Argument - anyone that wants to travel to compete in pinball has ample opportunity with the myriad big and small tourneys and everything in-between. Current IFPA SCS rules allow anyone that qualifies in a state event - in the top 16 for that state - to compete in that state's championship. This means that one win in a big tourney could guarantee a player a wide selection of states to compete in when SCS rolls around and for those players to pick which state gives them the perceived best option to move forward.
This seems wrong for a few reasons. First, as I stated above, if it is about competition away from home, there is already plenty.
Second, a state championship should represent the players that regularly play in that state otherwise it isn't a state championship but another tournament with most state players and one (or a couple/few) players that did well once in the state. That does not reflect the state's players. State tourney is a time to get together and hang with the players that have routinely been involved in state tournaments.
I'm not suggesting only playing in a registered state (like where you live) but a reasonable requirement that you participate in a minimum number of events/participate in a regular league within that state. Seems like three tournaments in a state (on different dates, not multiple tournaments run concurrently at an event/expo) and/or participating in a league in the state would be a qualifier.
Seems like a no-brainer to me if the SCS is really to be representational of each state's talent.