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#1 User is offline   Hoot {MWB} 

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 09:48 PM

Thought you boys might like to see this....

The SPPL has some up and coming competition...the UWL. For those interested in playing some woodsball tournies this spring/summer...the UWL is looking like the place to do it. The events are BYOP and the two divisions are very intriguing. The Open Division is no restrictions, all out paint flying, in your face woodsball. Word on the street is that the California Regionals are going to pull Team Dynasty and a few other pro squads for the Open Division. What an opportunity that would be, do you think your woodsball crew could show Dynasty a thing or two in the woods, or would they still take it to you? The one that interests us the most is the Skills Division. This one is marker restricted, basically taking thing back to old school woodsball where Tippmanns, pumps and classics rule the day. We're on board for the DDAY qualifer, it would be great to see more local boys jump on as well. We've done the SPPL gig (and done pretty darn well at it), but we're tired of the heavy shooters that have taken over the league...it's time to play some good ole' woodsball where crawling through brush and setting up for the kill shot takes precedence over gobs of paint. Well if you're all about painting ropes then Open is for you...otherwise...Skills it is!

www.playuwl.com

Tom Cole of Bad Company is the UWL promoter/designer.

2009 UWL Schedule of Events
April 25 - 26 California SC Village
May 16 - 17 Illinois Badlandz
June 11-12 Oklahoma D-Day
July 18 - 19 South Carolina Adventure Beach?
August 1 - 2 California SC Village?
August 29 - 30 Pennsylvania Three Rivers?
September 12 - 13 Texas Cousins Paintball
October 3 - 4 Florida XPX

This post has been edited by Hoot {MWB}: 31 March 2009 - 09:49 PM

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:29 AM

this sounds cool.. ill definately look into it
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:12 AM

The first tournie took place this past weekend. The reviews are hopping. Something to note, check out the San Diego Daggers roster, and then check out the team that almost beat them (7 pumps)! This is woodsball. :dodgy:



California 2009
SC Village | Chino, CA | April 25-26 2009

Results
Skills Division
1. San Diego Daggers
2. Team GAT
3. California Woodsmen
4. Psycho Clown Posse
5. Bandless Brothers
6. OCMI
7. Tactical Warriors


Open Division
1. Bob Long's Assassins
2. CA Ballers
3. SC Merc
4. Team Fusion
5. Desert Edge


Event Writeup
By Alex Cadalso


I saw big smiles and friendly gestures everywhere I turned during the inaugural event of the Ultimate Woodsball League at SC Village in Corona, CA. The UWL brought in plenty of steep competition, but there was a greater sense of camaraderie and fellowship than you find at your traditional tournament.

UWL Commissioner Tom Cole, a veteran woodsballer who played with Bad Company for most of his professional career, realized that many players long for the days when tournaments were more about crawling than rate of fire.

As both a format and a league, the UWL is a shining star. There are a growing number of players who want to play competition paintball but are jaded or otherwise turned-off by aspects of the speedball game. The UWL represents a happy medium between recreational paintball and full-fledged, in your face tournament paintball.

Playing in the woods presents different challenges and learning situations for players of all ages and skill levels. The UWL is running an advertising campaign featuring the slogan "These players started in the woods" with pictures of Hall of Fame paintball players including Chris Lasoya, Richie Maliszeweski (Image), and Shane Pestana, Darryl Trent and Dave Youngblood of the Ironmen, among others. The UWL's other tagline is "Woods, Dirt, Camo" which any woodsball veteran can get behind.

The UWL divides teams into two divisions, Open and Skills. Equipment restrictions make the difference between the divisions; Infantry players (open division) can use any electronic marker in semi-auto, Rangers (skills division) must use non-electronic markers. Both Infantry and Rangers must use 9-volt loaders (Kingman Fasta, VL Revolution, etc.).

Teams consist of a captain, a scout, a heavy weapons man, 7 infantry / rangers and one sniper. The captain can use any electronic marker set to semi-auto and calls in the use of special weapons -- revives and "missile" strikes to strategically eliminate the other team. Scouts break out 10 seconds before their teammates to pull a flag or set up in a forward position. The heavy weapons player can use any marker in any mode with any mode. Snipers must use a pump gun or pistol and count as a +1, an eleventh player on a ten man team.

Bob Long took full advantage of the heavy weapons position, using his brand new Marq Victory in uncapped full-auto to chop up the competition. I came across Bob in a ravine and was so scared of his machine gun that I retreated to another position.

