Right, I've now read through EVERY single post on here AND Pinside(yes I'm that sad) and want to put my 2p into the pot.
i) It REALLY pi$$es me off when someone starts a post by saying "I haven't read anything before but here are my thoughts..." If you have something to say at least have the decency to read other peoples opinions first. If you can't be ar$ed to do so, shut up.
ii) A big issue (on Pinside) seems to be the funding of the prizes SCS and Nationals, by people that have no chance of getting there. It's seen as unfair. I would suggest that every tournament still qualifies for WPPR points, as now, BUT only those events which pay 1$ per person are eligible for inclusion in the State standings.
That way if you are attempting to get to the State finals you have to enter the comps with the additional 1$ levy. It will not have any impact whatsoever on the smaller, more local kind of events or charity events. People will still enter the charity events if they are only focussed on WPPR points.
It will also mean that free entry events, which are the most likely events to attract newbies, will still contribute to WPPR and allow people to track their progress.
iii)I don't see how people can enter multiple State Finals. Each player should have to pick which State they want to compete in at the start of the year and only comps held in that state contribute to their state standing. they are of course welcome to travel to out of state competitions and earn WPPR points and prize money the same as they do now, but they won't be able to compete in those finals. This will again help those players who don't have the opportunity to travel extensively to compete with people local to them and reach the Nationals, rather than having to contend with those people flying in and trying to qualify for state finals in multiple states, to give them a better chance of reaching the Nationals. (This is the way the UK Pinball League is ran. You are free to compete in any regional meeting, but only results from your chosen home region will actually count towards reaching the League final - I travel to many other outer regional meetings to meet up with others, see how they run the meeting, play pinball and have fun)
iv) I would not be adverse to paying an annual "admin fee" to have my ranking/results/profile on the IFPA website, but would want ALL competitors to be included in any WPPR calculations for tournaments entered, why should I be punished by lower points for winning a tournament of 100 people in if only 50 of those have paid up?. Those players that don't pay their admin fee could only have limited access to the website. It's likely that those players who don't pay up aren't interested in their ranking so wouldn't be losing anything anyway.
However this money should be used for genuine admin costs, not given out to tournament winnings. Why should someone in the UK or France or anywhere else contribute to a competition in USA?
v)Another issue people seem to have a problem with is the fact that the IFPA is ran by people competing in the biggest events and so it is "seen" that they have a conflict of interests and are making decisions for their own benefit. While I do not believe this to be entirely true, it does open up that accusation.
Could it be possible that the IFPA committee was made up of elected individuals? That way there would be more respect given to them as they had been voted for by the people who have paid an admin fee (see how this all links up?). It would also be seen less as a closed clique as it is now.
vi)It is not clear whose opinions were asked regarding these, and any other, changes? It is clear that there are a number of people on here who feel that their voices should have been heard (whether that's the case or not). Having the elected IFPA committee would help combat this feeling of not being included.
vii) I think that the idea of running Pro and Amateur ranking systems stinks.