Race To Points

In the Race-to-Points format, players play to their individual ratings against a single opponent. Players earn 1 point for each ball pocketed and 8 points for the 8-ball, 9 points for the 9-ball or 10 points for the 10-ball respectively for each of the different game types. The first player to have earned enough points to reach or exceed their rating, is the winner of the set. If both players have earned enough points to reach or exceed their rating, then the player who wins the last rack is the winner of the set.

Teams can have up to 8 players on their roster with 5 players playing in each match. Teams flip or lag to determine who puts up a player for the first set. Once a team has put up a player, the opposing team puts up a player from their roster. Once the player pairing has been established, the two players choose to flip or lag to see who wins the opening break. The second set is started by having the opposing team put a player up and having the original team put one of their players up against that player. This rotation continues until all sets have been played.

Player ratings are calculated over a series of sets based on how players perform in those sets. Data like innings, safeties and how many points a player earns in their set are tracked. This data is then formulated into a player rating indicating a player's ability. New players will be assigned a temporary rating for the first 3 sets played. Players will be assigned a rating of 45 when playing in the Leisure divisions and a rating of 50 when playing in the Advanced or Masters divisions. When a new player plays in a set, both players will race to the temporary rating regardless of the opponent's actual rating. Once the new player has played 3 sets, they will have enough scores in their history to have a calculated rating. This calculated rating will change over time based on how the individual player performs in the sets they play.