Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How much does it cost to join the Leauge?
Membership dues are $45. This fee provides for one t-shirt per person, a trophy for regular season winners, and goes toward food and drinks at host homes for league nights.
Q: I’m not a very good pinball player, can I still join the league?
A: Sure! We don’t discriminate based on skill, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not you own a pinball machine. We just want to have fun. We have a qualifying round to see if you’ll fit better in the “A” division (which is for more skilled players) or “B” division (for more casual players)
Q: Why are you limited to only 20 players and 4 alternates?
A: Since the league is dependent on the hospitality of host members, we must place a limit on the amount of people in one location at one time. If we were able to hold league nights in public locations like bars or arcades, it would be a different story. Sadly, on-location pinball is not an option for us at this time.
Q: When and where do you meet?
A: Our league nights are held the third Saturday of each month. We start in May and go through October. Each league night will be held in a different member’s home in the greater-Atlanta area. Host homes are located as centrally as Little-Five Point in downtown Atlanta and as fa away as Gainesville.
Q: I can’t attend all the meetings, can I still join?
A: Commitment is key for this league. Because we have to limit our size, and because other players depend on your participation, we only allow for one absence per season, but your score will be affected. We think that with a fixed schedule and being limited to once-a-month, you should be able to adjust your schedule to accommodate.
Q: What’s an alternate?
A: In this league an alternate doesn’t fill in for someone when they are absent. Since we’re playing for cumulative scores if you filled in for someone that was out, your score being added to their league score wouldn’t be a true representation of that person’s skill and would be inaccurate to report to the IFPA. In our league, an alternate is someone who is allowed to come to any and all league nights to play pinball, have fun, and visit while not actually competing. Should a regular member become disqualified for too many absences, quit, or otherwise forfeit their membership, alternates become full-fledged members. While this may not be the most appealing proposition for players who want to compete it is the only option we have for keeping the league the right size for #of machines, size of venues, and bracketing. Although since once you’re a member, you’re always a member – unless you elect otherwise, this may be your only chance to participate. And hey, is there really anything bad about getting to see friends and play pinball on top-quality machines every month?
More FAQ’s to be added as they are asked.