With the slam of the cue into a rack of billiards balls, the game begins for a night of friendly competition.
“This is a fun league where people can come out and get out of the house on Tuesday night,” said Joe Kruszewski, president of the Q Ball League.
For more than 10 years, the gay pool league has invited men and women, both gay and straight, to hit the billiards tables in seasons under the rules of Bar Room 8-Ball. There are currently 14 teams, each with between five to eight members. Seasons run from January to May, then picks up again in the summer through October or November, depending on how many players join.
Members meet at various bars on Tuesday nights in Wilton Manors, Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale. The league differs from others because of its more relaxed atmosphere -- while competition is high, the intensity that is in other leagues is not there. Rather, members are looking for a social experience. Also, pool players of all levels are welcome to participate and there’s no fee to participate. At the end of the season, the players pool together to throw a banquet.
"The only thing you are required to do is tip your bartender for your drinks and have good time,” Kruszewski said. “After you win a game, the euphoria is outrageous.”
Those interested in joining as a single player or with a team are encouraged to sign up early, as the league must put together a schedule and other logistics. Bars looking to sponsor the league are also encouraged to reach out.
Visit QBallPool.com for more information.