Billiard University (BU) playing-ability-exam scores and ratings

dr_dave

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Confirmed - BU exam 1 (attempt 1) = 34 on 26/6.
BU exam 2 (attempt 1) = 21 on 26/6

BU exam 1 (attempt 3) = 56 on 7/7
Current combined total = 56 + 21 = 77

Yeah exam 1 can be 'practiced' to help with higher scores for sure. (especially the wagon wheel & target drills - 40 points on offer just for those 2 sections)
My 2nd attempt exam 2 scores should hopefully be at least a little better after some practice this week.
Cheers.
Thank you for confirming, and good luck with your Exam II practice and success. I look forward to seeing your next score.

Regards,
Dave
 

dr_dave

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I am very happy to announce the release of the Billiard University (BU) website: BilliardUniversity.org

I've been working on this project for about two years, and my efforts have been supported by a "dream team" of top instructors (the "founding professors" of the BU): Jerry Briesath, Mark Finkelstein, Randy Goettlicher, Bob Jewett, Mike Page, Tom Simpson, Mark Wilson, David Alciatore, and Randy Russell.

Please check out the website and videos and let us know what you think. Also, please let us know if you have any suggestions or recommendations.

Also, try the free BU playing-ability exams to assess your game and monitor improvement over time. Your BU score gives you a player rating and can qualify you to earn a diploma (Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate of Pool). All of the exam documents (with well-illustrated shot diagrams) and score sheets needed to take the exams and track your progress are available on the BU Exam Resources Page.

The following videos provide complete demonstrations of all exam drills, along with how to score them:
BU Exam I Overview - demonstrations and scoring of the Fundamentals Exam
BU Exam II Overview - demonstrations and scoring of the Skills Exam

Please post your score after you take the exams so I can add your results to the list below. Also, if you have a video camera, please film and post videos for your exams. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the BU Exam Instructions document, and the following videos demonstrate each step in the process:
Video Recording - recording official exam runs for on-line submittal
Video Submittal - uploading videos and applying for a diploma

With your BU score, please also report your table size and corner pocket info shown in the following diagram:

table_pocket_measurements.jpg

Also please try the 10-ball "playing the ghost" drill so we can see how well a practiced BU score compares to an average "playing the ghost" score. I recommend doing the ghost drill 3 or more times (10 racks of 10-ball each) and using the middle (median) value of the 10-rack scores to help deal with the inherent (and sometimes extreme) variability. I will continue to add these scores and ratings to the BU rating list above for comparison and correlation purposes.
Anybody have results to report from exam trials this past weekend?

Here's the latest:

List of AZB'ers who have taken the BU playing-ability exams so far (in ranked order):

BU score -- Username -- BU Rating, 10-ball ghost rating -- table: size, corner pocket mouth, throat, shelf -- Video links (if available):

168 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
161 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
160 -- scottjen26 -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
159 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
157 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), no Exam II video yet (see AZB post)
156 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
149 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
148 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2)
141 -- 12squared (Dave Gross) -- adv-3 (A+/A); 78 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
141 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
135 -- dr_dave -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 54 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 3/4", 4 1/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
133 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
132 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II (part 1, part 2)
132 -- BRussell -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 5", 4 1/4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Okie --adv-2 (A-/B+), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, no Exam II video (see AZB post)
124 -- JC -- adv-1 (B/B-), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 7/16", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Table Specs, Exam 1, Exam 2
121 -- TheOneGnat -- adv-1 (B/B-), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 1/2 in, 4 in, 1 5/8 in -- no videos (see AZB post and the update)
119 -- Mooneye -- adv-1 (B/B-), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
117 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
112 -- Okie -- adv-1 (B/B-), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
112 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
108 -- row21097 -- int-3 (B-/C+), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 1/2”, 4”, 1 1/2” -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2, part 3), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
102 -- Okie -- int-3 (B-/C+), 52 (B+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
101 -- 67tbird -- int-3 (B-/C+), 46 (B) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
92 -- 67tbird -- int-2 (C+/C), 34 (D+) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
90 -- EagleEye -- int-2 (C+/C), no 10-ball ghost score yet -- table: 9', 5", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- administered at the 2013 BU Summer School Boot Camp
87 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
78 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
77 -- mamics --int-2 (C+/C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
77 -- SeanChamp -- int-2 (C+/C), 29 (D) -- table: 8', 4 1/2", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
62 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
55 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)

Here are the details and scores for all official BU graduates.
 

dr_dave

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Anybody working on the BU Exams this week?

