Systematic Speed Ratio FAQ’s

What is the Systematic Speed Ratio (SSR)?

The SSR program is a truly revolutionary program designed by professional pool players. It monitors and adjusts each player objectively as it calculates more than 36 aspects of performance in order to provide the necessary information to take your game to the next level. The SSR program not only provides accurate handicapped match play but is also programmed to monitor and study “Sandbagging.” It is the “World Champion” who is always monitoring your game and is designed to bring out your best game. The SSR Program is the best rating program in the billiard industry and is the trusted system of the UPA.

Metrics Included in SSR Calculation:

  • Overall Performance
  • Skill level of the mechanics of play
  • Skill used to react to defensive strategy used against the player
  • The use, execution and effectiveness of a planned strategy
  • Breaks, runs and averages on many levels, etc.

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What Speed (Rating) will I start with?

Your League Operator (LO) will prescribe you an Initial Speed” (IS) based on player information. Here is a basic outline of how our system categorizes players;

Advanced (8-10): These players know how to win, apply spin and cue ball control.

Intermediate (4-7): These players have a working knowledge of the game and exhibit characteristics of the game.

Beginner (1-3): These players are learning pool for the first time and struggle with the basics; stance, holding cue properly, rules, no usage of applying English to cue ball, etc.

If an LO prescribes an IS of 2+ Speeds off, they may contact Corporate Office for a possible correction. If a correction was made the LO is required to provide an explanation to the player and the player will receive an email notification from Corporate Office. The UPA recognizes that an IS may need correction for any of the following reasons:

  • Data entry error
  • Lack of player information upon joining
  • Player misrepresents skill level

What is the difference between an IS and an OS?

Initial Speed (IS): This is the Speed an LO prescribed to a new member upon joining which shall serve as the OS until match information has been gathered.

Official Speed (OS): This is the Speed granted to a player once the IS has been submitted and is continually monitored, reviewed, and adjusted by the SSR Program.

Can LOs make Speed adjustments?

No. Once your IS has been finalized, UPA employees and LOs do not have any ability to access or take part in Speed Reviews as they are not professionally qualified, nor have a working knowledge of how the SSR Program operates beyond its basic tenants. UPA employees and it’s LOs cannot request Reviews, provide explanations, nor have the means to edit Speeds at any time. The UPA maintains strict policies and guidelines for the purposes of integrity.

Can I have my Speed Reviewed?

Yes, check your Player Dashboard’s “Reviewed on” date to see if it has been 60 days since your last Review. If so, you can have your Speed(s) Reviewed by a professional pool player by filling out our Speed Review Form. All Reviews are conducted within 7 business days and are final. You will need to check your PD or league night paperwork for changes, if any, as no further communication will occur.

*All Vegas Qualifier and National participants undergo a Special Review that will only be reflected in the PD if a change has been made.

Can I report another Member?

No. Speeds are a matter between the UPA and the member. If you feel that a player’s Speed is too high, encourage them to fill out a Speed Review Form. If you believe that a player’s Speed is too low, keep the following points in mind:

  • Members do not control Speeds
  • The SSR Program factors all games (good/bad)
  • Players may have recently been adjusted
  • Players may play well however struggle to win matches
  • The SSR Program monitors/adjust all players equally

How is my Speed Reviewed?

All Reviews are conducted by professional pool players in the following areas:

  • Has an adjustment been recently made?
  • Is your current Speed properly challenging you?
  • Are you performing above average at your current Speed?
  • Is an adjustment fair for you as well as your opponents?
  • Is there enough match play at the current Speed to clearly make a determination?