April 12, 2019

Team League

‘Spring Session 2019’

What:

Calgary’s ( and maybe even Canada’s ) first ever Team Pinball League.  Think ‘recreational hockey/curling/volleyball/(enter whatever Team sport you relate to)’ but for Pinball!!!  Each participant will belong to a Team and play each meet night with that same group of individuals against an opposing Team.  Points will be accumulated through the various rounds, and there will be a winning and losing Team at the end of the match.  See details below for some of the finer points

When:

Apr 30 to June 25 (Every 2nd Tue).  Each Team will play 4 regular season matches and then all Teams compete in the finals on the 5th meet.

Where: 

The Atlantic Trap and Gill and Pin-Bar.  Each meet night will have matches going on concurrently at both venues.  Specific locations for each Team will be based on the schedule that will be developed before

Who: 

Open to everyone!  All experience and skill levels.  Sign up as an individual, small group, or full Team.  We will form the Teams to make sure everyone that wants to be part of this will be!  Minors can participate so long as they adhere to the time restrictions at the venues (i.e. if not allowed for a match a substitute player will need to fill in for them). 

Can’t commit to the full season but still want to participate?  Sign up as a Substitute Player, and all Team Captains and Co-Captains will be given your contact info to reach out if they are in need to fill their roster for a particular match.

Why:

Because Pinball is awesome and Team sports are awesome… why the heck don’t we try to combine them!

Cost:

League dues $10 per person

Machine play on Coin Drop

Email stampedecitypinball@gmail.com to sign up!

Some more details:

Team League will use the following 5 core values to navigate decision making and we encourage all participants to keep all in mind as a basis for their participation in the league:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Community
  • Learning
  • Competition
  • Fun

Team League is not IFPA sanctioned ( no WPPR points will be awarded )

Team League ‘Spring Session’ is planned as a pilot project to gauge interest in this format, test the structure, and if successful will result in a full rollout in Fall 2019 with potentially more venues and participants

Based on number of individual sign-ups over the next few weeks we will determine the size of each Team and total number of Teams.  As a starting point we are roughly expecting 6 Teams of 8 members, but we have flexibility to accommodate more or less and still schedule an awesome ‘Spring Session’ of Team pinball fun

Captains and Co-captains for each Team will be responsible for ensuring their Team fields a full roster of players for each match. 

Currently each ‘match’ is expected to go like this:

  • 6-7:30pm(ish) – Each Team arrives at the venue (Pin-Bar or the Trap) and warms up, while captains and co-captains of each Team organize the match
  • 7:30(ish)-9:30pm(ish) – Match is played as follows: 
    • Round 1: Doubles  – Individual Play (2vs2)
    • Round 2: Doubles  – Individual Play (2vs2)
    • Half Time Short Break – Social time!
    • Round 3: Singles – Individual Play (1vs1)
    • Round 4: Doubles – Split finger (2vs2)
    • Tie Breaker (if required): Doubles – Alternate Ball (2vs2)
  • 9:30pm(ish)-whenever/closing time: Social time!

For the ‘Spring Session’ Team restrictions will not be enforced to prevent a Team from loading up with too many top players… however please remember the 5 core values when forming Teams (in particular Learning) as it is encouraged to distribute the top players to different Teams across the league.

Otherwise IFPA rules will be followed… with situational modifications at the discretion of League Officials based on the 5 core values.

Speaking of Learning one key difference of Team League rules compared to standard IFPA rules will be that Coaching of Teammates between balls and during play is allowed and encouraged. When coaching a player who is actively playing, that player must still adhere to IFPA/PAPA rule of not delaying more than 30 seconds while discussing or taking instruction from a Teammate coaching them. If they do, the delay of game rules as described in the IFPA/PAPA rule are in effect.

Not sure about this Team League business… what’s going on this Spring for standard IFPA events?  No problem.  Biweekly Wednesdays May 8 to July 17 at the Trap are going to be an awesome new multi-day tournament format.  Check out all the details on our Tournaments page.

Questions?  Post them on Facebook or shoot an email to stampedecitypinball@gmail.com

Happy flipping Calgary!