>From: "Todd L"
>> I took over a house tournament (just so we could keep it going) about
>> 3 months ago where we use the typical 3-10 ranking system (atleast
>> typical in Arizona). Although I thought I was doing a good job in
>> judging people progress and bumping them up in rankings when
>> appropriate I have had a few complaints the last few weeks (from the
>> same person) about one player who I still have shooting as a 6 and he
>> thinks he should be a 7.
>> So here is my actual question. Is there somewhere on the internet
>> that has descriptions of abilities one should have/lack at each level
>> so not only can I understand them better but could show someone who is
>> doubting the current rankings of players.
>> Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Why handicap at all? Make it a "B" tournament where the best players can't
At the poolhall I go to most often, they have an 8 ball tournament every
thursday at 7:30 pm sharp. It is a "B" tournament, no handicap, race to 3 on
the winners, race to 2 on the losers side. He uses 8 of the 8ft. tables, no
barboxes. He only allows 32 players. He turned away 4 players last week because
he already had 32. It is over by 12-1 am at the latest. If you win 2 weeks in a
row, you ahve to sit out a week. If you keep getting better, which most do, he
may not let you play if he thinks you are dominating the field. Yes,
occasionally a very good player that he don't know sneaks in. But rare. Since I
play so badly, he lets me in to contribute to the "cause".
He charges $7 which includes $2 green fees. The other $5 is paid out. He
tries to pay approx. 20-25% of the field. If you are waiting, you can play on
any of the other tables for free while in the tournament.
It took him awhile to get to this point, but it seems to be working for him.
If you're dead-set on handicapping, there is NO perfect system.