STREET LIGHTS BILLIARDS ACADEMY

ABOUT US

About 'SLBA'

Founded in March of 2020 by Deon Chapman, Street Lights Billiards Academy (SLBA) is the first and only private billiards academy on the east coast!

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, we offer a clean, non-smoking, and judgment-free atmosphere for you to meet other pool enthusiasts who want to have fun, but are serious about improving their pool game. At SLBA, we welcome all skills levels and host in-house leagues and tournaments, as well as Pool’s Amateur Tour (TAP).

In addition, with several types of membership packages, you can be sure to find one that fits into your schedule and budget, including Full Access and Fully Family Access which grants members 24/7 access to the academy. With our online scheduling format, it is easy to schedule table time and view who is at the academy at a given time.

Here at SLBA, we are focused on the pool player’s wants and needs so that they can improve their game. We are not a bar who is driven by the bottom line profits of alcohol sales or how much money is lining our pockets with gambling machines.

Our sole focus is on you – the pool player! Matthew Sniper Suite, owner of American Billiard Covering in Mechanicsville, Maryland, installed all 10 tables and currently maintains them regularly. In order to be your best, SLBA works diligently to ensure that members have the best equipment available in an atmosphere that fosters learning, friendship, and fun!

A Sit Down with SLBA’s Owner, Deon Chapman

Where were you born?
Washington, DC.

How did you discover your love for pool?
Seniors recreation center at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. I couldn’t beat any of the Asian seniors at ping pong, so pool was the next best thing.

What pool hall(s) did you play in often?
The pool hall where I learned how to play at was Champion Billiards located at Westmont Shopping Center in Arlington, VA. It was located right next to one of the first Five Guys ever. Chad, one of the founders of Five Guys, would come over to the pool hall from time to time to play some pool. Anyway, it was true old school pool hall. It was open 24/7, had 9- 9’ Gold Crowns, only sold sodas, coffee, and snacks out of a snack machine. Also, an old timer houseman named Beazy played there, who lived in the basement of the pool hall and knew every pool story under the moon – well, only his versions, that is. There were all kinds of pool action, road players and side action. This is where I first saw Alex Pagulayan and Leonardo Andam play.

Do you have any titles including league championships and the years you won, etc?
I do not have any titles other than the love for the game. I am a 7 in both TAP and the APA league. I used to gamble big and stake some road players from time-to-time. Now, I own and operate the first pool academy/club on the east coast.

Who is your biggest influence in pool, or who is your favorite player, and why?
This is not an easy one. There have been so many local folks who have dedicated their lives to the game and who have been my true inspirations, so I will leave it at that.

What gave you the idea, or motivated you, to open a billiards academy?
To give all the local players and pros a nice place to play where they are truly valued.

What was the “craziest” pool game/set you have played, OR have witnessed?
When I saw Leonardo Andam and Max Eberle play at old Champions in Arlington, VA.

What is your most rewarding experience so far as SLBA’s owner?
When I initially presented this idea to some of my closest pool friends and they took a leap of faith and supported the startup. In addition, the continued support that I am getting from the local pool players, from both male and female players.

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Jason Shaw Breaks 14.1 Record

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Congratulations to Jayson Shaw from all the members of Street Lights Billiards Academy for running 714 balls making him the new record holder! It happened here at SLBA on January 18th 2022. Jason in the middle, Bobby Chamberlain on the left and Deon Chapman on the right.

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James Aranas at SLBA

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I want to give a quick shout out to Zoren James Aranas for completing the 1st of a 3 day pool lesson schedule here at Street Lights Billiards Academy which consisted of 8 hours of one-on-one lessons with our valued members. Not only is James a top notch player he is also a very knowledgeable…

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Tony vs Fedor

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Tony Vigliotti vs Fedor Gorst, race to 10, Jan. 9th 2021 at SLBA. Click Here for Video

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Pia Filler vs Rick Scarlato

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April 30th 2020. Look where this match was at 🙂

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SLBA and Roy’s Basement Announcement

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I have known Deon Chapman for quite some time now since I have gotten interest with pool. Lately he founded this… Posted by Roy's Basement on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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Pool Lessons Video by Tor Lowry

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Learn how to control your cue ball! In this third installment of Pool’s Biggest Secrets, Tor goes through the fundamentals of position play. He’ll show how to control the cue ball around the table with no left or right spin.

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