Here at the Michigan Pinball Expo’s (MPE) Wizard’s In Training (WIT) kids tournament our mission is to provide kids with a fun and memorable experience playing pinball.
This will be a special tournament that caters to to kids 12 and under and their parents. Our main focus will center on kids that have had limited exposure or interest, or have never played pinball. Hence, this tournament is for unskilled players ONLY.
This tournament is special in many ways:
- It is The largest kids pinball tournament of this kind in the United States! In its 1st year, “WIT” had entries from 85 kids from all over Michigan, Chicago, and West Virginia!!
- It’s Free to play : Everyone has a chance to bring home a prize! No matter if first or last we have random prizes that will be given away! Everyone gets a Limited Edition Wizards in Training certificate, depending on donations we will have trophies, t-shirts, and other goodies that kids can walk away with too!
- Every player is made to feel like an “STAR” during this tournament. It is the equivalent as being on center stage! We have announcers that will broadcast live over the hall PA system that provide color commentary. Each player is announced along with their “in game action” and at times have been known to be interviewed on what they like about pinball!
- Parent Participation: Parents are actually encouraged to get involved. Coaching during play is encouraged, parents can stand next to their child and give advice, point shots out, everything but play the game.
- Audience/Spectators: We build a crowd, this is the type of tournament that is just as much FUN to watch as it is to play. We encourage everyone that attends the MPE, to stop by and spend some time cheering the kids on.
- Lastly and most Important, This is a “grass roots” player enthusiast run and sponsored event. This tournament is run and funded by pinball enthusiasts, collectors, and of course the MPE to help promote pinball! If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact John Kosmal – Pinlicious@gmail.com – (248) 895-8805
Changes for 2015:
2014 was our 5th ‘Wizards in Training’ and we learned a GREAT deal over the previous tourneys! Everything went off without a hitch and flew through approximately 75 contestants in just about an hour!! Honestly it was so much fun we didn’t want it to end!
How will we IMPROVE in 2015:
- We will have one main tournament! We will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11th!
- Cameras and monitors: We will try to have cameras on the games and a monitor, so the crowd can see all the action!
- Pre-registration before the MPE—We have a pre-registration sheet attached to this web page so parents can register before the event day.
- Parents can also register their child at the MPE by simply filling out the form and bringing it with them to the tournament.
Donations: Again, this is a free tournament, prizes are purchased by donations from area pinball collectors, enthusiast’s, local businesses, and of course the MPE! If you would like to donate, please contact: John Kosmal – Pinlicious@gmail.com – (248) 895-8805.
Download the pre-registration form here in PDF format (right-click > Save As…) Wizards In Training Pre-Registration Form