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08-24-2002, 12:21 PM
How are skill levels measured?

08-24-2002, 03:28 PM
Interesting question!

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.

Reno