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How are skill levels measured?
There is no universally accepted method of rating skill in pocket billiards. However, players rate their own skills informally in various ways.
For example, every straight-pool player can tell you what his high run is, and every 9-ball player can tell you how many consecutive racks he has run. Some 8-ball and 9-ball players can tell you what their runout percentages are. (You should understand that one is expected to overstate one's own performance in these areas by at least 100% and by not more than 400%; this is an ironclad rule of pool etiquette in all civilized nations.)
Some players rate their skills by playing a practice game called equal offense. TonyM explains this game in his post of 08/20/02, Re: Aiming--an age old question.
Some players rate their 9-ball performance by playing a practice game called 99. You can read about 99 under Pool & Billiard Rated Player International at http://www.poolmag.com.
Caution! Don't confuse skill level with league classification level; these concepts are not related in any way.
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