I've asked politely for Dave to take part of that page down. The system was illegally disclosed a long time ago, and lawyers intervened. I reposted that initial post without realizing what it was, and got calls from the APA immediately. Someone else reposted my post, and my frickin' email ended up on whatever was submitted to further lawyers, and I got more phone calls. My hope was that with Usenet difficulty to search anymore, remnants of that illegal posting would disappear in the bit bin.APA handicaps utilize the best 10 of the last 20 games and innings are a huge part of that equation, that is why it's important to mark defenses, because it shows the person didn't actually miss a shot to end his inning.
And yes, slop can and does affect player ratings if it affects his wins and/or innings. As mentioned, it's the 10 best of your last 20 games. Well, if you slop your way to wins then your skill level should go up due to less innings, more wins, and less defensive shots.
Our local slop master has bounced between a 6 and 7 a few times, he can pocket some balls when needed but he's no 7. He can't control whitey and generally can't get out of any tough situations.
Here's what Dr. Dave has on APA handicaps, it's a good read.
The original poster doesn't need more headaches, and neither do I. I'm hoping it just all goes away.