We had a malfunction on Gaurdians at a matchplay tournament this past weekend. Player 1 on ball 2 starts a new mode and has 3 physical locks towards the second groot multiball. 4th ball is immediately locked and Groot MB starts, but all 4 balls are stuck in groot and won’t eject. Balls continue to try to eject for the majority of modes time and game eventually just ends the MB and the ball ends.
Balls were removed from groot after this happened while the game was still going and groots mouth was disabled and we would play on with a compensation ball for player 1.
The IFPA rules say to add a 4th ball if possible. Which in this case would force the player to have to restart progress on a 3rd Groot MB.
The choice was hesitantly made to give the player a new game compensation ball instead of a added 4th ball to the current game.
It would seem that loosing an excessive amount of progress on a ball putting a player in “Jail” should warrant a new game compensation ball or at least the option to take a fresh game ball or a 4th ball added.
Thoughts on this?