On Ghostbusters a player got a ball stuck on the left bottom side of the playfield. The ball was stuck right above the left outlane. The officials of the tournament did not have keys so they would have to free the ball. I know if an official tilts the game when trying to free a stuck ball that is ruled as a major malfunction but I feel the IFPA rules are a bit ambiguous when it comes to freeing a ball that instantly drains.
A tournament official may initially choose to try to free the stuck ball through judicious nudging, tapping, etc. The player must remain ready to resume play at the machine during this attempt. If actions by the official result in a Tilt, this will be treated as a major malfunction (not the fault of the player). If the official frees the ball but the player does not successfully continue play, this is normal play (the fault of the player). Loss of Tilt warnings due to tournament official nudging is considered normal play.
Basically what happened is the official freed the ball which hit the top of the slingshot and drained out the left outlane. There was nothing the player could do to save the ball. Would this be considered the fault of the player or would this be considered a major malfunction since the player could not successfully continue play? I feel that the player couldn’t continue play since the ball drained due to the official freeing the ball so it should be ruled as a major malfunction and award a compensation ball.
FYI. The only switch triggered when this occurred was the left outlane switch. No other switch was activated.