IFPA Player Conduct Rules

All players are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner and to contribute to a safe and welcoming play environment. This also applies to behaviors that are not related to gameplay.

The following behaviors are unacceptable tournament conduct. A wide variety of players and observers will be present, including media, and these behaviors do nothing to grow the pinball community or promote pinball as a sport.

– Rudeness toward any Scorekeeper or Tournament Official
– Outbursts, especially those including indecent language
– Displays of physical aggression
– Offensive comments including but not limited to those relating to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
– Verbal, physical, or sexual harassment

Penalties for unacceptable behavior will include warnings, disqualifications, or ejection from the tournament facility at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. See Section III.8 (“Penalty Cards”) for additional information.

Any player who argues a ruling once it has been made will receive a warning. Any player who continues arguing once receiving a warning will receive a score of zero for the game in question, a voided ticket, ejection from the tournament, or ejection from the building, as determined at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director involved.

Any type of assault, be it physical, sexual, verbal or otherwise, is grounds for immediate ejection from the tournament and facility, and authorities will be contacted. Any express or implied threats or actions of violence are grounds for immediate ejection from the facility, and authorities will be contacted. Other possible grounds for ejection include but are not limited to fraud, theft, illegal activity, public drunkenness, stalking, etc.. Any person ejected from the facility is banned and may not return to the property. Banned persons will be prosecuted for trespass if necessary.

Tournament Directors reserve the right to ban players indefinitely in cases of egregious player conduct, such as harassment or assault. In making those determinations, Tournament Directors are expected to prioritize a safe and welcoming play environment over the ability of ejected players to return to future events.