What happened to all of the people who said they would post scores but havn't yet?

Please post your scores, even if you are not happy with them. That way, we can see how much you can improve with practice.

Thanks,
Dave
 
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DrGonzo

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88, 47, 9 ft, 4.5" 4" 1.5".....This was my original score from a couple weeks ago....I should have posted it sooner.
 

mamics

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88, 47, 9 ft, 4.5" 4" 1.5".....This was my original score from a couple weeks ago....

88 exam 1 + 47 exam 2 = nice !

Whats ur 3 x 10 rack median for 10 ball ghost ? (10 racks of 10-ball ghost, 3 times, middle score of the 3)

Cheers.
 
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dr_dave

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88, 47, 9 ft, 4.5" 4" 1.5".....This was my original score from a couple weeks ago....I should have posted it sooner.
Thank you for posting your results. Please post your score again after your 60 days of dedicated practice (per the "How much better could you get" thread). I look forward to seeing how much your score can improve.

Here's the latest list of results:

List of AZB'ers who have taken the BU playing-ability exams so far (in ranked order):

BU score -- Username -- BU Rating, 10-ball ghost rating -- table: size, corner pocket mouth, throat, shelf -- Video links (if available):

168 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
161 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
160 -- scottjen26 -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
159 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
157 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), no Exam II video yet (see AZB post)
156 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
149 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
148 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 2 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2)
141 -- 12squared (Dave Gross) -- adv-3 (A+/A); 78 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
141 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
135 -- dr_dave -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 54 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 3/4", 4 1/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
133 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
132 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II (part 1, part 2)
132 -- BRussell -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 5", 4 1/4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Okie --adv-2 (A-/B+), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, no Exam II video (see AZB post)
124 -- JC -- adv-1 (B/B-), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 7/16", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Table Specs, Exam 1, Exam 2
121 -- TheOneGnat -- adv-1 (B/B-), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 1/2 in, 4 in, 1 5/8 in -- no videos (see AZB post and the update)
119 -- Mooneye -- adv-1 (B/B-), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
117 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
112 -- Okie -- adv-1 (B/B-), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
112 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
108 -- row21097 -- int-3 (B-/C+), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 1/2”, 4”, 1 1/2” -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2, part 3), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
102 -- Okie -- int-3 (B-/C+), 52 (B+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
101 -- 67tbird -- int-3 (B-/C+), 46 (B) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
92 -- 67tbird -- int-2 (C+/C), 34 (D+) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
90 -- EagleEye -- int-2 (C+/C), no 10-ball ghost score yet -- table: 9', 5", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- administered at the 2013 BU Summer School Boot Camp
88 -- DrGonzo -- int-2 (C+/C), 47 (B) -- table: 9', 4.5", 4", 1.5" -- no videos (see AZB post)
87 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
78 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
77 -- mamics --int-2 (C+/C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
77 -- SeanChamp -- int-2 (C+/C), 29 (D) -- table: 8', 4 1/2", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
62 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
55 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)

Here are the details and scores for all official BU graduates.
 

dr_dave

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88, 47, 9 ft, 4.5" 4" 1.5".....This was my original score from a couple weeks ago....I should have posted it sooner.
88 exam 1 + 47 exam 2 = nice !

Whats ur 3 x 10 rack median for 10 ball ghost ? (10 racks of 10-ball ghost, 3 times, middle score of the 3)

Cheers.
I'm pretty sure the 88 is his total BU Score (Exam I + Exam II) and the 47 is his 10-ball ghost score. DrGonzo, please correct me if I am wrong.

Regards,
Dave
 

DrGonzo

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I'm pretty sure the 88 is his total BU Score (Exam I + Exam II) and the 47 is his 10-ball ghost score. DrGonzo, please correct me if I am wrong.

Regards,
Dave

That is correct :) like I said, could have been better, could have been worse. I lost points on the stop shot drills in exam one when the balls werent totally straight going in, and it ended up as a stun shot down the tangent line instead of a stop shot.
 

mamics

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I'm pretty sure the 88 is his total BU Score (Exam I + Exam II) and the 47 is his 10-ball ghost score.

Doh - sorry - I figured 88 was way too low for combined exam scores as 47 for ghost score is well above 88 BU rating ? (but like you said - ur exam scores could have been alot better - I'm sure they will be next test for you)

Cheers.
 

dr_dave

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Just a reminder for those who haven't posted results yet (especially those who said they would) to consider doing the exams this weekend.

