TGP Guide

Below is a guide to help with the games played metric to help determine TGP value. Please select the format used for your event to help determine what the meaningful game count should be for your results submission.

If your format is a deviation from these approved formats below, please contact us at ifpapinball@gmail.com to help determine if your format is eligible for endorsement and if so, what the appropriate amount of games played for TGP should be.

A reminder that any formats that include byes as part of the format will be considered as a deviation from the approved formats below. Please contact the IFPA and we will help make sure it is graded correctly.

General notes for 2017 (WPPR v5.3) changes:

  • Certain formats (Selfie Leagues, TOPS Tournaments, etc) rely on players submitting their own results without the verification of a TD or authorized scorekeeper on site. Any qualifying format that includes “unverified” results where a TD, league official, or authorized scorekeeper is not present to record their score, will not have the qualifying portion included in the TGP calculation. The IFPA will classify these qualifying formats as strictly for seeding purposes, with only the finals format counting towards the TGP calculation.
  • The TGP will now include games played that are fewer than 3 balls, including timed formats where players are attempting to reach a score or objective as quickly as possible. Any game where it’s possible for the player to finish on the first ball in play, will be calculated at 33% value for TGP purposes. For example, if players have a goal of reaching a certain feature in a game as a way of winning that game or match, the fact that it is POSSIBLE for the player to reach that objective on ball 1 means this will count as 1/3rd of a game played towards TGP. The exception to this rule will be the Pin-Golf format, which will have it’s own set of grading rules (see next bullet points).

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Approved Qualifying Formats

– PAPA Style Qualifying

Best Game Style Qualifying (Herb)

– Pin-Golf Qualifying

– Match Play Qualifying

Approved Finals Formats

– Single Elimination

– Double Elimination

– 2 Strike Knockout

– 3 Strike Knockout

– 4 Strike Knockout

– PAPA Style Match Play

– Ladder Format

Common Playoff Structures (including byes)

 

PAPA Style Qualifying

  • 1 game added to TGP per game counted towards a qualifying ticket
  • If unlimited qualifying attempts are available, the number of hours of open qualifying will increase TGP by 1% per hour up to 20% for open qualifying of 20+ hours
  • Please note this format is not IFPA endorsed unless there is a finals component that involves DIRECT play, made up of at least 10% of the participants
  • Please note the qualifying portion of the tournament can be added to the TGP calculation only if that qualifying portion reduces the field of participants by 50% or more

Best Game Style Qualifying (Herb)

  • 1 game added to TGP per game counted towards your qualifying points earned
  • If 9 games are available but only 5 games are counted towards your qualifying standing, only 5 games will be added to the TGP
  • If unlimited qualifying attempts are available, the number of hours of open qualifying will increase TGP by 1% per hour up to 20% for open qualifying of 20+ hours
  • Please note this format is not IFPA endorsed unless there is a finals component that involves DIRECT play, made up of at least 10% of the participants
  • Please note the qualifying portion of the tournament can be added to the TGP calculation only if that qualifying portion reduces the field of participants by 50% or more

 

Pin-Golf Qualifying

  • The IFPA is launching the IFPA Tour of endorsed Pin-Golf events. We are now enforcing stricter rules regarding how organizers can score a IFPA endorsed Pin-Golf format tournament, and events must meet this criteria with their course design to award WPPR points as an IFPA endorsed event. The WPPR points awarded for Pin-Golf events will now include a Pin-Golf Multiplier (PGM) adjustment. This metric is used to grade the difficulty of the course. Full details on the IFPA Tour, rules of course design, and the calculation of the PGM adjustment are available HERE.
  • Please note this format is not IFPA endorsed unless there is a finals component that involves DIRECT play, made up of at least 10% of the participants
  • Please note the qualifying portion of the tournament can be added to the TGP calculation only if that qualifying portion reduces the field of participants by 50% or more

 

Match Play Qualifying

  • 1 game added to TGP per game played for Head-to-Head and 3-player style matches
  • 2 games added to TGP per game played for 4-player style matches
  • Please note this format does not require a finals component as the qualifying portion already consists of DIRECT play. This is often found in Swiss style formats where there is no separate distinct finals component.
  • Please note the qualifying portion of the tournament can be added to the TGP calculation only if that qualifying portion reduces the field of participants by 50% or more

 

Single Elimination

Best-of-1 Matches for entire bracket

  • 4-5 players –> 2 games towards TGP
  • 6-11 players –> 3 games towards TGP
  • 12-22 players –> 4 games towards TGP
  • 23-45 players –> 5 games towards TGP
  • 46-91 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 92-189 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 190-350 players –> 8 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches for entire bracket

  • 4 players –> 5 games towards TGP
  • 5-6 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 8-10 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 11-13 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 14-18 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 19-24 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 25-31 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 32-42 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 43-55 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 56-73 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 74-97 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 98-127 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 128-168 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 169-222 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 223-294 players –> 20 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches for entire bracket

  • 4 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 9-10 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 11-12 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 13-14 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 15-17 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 18-20 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 21-24 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 25-29 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 30-34 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 35-41 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 42-49 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 50-58 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 59-69 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 70-82 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches for entire bracket

  • 4 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 8-9 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 10 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 11 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 12-13 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 14-15 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 16-17 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 18-19 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 20-21 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 22-24 players –> 25 games towards TGP

 

