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  1. John Biddle

    need way to determine handicap in straight pool league

    I too run a straight pool league, we're currently in season 24. I publish a schedule (by week) at the beginning of the season and each player will arrange to play their scheduled opponent, preferably during the scheduled week but we allow playing in advance (if you know you'll be on vacation or...
  2. John Biddle

    "Drills" league?

    Maybe as a tournament or even a running challenge Thinking more about this, I don't think you could ever get enough players to make this doable as a league. But as a weekly/monthly tournament it could work. Players would have no commitment to play more than once, so many might give it a shot on...
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    "Drills" league?

    Another idea for how it might work I'd never heard of this before but find it somewhat intriguing (I voted Yes). My idea for how it might go would be a variation on how some trick shot tournaments work. Each player would get a turn at picking a set of drills (perhaps 5) for the weekly...
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    Schmidty back at it, this time in CA

    Congratulations John Schmidt I add my congratulations to John Schmidt on his record breaking 626 ball run. Great skill, great effort, great accomplishment.
  5. John Biddle

    Bayshore Billiards 14.1 League - Season 13 - Record Breaking Season for us !!

    Congratulations Congrats, that's an amazing number for straight pool. The most I've gotten is 24. Keep up the great work, you're obviously doing something right.
  6. John Biddle

    Handicapping a match ?

    @Seth C I like your system but was especially concerned about the time for lots of matches with the same player. By now it would probably work pretty well for the relatively few new players I get each season. But, they tend to be 8 or 9 ball players and usually have an APA or other handicap...
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    Handicapping a match ?

    Sounds like you trust your subjective estimates of player ability much more than the ones based on the adjustment formulas. I get that, most people do. One possibility is to limit the amount that a hcp can rise or fall because of one match. I make it fairly large for the 1st 6 matches in the...
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    Handicapping a match ?

    An all offense "test" along with everyone playing a common known opponent seems like an excellent way to get good starting handicaps, but would take a lot of time. Many of our players were new to the game but not new to pool. We made our initial estimates for hcp based on their skill in other...
  9. John Biddle

    14.1 Break Ball Help

    @SethC: Re the Pat Fleming video/advice. I don't believe the right or left english is intended to affect the cueball path to the rack, but how it will come off the 1st rail.
  10. John Biddle

    Handicapping a match ?

    Straight Pool Handicapping I don't claim to have the BEST way to handicap straight pool but I do have a way that has worked well for my 14.1 league. We're about to start our 13th season on Monday, so it's had a bit of exposure to the real world and I think it has done well. Everyone has a...
  11. John Biddle

    9 Ball WPA Rules Question

    Thanks Bob. Seems like they would want to address this next time any changes are made.
  12. John Biddle

    9 Ball WPA Rules Question

    As I read the WPA rules for 9 Ball, at least 4 object balls must be driven to one or more rails for the break to be legal. My question is what to do if that does not happen. I can't find anything about this in the rules There are specific penalties for break fouls in 14.1 (4.3 b) and in 8 Ball...
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    Announcing the 10th Season of the Lone Wolf Straight Pool League

    Lone Wolf Leagues is starting the 10th season of their straight pool league at Corner Pocket in Largo FL. It starts Monday, August 21. Singles based, not teams Everyone gets a schedule and a contact sheet with names, phone #s and emails Schedule your match whenever it's convenient for you &...
  14. John Biddle

    How does a player get an Established Fargo rating?

    This is EXACTLY the problem that FargoRate was intended to solve. Ratings don't mean the same thing from place to place, even within the same rating system. With FargoRate, if it works as advertised and based on the write-ups it just might, because everyone is tied to everyone else in the...
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    How does a player get an Established Fargo rating?

    FargoRate is logarithmic. In comparing 2 players, for every 100 point difference in their ratings, the expected ratio of games won relative to the weaker player doubles. Equally rated players play even (oddly enough). For a 100 point difference, whether 300-200 or 800-700, the stronger player...
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    How does a player get an Established Fargo rating?

    OK, so BCAPL league matches are not automatically sent to FargoRate to be included in the ratings. Can they be sent in somehow, or are no BCAPL league matches being included? Does anyone know if other leagues, in house or independent, can be included within the FargoRate system? I checked a...
  17. John Biddle

    Rules Question

    Two things. First, I didn't intentionally double hit the cue ball. If I had that in mind I could have just jammed the cue ball into the facing and not taken the stick off immediately, guaranteeing it stuck to the facing. Second, I don't doubt your superior knowledge of the rules, you are one of...
  18. John Biddle

    Rules Question

    This situation came up the other day and my opponent and I disagreed (in a friendly way) about the legality of a shot I made. Neither of us have been able to substantiate our positions in the rules (WPA) so I thought I'd ask here. We were playing straight pool, though I don't think that matters...
  19. John Biddle

    Validating League Handicaps

    I want to stay away from having any subjective input into the system, except for giving people an initial skill level. Maybe making "personal adjustments" to isolated player's skill levels might result in a fairer system, (thanks for you confidence in me :wink:) but I'm pretty sure that it would...
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    Validating League Handicaps

    Here is a description of our SP league’s current handicapping system and why I think it works fairly well. Everyone has a numerical rating (handicap points), between 250 and 1250, though additional ranges at the top could easily be added if players of that ability were to join. There are also...
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