Team Captain of the Month – Austin Martin

Say hello to Austin Martin, our February Team Captain of the Month! Austin has been playing in leagues for just over a year, however he has already lead his team, ELMN-8, to many victories, which includes winning their January Vegas Qualifier last month!

Martin at a glance:

8-Ball OS: 4
Team Ranking: 54
US Rank: 8-Ball – 182
Playing Cue: Viking with Kamui Super Soft Tip and McDermott Jump/Break
Member since: 12/11/2015

How did you get started with the UPA?

When I got back from the Navy, I started shooting again at our local spot, Bogies West. There I met a UPA player, Chris Lord, and he talked me into playing that day. I thought it would be something fun to do part time, however after a short time I found I wanted to play more as I really enjoy the family type atmosphere here.

What is your favorite part about playing in a UPA league?

I like the family environment that our league portrays. Everyone wants to help everyone get better and I’ve picked up some great tips from my fellow players and League Operator, Chris Webb. My game has gotten phenomenally better.

What is your fondest UPA Team Memory?

I’d have to say it was when I started the new team as Team Captain. We completed the next 2 Sessions with back to back 2nd place finishes.

What do you like most about being a Team Captain?

Being Team Captain was kind of thrown on me, but I realized about halfway through the session that I liked it. I like being the person that everyone comes to and being in charge.

What qualities do you think make for a good Team Captain?

Good communication and encouraging your players. A Team Captain has to be sociable to keep it fun for the players. Being strategic is also important as you have to use a decent amount of strategy to come out with a winning score.

What advice do you have for other Team Captains?

Don’t get discouraged. The 1st half of the Session we had a losing record and it can take time to get used to it. Lead by example; go in with a great attitude because your energy will trickle down to your players.

What is some coaching advice that you’ve given to your players?

If you’re playing someone who can’t run out and have trouble balls in the way, play safe if at all possible.

Describe your Playing Style in one word:

Aggressive. I know, I tell my players to play safe but that’s not my style. I teach better than I do.

What activities do you enjoy outside of pool?

I pretty much like everything. Video games, handing out with friends, anything outdoors, and playing poker to name a few.

We look forward to meeting Austin and the rest of team ELMN-8 at our 2017 Nationals in Vegas. Shoot well and we wish you many more successes in the future!