Suppress was my quick answer, and might not be the right answer. I think I need to understand a little more what the player is trying to accomplish. The verbiage you wrote is tricky “they don’t want to compete, but they want to play”. If they don’t care about an IFPA ranking, or WPPRS, or even winning trophies or cash, then insert this player as a “pacer”. We use “pacers” all the time in bowling. Simply put, the pacer is there bowling along with everyone else to keep things even, for example we like to bowl in pairs. If one set a lanes only has 3 people, we will add a pacer to keep things in sync. The pacers score have no merit and the pacer can’t win anything no matter how good they bowl, nor does the pacer have to pay to “play”. If that is what this person is looking to do, I’m not sure if Matchplay can handle a “pacer” so that might be tricky.
As for a suppressed player. Here are the details on that:
A player can be registered with the IFPA and receive WPPR points when entering sanctioned tournaments, but not have the points earned listed publicly and not participate in the ranking system. I believe if you are suppressed that you don’t pay the $1 IFPA fee either.
If a suppressed player enters a tournament and wins second place, the points awarded for second place will be awarded to that player, but will not be listed with the IFPA because the player’s status is suppressed.
The suppressed status also affects the tournaments in which a suppressed player is involved because the ranking of the suppressed player is not factored in when determining the value of the tournament. As a result, the players in the tournament are playing against and beating or losing to the suppressed player, but the value assigned to the tournament does not factor in the skill level of the suppressed player because he is suppressed.
Suppressed players aren’t allowed any IFPA benefits that we provide the player base. This includes IFPA World Championship qualifying, SCS qualifying, Stern Rewards program eligibility, etc.
Here some reasons why people suppress(from @pinwizj):
- I don’t want my name on the internet
- The rankings are bullshit with respect to accuracy (typically the player feels they should be ranked higher then they are)
- The rankings put too much pressure on the player that it negatively impacts the enjoyment of the event