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03-20-2002, 10:07 PM
9-Ball Tournament race to 7 (Dec.1997 "All About Pool" magazine, article
by Bob Cambell)
Handicap rankings
(pardon my poor para-phrasing)

D- Player
will not run a rack
average run is about 3 balls
with ball in hand, will get out from the 7, one out of 3 times
rarely plays a successful safe

will probably run one rack, but usually not
avg. run is 3 to 5 balls
with ball in hand, will get out from the 7, two out of 3 times
mixed results when playing safe
inning ends due to botched position, missed shot or attempting a

Able to run 1 to 3 racks
avg. run is 5-7 balls
with ball in hand will get out form the 5, 2 out of 3 times
most of the time a "B" player will play a "safety" which maybe hit
easily 2 out of 3 times
a typical inning will end with a missed shot, a fair safety, or a
won game

will string 2 to 3 racks
avg. ball run, 7-9
with ball in hand, will be out from the 3 ball, 2 out of 3 times
typical inning will end with a well executed safety or a win.

average 8+ balls
string racks together more than once in a match
is a threat to run out from every ball, from every position, every
typical inning will end in excellent safety or win

Mr. Cambell continues this article with a handicap chart for the 4
levels of each type of player. The chart would look like this;
Lowest handicap is D4, then D3, then D2 and so on until the highest
would be OPEN 1

I fall into the C2 range if I had to use this chart, but I guess some of
my opponents would say I was in the B3 range, and some would say I was
closer to D2.

Where do you think you fall?


Harold Acosta
03-20-2002, 10:18 PM
I'm a C Player, sometimes falling to a D player based on the chart. I have been mostly an 8 ball player, I no longer play 8 Ball. Not even for fun.

I've been playing 9 Ball for the past 6 months straight but like I said, would consider myself a C Player.

03-20-2002, 10:37 PM
On average, I'd say I was a C player. It depends on which day you watched me.

Ralph S.
03-20-2002, 11:21 PM
According to the posted chart I would be a b on some days and a c on others. Ralph S.

03-21-2002, 12:04 AM
Hi Tom,
I would say I would be around B2-B1. What caught my eye is, If a "B" player can string 1-3 racks how can their avg run be 5-7 balls? Is this odd to anyone else? This "B" player must have one MASSIVE break since he must be pocketing 7-8 balls on the break /ccboard/images/icons/laugh.gif

03-21-2002, 03:01 AM
He He, Thats an easy one Tom, Im a C because when I run into youse "guys and gals" I'll get weight or give up very little!! I need to trap CC!lol

03-21-2002, 07:36 AM
Didn't the article mention my rating, the "E" player?:


Will not run anything except from the car to the PH door (if's it's raining, otherwise it's a slow stroll.)

Average run is about 1 ball (the CB off the break.)

With ball in hand, will get out from the 9, one out of 3 times and scratches on this shot two out of three times.

Never plays a successful safety, with the exception of those he/she plays on him/herself when HE/SHE is at the table.


Ken (hoping to become an "E-1" someday)

Fred Agnir
03-21-2002, 08:01 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Tom_In_Cincy:</font><hr> 9-Ball Tournament race to 7 (Dec.1997 "All About Pool" magazine, article
by Bob Cambell)
Handicap rankings
(pardon my poor para-phrasing)
will probably run one rack, but usually not

Hate to sound like a broken record, but... there are some words missing after "but usually not" or else the sentence doesn't make any sense. I think Bob said the sentence should read: "... but usually not more than one."

What does "run a rack" mean? Break and Run, right?


Chris Cass
03-21-2002, 08:05 AM
Hey Hey Hey,
Don't even think about it Rod.
C.C.~~Kato's already got my head spinning. LOL

03-22-2002, 07:08 PM
I didn't write this article.. I just posted it.. but if I were to guess. that over 7 games, the average might be 5-7 balls in a row, before either missing, or playing a safe. Not all games are run-outs.. or the rating would be higher..

03-22-2002, 07:09 PM
Break and run.. yes that is correct. .and again.. Fred, the sentence is incomplete.. I am looking for the remainder.. in my archieves.

03-22-2002, 07:22 PM
Guessin I'm a B3 player...against my level or lower &amp; a C2 player against better players...isn't it weird how your speed changes due to the quality of ur competition

the Cuemage

03-22-2002, 10:38 PM
Tom, I thought I'd come back and give you an honest reply.
Given what I have to work with or outlined, I guess a B is a much better player than a B4. Going on that assumption and only having played 1 time in 2 weeks I'm going to say a B. If I played 3 times a week I'd raise that to appx an A2.
I would have to play more on a regular basis to raise that number as an average. I just got a call to go down and play, lets see if I can hold that B rating.