Working on building a league between a few local bars. A lot of folks in this area don't drive, and the five taverns in the area are centrally located.

The plan is to get more 'non-pool' people playing.

So I'm trying to find some sort of handicap system that not only works, but is easy to understand and explain to the players, too.

I once played in a BCA league that each ball was worth a point, and the eight was worth three points.

For example, if you lost the game, but made five of your group of balls, the game is scored 10-5 (10 going to the winner, 1 point for each ball, three points for the 8, for a total of 10 points).

Your average/handicap is figured as follows: the total number of balls you make, divided by the number of games you play. So if you played four games (say, the first night you play), and you win two games (10 points each), and lose the other two but make 6 balls in each game, that total is 32. Divided by four games, your handicap is 8.

Over the course of a season, you'd play more games and make more balls. And your average would rise or fall, depending on those numbers.

But the formula was easy enough to understand.

Total balls divided by games played.

I'd like to find a handicap system that's maybe a little more comprehensive.

But an easy enough formula to explain to someone considering joining the league.

Any input is appreciated...