Have fun,
Dave
List of AZB'ers who have taken the BU playing-ability exams so far (in ranked order):

BU score -- Username -- BU Rating, 10-ball ghost rating -- table: size, corner pocket mouth, throat, shelf -- Video links (if available):

168 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
161 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
160 -- scottjen26 -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
159 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
157 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), no Exam II video yet (see AZB post)
156 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
149 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
148 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 2 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2)
141 -- 12squared (Dave Gross) -- adv-3 (A+/A); 78 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
141 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
135 -- dr_dave -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 54 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 3/4", 4 1/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
133 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
132 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II (part 1, part 2)
132 -- BRussell -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 5", 4 1/4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Okie --adv-2 (A-/B+), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, no Exam II video (see AZB post)
124 -- JC -- adv-1 (B/B-), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 7/16", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Table Specs, Exam 1, Exam 2
121 -- TheOneGnat -- adv-1 (B/B-), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 1/2 in, 4 in, 1 5/8 in -- no videos (see AZB post and the update)
119 -- Mooneye -- adv-1 (B/B-), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
117 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
112 -- Okie -- adv-1 (B/B-), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
112 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
108 -- row21097 -- int-3 (B-/C+), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 1/2”, 4”, 1 1/2” -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2, part 3), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
102 -- Okie -- int-3 (B-/C+), 52 (B+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
101 -- 67tbird -- int-3 (B-/C+), 46 (B) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
92 -- 67tbird -- int-2 (C+/C), 34 (D+) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
90 -- EagleEye -- int-2 (C+/C), no 10-ball ghost score yet -- table: 9', 5", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- administered at the 2013 BU Summer School Boot Camp
88 -- DrGonzo -- int-2 (C+/C), 47 (B) -- table: 9', 4.5", 4", 1.5" -- no videos (see AZB post)
87 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
78 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
77 -- mamics --int-2 (C+/C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
77 -- SeanChamp -- int-2 (C+/C), 29 (D) -- table: 8', 4 1/2", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
62 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
55 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)

Here are the details and scores for all official BU graduates.
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I am very happy to announce the release of the Billiard University (BU) website: BilliardUniversity.org

I've been working on this project for about two years, and my efforts have been supported by a "dream team" of top instructors (the "founding professors" of the BU): Jerry Briesath, Mark Finkelstein, Randy Goettlicher, Bob Jewett, Mike Page, Tom Simpson, Mark Wilson, David Alciatore, and Randy Russell.

Please try the free BU playing-ability exams to assess your game and monitor improvement over time. Your BU score gives you a player rating and can qualify you to earn a diploma (Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate of Pool). All of the exam documents (with well-illustrated shot diagrams) and score sheets needed to take the exams and track your progress are available on the BU Exam Resources Page.

The following videos provide complete demonstrations of all exam drills, along with how to score them:
BU Exam I Overview - demonstrations and scoring of the Fundamentals Exam
BU Exam II Overview - demonstrations and scoring of the Skills Exam

Please post your score after you take the exams so I can add your results to the list above. Also, if you have a video camera, please film and post videos for your exams. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the BU Exam Instructions document, and the following videos demonstrate each step in the process:
Video Recording - recording official exam runs for on-line submittal
Video Submittal - uploading videos and applying for a diploma

With your BU score, please also report your table size and corner pocket info shown in the following diagram:

table_pocket_measurements.jpg

Also please try the 10-ball "playing the ghost" drill so we can see how well a practiced BU score compares to an average "playing the ghost" score.
 

12squared

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Graduation Photos

Although I just squeaked by, I am so proud of my Doctorate of Pool that I had to capture the moment... :)


- yes, this is Dean Dave, Phd's (formerly known as Dr. Dave) cap and gown :thumbup:



Thank you from the newest Dr. Dave!
 

JC

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So once you have enough participants then we can take the results to the streets.

Match up different people head to head to see if the results are as expected based on the BU scores.

JC
 

dr_dave

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So once you have enough participants then we can take the results to the streets.

Match up different people head to head to see if the results are as expected based on the BU scores.
That might be a little tough logistically, but it sounds like fun to me. If any of the users on the list live close to you, set up a match and let us know how it goes.

Catch you later,
Dave
 

dr_dave

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Although I just squeaked by, I am so proud of my Doctorate of Pool that I had to capture the moment... :)


- yes, this is Dean Dave, Phd's (formerly known as Dr. Dave) cap and gown :thumbup:



Thank you from the newest Dr. Dave!
Thanks for posting the photos. I'm glad you are proud of your "Doctorate of Pool" diploma. I hope people won't think that the academic robe comes with the diploma ... it doesn't (although, it does look cool).

