Content from rec.sport.table-soccer FAQ4 v 1.2a
Learning Foosball: a Guide for Beginners and Intermediates
(C) 1995 Robert Uyeyama http://www.foosballheaven.com/
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- Foosball On A Competitive Level
A fact which may come as a surprise (a welcome one) to many is
that foosball/table-soccer is played on a competitive (read:
"professional") level. There are several "tours" which exist,
and these tours organize various regional, national, and even
"world" championships! For example, in the United States, there
is the well-established United States Table Soccer Association
(USTSA) and the nascent American Table Soccer Federation (ATSF).
These organizations are manufacturer-based. In other words they
are not player organizations, but rather promotional organs
sponsored by the table manufacturers: USTSA for Tornado (303
933-1170), and ATSF for Dynamo/Striker (800 527-6054). Contact
these phone numbers for more information on regular
draw-your-partner events in your area, as well as for upcoming
national and regional events-- go see tournament foos today!
The older tours were played on Tournament Soccer (TS), Dynamo,
and Hurricane tables in the 60's and 70's, but now the quality
of the newer brands of tables has much improved, prompting some
players to label the older tables as mere "toys". So if you
haven't played on a Tornado or Striker, you really are missing a
lot, and perhaps even learning wrongly that some things are not
possible on a foosball table. For example, the "modern" balls
tend to be made of a very durable plastic (urethane), causing
the balls not to dent and therefore they will always roll
completely straight. The shapes and even fastenings for the men
have changed so that catching, kicking, and tic-tac-ing are much
easier; what is tic-tac-ing? Imagine passing rapidly between the
men on your three bar for up to several minutes on end-- the
sound the ball makes as it bounces between the men gives this
motion its name. Other improvements include very flat playing
fields, individually adjustable table legs, smoother bearings,
lighter rods, counterweighted men, etc. Most people which
switch over to these tables do not like them at first, but
within a few weeks of playing, the verdict is unanimous: no one
would dream of going back to playing seriously on their "old"
table, sentimental feelings aside.
So the purpose of this file, and indeed the newsgroup itself, is
to promote the sport of foosball. This particular file is
important, because by encouraging new players to begin playing,
and encouraging the large bulk of non-competitive experienced
players to enter competitive play, we will certainly make a
great step towards that goal.
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