What is the FargoRate Rating System?

FargoRate uses a simple mathematical approach to accurately measure a pool player’s ability relative to everyone else in the world. Whether you are an elite professional or a beginner in a local league, you can be accurately and fairly rated based on your performance rather than the old outdated methods.

How do I lookup a players rating?

Visit http://fairmatch.fargorate.com. You will need to either login with an existing account, or create a new account if it is your first visit to the site. The accounts are free, and you do not need to be a BCAPL member to create an account.

A mobile application is being developed that will serve as the main interface between a player and the FargoRate system. The FargoRate app, amongst other interesting features, will allow a player to review his or her own match history.

What is Robustness?

Robustness is a measure of the reliability of a player’s Fargo Rating. For now, it is simply the number of games a player has played that contribute to his or her rating. A robustness of 200 is a minimum standard for us to consider a rating “established.” In general, a rating is more reliable not only by being based on more games but also by more of those games being recent and by more of those games being against opponents with established ratings. Robustness will likely incorporate these latter two factors in the future, and that is why we don’t simply call it number of games. Players with a robustness under 200, i.e., those with an unestablished rating, have an official rating that is influenced by a starter rating.

What if I don’t have a Fargo Rating?

If you do not have a current FARGO rating, we have converted your NAPA skill level to a FARGO rating and we will be entering them into the system before leagues begin.

New players will be compared to known players and given a similar Fargo rating to start or will have a starter rating of 400 for Men or 300 for Women or leisure players or 525 for average players .

What if I disagree with my rating, or the rating of another player?

A formal form can be submitted and a handicap review will be completed. We will not and can not guarantee you will be satisfied with the result. We are limited in the input of player’s rankings especially if the player has a substantial robustness.

What matches are calculated in a players Fargo Rating?

Fargo ratings are based on the results of 8-ball, 9-ball, 10-ball games played on either 9-foot or 7-foot tables. Matches played in league as well as many tournaments go into a player’s Fargo rating.

How will races be calculated?

For Match-Play Teams, Scotch Doubles and Singles we will use a version of the chart depicted below. An online race calculator is coming very soon.

To calculate your race, take the skill level of the higher level player, and subtract the skill level of the lower level player. Take that number and locate the bracket below that the higher level player falls into, and find where that difference is noted. The higher level player will go to the number on the left, and the lower level player will go to the number on the right.

For Example: Player A has a handicap of 475 and Player B has a handicap of 325. The difference between the players is 150. In the bracket of 400-499, a difference of 150 makes the race 5 to 2. Player A will race to 5 games, while Player B will race to 2.


Under 300

Difference Race To:
0-66 2 to 2
67-112 3 to 2
113+ 4 to 2

300 – 399

Difference Race To:
0-67 3 to 3
68-112 3 to 2
113-147 4 to 2
148+ 5 to 2


Difference Race To:
0-45 4 to 4
46-80 4 to 3
81-147 5 to 3
148-175 5 to 2
176+ 6 to 2

Over 500

Difference Race To:
0-34 5 to 5
35-62 5 to 4
63-108 6 to 4
109-131 6 to 3
132-152 7 to 3
153-199 8 to 3
200-219 7 to 2
220+ 8 to 2

More Information:

For more information about FargoRate, please visit the FargoRate.com website. There is a large amount of information about the system, how it works, and how handicaps are calculated.