I. Quick overview
The IFPA Spanish Championship Series (ESPCS) is an annual pinball competition with players qualifying throughout specific events during the entire calendar year. At the end of each calendar year, the top 16 players with the most points (see below) will play for the title of IFPA Spanish Pinball Champion. The final will be held during the month of December. If any of the top 16 players are unable to participate, any spaces will be made available in order to those who qualified in places 17th and beyond.
II. Competition details
1. How to qualify
Unlike most tournaments where the qualification process takes place over a day or couple of days at the tournament site, qualifying for the IFPA Spanish Championship Series is based on results from a series of IFPA endorsed tournaments in Spain. Utilizing the World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) points system, the IFPA will be tracking results from these ESPCS events, maintaining a custom ranking. The schedule for the 2017 ESPCS season is available here while the current standings for the 2017 ESPCS season are available here.
2. How to Obtain Points
The answer is simple: participating in any of the IFPA endorsed events included in the ESPCS 2017 schedule will grant points to any player competing on it.
At Spain is fairly common that pinball tournaments consist of two categories: Main competition and classics (with a good number of spanish manufactured tables). Therefore both categories give WPPR points and both categories count also towards ESPCS final standings.
It is necessary to mention that only a maximum number of tournaments will count toward the ESPCS clasification. This number of tournaments will be dinamicly weighted according to the number of tournaments in the ESPCS 2017 Schedule. Right now, with 11 tournaments in schedule, the maximum number of counting events is 7. This means that a person who has played, let’s say, 9 tournaments, in the ESPCS standings will only have the points of his 7 best tournaments, losing for the ESPCS standings the points of his two worst results.
3. ESPCS Finals
The ESPCS Finals will be held during the month of December of this present 2017. If there is no changes from now on, it will be held in Biar (Alicante, Spain) during the weekend of December, 9th&10th
The players qualified for the ESPCS 2017 Finals will receive an invitation mail that they must answer agreeing or declining their participation in the event.
Details like format of competition, inscription fee, machines to play, prizes and such things will be included in the invitation mail sent to the qualifiers.