A collaboration space for the Pacific Northwest foosball community

MoneyBall T-shirts

T-shirts have been ordered. This year they’ll come in black, red and forrest green. Here’s the designs…

Front & Back below…

New T3000 Tables at Lucky 7

Jeff G. has hooked us up with new tables at Lucky 7, they should be ready to play on Monday. Let’s shoot for a good turnout, we will have a $15 draw, and remember the bar adds 50% to the pot, it’s going to be BIG.

Make sure to show the bar some love and tip your waiters well, and this might be a permanent thing!

Kill The Keg 2019

Kill the Keg 2019
Saturday Aug 3rd
Lewk’s Cabin in Sunwood Lakes
7828 Tanwax Dr. S.E. Olympia, WA 98513

Five Tornado Tables open play
Burgers and Beer Provided
Custom Made Trophies for 1st place

Kill the Keg DYP 12:00 pm
$15 Entry Fee / 100% Payout

Pro/AM DYP 2:00pm
$10 Entry Fee / 100% Payout

Amateur rank is 6 or less according to the current NWF ranking
Come join us for the most enjoyable foosball tournament in the Northwest

2019 ITS World Cup matches.


Hey everyone…I just finished watching the Classic Doubles finals at ITSF World Cup. USA vs France. It was on Zone A YouTube, which should drop later today. I highly recommend it.


2019 Washington State Open

WSO/HOLO Proposed Schedule

Please fire away with comments on this page

There is now an Am Doubles replacing the Rookie/Expert doubles events. Also added back in Super Seniors (60+), and a Moneyball: Sudden Death.

The Moneyball event is a BYP, 3/5 (unlimited ot) single elimination $100 pro $50 am entry, and the winning team also gets their event fee paid for in the Real Moneyball (up to $200 if the same teams enters the event).

I know some concerns have been raised by Pat and others about the double-draw event, and the conflicts it will have. We’re aware of it and plan to mitigate by running one side as much as possible, before starting the second round.

Also, if we run into time constrains all events are subject to a race-to-7 on the loser side.

Date: Oct 4, 5, and 6

Location: Hotel Interurban in Southcenter

We Have Forums

I added site forums, since the discussion board is the most requested feature. Follow the FORUMS link at the top of the page, or go directly to the Foosball Rants topic.

I also removed some of the CAPTCHA settings, and allowed a little more anonymous access. We’ll see how it goes.

New NW Foosball

Those of you that obsessively check nwfoosball.com (like I do) have probably noticed some problems. Pat’s community page that has served us so well for so long went down, and bringing it back up has proven challenging.

We are going to start transitioning some of the content and functionality to this site, and will need help with organization, content management, and moderation. WordPress is unfortunately a lot easier for spammers to find and target with automated software.

Feel free to leave feedback using the ‘Leave a Comment’ link below the post name.

Foosball’s Long Pull Shot

by KC Watkins

We’ll be looking at Foosball’s long pull shot because I have some slow-motion of one of the best pull shots in Seattle. The first video is at 240 frames per second so you can get a good look at the strike on the ball.

The pull shot, many years ago, was one of the most dominant shots in foosball because of the physics of being human. You can generate more speed and power pulling towards yourself than pushing away. Even though the roll-over is used by most top level Foosball players now, there are world ranked players that still shoot the pull shot. And most good players have one they can pull out when needed.

Jessie is going to be a little pissed that I didn’t use one of the perfect shots.

Even though this isn’t a long shot, I chose this one because it illustrates a point Jessie shared when we were looking at the video. He wasn’t happy that he overran the ball, “I’m just glad I got out past the ball. That’s what I need for a good long-shot. ”

And there it is, the knowledge nugget I want to give away this time.

One of the most important secrets to a superior long pull or push shot is to get around on the ball and strike with the man slightly beyond the far plane of the ball. This overtakes the momentum of the foosball and redirects it. When you hit this right it feels like you scooped the ball into the goal.

But the main point is getting around the foosball. It is even more important than being perfect, as the video clearly testifies. So lets take a look at an almost perfect long-shot now. The defense is OK but there are two major mistakes. One is not covering the long hole enough, and the other, well, Jessie just waits for the right rhythm to take the shot.

There is something I need to say about this video, it looks regular speed, but this second video is at 120 fps, so you can get an idea how fast it really is.

There is plenty of upside to getting around on the ball. It will help prevent spraying the ball beyond the goal into the wall. It makes the defender cover more goal by bringing the far edge of the box into play. And it gives a more consistent shot.

The downside; it takes longer to make the shot, so it takes speed to make this shot consistently. Second, it is a hard technique to master and takes dedicated practice time to gain consistent success.

And there it is, that old nemesis, the key to this or any technique; practice, practice practice. So keep practicing and foos on.