**
Pinball Overview/Summary of the JPA League Rules**

**
Location of League:**
Eight On The Break in Dunellen, NJ

**
Length:**
The Spring and Fall periods of the League would each consist of two
5-week play sessions followed by a PAPA style playoff the week after
Week 5 of each 5-week session is completed. The first 5-week session and
playoff of the Spring or Fall periods would be called Season A and the
second 5-week session and playoff would be called Season B. Players
would be able to sign up for either or both seasons in the Spring or
Fall. Season A would be independent from Season B. Season B would begin
right after the playoffs for Season A are done.

**
Dues:**
$41 per Season ($40 for cash prizes and trophies and $1 for the IFPA
fee), payable in full at the beginning of the season.

**
Day of
League, Start time, lateness, and No-Shows:**
League Play will start at 7:45 each week on Wednesday. There is no grace
period for lateness. If a player is going to be late and I’m not
notified before 7:45 PM, we can start without the player present. If a
player doesn’t show up in a given week without notifying me in advance,
that will be considered a No-Show. Two No-Shows for a player in a season
will result in that player not being allowed to play for the rest of
that season.

**
Number of
games per week:**
5 (or 4 if more than, say, 32 players, are in a given season). There
will be two games of each group’s set that will be the same for every
group. Those games will be Games Of The Week with a $5 bounty for each
game to the person who gets the highest score on each game. One player
can win the bounty for both games if he/she gets the high score on both
games.

**
Groupings
and Basic Scoring:**
There will be groups of 4 with groups of 3 added in if the number of
players is not divisible by 4.

Basic scoring is 3-2-0 plus a bonus point for three player groups and 3-2-1-0 plus two bonus points for four player groups.

Weekly
results will be tracked by the Match Play tournament software that is
used now by a number of TDs/LDs. Each week, all players will be ranked
by their total points for the week and those rankings are cumulatively
added up over the 5 weeks and at the end of the fifth week, the lowest
result of each player from the 5 weeks is dropped.

Groupings
for the first week will be random and for subsequent weeks will be based
on your rank from the previous week. So for Week 2, players ranked 1^{st}
to 4^{th} in Week 1 will be in Group 1, players ranked 5^{th}
to 8^{th} in Week 1 will be in Group 2 and so on. If a player is
absent from a group such that one or more 2-player groups are formed,
then the existing groupings will be modified so that there will be no
more 2-player group(s) for that week.

**
Playoff
Format (for a 24-31 player league):**
The top 8 players with the highest point total at the end of Week 5
would go to the A Playoff. Players in positions 9-16 would go to the B
Playoff. Players in positions 17-24 would go to the C Playoff. If there
are four or fewer players left after the A, B, and C Playoff players are
determined, those players would not play in any playoff and would not
win any prize. If there are 4-7 players left after the A, B, and C
Playoff players are determined, then those players would play in a
ladder-style format to determine the sole winner of this group of
players.

For the A,
B, and C Playoffs, the players would be split into two groups of 4 based
on seeding. For the Semifinals, each group would play three games with
PAPA-style scoring used to score the match. The top 4 players from each
group of 8 would move on to form one group of 4 players in the A, B, and
C Finals. Each of those Finalists would get a trophy and a cash prize
according to how they finish in their Final.

For the
ladder-style playoff (if there is one), the bottom 4 seeded players
would play one game and the loser of that game is eliminated from the
playoff. Then the next lowest seeded player joins the other three
survivors from the first game and all play one game. The loser of that
game is eliminated from the playoff. Play continues in this manner until
there are 4 players left. Then one final game will be played to
determine 1^{st} through 4^{th} places. First place gets
an award.

If there are
16-23 players in a given season, the Playoffs would follow the same
rules as above, but there would be no C Playoffs. If there are 32-39
players, the Playoffs would follow the same rules as above, but there
would be a D Playoffs added (positions 25-32 at the end of Week 5). If
40 players are in a given season (max number of players allowed in a
given season) then the Playoffs will consist of A, B, C, and D groups
plus an 8-person group that would play the ladder-style format in a
similar manner as above.

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