It’s not very often that we get a new host location for the league, so a big thanks goes out to Don for hosting this week. Not only does does Don’s place give us a new location, but he has a great game lineup, with some unique titles that we don’t get to play anywhere else. Scores for this week are up on the PAPA site. We also brought back the mystery score giveaway this week, and gave away sets of headphones to Pete, and new member Mario on his first night out! Thanks again to Myles for the donation.
This was also our last league night of 2015, so enjoy the break from weekly pinball, have a happy new year, and hopefully we’ll see everyone at Nick’s place on Jan 4.
It’s been 2 years since the initial implementation of the new leadership structure, so that means it is time to open up the discussion on elections for the Leadership team of the Toronto Pinball League.
For those that are new the league has 3 positions of leadership.
Treasurer – Currently held by Mike Luciani
Score Keeper – Currently held by Chris Bardon
President – Currently held by Adam Becker
Every 2 years we give members within the league an opportunity to step up and say they would like to volunteer their time to help make the league better for everyone.
With that being said all 3 incumbents would like to continue to volunteer their time for the league.
But if anyone would like to step up and volunteer their time for any of these positions that would trigger an election.
The details of how an election would work can be found in our rules located here: http://topl.ca/topl-rules/
In order to be considered the person would need to submit their application via the Yahoo Group, Facebook or replaying to the post on the webpage stating which position they would like to volunteer for. This open nomination will be available until Dec 21st at 12pm EST.
The existing leadership team is happy to continue to move TOPL forward and volunteer their time but in our continuing effort to make leadership activities more transparent this is a necessary step in that process.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your TOPL Leadership team
Chris, Mike and Adam
Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey that we put up! We got a good number of responses, and some good feedback that we’ll be considering as we plan the next year for TOPL. The question of whether or not to go to 14 weeks was pretty decisive:
It also seems that lots of people want to play most Monday nights:
The “other” responses had some great comments like this one: “Playing the Monday after a pinball intensive weekend like ReplayFX or Allentown is better than not playing for 13 days. Somehow, I could muster the energy. “
In the past, we’ve skipped the Monday after major events like the PAPA world championships, Pinburgh, and Expo, just because we wanted to encourage people to attend, and there were only a few decent sized pinball tournaments every year. These days though, the IFPA calendar has something virtually every week, and while there is certainly a large contingent of players who travel for tournaments, there are a lot who don’t or are unable to who still want to play pinball. We’re also not scheduling competing TOPL events during other tournaments, and would encourage everyone to represent TOPL in as many events as possible.
As for the playoff dates, it looks like Sundays still have the edge if we factor in the “don’t care” responses:
So, based on all of this, I’ve put together a revised schedule for the next few years that you can check out here. There are a few changes from what we’re currently doing. After this current season, we’re running a 14 week season (and in one case, 13), and the only Mondays we’re skipping are the Monday after playoffs, and anything that’s a long weekend. We’re still allowing players to drop their 3 lowest scores, and league fees will remain the same. This also means that playoffs and season breaks will be at or very close to the end of April, the end of August, and the end of December every year. For 2016, we’ll keep the dropped week for PAPA in April. Conveniently, ReplayFX has been held at the same time as the August long weekend in 2015 and 2016, so if that continues, we’ll probably get a skip week in there as well for the foreseeable future if you really don’t want to have to play after driving back from Pittsburgh.
And just as we finish one TOPL season, the next one starts up right away. Thanks to Kim for hosting a big crowd this week, including an incredible 6 new members. Welcome out guys, and hopefully you had a great time. Sorry it was a little chaotic getting everyone signed up, but it all worked out in the end. Scores are up on the PAPA site, and with only one week in the books, a player who isn’t Adam is in the lead. Fresh off his 2nd place finish in the playoffs, Josh is tied for the lead with Henrik. The question, of course, is how long will this hold for?
Next week is going to be our last week of 2015, and it’s at a new location: Don Arpa’s. Remember to check the facebook and yahoo groups for event details, including addresses for host locations. Have a great week everyone!