I'm hosting the KY SCS at my home this year. They were held at the KY state reps house last year in KY, and only 9 of the 16 were able to make it. He lives in a fairly remote location in KY and the weather last year didn't cooperate very well. He and I talked this year and he felt that having it here was a better scenario as far as location for us to fill the 16 spots even though I am in Ohio.
Quoted from limelime20:
Wow, can't find a place in either state with at least 5 pins to play?
Maybe someone in those state's can chime in...I find it hard to believe.,
but could it be??
It was at his house last year, and he had plenty of games. There are a couple locations in KY that could possibly host, but the timing wasn't right this year for it to work out. Hopefully next year they will be ready and KY SCS will be held in KY. I'm east of Cincinnati and the general area is usually referred to as Greater Cincinnati Northern KY, so I'm not that far over the border. The only people that participated in KY SCS last year that are returning this year commented that it is actually closer for them to come to my house than it is to go to the place it was held last year.
There are only about 3 events for people in KY to qualify. One of them is the Louisville Arcade Expo in March. They have the main and classics tourney, but this is also a PAPA circuit event, so that means that everybody and their brothers come there to get qualified for the PAPA circuit finals. It was so crowded last year, that several of us put in one ticket, and then went and did other things at the show. The tourney is not our main reason for attending, we enjoy it but not spending hours attempting to qualify or actually waiting in line to try to qualify. That is mainly the reason we had to go so deep to fill the 16 spots.
Quoted from sleethering:
You're right, there are lots of good players here! Some of them are very underrated because they don't travel or play in many ranked events.
I found it interesting that the #1 qualified player in Ohio has chosen to play in Kentucky. It will definitely make it feel like less of an "Ohio Championship" without having to compete against the top player in the state.
Yes there are alot of good players in Ohio. Unfortunately the amount of qualifying opportunities varies significantly across the state (look at the # of events participated in on the Ohio qualifying page). There are many chances to earn points in Northern Ohio, lots of locations and leagues. Which is great nothing wrong with that, most of the qualifiers last year were from that area. Now this year there were more qualifiers from central Ohio which is starting to have more locations and opportunities. Unfortunately here in southern Ohio there aren't many opportunities to earn points. We have an annual league with 30 people in it, and we tried to have a couple other events this year but still not many opportunities. We play at league members homes because of lack of locations. So far the only person from southern Ohio that has qualified last year and this year was the person that won our league, and this year he still had to travel a bit to earn more points to qualify.
I was qualified last year in Ohio, but I chose to play in KY due to travel time. It was a 5 hour drive for me to go to the Cleveland area for the Ohio SCS. It was a 3 hour drive to KY and my husband was also qualified there so we chose to go to the KY SCS. This year they are holding the Ohio SCS in Columbus which is a much more central location for Ohio. I think this is a better choice, I know it is not possible in all states but the SCS should be held in as central a location as possible.
Ky will probably have more players from out of state than anywhere, including the #1 player from Ohio. We will have players not only from KY, but also OH, MI, IL, and PA. I think the location this year helped make that possible as well as filling the 16 player field, we have more than 16 planning on attending in case someone can't make it. So I think this year is shaping up to be challenging and fun!
I know that it is not an ideal situation to have the KY SCS not held in KY, but we are just helping out this year. Hopefully with the way pinball, and the state championship series has grown it will lead to more locations for the championships to be held. Hopefully next years KY SCS will be able to be held in KY.