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08-02-2014, 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by BWColeman View Post
I have been on AZB for a while(2010) and I always see people talking about A players B players C players and so on

What do you consider the skill level of these different Rankings

Would a B player be considered a shortstop ( a good local player who routinely wins Local Tournaments )

And would an A Player be someone who routinely wins regional Tournaments

Just wondering what are people opinions and what would be a good way to test yourself if you are gauging your own speed

On a race to 10 against the ghost (9-ball)

Would an A player beat the ghost

B player lose to the Ghost say 10-8

C Player lose to the ghost 10-5 or lower

D player ( Banger ) no chance against the ghost
Hard to use the ghost to rate anyone as it only gives a picture of offensive firepower and using local tournaments etc is problematic because it depends on the strength of the field.
This is a small look at how I clock people, and there is of course sub levels in each category based on other attributes

D players are bangers, they dont stand right, dont shoot right. Making a ball is usually more luck than skill.

C players are figuring out how to stand and the importance of a good stroke. Theyre trying to play and can make a couple of balls here and there. If the balls are laying good they might get lucky and run out once in a blue moon

B players are a little more serious students of the game. Their fundamentals are usually consistent and their pocketing is better. Position play varies from rudimentary to knowing some of the safer routes to use. If the balls lay good they are a threat to run out 50% of those racks. A tough out takes some luck to get out of.

A players are gaining consistency. Their pocketing is good, their position play is good. They are expected to get out of an easy run most of the time, and the hard outs are getting consistently better but they lack the consistency of better players.

Short stops are player capable of pro speed play, but cant hit their gear at will. The short stop is usually the best A player in the area and is the shortstop based on consistency.

Pro level players have the knowledge and the skill set to get out most racks that are runnable, and are smart enough to know when not to push it. They have learned how to hit their top gear pretty much at will and are usually separated by consistency of hitting that gear. The top guys are "on" almost all the time, and when they are off the difference is usually only one or two shots a match.
Hope this helps
Chuck


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