Edit: After having a discussion with the player involved, I realize my understanding of the events is inaccurate and incomplete. Specifically, while 3 balls were in play, one was stuck, one was cradled and one was live. A comment was made about dislodging the ball, but it was not the intent of their flipping the live ball, they were attempting to cradle the third ball, and in the process the trapped ball got dislodge. Leaving my original post because it is still a scenario I want to discuss and learn from.
I was TD at an event this weekend. A player was playing WWE and a ball got stuck on one of the top lane rollovers during multiball. The player had the other ball cradled and asked opponents to call for a TD. By the time I got there, the player had decided to shoot the ball to try to dislodge the stuck ball and the ball was back in play and they were trying to cradle again.
I gave the player a warning, although I think I think I needed to be much clearer that it was an official warning. I have been thinking a lot about whether I should have DQ’d the player and where the warning / DQ threshold is.
Intent was clear, so the player failed the intent test. Although their intent was to dislodge the ball not to score jackpots, so I didn’t feel it warranted a DQ. It was also an experienced player I thought should no better which made me want to DQ.