Stern WrestleMania Launch Party . . . IFPA looking for volunteers!

WWEProFrontPageImageWe're looking to round up some volunteers to help us with hosting the Stern Wrestlemania Pinball Launch Party tournaments.

The date Stern is targeting is February 20-22nd weekend.

If you are interested in helping serve as an IFPA representative for a launch party in your city, please send me an email (ifpapinball at gmail dot com) including the city you live in. We'll then get that information to Stern to try and find a distributor/operator/location owner in your area to match you up with to get the party set up.

IFPA representative duties would include game setup at the site, along with running the tournament portion of the party.

IFPA Flippin’ With the Greats – LIVE at Alice Cooperstown for Super Bowl week

unnamedThe IFPA is excited to be teaming up with Alice Cooper, Mike Ditka and Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund for a special Pinball Tournament during Super Bowl week at Alice Cooperstown! A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit Solid Rock and Gridiron Greats. If you want to compete, registration and qualifying rounds start Wednesday, January 28th at 5 p.m.! Winners will be awarded on Saturday night the 31st at 6 p.m. followed by a live concert with Dash Cooper and CO-OP!

 

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

Get behind Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and "LIKE" Gridiron Support on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org.

 

Inaugural IFPA European Pinball Championship field is set!

20150121_140302For the 2014-15 season, the IFPA launched the European Championship Series. 1136 players participated in the 17 ECS events held throughout the year.

While nearly 600 players from the US and Canada will be battling in their various States and Provinces on February 7th, we can't forget about the 32 players that will be competing to become the first ever IFPA European Pinball Champion.

Here are the first round matchups:

1 Daniele Celestino Acciari – 32 Dirk Klaver
2 Michael Trepp – 31 Roland Schwarz
3 Robert Sutter – 30 Greg Mott
4 Roberto Pedroni – 29 Cesare D'Atri
5 Paul Jongma – 28 Giuseppe Violante
6 Franck Bona – 27 Martin Ayub
7 Markus Stix – 26 Marcus Hugosson
8 Lukasz Romanowski – 25 Levente Tregova
9 Jorian Engelbrektsson – 24 Helena Walter
10 David Mainwaring – 23 Philippe Bocquet
11 Norman Heikamp – 22 Jérémy Reynaud
12 Jonas Johansson – 21 Ramon Richard
13 Peter Blakemore – 20 Jan Anders Nilsson
14 Olli-Mikko Ojamies 19 Albert Nomden
15 Linus Persson – 18 Gabriel Ortiz
16 Marcin Krysinski – 17 Martin Janczyk

Besides the prestigious title on the line, those players not yet qualified for the IFPA12 World Pinball Championship will be competing to earn one of the two Satellite Spots available.

We're also excited to announce that the ECS will be back for the 2015-16 season. Details about the ECS can be found HERE.

Vox Q&A with Adam McKinnie

20141123_VOXLAZERLANES_SK_073_web1-560x373Vox Magazine from Columbia, MO interviewed Missouri's top ranked player Adam McKinnie. Adam will be participating in the Missouri SCS coming up in a few short weeks. Click HERE to read the article.

Winter 2014 Kidforce Pinball Finals

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On Saturday January 17th and Sunday January 18th Kidforce Pinball League had thier Winter League Pinball Finals. We had to stretch it over 2 days as our league has grown by leaps and bounds

On the 17th Kidforce Pinball had the Finals for divisions C and D

We had a fairly large turnout for these divisions as everyone competed for the custom pinball trophies, made by Angela Drobka, and that coveted title of Division Champion. The competition was fast and furious as you can see below.

Click HERE to read full details and see pictures

Vermonters Pursue Pinball Championship

vermontABC22/FOX44 in Vermont was LIVE at Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, home of the 2014-15 Vermont State Championship all morning. Players featured include Steve Daniels(#1 seed), Nick Pizzuti(#4 seed), Jake Blend(#11 seed), Todd Baumeister(#3 seed), Thom Corrado(#8 seed), Joshua Nickerson(#9 seed) and Kaila Fong(#10 seed).

Click HERE to watch all the videos.

IFPA Flippin’ With the Greats League – Grand Final raffle winners

FWG-Logo-AThe IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have become eligible for the Flippin' With the Greats Grand Final this upcoming March in Las Vegas in conjunction with the IFPA Pin-Masters, to play for a BRAND NEW pinball machine:

AFC North – Cryss Stephens
AFC East – James Swain Jr.
AFC West – Wes Upchurch
NFC North – Robert Gagno
NFC East – Brian Davis
NFC West – Marcus Trevino

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FLR = Francesco La Rocca

FRAblog post courtesy of Francesco La Rocca

FLR: who is he?
Francesco La Rocca, a guy from Italy that moved to the USA in 1996!

At that time NYC had one of the saddest years regarding pinball: The Famous Arcade on Broadway closed and pinball (for the most part) disappeared. Francesco, who had moved to Brooklyn, went around but couldn't find a game that he loved since he was a kid!

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IFPA12 World Pinball Championship – Registration is now OPEN!

IFPA 12-Final ArtThe IFPA is proud to announce that registration for the 12th Annual IFPA World Pinball Championship is now open! For more details check out the registration page HERE!

The initial invite list is open for the top 100 players in the World Pinball Player Rankings as of 1/1/2015. Based on the interest of the top 100, we may extend the invite list additional spots so please monitor the registration page at your leisure. Should you be interested, please send payment to the IFPA as your way of committing to attending the tournament. Should you not be interested, it is equally important that we know, so please send an email to the IFPA stating you will not be available to participate.

Should you have any questions about our qualifying process or to find out more information about the tournament, please contact the IFPA at ifpapinball@gmail.com.

Two of the 64 spots will also be available for the highest ranked finisher not already in the IFPA field at both the 2014-15 IFPA US National Pinball Championship and the 2014-15 IFPA European Pinball Championship.

The IFPA12 World Pinball Championship is sponsored by Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Raw Thrills, Farsight Studios, Betson Enterprises, Marco Specialties, Planetary Pinball Supply, Bay Area Amusements, Tilt Amusements, Play Meter Magazine, GameWorks, Zen Studios, Pinball Center, Specialty Coin, Happ Controls, Color DMD, Game Exchange of Colorado, the Amusement and Music Operators Association, the American Amusement Manufacturers Association and the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association.

2014 – IFPA State of the Union

With the 2014 pinball season coming to an end, the World Pinball Player Rankings continues to show no signs of slowing down within the competitive pinball community. We wanted to take a quick look back at the growth we've seen during 2014.

We're proud to say that the total number of players the IFPA is now ranking at the end of 2014 is 29,369. This represents a 34% growth from the end of 2013 where we had 21,882 players. In addition, the number of players that played in an IFPA endorsed tournament during 2014 was 13,353, up 36% from the number of players that were active during 2013.

We’ve also seen incredible growth in the number of tournaments popping up all over the world. Total number of events for 2014 was 2454, up 53% from last year.

The IFPA wishes to thank everyone in the competitive pinball community for continuing to support everything we do to spread the world about our incredible sport to the masses.