Quoted from zacaj:
1. Combine a whole year of leagues or whatever ( as mentioned above). Makes your even worth something and it costs less. We used to have a weekly three strikes for mostly casual players, now we've just combined it into a quarterly 'league'. No one cares about a dime from their weekly entry fee, and it's worth enough points to 'matter'. Annoying that we had to do that, and that you can 'game' the system that way, but work with what you've got...
This is only true if your players also participate in other IFPA-sanctioned events. Thanks to the Modern pinball credit card league shennanigans a couple years back where people didn't know they were playing in a league, you still need to play in 5 events and have a valid rating before you start contributing points to events you participate in. Your league could run all year and have the event still worth 0 points if the participants didn't have any other IFPA events under their belt.
If your players are worried about this, IFPA now allows "challenge match" 1v1 submissions that impact rating but not ranking. (https://www.ifpapinball.com/ifpa-partnering-with-matchplay-events-for-ifpa-challenge-matches-and-more/) If everyone submits their own few challenge matches to indicate they are serious about competing, then they'll contribute points to events that they play in.
When people are brand-new to pinball and figure a league must be a thing but don't know where to find one, the IFPA website is a good way for them to find out about official events in the area. We've had a number of people find our league and events that way.
I don't think everyone's going to go the IFPA route moving forward, but it's been on the whole good for our events. Do whatever makes your players happy.