Double Elimination

Best-of-1 Matches for WINNERS and LOSERS bracket

  • 4-7 players –> 5 games towards TGP
  • 8-15 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 16-31 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 32-63 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 64-127 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 128-255 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 256-511 players –> 11 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-1 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 5-9 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 10-19 players -> 10 games towards TGP
  • 20-38 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 39-76 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 77-152 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 153-304 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 305-608 players –> 15 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-3 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 6-7 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 8-9 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 10-12 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 13-17 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 18-22 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 23-29 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 30-39 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 40-51 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 52-68 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 69-90 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 91-119 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 120-157 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 158-207 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-1 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4-5 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 6-11 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 12-22 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 23-45 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 46-90 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 91-181 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 182-362 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 363-724 players –> 19 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-3 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 5-6 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 8-10 players –>18 games towards TGP
  • 11-13 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 14-18 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 19-24 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 25-31 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 32-42 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 43-55 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 56-73 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-5 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 9-10 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 11-12 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 13-14 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-1 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4-6 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 7-13 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 14-26 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 27-53 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 54-107 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 108-215 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 216-430 players –> 22 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-3 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 5-6 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 7-8 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 9-11 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 12-14 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 15-19 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 20-23 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-5 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches for WINNERS bracket, Best-of-7 Matches for LOSERS bracket bracket

  • 4 players –> 25 games towards TGP

 

2 Strike Knockout

Best-of-1 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 2 players –> 3 games towards TGP
  • 3 players –> 4 games towards TGP
  • 4 players –> 5 games towards TGP
  • 5-7 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 8-14 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 24-39 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 40-63 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 64-127 players –> 11 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 2nd/3rd place get strikes – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6-9 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 10-26 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 27 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 28-80 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 81-216 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 217-512 players –> 14 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 3rd place get strike – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6-7 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 8-9 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 10-11 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 12-14 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 15-19 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 20-26 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 27-40 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 41-52 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 53-71 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 72-98 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 99-139 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 140 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 2nd/3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-15 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 16-52 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 53-169 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 170-511 players –> 16 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-14 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 24-39 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 40-63 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 64-127 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 128-255 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 256 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 9-10 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 11-14 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 15 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 6-7 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 9-14 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 15-16 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 17-23 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 24 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 25-39 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 40 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 41-63 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 6-7 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 28 games towards TGP

 

 

 

3 Strike Knockout

Best-of-1 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 6-7 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 8-14 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 24-31 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 32-57 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 58-87 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 88-128 players –>14 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 2nd/3rd place get strikes – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6-9 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 10-11 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 12-26 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 27-52 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 53-108 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 109-242 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 243-512 players –> 18 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 3rd place get strike – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 9 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 10-11 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 12-15 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 16-19 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 20-25 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 26-34 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 35-44 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 45 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 2nd/3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-9 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 10-30 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 31-84 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 85-254 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 255-512 players –> 20 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-14 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 24-31 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 32-57 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 58 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 9 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 19 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 9-14 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 15-16 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 17-23 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 28 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 33 games towards TGP

 

4 Strike Knockout

Best-of-1 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 6 players -> 9 games towards TGP
  • 7-8 players –> 10 games towards TGP
  • 9-14 players –> 11 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 24-31 players –> 13 games towards TGP
  • 32-46 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 47-71 players -> 15 games towards TGP
  • 72-119 players > 16 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 2nd/3rd place get strikes – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6-8 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 9-17 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 18-26 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 27-66 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 67-134 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 135-261 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 262-512 players –> 21 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (3 player matches – 3rd place get strike – receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 6 players –> 14 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 15 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 17 games towards TGP
  • 9 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 10 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 11 players –> 21 games towards TGP
  • 12-17 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 18-23 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 24 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 2nd/3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-18 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 19-52 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 53-132 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 133-340 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 341-512 players –> 24 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 3rd/4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8-14 players –> 22 games towards TGP
  • 15-23 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 24 players –> 26 games towards TGP

Best-of-1 Matches (4 player matches – 4th place get strikes – receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 8 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-3 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 18 game towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 20 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 23 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 8 players –> 25 games towards TGP

Best-of-5 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 28 games towards TGP

Best-of-7 Matches (2 players with 1 strike per match)

  • 4 players –> 39 games towards TGP

 

 

PAPA Style Match Play

3 game Rounds, 4 player groups whenever possible (receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 4-5 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 6-11 players –> 12 games towards TGP
  • 12-22 players –> 18 games towards TGP
  • 23-45 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 46-91 players –> 30 games towards TGP

4 game Rounds, 4 player groups whenever possible (receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 4-5 players –> 8 game towards TGP
  • 6-11 players –> 16 games towards TGP
  • 12-22 players –> 24 games towards TGP
  • 23-45 players –> 32 games towards TGP

 

 

Ladder Format

4 player groups, 1 player eliminated per round until final 4 players remain (assumes 1 game for final 4) (receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 4 players –> 2 games towards TGP
  • 5 players –> 4 games towards TGP
  • 6 players –> 6 games towards TGP
  • 7 players –> 7 games towards TGP
  • 8-11 players –> 8 games towards TGP
  • 12-20 players –> 9 games towards TGP
  • 21-64 players –> 10 games towards TGP

4 player groups, 2 players eliminated per round until final 4 players remain (assumes 1 game for final 4) (receives 2X bonus for 4-player games)

  • 4 players –> 2 games towards TGP
  • 5-6 players –> 3 games towards TGP
  • 7-64 players –> 4 games towards TGP

3 player groups, 1 player eliminated per round until final 4 players remain (assumes 1 game for final 4) (receives 1.5X bonus for 3-player games)

  • 4 players –> 2 games towards TGP
  • 5-7 players –> 3 games towards TGP
  • 8-64 players –> 4 games towards TGP

2 player groups, 1 player eliminated per round until final 4 players remain (assumes 1 game for final 4)

  • 4-64 players –> 2 games towards TGP

 

Common Playoff Structures (including byes)

Below is a picture cheat sheet showing some of the more common playoff structures, including many popular bye structures that exist.

4player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3player