Hi and thank you for your question, and a very good question it is.
I agree it is an area of concern (break building), and yes we are doing something about it.
As National Snooker and Cue Sports Coach I have a segment of each seminar dedicated to attacking play and break building. So there is that in place. However I would like to draw your attention to one or two facts about break building in NZ.
Basically up until 1980 or there abouts, break building was unheard of. In fact the high break at the Nationals was 78 for many years. Then along came a group of players who took the game to the next level, people like Harry, Dave Merideth, Dale and Glenn Kwok, Steve Robertson, Bruce Anderson and of course Pat Edwards etc. These players were exceptional players, and to be frank there is not that depth at present. Part of the reason why these players flourished in the 80's and early 90's was that there were big money tournaments around, the likes of Browns Bay, Heretunga, Bells Whiskey etc. These were tournaments with around $10,000 in prize money, with the winner getting between $3,000 and $5,000. So a lot of these great players were able to have an income from snooker. As you know this is far from the case at present. The winner of most ranking tournaments at present is lucky to get $500 which doesn't even cover costs if he/she is a travelling player. So it is no wonder that "high profile" players opt to not travel, they just can't afford it and there is not the incentive to do so.
If we were to look at this sensibly and factually we could note that Dene O'kane who is a three time World Masters Champion has already failed to win two tournaments entered already this year due to the improved standards of some more Junior players. Also add the fact we had two NZers in the top four at this years Oceania Championships as well as Shannon Swain taking the top break with his century. If we hadn't invested the time in exposing him to competition at the World U21s would he have been able to attain this standard?
In summary you have raised some good points, however for the amount the game is played at present we are performing about par. Of course my challenge and that of the administrators of the game is to raise the bar, and that is what we are doing. The first ever Cue Sports Academy is being held in Christchurch 23 to 26th July. This is for 20 Juniors and 10 coaches from around NZ. It will be interesting to watch the progress of those attending.
Thanks for your question, it is a good one
NZ Cue Sports Coach & IBSF Examiner