2021 First State Flippers Season Update
After much consideration for the pandemic that is still ever so present, we have decided to approach the 2021 season as if we will be under COVID restrictions and guidelines for most if not the entire year. We feel it’s best to take this approach because the reality of “normal pinball” returning anytime soon isn’t realistic and we don’t want to have to make any rash decisions in the middle of the season should things start to open up again. Using this approach will allow more opportunities for players to attend our events with no strings attached and it will also allow us some wiggle room to modify things later on in the season should things start to get better.
Our first event of the season that will take place on 3/20 will just be our standard 7 rounds of qualifying match play event that we normally run. April 17th is a possible date that may become available for us, and if it does we will host an event that day that will either be a PinGolf event or a Critical Hit event and we will leave that decision up to you the players!
Our 2021 Delaware Tour Championship will officially kick off on 5/15 and end on 11/13 for a total of 6 tour events. Due to the COVID restrictions that will probably be in place for most of the year, we will limit all events to 28 players unless otherwise restricted by any new lock downs imposed by the governor. Playing in a “tour” event earns you “tour points” that allow you to qualify for the Delaware Tour Championship being held on 12/11. Tentatively, we plan to take the top 24 players to the Tour Finals, with the top 8 seeds receiving a first round bye. This could change if restrictions get imposed that either reduce our total number of events or reduce the number of people allowed to gather. Also, you must attend at least 2 “tour” events in order to qualify for the Delaware Tour Championship along with having enough points to finish in the top 24.
All regular events and all tour events for 2021 will have an entry fee of $40. The only event that might have a higher entry fee would be the Delaware Tour Championship Finals. Finally, until further notice, all events will continue to take place at the world famous Fox Hole in Middletown, DE (also known as Joe Fox’s residence) and we will continue to put up the giant tent for coverage along with heaters as necessary. All events will continue to follow COVID guidelines with social distancing being enforced and masks worn at all times while inside. All event registrations will once again be handled by Eventbrite. We will post registration information for each event about 30 days in advance of the actual event date with ticket sales going live approximately 3 weeks before the event.
With that said, all dates listed below are subject to change at our discretion. Additionally, I will be issuing refunds back to everyone who signed up for 2020’s March Madness event that never took place.
3/20 – Standard 4-player Match Play event
4/17 – TENTATIVE DATE - Will be either Pingolf or Critical Hit
5/15 – Event #1 of the Delaware Tour Championship
7/10 – Event #2 of the Delaware Tour Championship
8/7 – Event #3 of the Delaware Tour Championship
9/18 – Event #4 of the Delaware Tour Championship
10/16 – Event #5 of the Delaware Tour Championship
11/13 – Event #6 of the Delaware Tour Championship
12/11 – The Delaware Tour Championship Finals
Thanks again to everyone who continues to support the First State Flipper crew and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021! Stay Safe and Keep Flipping!