CANCELLED – Wednesday Night League at Speedy’s starting August 18

UPDATE: League has been cancelled. The original announcement prior to cancellation is left intact below for historical interest only.

In case you missed the big announcement, IFPA endorsements are back! Come be a part of Bayou City Pinball League’s first IFPA-endorsed and WPPR-ranked weekly league starting August 18, at Speedy’s Fast Track, 11440 Hempstead Road, Houston, Texas (see map below). Meetings will be Wednesday nights: August 18, 25, then September 1, 8, at 7:00 pm, with playoffs on September 15 with start time TBD (likely 7:00 pm as well but may be moved up to 6:30 pm). Space will be limited to twenty-four (24) players. (Once 24 unique players have registered and played at least one week, priority will be given to returning players over new players.)

Format for each weekly meet will be four games of group match play with 7-5-3-1/7-4-1 scoring per weekly meet. The lowest score of the four weeks will be dropped. Format for the playoffs will also be match play with A division and B division sizes as set forth in the rulebook. Players who play in at least two of the four weeks will be eligible for playoffs.

For this season, the IFPA endorsement fees of $1 per player will be sponsored by Q Factor Entertainment and no dues will be collected, with the only cost to play being the “coin drop” (price per game).

Upcoming events for August

For those that missed the announcement, IFPA will resume endorsing events in August.

There are events in the planning process. Expect a weekly league (5-week mini-season) on Wednesday or Thursday night starting in late August or possibly early September, and possibly a couple of tournaments (which may become regular events) in September. Stay tuned…

POSTPONED – Weekly League at Speedy’s

UPDATE: League has been postponed. The original announcement prior to postponement is left intact below for historical interest only.

It’s official! Our first weekly league will be at Speedy’s Fast Track (11440 Hempstead Road, between Antoine Drive and West 34th Street) on June 7, 14, 21, and 28, with the playoffs on a date yet to be decided (July 5, 7, or 12). There will be no dues for this league, in part because the IFPA is still not endorsing leagues or tournaments at this time.

There will be only four games per week; this differs from (what will eventually be) the usual number of five games stated in the rulebook. Scoring will still be IFPA 7-5-3-1/7-4-1, and the lowest of the four weeks will be dropped to determine ranking for playoffs.

This league will be capped at a maximum of 24 players per meet, with players having played in previous weeks getting priority.

Edit: dates updated to reflect cancellation of original May 24 meeting due to low attendance.

Bayou City Pinball League Launch Tournament, 2021-01-24 (Sunday)

It is official! We will be having our first tournament on Sunday, 2021-01-24, at Speedy’s Fast Track, 11440 Hempstead Road, Houston, Texas (see map below). Check-in/warmups start at 1:00 pm, tournament will begin promptly at 1:30 pm.

Entries will be limited to 16 players. Format will be a five-round group match play with a three game playoff for the top 4 finishers. No entry fee as such, $8 toward a group use game card for tournament games plus one warm-up game per player. No prizes or physical awards will be issued for the results of this tournament; however, this is something we will be offering in later tournaments and leagues. Since the IFPA is still not endorsing and ranking tournaments, this will not be a WPPR ranked tournament; however, this too is something we will offer when the IFPA resumes.

Machine lineup: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Iron Maiden, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Deadpool, Batman, The Munsters.

The league rulebook as will be used for this tournament will be published on or before 2020-12-18 (Friday).