29 Jul 2004 14:49:11
Snoozy
Rating Inflation

Are players nowadays getting higher ratings than they deserve overall
or is this just a local fluctuation?

According to the ratings chart Bob Campbell published in 1997, I would
be a B player, with occasional brief forays into A status. Yet
locally I have been considered A+, and since I keep getting into the
top 3 in tourney money, they just informed me I will be an A++ next
week. It's not just me, it seems everyone in the room has a rating
too high. And not just this room but another room I go to
occasionally about 70 miles away, where I am rated an A and some of
the players suggest I should be an A+.

I reprinted Bob Campbells ratings chart below for reference.

Snoozy



9-Ball Tournament race to 7 (Dec.1997 "All About Pool" magazine,
article
by Bob Cambell)
Handicap rankings

D- Player
will not run a rack
average run is about 3 balls
with ball in hand, will get out from the 7, one out of 3 times
rarely plays a successful safe

C-Player
will probably run one rack, but usually not
avg. run is 3 to 5 balls
with ball in hand, will get out from the 7, two out of 3 times
mixed results when playing safe
inning ends due to botched position, missed shot or attempting a
safe.

B-Player
Able to run 1 to 3 racks
avg. run is 5-7 balls
with ball in hand will get out form the 5, 2 out of 3 times
most of the time a "B" player will play a "safety" which maybe hit
easily 2 out of 3 times
a typical inning will end with a missed shot, a fair safety, or a
won game

A-Player
will string 2 to 3 racks
avg. ball run, 7-9
with ball in hand, will be out from the 3 ball, 2 out of 3 times
typical inning will end with a well executed safety or a win.

OPEN-Players
average 8+ balls
string racks together more than once in a match
is a threat to run out from every ball, from every position, every
inning
typical inning will end in excellent safety or win


29 Jul 2004 22:46:40
Cuesrus
Re: Rating Inflation

>ocally I have been considered A+, and since I keep getting into the
>top 3 in tourney money, they just informed me I will be an A++ next week

seems to me if you Keep getting to the Top Three Money Spots you should be one
of the top ranked players.
what is the ranking of the other top finishers?

bob


30 Jul 2004 09:34:29
Snoozy
Re: Rating Inflation

Cuesrus wrote
> seems to me if you Keep getting to the Top Three Money Spots you
> should be one of the top ranked players. what is the ranking of
> the other top finishers?

I agree I should be one of the top ranked players for this room. I'm
just suggesting that everyone in the room is at least 1 rank overrated
according to Bob Campbell's chart from 1997. They don't rank anyone
as a D player. Maybe nowadays giving someone a D rating isn't
politically correct. So thus the D players are given a C. . ., C
players are ranked as B . . . and so on. Rating inflation.

Snoozy


31 Jul 2004 14:34:54
Erik Jørgensen
Re: Rating Inflation

* Snoozy (snoozy@chocolatarian.com):

> I agree I should be one of the top ranked players for this room. I'm
> just suggesting that everyone in the room is at least 1 rank overrated
> according to Bob Campbell's chart from 1997. They don't rank anyone
> as a D player. Maybe nowadays giving someone a D rating isn't
> politically correct. So thus the D players are given a C. . ., C
> players are ranked as B . . . and so on. Rating inflation.

But is Campbell's chart "correct"? All ranking are naturally subjective
to some extent, and I thought I'd copy what Phil Capelle says in "Play
Your Best Pool" and "Play Your Best 9-ball." His way of classifying
players would almost make Campbells C player a B+ or something by
Capelle's standards.

Play Your Best 9-ball (Introduction, VIII):

Player Ratings
C is an average player. Your typical daily hih run is 5-6 balls.
B is an advanced player, You can consistently run 5-7 balls, and are
capable of running the easier layouts.
A is an expert player. You can run complete racks with consistency.

Play Your Best Pool (p. 386-387):

The Pyramid of Excellence

The pyramid of excellence provides you with a visual demonstration of the
various levels of play from beginner (D) through touring professional
(A+). I'll take a moment to describe them briefly:

D: A beginner or someone who plays so infrequently that their game
remains in the beginner category.
C-: A below average player - this denotes a playerwith some recognizable
skills who has definitely risen from the ranks of the beginners. This is
the first major milestone.
C: An average player - describes a large section of pool enthsiasts with
experience whose games perhaps have leveled off, or that only play
occcasionally.
C+: Above average player - this group plays a very acceptable game of
pool. They tend to dominate their level of competition.
B-: This is perhaps the biggest hurdle, as a good nmber of players peak
at the C+ level. A B- is a good palyer who is quite capable of running a
rack of Eight Ball or Nine Ball. However, they usually lack consistency.
B: A solid, advanced player - these players can run out fairly regularly,
but lack a little consistency.
B+: Players at this level are often mistaken for a lower level A players
when they are playing well because they play a very tough, well-rounded
game. They can run out from nearly anywhere at any time.
A-: Another big jump is required to break through to the "A" level. This
group of players could be classified as semi-pros or top amateurs. They
are very skilled in nearly all facets of the game. They run out easily
and very often.
A: A professional quality player who can compete with and occcasionally
beat all but the best players. Very skilled, solid, and consistent. Runs
multiple racks quite often. Tough to beat.
A+: touring Pro - the best. Skilled in every area of the game. Breaks and
runs out multiple racks regularly. Definitely in a class by themselves.

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