The Stern Circuit Qualification process is coming again soon and was wondering if the organizers have given thought of adding a quality adder to this formula to go along with IFPA points. As we all know some events have a ton of quality over others for Stern Circuit events. Of course there has to be a system that is easy to administer for the IFPA to reward these extra points, just thought I would throw this out there. No sure if it would change the mix of event but it adds another element to help to continually improve the quality of these sanctioned events.
0-100 - 0 points
101 - 200 - 1 point
200+ - 2 points
No stream - 0 points
Stream of playoff rounds - 1 point
Full qualifying and playoff rounds - 2 points
Total Tournament Cash Payout
$0 - $10000 - 0 Points
$10001 - $20000 - 1 Point
$20001+ - 2 Points
$0 - $5000 - 0 Points
$5001 - $10000 - 1 Point
$10001+ - 2 Points
Size of Event
1 tournament and/or Pinball Show or 2 tournaments - 0 points
3+ tournaments or 2 tournaments and Pinball Show - 1 points
2+ tournaments and Pinball show - 2 points
Note: would need to put parameters around what a Pinball Show and tournament is)
If an event had 2’s on each of these categories they could earn up to a maximum of 10 quality points for the event which would be added to their yearly total for the calculation of Stern Circuit events.
All of these factors and probably more help in creating a better quality event and are pretty easily measurable. They also help in making the current events better and giving incentive to add more to them to get more quality points in future.
Not asking for change but wanted to start some discussion, there are barriers right now as the only events that make the cut are if the best players show up to them.
For example: You could have a 64 player tournament and if all of the top 40 players play in it, max out TGP it is actually worth more then a major attended event that had 500 people with no one in the top 40. Also if a show demonstrates that it is a quality event in its first year AKA: New York Pinball Championships, then why can it not be considered for future event the next year.
Anyways just thought it would be a good discussion point as we all want the Stern Circuit to be a success.