So this got interesting quickly, huh? Let me try and answer some questions.
First off, the rule has no official name. Steve’s name seemed fitting to attach to the rule given that his play style could be described as the opposite of this rule.
There are tables there where high-level play would dictate timing out modes as the best course of action, but even without the rule I’d be hard-pressed to stand there and do it because it’s boring. At PAPA or Worlds or a circuit event? Sure.
Re: enforcement, it’s left to players’ discretion to enforce.
And yes, players are allowed to cradle up to review status screens, but that’s going to get a little fishy after a while.
@iscrz - The spirit of the rule is to try and level the playing field for less-skilled players, to make the competitive environment as enjoyable for them as possible. I also think it’s about trying to speed games up by disallowing cradling during multiball. Players are free to cradle, and perform cradle separatations, but once accomplished all balls must be played (flipped away). There’s no game time data I can provide beyond anecdotal.
@cayle - Sadly, we’re not Seattle or Portland or Denver or Pittsburgh. While the places to play that we have locally are great, there are very few of them.
@pinballcorpse - I think everyone can agree that holding a ball at the end of qualifying to prevent play by others is a total jerk move. Post or tap passing - both are allowed, but then, instead of thinking about what to do next you’re doing those moves instead. And no, you can’t do them indefinitely (why would you want to?) (Pretty sure that the IFPA/PAPA rules say something about “advancing the game in a timely manner.”)
@GarrettHays - Have to get it off the flipper. Again, we’re talking a boxing three-count here, not actual seconds.
@pinwizj - As I mentioned to you separately my goal here was to come up with (additional) compelling arguments to make the case for dropping the rule. Like most things on the interwebs it took on a life of its own beyond what I intended. It’s good to have an official ruling on it, though, as now the community knows where the line is.