby
or us open

not that we can get a crowd to watch

pro pool players are no fun

it reminds me of professional wrestling
except its hard to see the game from very far off
 

dawgcpa

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Mosconi cup

I ask "who cares?" It is a gimmicked up competition for European tv. I didn't watch it this year and don't plan on watching it later.

Make the races longer and cut out the break rules. I'll take Shane, Sky, JustinB, etc. against any of the europeans in races that prove the better player. Not saying they are locks but put the players in a situation where one bad break doesn't determine the match. Also, not saying that we've been getting all the bad breaks but just the fact of knowing a bad break ends it is causing our players to pucker up.

The Europeans are strong for sure but this format isn't showing anybody anything in my opinion. Quit watching the crap and then maybe they will make it worth watching....
 

Cardigan Kid

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Where are you getting any of this from? Who are these magical benefactors that the US players are turning down? None of this is actually a thing.

Read this article about Johan written by American instructor Bert Kinister....

http://www.sneakypetemafia.com/the-value-of-a-coach-bert-kinister/

"Finally on the road to Johan’s home, night club and pool room in The Hague, we coasted in under cover of darkness with no brakes, no gas, no sleep and there they were waiting—I do not know for how long—eight to 12 young men acting like a drill team, waiting to learn pool."


First, in the radio interview Johan mentioned the money that is in American pool but it is directed in the wrong places according to him.

I don't doubt for a second that if a few young American players wanted to dedicate a year or more to Johan, that he would have the system in place to train them.

In less than a year, he had a funded, live streamed tournament lined up in Russia, created for the US Mosconi Cup team to play team Russia. That showed me his ability to make big gigantic steps in very short times with the training regarding team USA.

If billy or skylar asked to stay in Europe to train, I have no doubt Johan would've made it possible. Skylar didn't even make the trip anyways.
There is always a way. The players have to want it first and foremost.
 

vjmehra

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I ask "who cares?" It is a gimmicked up competition for European tv. I didn't watch it this year and don't plan on watching it later.

Make the races longer and cut out the break rules. I'll take Shane, Sky, JustinB, etc. against any of the europeans in races that prove the better player. Not saying they are locks but put the players in a situation where one bad break doesn't determine the match. Also, not saying that we've been getting all the bad breaks but just the fact of knowing a bad break ends it is causing our players to pucker up.

The Europeans are strong for sure but this format isn't showing anybody anything in my opinion. Quit watching the crap and then maybe they will make it worth watching....

This format shows who is best...in this format!

You may be right about longer races, or you may be wrong, its irrelevant though, as the format isn't going to change.

The only way to win is to get better at the format of the competition, rather than insisting the format of the competition changes!
 

LeonD123

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And the Europeans should not be allowed to use players who live in the USA.

Watching guys whom I know have lived here for years suddenly become members of the opposing team sickens me. I've always thought the Mosconi Cup was bogus and I've become more sure of that every passing year!

When I did watch, I saw five versus one. Five Americans, each with their own style, versus one European "automaton". The European names change but the presentation and execution at the table does not.

Lyn

Living in USA doesn't mean you're american ...
 

Quesports

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So some of the members think they should change the table manufacturer, make the races longer, get a new coach, tweek the format, alter the break rules, so on and so on.. The Europeans must be rolling on the floor laughing! The one and only way we are going to win is by playing better pool. That happens to be the way the Europeans are doing it BTW, just in case some did not notice. That and only that is what we need to do, period..
 

sjm

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I think he is spot on about the U.S. players making a living on bar tables and Euro players frequently playing big pressure tournaments on big and new tables.

Actually, he is badly mistaken. The biggest rotation pool events in the US are surely a) the Derby City 9-ball, b) the US Open 9-ball c) the biannual Turning Stone Classic, d) the Jay Swanson Memorial and the e) Super Billiards Expo event. These are all played on the big tables. It's also true that most of the big gambling matches in America are on the big tables.

Where he is right, however, is that the trend toward more bar table events on the American pool calendar has made it harder for the American players to keep pace with the Europeans. This trend, however, is only about three years old, so the Americans lost five straight Mosconi Cups before it began.

I think the bigger issue for the top Americans is their skipping the WPA calendar events, and that's been going on for about a decade now. The American players don't face the toughest competition the world has to offer very often but many of the Mosconi-caliber European players play a) the Eurotour, b) the top American events, c) all the Matchroom events, and d) the WPA calendar of events.

Failure of most top American pros to regularly face the world's best (not Johann's fault) and their failure to address the weaknesses they display year after year after year at the Mosconi (definitely something Johann has to answer for in 2017 after there was no measurable progress on Team USA at the Mosconi), make up over 90% of the problem. Johann hit the nail on the head when he noted "There seems to be a gap in the talent development that needs to be fixed" but that's no more obvious today than it was a year ago, and to this point, Johann has displayed no aptitude for developing America's top talent. That doesn't mean he can't do it, but unless you are wearing rose-colored glasses, you'll understand 2017 for what it was -- a year in which no progress was made.

The growth in bar table tourneys is but a small factor in American failure in recent years, and Johann's generalization about "U.S. players making a living on bar tables" is somewhere between uninformed and ridiculous.
 
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