Official Rules

Official Rules

I. Quick Overview

The IFPA UK Championship Series is an annual pinball competition with players qualifying throughout the entire calendar year. At the end of each calendar year, the top 20 players with the most points (see below) from their best 6 events within the UKCS will play for the title of IFPA UK Pinball Champion.
The final will be held shortly in the new year in January or February.
If any of the top 20 players are unable to participate, any spaces will be made available in order to those who qualified in places 21-25.
II. Competition Details

1. How to qualify

Unlike most tournaments where the qualification process takes place over a couple of days at the tournament site, qualifying for the IFPA UK Championship Series is based on results from all of the IFPA endorsed tournaments included within the UKCS. Utilizing the points system below, the IFPA will be tracking results from these UKCS events, maintaining a custom ranking made up of the best  events of those filtered results.
The number of events which count towards the best number will depend on the total number of events held during the year as follows:

Total No of UKCS Events
Best Counting

The schedule for the 2016 UKCS season is available here.
The current standings for the 2016 UKCS season are available here.

2. Points System

For 2016, the points system has been revised to more accurately reflect the relative strengths of different events within the UKCS calendar.
The starting point is still a base of 100 for the winner down to 0 for places below 40th but the points for each position are now adjusted by factors to take into account:

  • Number of players
  • IFPA rating
  • IFPA ranking

The formula for calculating the points awarded for each position is
= Base points for finishing position (varying based on number of players)
x size factor (> or < 1 for more of less than 25 players)
+ (IFPA rating + IFPA ranking points) x 1.5 (or 2 if multiple comp event)
x  size factor x apportion factor based on base points

Base points adjustment
The starting point is a sliding scale of points starting at 100 down to 0, which varies for up to a maximum of 40 players.  A size factor is then applied to the these points based on the number of players with 1 as the base for 25 players increasing to 1.15 for 100 players and down to 0.7 for 10 players.

IFPA Rating/Ranking Adjustment
There is then a bonus based on the IFPA rating and IFPA ranking for the event, taken direct from the IFPA website.  This bonus is then scaled up by 1.5 (or 2 for a multi comp event) and then apportioned to each position.

Multi Comp Events
Where an event comprises more than one competition, the results of these multiple competitions will be added together and the points system applied to the overall result. However, when adding together the points for multi comps, those awarded for side competitions will be at 50% of the calculated amount. This is to reflect the greater achievement in performing well in the main competition.

Therefore overall there are no more points available for an event where there are multiple competitions compared with an event with only one main competition.  However, by collating the results of all competitions at an event, the system does take into account all these competitions and not just the main competition.
However for am multi comp event, the IFPA rating/ranking factor is uplifted to 2 rather than 1.5 for a single event and the number of players is the total number across all comps with the IFPA ranking and rating taken from the main comp.

3. Fees
There will be a £1 fee for each player competing in a UKCS event. These fees will go towards the cost of hosting the finals, trophies and prize monies.  There should therefore hopefully not be any charge to competitors in the finals.
The only events where UKCS fees are not chargeable are where no fees are payable to enter the event itself.
For a multi comp event, the fee will only be charged once per player so the UKCS charge will be £1 x total number of unique players.

III. Format of Matches

1. Seeding of finalists

Once all participants are finalized, the top 20 players will be seeded based on their UKCS rankings position at the end of the calendar year. In the event that any players are tied with the same amount of UKCS ranking points (best 6 events), then we will look at their next best event(s) until the tie can be resolved.  If they are still level a play off on one machine will take place on the day of the finals.

2. Machines Chosen

The games chosen will be based on what is available at the UKCS Final host site. Please check back for details closer to the UKCS Final date.

3. PAPA Tournament Circuit Format

The UKCS Finals will be based on the PAPA Tournament Circuit Format.
In the first phase of the Circuit Final, the four lowest-seeded players play a single game ie 20th, 19th, 18th and 17th. The player with the lowest score is eliminated and replaced by the next highest seed for the next round ie 16th for the second round. The highest-seeded player has choice of machine or order of play. Each player will have the opportunity for 1 minute of practice time before starting a game if they have not yet played that machine. This is to ensure that new players have a chance to get familiar with the machine. Games in this first phase will be on 4 balls.
Choice proceeds through the remaining players in descending order of seeding. The same machine cannot be played in consecutive rounds. The winner of each game in every round immediately receives £10. This pattern is continued until the field of players is reduced to the final four.
Once there are four players remaining, the second phase of the tournament beings. The final four players compete in a series four-player matches over all the machines used in the finals (expected to be 6). Scoring for each game in this phase is as follows:
1st Place = 4 points
2nd Place = 2 points
3rd Place = 1 point
4th Place = 0 points
Games in the final phase will be on 3 balls. In the event of a tie, a one machine game will be played on a machine chosen at random.
4. Winners

Prize monies will depend on the level of funds available.  The proposed awards are as follows but these may be adjusted down if there are insufficient funds.
There is a prize of £10 for the winner of each match in qualifying and prizes for the final 4 as follows:
1st place = £100
2nd place = £70
3rd place = £50
4th place = £30

Trophies will also be awarded to the top 4.

All decisions by tournament officials regarding winners and prizes are final.
First Place will also receive the title “IFPA UK Pinball Champion”. This title remains in effect until the next annual IFPA UK Championship Series, or will expire after two years if the UKCS is discontinued.

IV. Rulings and Malfunctions

All rulings and malfunctions will be based on the rules for the IFPA World Pinball Championship. Those are available here, starting at Paragraph V. Please ignore any sections above this as that relates to the format of the World Championship.