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Player of the Month:
February –> Jason Lambert (134.13 WPPR’s)
March –> Levente Tregova (242.87 WPPR’s)
February –> Michael Bair (+12,630 spots), Dutchy van Steeg (+12,571 spots) and Alijoscha Heppner (+11,683 spots)
March –> Chris Blake (+7517 spots), Phil Nguyen (+6507 spots), Jean-Michel Ferland (+6060 spots)
These players have now all qualified for the Stern Rewards Program for 2020. Congrats to everyone!
With the State of Illinois under a stay-at-home order, we’ve been getting a bunch of questions about the availability of games under the Stern Rewards Program. We figured it was easiest to post an update.
For anyone interested in redeeming their reward for something they can get immediately, here’s the current list of games available for immediate delivery through the program:
Star Wars Pin
Stranger Things pro
Stranger Things Premium
Black Knight Premium
Detailed rules for the Stern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.
Yesterday the IFPA announced that Josh Sharpe would be declared the IFPA17 World Pinball Champion later this month. He forgot that all IFPA decisions now have to go through a voting process of the IFPA Board members (those 12 members can be found HERE). By a vote of 11-1, the IFPA is not moving forward with the plan that was announced yesterday.
Originally scheduled for May 29th-31st, 2020 at The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, Florida, the IFPA has officially postponed this event. The new tentative date for IFPA17 will be November 13th-15th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the possibility of those November dates working. If things slip beyond that, the tournament will be rescheduled for 2021 in Florida. All future IFPA hosting sites will be pushed back 1 year to accommodate.
The current list of the 64 players registered for the event will still have access to those spots for November (or any future date). Those players that originally declined their invitation for the May dates will have priority access to the alternate list should any of the current participants not be able to attend. This includes anyone listed as “NOT ATTENDING” on the participants list available HERE.
We will continue to monitor things in the upcoming months as to the viability of the November date. Updates will be posted here as well as sent to the current participant list.
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To ensure the competitive pinball community stays safe and does all it can to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the IFPA has made the difficult decision to change the date and location of the IFPA17 World Pinball Championship.
Originally scheduled for May 29th-31st, 2020 at The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, Florida, the IFPA is moving up the dates of IFPA17 before the pandemic gets worse. The new date for IFPA17 will be April 24-26th, 2020. Due to the current travel restrictions, the site for IFPA17 has moved to IFPA Headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
With the move of IFPA17 to Illinois comes the COVID-19 state orders that the IFPA will need to follow. Yesterday, Governor JB Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through to the end of April statewide.
With that order in place, the IFPA will look to fill the field of IFPA17 with all ranked players currently following the stay-at-home order within IFPA HQ. Amanda Sharpe, once ranked as high as 2177th in the world back in August 2010, hasn’t play in an IFPA sanctioned event since 2015 and is currently not ranked. Other members at IFPA HQ including Colin, Charlotte and Evan Sharpe are also unranked. This leaves Josh Sharpe as the lone eligible participant for the IFPA17 World Pinball Championship.
It’s an extremely tough decision to make, but the IFPA feels that it’s best for everyone for the organization to move forward in this manner. We look forward to awarding Josh Sharpe with his first Major Championship victory after the tournament concludes on April 26th.
In light of ongoing restrictions and public health recommendations across the globe, the IFPA has decided to uphold the suspension of sanctioning for pinball tournaments and leagues for WPPR points until further notice.
We ask that Tournament Directors with pending calendar entries continue to remove them via the tournament manager in order to ensure that players do not think there is still a sanctioned event occurring. For TDs worried about the 30-day advance notice rule, we still plan on waiving that rule once we have this situation behind us and begin sanctioning events again.
To ensure the competitive pinball community stays safe and does all it can to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the IFPA has made the difficult decision to suspend the sanctioning of events.
This means that all IFPA events scheduled on or after Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, will not be sanctioned, approved, or result in the awarding of WPPR points. Results submitted for any event held March 16th, 2020, and prior will be approved as normal. We will revisit this decision on March 31st, 2020, and determine our continued course of action at that point.
We are also asking that Tournament Directors with pending calendar entries within that time frame please remove them via the tournament manager in order to ensure players do not think there is still a sanctioned event occurring. For TD’s worried about the 30-day advance notice rule, we will be waiving that rule once we have this situation behind us and begin sanctioning events again.
We are mindful of how difficult it has been for event organizers, directors, and small business owners to make decisions regarding current, planned, and future events. Based on the most recent information available, extreme social distancing measures are the recommended course of action in countries around the world, and any gathering for the purpose of competitive pinball is antithetical to those recommendations.
This decision was not made lightly. While some communities may not yet, or ever, feel the full impact of this pandemic, IFPA leadership feels that the organization has an ethical responsibility to take decisive action in slowing this virus’s spread.
We deeply value the feedback and guidance we received from our IFPA Country Directors, as well as TDs and players worldwide. We appreciate your flexibility, understanding, and support during this challenging moment.