Membership and Event Fees
Many of the events take place at the homes of local pinball enthusiasts on their private collection. As a result, a membership is required to join SPL, although guests are welcome to participate in events before choosing to sign up as a full member.
Membership is $30 for the entire season, which runs from February through December. It is not required that a member participate in every event, although more participation does increase an individual's chance of making it to the final 16. New memberships are not accepted after June 30th, although players can continue to play as non-members until the next SPL season.
Entry fee for each event is $7 for members, $13 for non-members and guests. Non-members and guests are not eligible for the end-of-year tournament of champions. Please note that due to events being held at private homes, location of the events is sent to the email list of members only. If you want to the information for a particular event in order to attend as a guest, please send email to email@example.com
Monthly Event Formats
Each monthly event is run as a self-contained tournament, using one of two formats:
- VRPA (Vancouver Regional Pinball Association) Format
- PinGolf Format
The host of the event selects the format to use
VRPA Format: In the first round, players are separated into groups of 3 or 4 players, based on their handicap, such that similarly handicapped players are in the same group. Each group plays five games. In a 4-player game, a 7-5-3-1 scoring is used (7 points for first, 5 for second, 3 for third, 1 for fourth). In a 3-player game, a 7-4-2 scoring is used (7 points for first, 4 for second, 2 for third). After all players have played five games, scores are tallied among all groups. The top 16 players move on to the next round, and split into four groups based on their handicaps. The second round is played as three games, with a 4-2-1-0 scoring (4 points for winner, 2 points for second, 1 point for third, no points for fourth).Winner of each group goes on to finals.
Tiebreakers for advancement or final finish placement are often needed. The game used for the tiebreaker is chosen at random by tournament officials and all players in the tie play one game. If there are more than 4 players up for the tie then the group will be divided into 2 or more groups who each play one game. Best score (or scores) across all games played on the tiebreaker game advance.
PinGolf Format: Rules vary slightly at each pingolf event depending. Rules are sent out via email prior to each event.
The SPL board consists of 5 members, each of whom has committed to organizing and running the league. 2016 board members are: Rodney Olsen (President), Aaron Garberding, Raymond Davidson, Don Weyland, and Matt Cohn.