Holy Frijoles Pinball Code of Conduct

Note: This code of conduct is used for the events managed and run by the organizers for events at Holy Frijoles. Each location establishes their own code of conduct, though other locations and groups are encouraged to adopt our code of conduct as it has been an effective doctrine for creating a safe and fun space to enjoy pinball. 

HFPL Code of Conduct

Why Do We Need a Code of Conduct?

Holy Frijoles Pinball League (HFPL) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Because our league is so much fun, we are growing rapidly. As we continue to grow, it is imperative that we clearly define acceptable and unacceptable behavior in order to honor the vision and values that make this league fun, safe, and successful. 

Anti-Harassment Policy

Harassment and hostility will not be tolerated in the HFPL. We strive to create an accepting environment and do not allow harassment of any kind. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, harassing electronic communication, inappropriate physical contact and unwanted sexual attention. Harassment of someone not affiliated with HFPL while participating in league / a tournament also falls under these guidelines. Additionally, harassment transpiring in any pinball event, regardless of whether or not it is held at Holy Frijoles, may be subject to the same repercussions discussed below at league officials’ discretion.  

Any harassment, expressed threats, or violent actions will result in immediate ejection from league play or the tournament and a permanent ban from future events. Other possible grounds for ejection or ban include but are not limited to inappropriate physical contact, unwanted sexual attention, theft, racial slurs and other inappropriate behavior.

If you witness any harassment or questionable behavior, please notify a HFPL league official as soon as you feel safe in doing so.  We will respond quickly and discreetly. 

Aggression Toward Inanimate Objects

Abusive handling of machines, outside the parameters of normal play, during league or tournament play is grounds for a warning. Destruction or damage to Holy Frijoles property or the property of other players is also grounds for a warning. Repeated warnings can lead to more severe consequences such as ejection or permanent ban.

Interactions with League Officials

Any player who behaves rudely or inappropriately toward tournament directors or league officials may be warned, disqualified or asked to leave the tournament or league play, at the tournament director’s discretion. Tournament director rulings are final and always in the best interest of fair play. Please remember that your tournament directors and league officials have years of experience and also have an official set of rules that they are making rulings from. You cannot win a rule argument with a tournament director as they are simply an extension of rules that were written long ago and inherently agreed upon when you participated in an HFPL event. 

Expeditious Play and Personal Responsibility

Players are expected to report to their assigned game in a timely manner and to check in with the other player or players in their assigned group. Excessive delays of reporting to games, reporting results, or absences during gameplay after a match has begun will result in a warning. Repeated offenses will result in disqualification / ejection from the current competition.

Being a Good Sport

Win gracefully, lose gracefully, and don’t take competition too seriously. Excessive gloating, pouting, or complaining makes you look bad and interferes with other players’ enjoyment. Being an excessively poor sport to the extent that it impacts the play or enjoyment of other players may result in warnings or disqualification.

Acceptance of Rules and Policies

By participating in organized play at Holy Frijoles, players are affirming that they will abide by the rules of behavioral expectations. If a player has received warning(s) for violating the player code of conduct, they may be subject to expulsion from the league or becoming barred from tournament play.