Thanks again,
the other Dr. Dave
 

dr_dave

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FYI, we had our first annual BU Summer School Boot Camp in Fort Collins this past weekend. BU professors Bob Jewett, Randy Russell, and I were the instructors. We had 8 students, 2 of which are AZB members (radicalone and EagleEye). EagleEye reached the "Bachelors with Honors" level by the end of the weekend. Congratulations to him! I've added his data below. 7 of the 8 students earned diplomas during the course. Some are already listed on the online official BU graduates list and a few will be submitting videos later to improve their scores.
Here's a group of our first BU Summer School Boot Camp graduating class, with the instructors:

BU_Summer_School_graduates_2013.jpg

back row, left to right: Dave A., Tom T., Pom R., Bob E., John S., Bob J., Mark H., Seanna M.
front row, left to right: Rollie W., Conrad R., Randy R.

We had a great time, and I look forward to an even better event next year.

Regards,
Dave
 

mamics

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Just a reminder for those who haven't posted results yet (especially those who said they would) to consider doing the exams this weekend.

Sorry Dave - its been a big week of armchair sport (Aussie open Snooker, 1st Ashes Test Cricket, plus the regular NRL (Rugby League) games & talk shows) - I havent played or practiced at all in the last 6 days or so ! tut tut !! :-D

At least I got my table cloth tightened Saturday morning - got rid of those small / slight (annoyingly cosmetic) pocket mouth bubbles in the cloth. (My pool table vendor came & took 2 rails off & re-did some stapling - I'm happy with the results)

I'm planning on doing exam 2 practice & scoring exam 2 soon. Might be another week or two though.
Cheers.
 

12squared

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Thanks for posting the photos. I'm glad you are proud of your "Doctorate of Pool" diploma. I hope people won't think that the academic robe comes with the diploma ... it doesn't (although, it does look cool).

Thanks again,
the other Dr. Dave

Thanks for allowing Di to bribe you with a nice brunch to bring over and loan me the cap & gown for the picture. It was fun to pretend I was smart for a few minutes! :) (now back to my regularly scheduled life).

I hope everyone is taking this with humor as it was intended. But I am the first doctor in the family.

Dr. Dave
 

dr_dave

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Sorry Dave - its been a big week of armchair sport (Aussie open Snooker, 1st Ashes Test Cricket, plus the regular NRL (Rugby League) games & talk shows) - I havent played or practiced at all in the last 6 days or so ! tut tut !! :-D

At least I got my table cloth tightened Saturday morning - got rid of those small / slight (annoyingly cosmetic) pocket mouth bubbles in the cloth. (My pool table vendor came & took 2 rails off & re-did some stapling - I'm happy with the results)

I'm planning on doing exam 2 practice & scoring exam 2 soon. Might be another week or two though.
Cheers.
Sounds good. Thanks for the update. Good luck with Exam II.

Catch you later,
Dave
 

dr_dave

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Here's the latest, with a new score of 98 from Eagleshot via PM:

List of AZB'ers who have taken the BU playing-ability exams so far (in ranked order):

BU score -- Username -- BU Rating, 10-ball ghost rating -- table: size, corner pocket mouth, throat, shelf -- Video links (if available):

168 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
161 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
160 -- scottjen26 -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
159 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
157 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), no Exam II video yet (see AZB post)
156 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
149 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
148 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 2 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2)
141 -- 12squared (Dave Gross) -- adv-3 (A+/A); 78 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
141 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
135 -- dr_dave -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 54 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 3/4", 4 1/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
133 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
132 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II (part 1, part 2)
132 -- BRussell -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 5", 4 1/4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Okie --adv-2 (A-/B+), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, no Exam II video (see AZB post)
124 -- JC -- adv-1 (B/B-), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 7/16", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Table Specs, Exam 1, Exam 2
121 -- TheOneGnat -- adv-1 (B/B-), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 1/2 in, 4 in, 1 5/8 in -- no videos (see AZB post and the update)
119 -- Mooneye -- adv-1 (B/B-), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
117 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
112 -- Okie -- adv-1 (B/B-), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
112 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
108 -- row21097 -- int-3 (B-/C+), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 1/2”, 4”, 1 1/2” -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2, part 3), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
102 -- Okie -- int-3 (B-/C+), 52 (B+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
101 -- 67tbird -- int-3 (B-/C+), 46 (B) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
98 -- Eagleshot -- int-3 (B-/C+), 48 (B) -- table: 9', 4 1/2, 4", 1 1/4" -- no videos (from PM)
92 -- 67tbird -- int-2 (C+/C), 34 (D+) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
90 -- EagleEye -- int-2 (C+/C), no 10-ball ghost score yet -- table: 9', 5", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- administered at the 2013 BU Summer School Boot Camp
88 -- DrGonzo -- int-2 (C+/C), 47 (B) -- table: 9', 4.5", 4", 1.5" -- no videos (see AZB post)
87 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
78 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
77 -- mamics --int-2 (C+/C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
77 -- SeanChamp -- int-2 (C+/C), 29 (D) -- table: 8', 4 1/2", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
62 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
55 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)

