Unlike other sports that are dependent physical strength and fitness, billiard sports put more of an emphasis on the mental agility and calculation, requiring players to think before they act. While the exact origins of billiard sports are not officially known, there is a rich history surrounding these beloved activities. The first known billiard game is believed to have evolved from a game similar to croquet in 14th century Europe. The name “billiards” has its origins in the French words “billart” and “bille,” meaning stick and ball. Tables were designed to resemble the lawn where the game was originally played. Green fabric lined these tables and railings around the border kept the stone balls in.