Pinball Rules


There will be 5 qualifying rounds of balanced 4 player match play. Scoring is 7/5/3/1 in 4 player games and 7/=4/1 in case of a 3 player game. Initial round will consist of random matchups and after that, the balanced matchmaking will attempt to have players match up at least once.

The top 4 will qualify for one final game. 1st overall seed gets to choose either machine or order, followed by 2nd/3rd/4th.

In case of a tiebreaker for the top 4 spots, seeding will be automated on strength of wins.

1st gets 40% of the pot, 2nd gets 30%, 3rd gets 20% and 4th gets 10%.

Code of Conduct

Respect your Peers

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone and will not tolerate any disrespectful behavior such as racism, sexism, bullying or homophobia, or harassment of any kind, such as intimidation, slurs, theft, or anything deemed inappropriate.

If you witness any harassment or questionable behavior, please notify a league official as soon as you feel safe in doing so, either in person or via email. Tournament director and league runner emails are located at the end of this document. Your message will be responded to quickly and discreetly. If a director or runner is the harasser or victim in an incident, they will recuse themselves from the process.

Harassment of someone not affiliated with an event that occurs during league and tournament play also falls under these guidelines. Additionally, harassment transpiring in any pinball event, regardless of whether or not it is held by a league or tournament which utilizes this code of conduct, may be subject to the same repercussions discussed below at league officials’ discretion.

Any harassment, expressed threats, or violent actions may result in immediate ejection from league or tournament and a permanent ban from future events. Actions will also be reported to the venue and may be subject to discipline per the venue’s discretion.

Excessive gloating, pouting, or complaining that interferes with other players’ enjoyment may result in warnings or disqualification.

Respect the Machines

Abusive handling of machines outside the parameters of normal play during league or tournament play (including warm-ups) is grounds for a warning. Destruction or damage to league or venue property or the property of other players is also grounds for a warning, ejection from the event and/or venue, or permanent ban. Repeated warnings can lead to more severe consequences such as ejection or permanent ban.

Respect Officials

Any player who behaves rudely or inappropriately toward tournament directors or league officials may be warned, disqualified, or asked to leave the tournament or league play, at the tournament director’s discretion. Tournament director rulings are final and always in the best interest of fair play. Please keep in mind that your tournament directors and league officials have an official set of rules that they are making rulings from. Please also remember that tournament directors and league officials volunteer their time to run these events and are handling multiple questions or ruling concerns most of the time, so your patience is always appreciated during interactions.

Respect the Time

Excessive delays of reporting to games, reporting results, or absences during gameplay after a match has begun will result in a warning. Repeated offenses will result in disqualification and/or ejection from the current competition.

What you can expect from us

As tournament directors, we recognize the trust our participants put in us to run high-quality events and handle any and all situations with professionalism. We commit to fully hearing all concerns, not dismissing personal experiences, and treating participants with respect throughout the process.

By participating in organized play at any events using this code of conduct, players are affirming that they will abide by the rules of behavioral expectations. If a player has received warning(s) for violating the player code of conduct, they may be subject to expulsion from other events or becoming barred from league & tournament play. Please feel free to reach out to any of the below leagues and/or TDs with questions, concerns, or suggestions:

Red Hat Pins League – Matt Ruder