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Our mission is to provide every billiard player a personal dashboard evaluating their level and skill dynamics

In order to be able to make valid statements about technical skill we defined several criteria that describe skill level in terms of quality and quantity. These criteria are to become an important guideline at the practice regime of an athlete and also a tool for coaches and individuals which helps to develop players skills.

Criteria of technical skill

Ball pocketing

Ratio of balls pocketed to total number of attacking shots. Measured in percent, 0 to 100%. Balls pocketed unintentionally are not considered, neither are safeties and break shots, but balls made on a foul are considered

Break shot quality

Ratio of successful break shots to total number of break shot attempts. Measured in percent, 0 to 100%. A break shot is successful if at least one ball was pocketed and the player’s inning continued

Runouts

Ratio of runouts to total number of racks played. Measured in percent, 0 to 100%. Runout is a situation where a player stays at the table pocketing all the balls required to win a rack, without the opponent getting a visit at the table. Here not only break and runs are considered but also those racks where the player’s opponent made first (unsuccessful) shot.

Average run

Average number of balls pocketed by the player per inning. Calculated as a ratio of total balls pocketed to total number of innings

Safeties

Ratio of successful safety shots to total number of safety shots attempted. Measured in percent, 0 to 100%. A safety shot is considered to be successful if:

  • the player’s opponent committed a foul after such a safety;
  • the player did not leave his opponent an open table
Position play

Integral value which reflects position play success by three quotients. It denotes the difference between average run and average complexity rate for a certain ball being played.

An important role in calculation of this goes to the average run, as it is directly linked to cue ball control skills. Average shot complexity is deducted from average run by three aforementioned factors. There is a possibility that this criterion value could turn negative if average run of a player is pretty low.

Rating

Composite index of main player's performance indicators. To calculate the rating we use average complexity of balls pocketed, position play quality, attacking shots accuracy, break shot quality, safeties quality, runout percentage, fouls percentage and other parameters. Exact formula is not disclosed. We are constantly working to improve it. Our main task is to remove any subjective factors with the use of mathematical statistics in order to provide unified and objective evaluation of technical skill level for billiard players of various abilities.

Individual performance

Average shot duration

Average time per shot, as measured in seconds. It includes time a player takes to approach the table and evaluate the layout. It ends when all balls come to rest after the shot is completed. Shot duration could be unusually long which is caused by a tricky layout or poor position play, depending on the previous shot. Short shot duration usually takes place when the layout is simple and clear and the player feels confident.

Average shot speed

With this parameter one could evaluate the style of play, either soft or aggressive. And therefore it is possible to see which tactics the player prefers in terms of cue ball control.

Average shot distance

Distance between the cue ball and the object ball is taken for calculations. Measured in meters. This parameter provides evaluation of the playing style and the player's strategy.


Average shot complexity

Non-dimensional value which is calculated only for attacking shots, regardless of the ball being pocketed or not. This parameter provides evaluation of the playing style and the player's strategy. The higher average shot complexity, the worse the cue ball control. Otherwise average shot complexity would have tended to get lower for the reason of good position play.

Learn more about the approach to shot complexity calculation at the shot statistics page