Here are the details and scores for all official BU graduates.
 

dr_dave

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FYI, Mooneye got an official diploma with a higher score (135). Here's the latest:

List of AZB'ers who have taken the BU playing-ability exams so far (in ranked order):

BU score -- Username -- BU Rating, 10-ball ghost rating -- table: size, corner pocket mouth, throat, shelf -- Video links (if available):

168 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
161 -- Gerry Williams -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
160 -- scottjen26 -- semi pro (A++/AAA), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
159 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
157 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), no Exam II video yet (see AZB post)
156 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-3 (A+/A), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
149 -- scottjen26 -- adv-3 (A+/A), 64 (A+) -- table 9', 4 1/2", 3 7/8", 1 1/2" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II
148 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 2 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2)
141 -- 12squared (Dave Gross) -- adv-3 (A+/A); 78 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
141 -- Neil -- adv-3 (A+/A); 60 (A) -- table: 7', 4 1/8", 3 1/2", 1 3/8" -- Exam I (part 1, part 2), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
135 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 5/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
135 -- dr_dave -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 54 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 3/4", 4 1/8", 1 3/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
133 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 5/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
132 -- Gerry Williams -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 73 (Pro) -- table: 9', 4 1/2", 4", 1 7/8" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II (part 1, part 2)
132 -- BRussell -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 5", 4 1/4", 1 1/2" -- Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Okie --adv-2 (A-/B+), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
127 -- Mooneye -- adv-2 (A-/B+), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 5/8" -- Exam I, no Exam II video (see AZB post)
124 -- JC -- adv-1 (B/B-), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 7/16", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- Table Specs, Exam 1, Exam 2
121 -- TheOneGnat -- adv-1 (B/B-), 51 (B+) -- table: 8', 4 1/2 in, 4 in, 1 5/8 in -- no videos (see AZB post and the update)
119 -- Mooneye -- adv-1 (B/B-), 49 (B) -- table: 7', 4 7/8", 4 1/8", 1 5/8" -- Exam I, Exam II
117 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
112 -- Okie -- adv-1 (B/B-), 61 (A+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
112 -- RobMan -- adv-1 (B/B-), 46 (B) -- table: 9', 5", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
108 -- row21097 -- int-3 (B-/C+), 57 (A) -- table: 9', 4 1/2”, 4”, 1 1/2” -- Table Specs, Exam I (part 1, part 2, part 3), Exam II (part 1, part 2, part 3)
102 -- Okie -- int-3 (B-/C+), 52 (B+) -- table: 9', 4 3/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
101 -- 67tbird -- int-3 (B-/C+), 46 (B) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
98 -- Eagleshot -- int-3 (B-/C+), 48 (B) -- table: 9', 4 1/2, 4", 1 1/4" -- no videos (from PM)
92 -- 67tbird -- int-2 (C+/C), 34 (D+) -- table: 8', 4 1/4", 4", 1 1/2" -- no videos (see AZB post)
90 -- EagleEye -- int-2 (C+/C), no 10-ball ghost score yet -- table: 9', 5", 3 7/8", 1 3/8" -- administered at the 2013 BU Summer School Boot Camp
88 -- DrGonzo -- int-2 (C+/C), 47 (B) -- table: 9', 4.5", 4", 1.5" -- no videos (see AZB post)
87 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
78 -- iusedtoberich -- int-2 (C+/C), 38 (C) -- table: 9', 5 1/8", 4 1/8", 1 1/2" -- Table Specs, Exam I, Exam II
77 -- mamics --int-2 (C+/C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
77 -- SeanChamp -- int-2 (C+/C), 29 (D) -- table: 8', 4 1/2", no throat yet, 1" -- no videos (see AZB post)
62 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)
55 -- mamics -- int-1 (C), 20 (D) -- table: 9', 4 5/8", 3 13/16", 1 1/4" -- no videos (see AZB post)

Here are the details and scores for all official BU graduates.
 
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