Tom Cole and the UWL team spent several days grooming SC Village's world famous woods fields for the tournament. Despite the inherent difficulties in creating even fields in the woods, the two fields in play were adequately balanced, with neither side having an inherent advantage due to a coin flip. Additionally, the team that loses the coin flip receives a handicap -- either more revives or the option to start with a flag base in their possession.

The objective-based format evened the playing field because games weren't won by eliminations, but flag possession time. Good teams worked the fields and developed strategies to control their flag stations while keeping the other team out. More experienced teams often found it difficult, and counterproductive, to steamroll opponents with no regard for pulling and defending flags.

Bob Long's Assassins took first place in the Open Division, followed by the CA Ballers in second. Playing alongside Bob Long were his son Zack Long, Tyler Harmon, Kimo and a number of the LA Hitmen.

The UWL offers an placement program for players who can't find a team to play with. The CA Ballers were a team of players assembled for the tournament by the UWL. The UWL offers this service as a way to build new teams and relationships in the sport.

The San Diego Daggers, captained by the voice of paintball, veteran Ironman Matt Marshall, took first place in the Skills division. The San Diego Daggers were a motley crew of grizzled vets and familiar faces, including Nicky Cuba (Ironmen), Todd Martinez (Dynasty), Brandon Lambertson (ex-Infamous), and Roy Richards and Cedric Roloff (ex-Avalanche & KAPP Factory).

The Daggers faced Team Gat in the final, a showdown many called the game of the tournament. Team Gat, using 7 pump guns, took the Daggers down to the final buzzer before they captured Team Gat's base flag for the win.



The event was a big success because everyone left the field feeling good about the weekend. Teams played with honor, respect and a tremendous amount of sportsmanship. Players of all ages and walks of life found common ground on the paintball field, and that has forever been what our sport is all about.

Tom Cole is doing a fine job running the UWL, the event went off without a hitch and everyone in attendance had a fun weekend. A hallmark of a good commissioner is the ability to take criticism and suggestions from their players. Tom was vigilant in pursuit of feedback from teams, constantly asking them how they were doing and what the league could do better.

Photographer extraordinaire Chris Dilts was on hand to capture the events of the weekend; his photo galleries are posted at the UWL's website, www.playuwl.com

Thanks to SC Village, Giant Paintball, Chris Dilts and all of the teams, friends and families who came out to share the weekend together. Thanks to Kingman Training, DYE, JT, BT, GenX, Ultimate Paintball, Bob Long Technology, and Tippmann, the UWL's event sponsors.

The next UWL event is scheduled for May 16-17 at Badlandz in Chicago, Illinois; the UWL will return to SC Village August 1-2.

Alex Cadalso played paintball for HK and has published over 100 articles about paintball in magazines like SPLAT, PGI and Welt, among others.



Event Schedule

Day 1
Field 1
8:00 Desert Edge vs Psycho Clown Posse
8:40 Team GAT vs California Woodsmen
9:20 Bob Long vs OCMI
10:00 CA Ballers vs Tactical Warriors
11:20 California Woodsmen vs Desert Edge
12:00 Team GAT vs Psycho Clown Posse
12:40 Tactical Warriors vs Bob Long
1:20 SC Daggers vs Fusion
2:00 SC Merc vs Bandless Brothers
2:40 Desert Edge vs Bob Long
3:20 US Army vs Islanders
4:00 SC Daggers vs SC Merc
4:40 Bandless Brothers vs Islanders
5:20 US Army vs Fusion

Day 2
Field 1 Field 2
8:00 OCMI vs Team Gat
8:40 SD Daggers vs US Army
9:20 Bob Long vs CA Ballers SC Merc vs Islanders
10:00 Psycho Clown Posse vs Tactical Warriors OCMI vs CA Woodsmen
10:40 SC Merc vs Fusion Bandless Brothers vs US Army
11:20 Psycho Clown Posse vs CA Woodsmen Team GAT vs Tactical Warriors
12:00 CA Ballers vs Desert Edge Fusion vs Islanders
12:40 Bandless Brothers vs SC Daggers
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 04:37 PM

Event #2 held at Badlandz Paintball Chicago

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Open Division:

First: BBT Ninjas(Chicago Aftershock)
Second: Failure To Flatline
Third: Chicago Heretics

Skills Division:

First: Dog Soldiers
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:14 AM

That's a bummer to hear Badlandz only drew 4 teams. Hopefully DDay will be able to snag a few more! We will be one of them.
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