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10-08-2002, 06:02 PM
Can anyone help me with some sort of individual handicapping system for single players? We have nightly shootouts at our billiard room in which each player plays every other player who signs up one time. We would like to handicap these frequent players to level the playing field.
The "Equalizer" system will not work for us. Thanks!

Chris Cass
10-08-2002, 09:00 PM
Hi lstone,

First of all there's no such thing as handicapping pool players. IMHO

Now, the most reliable system that I know is the .5 system. It's by games. When an incoming player new to the tourney is handicapped in by two ways. 1 if any of the tourney regulars have any knowledge of the players speed. 2 If the player isn't known? A handicap is assigned to where the new comer can't walk in and take it off. The first week only then assign one by the scores of the matches he does play with a known handicap for comparison.

Now, the point 5 part. If your doing games? If a known regular is a "D" skill level or somewhat low. A "D" meaning is capable of running 3 balls but not always doing so. He/she would be considered a "D", the lowest handicap, say a 3. Your scale say is from 3-10. The 3 has to win 3 games before the 10 makes his to win.

If the 3 then gets to the money round or semi finals? Your 3 goes up to 3.5, This means the next tourney the player still plays to 3 till he/she gets in the semi final round or cash round. Then, the 3 goes to a 4. If he/she cashes again? The next tourney she/he is a 4. Eventually, the player won't cash or make it to the semi final round. That's where the player resides and will drop point 5 each time they don't.

If the player comes in 1st place or 2nd place? The player goes up a full point. It sounds alittle complicated but it's really pretty accurate. A player will have great nights and bad ones but if the handicap is right? They'll have to work at it to win.

Announce, the handicap to the players in the tourney of a new person and have the players vote on it. This shows the players you care about their thoughts and not bringing in a ringer and split. It also is a good way to find out if any players know the person. They can't come back at you and whine, if they didn't speak up and lose. Your covered.

Also, a handicapped player can't argue when it's in black and white either. There's no way a player will sandbag either. They'll have invested too much money to drop to take it off.

Tom in Cincy, also has a handicapping system or category in 9ball. It pretty much depends on what your format is.

Regards,

C.C.

Fred Agnir
10-09-2002, 06:28 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: lstone:</font><hr> Can anyone help me with some sort of individual handicapping system for single players<hr></blockquote>
Prowl the bars with ugly friends.

Hope this helps,

Fred

Tom_In_Cincy
10-09-2002, 08:31 AM
here is a link to my orginal post waaayy back

Fred Agnir
10-09-2002, 08:52 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: lstone:</font><hr> Can anyone help me with some sort of individual handicapping system for single players? We have nightly shootouts at our billiard room in which each player plays every other player who signs up one time. We would like to handicap these frequent players to level the playing field.
The "Equalizer" system will not work for us. Thanks! <hr></blockquote>
But seriously, the NPL handicapping system (developed by Bob Jewett) is pretty fair, especially when confined locally. As with any system, it's tough to handicap nation-wide.

The basic premise is that if you win, your handicap goes up. If you lose, your handicap goes down. The handicap determines how many games each player must win, as opposed to counting balls, points, innings, etc.