Fall 2017 New England Pinball League Info

The Pinball Co-op hosts the Vermont branch of the

New England Pinball League!


The New England Pinball League is the entry into competitive pinball for most players in Vermont. There are three seasons played each year at sites in all six New England states, and each season culminates with a championship at the The Sanctum in Meriden, Connecticut.


New for the Spring 2016 season, there will be two league nights per week (Mondays and Wednesdays)!


WHO: Up to 36 players per night (Monday or Wednesday) of any ability level (1st come 1st serve)

WHAT: 8-week league (best 6 weeks count toward end of season tournament seeding), playing 4 games per week in a group of 3 or 4 players

WHEN: Mondays or Wednesdays at 7 pm from September 11th through November 1st (with the league finals on a TBD Saturday in November)

WHERE: The Pinball Co-op in South Burlington

COST: $30 per person (covers end of season tournament, prizes, and an entry into a raffle for a new in box Stern Pinball machine) $8 hosting fee at the Pinball Co-op (payable each week)

DETAILS:

  • Pinball is really fun!
  • Each player will be entered once per season played into a raffle to win a brand new Stern pinball machine ($6,199 value), drawing at the conclusion of the third season in 2017!
  • Players will be seeded into A, B, C, & D divisions based upon performance during the first 5 weeks of the season season, with top finishers in each division winning the cash prizes and trophies.

HOW: Email vermontpinball@gmail.com for more information or to pre-register for one of the open spots. Players should indicate whether they intend to play on Mondays, Wednesdays, or a combination of Mondays and Wednesdays.

FAQ

Q: What can I expect each week?

A: Each week players must check in before 7 pm. Players will be randomly assigned to play in a group of 4 players (or 3 players as needed). Each player chooses a different machine for the group to play. The group will play a 4-player game with players earning league points based on finishing position. 


Q: How much money will it cost me to play each week?

A: Players will pay an $8 hosting fee for their league match which allows them to play both before and after league play. All machines at the Pinball Co-op are set to free play. Players are permitted to bring their own food and drinks into the Pinball Co-op, but everyone is expected to pick up after him/herself.


Q: What happens if I can't play in a given week?

A: The league season is 8 weeks long, but only the best 6 weeks count toward championship seeding. A player's  worst two weeks or two absences do not count in the standings. If a player who normally plays on Wednesdays can't play in a given week can play in the Monday session and vice versa in the same same week. Players can only play once in a given league week.  Players must play at least 5 weeks to qualify for one of the four main divisions (A, B, C, or D). Players who play in less than 5 weeks have the option of playing in the Z (open) division.


Q: Will I earn World Pinball Player Ranking Points?

A:  All NEPL participants will earn World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) points from the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA), which is the internationally recognized organization that has established the rules and world ranking system for competitive pinball. 


Q: Where can I get more information about the NEPL and its rules?

A: The NEPL has its own site at www.nepl.org and league rules can be found at nepl.org/Rules/rules.html


Q: Where can I see current or past NEPL results?

A: Results from the current and prior season is located at nepl.league.papa.org/

The Pinball Co-op