Hey All, I’d like to know what the official IFPA/PAPA rules would be with regards to use of a head lamp while playing.
There’s been some instances of players using LED headlamps during our local tournaments in darkly-lit areas. I can totally understand why, and the problem does seem to be worse when you have a brand new Stern or JJP machine with more flashing lights in such dimly lit areas.
Would this be considered acceptable, to overcome a visual handicap? Or is this what is specifically disallowed in the statement in the rules, “No player may use a camera or visual aid of any kind, other than the instructions provided by the machine, while standing at the machine.” This rule confuses me, because it considers the “instructions” a visual aid? That makes it sound like something very different than a head lamp to help you see better. And glasses are “visual aids” yet we allow them for the visually impaired; if that what was meant with the rule, nobody would be allowed to wear glasses when they play.