I have been part of the SCS (now called NACS) since the start and while I understand that I have been opinionated on some of the decisions the IFPA has made, I still like to see competitive pinball succeed and grow.
Over the years I think the one thing I have always found strange is how / when players must commit to the state they plan to play in. The current system has everyone frantically submitting results for end of year tourneys, then IFPA frantically approving, and then the players commit to a state they will play in after all that. The NACS for each state occurs on Jan 19th 2019, so that is a lot to get done in a short time and you of course sadly have a few people that refuse to commit until the last possible moment and some TDs that are slow on getting those final results in.
I think this system detracts form the real competitive hunt for players to earn positions and is allows a select few players to do silly games to be a distraction from the whole thing.
My suggestion, require players to commit by Oct 31st of each year. Set up their profile so they can select any state up until Oct 31st. If they do not select a state then it will auto defualt to the state which they hold the highest position in as of Oct 31st. As of that date, lock it down and players are only allowed to swap states if for some reason they dont qualify for the state they previously selected.
The benefit of this is that going in to the final 2 months of the season, every player has a real cut line to shoot for.
Instead of an imaginary line and trying to guess whom may or may not attend a NACS each player can really hunt for points to make the line (or top 8 line in the case of a bye for super states)
This becomes even more pronounced in a state like Penn or IL when a select few tourneys which attract lots of out of state players are what account for a larger % of total points in the state. This can cause these states to go very far in the overall list each year.
Seems logical for the player base and a net positive for competitive pinball to make this sort of shift. I cant think of any other sport where the cut line for making a cap stone yearly event is so grey.