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    can passive income be made as a league operator?

    First, half of what I charge ($30, it's public info, in my bylaws) goes into the Players Fund, which is used only for benefits given directly to players (trophies, travel assistance, prize money, etc.) and monitored closely by APA. So cut your number in half right away. Then do it again...
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    can passive income be made as a league operator?

    I can confirm that the first article was written by someone like Cocobolo Cowboy. To summarize, they greatly exaggerate the revenue and greatly underestimate the costs. It is possible to make a living as an APA league operator. I wasn't able to exist solely on income from the league until I...
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    From beginner to APA4

    Not if they're really SL2's. If their play within that group indicates something higher, they could (eventually) go up. For all the other skill levels, that is true no matter who they play, they won't go up unless they have some "out of skill" scores, indicating a higher ability. At any time...
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    From beginner to APA4

    Easy-peasy. No. APA doesn't distribute skill level. They measure it, and winning percentage is only a small part of the formula (win% will never be the direct cause of a skill level increase). The rest is objectively-measured data. If that data says they're all 2's, they will all be 2's...
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    From beginner to APA4

    I wish you would stop saying this, it's about as true as 2+2=5. The APA system is less relative to your competition than any other system I'm familiar with. To the OP, if you really want to improve, you will. All it takes is ability to learn "conscious" memory (the stuff you need to think...
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    Why are men better than women at billiards?

    Proficiency in this sport comes primarily from two things, and neither of them is strength. One is knowledge, gained from a combination of external sources (books, videos, instructors, experience, etc.). The other is coordination, and it's not something you're born with. Subconscious muscle...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    My advice on that is to have the player talk to the league operator herself whether she wants this or not. The reason for this is two-fold. (1) Many players do not want to go down even though that's what they should do, because they think it's an insult. It sounds like this may be one of...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    This is correct. For a strong player to want to play APA, there has to be a social reason. We did have one player who started almost exclusively for competitive reasons. He had won the national singles title in other leagues and wanted to add APA to his list. He never did, but the social...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    That you know of. Maybe not ever, in your area, but I doubt it. I send people incognito to watch players. I don't do it myself for a very good reason, and that's because nobody ever shoots their best if they know I'm there to watch them. Intentional or not, they just don't. Your two...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    ^^^^^ This, and the fact that there are other league systems for these people. Usually they're not playing in APA to compete, but to be involved with friends and loved ones who aren't that good. Over the years I've had a few of those people (maybe five), and I always make it a point to find...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    Almost got it right. Any player can be locked in at any level, meaning that's as low as they can go. They can go higher if there is a higher level. That's no secret, it's in the Team Manual (LA and CLA). Any player can also be unlocked. The process sometimes isn't immediate, and if...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    Agreed. More data in the rating window usually means a more accurate estimate. There exists the possibility, though, that yesterday's rankings are more "accurate" than today's (I quote accurate because it depends on what those rankings are intended to reflect), based on outside influences not...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    You can think of it however you want, one pond, lots of ponds, it doesn't matter. If on a specific day a single match is played somewhere and I have some indirect connection to one of the players in that match, the next day my rating could change without me ever playing a match. That means you...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    I've already said skills do diminish when we age. I've already said the APA has a way for your rating to reflect that, so what's your argument? I'm simply pointing out that it's not the same for everyone (I know some 75-year-olds that are still scratch golfers), so the fact that it's not...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    It is absolutely true in leagues that use Fargo ratings. The fact that Fargo has to indirectly adjust players up or down to level X because they play in a stronger or weaker area suggests that they would already be X in their area if it wasn't stronger or weaker. This inter-area automatic...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    Can you name a system where this is not true? I'd say it's less true than in any other system I know of, but I do know it could happen. Years ago APA found an area that was tiering their league play this way, strong players in one division and weak in another, and it did result in teams from...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    This is hard to argue with. Not because it's right, but because it's hard to make the argument without sounding like I'm insulting your intelligence, I just can't find words kind enough. Your last sentence is a point with which I agree, except I'd phrase it as "it's easier to go up than down"...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    That will happen in any handicapping system. Cheaters will cheat, and no system can prevent it. You have to have mechanisms in place to fight it, and you have to have an operator who is vigilant, and you still won't catch them all. Sadly, it's another fact of life. It's also why some...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    It's supposed to. The Equalizer is supposed to measure/reflect how you play when you play your "good" game, not your average performance. Average performance is too easy to manipulate downward. There's a difference between demonstrating potential and demonstrating ability, but eventually if...
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    How Does an APA 7 Go Down to a 6?

    I don't disagree with this, it is something like I would expect. If you did a similar graph for an APA league, with the Fargo Rating being the estimate, the curve would be shifted to the left and fall off more steeply to the right. That shows the different market segments to which these two...
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