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#16 User is offline   blackrain 

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 12:26 PM

View PostBenaiah, on 20 October 2010 - 05:56 AM, said:

What darkmonkey said.

Also, i dont mind paying with crappy field paint, its just when you pay 30 bucks to play then 99 a case for draxxus paint thats been sitting in their storage hut for half a year, then you go to another place and its 15 to play and 10 to byop, and evil balls are 60 bucks at the field. But either way, its always a blast and i always learn something new. If were ever at the same even i would love to run together. Post up whenever you do so i can see if i can make it!

This weekend is my first big game with my first team so it should be awesome fun!


Know exactly the feelings on the paint.Way back in the day,field owners use to just chrono guns by site. Shoot at a board and the sound determined how fast the gun was going lol. Thank God for chrono. Hope you have fun with the Big game and team thing:)
Just have fun and if you don't complete a mission,oh well,just go home and watch TV later that night while your resting :)

Remember,teams take time to develope,won't happen over night. Lots of frustrations along the way,but the kinks eventually work out. :)

Definatly if we ever meet,let's hook up for a game:)

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 02:23 PM

Agreed with a lot of what you said, but to play devil's advocate...

I've always looked at sponsorship in paintball as kind've a joke. There are teams that start up and immediately get 4-5 sponsors...then they think are a big deal because they're sponsored. In some cases, it's as easy as going to a website and simply making a request and "Bam", you're sponsored. That's not "earning" anything...it's just becoming part of their marketing process. And usually, the team doesn't really "get" anything for free or at even a decent discount. Oh sure, sometimes they'll give you a 5-10% discount on items or annual field fees or something like that...but you're not getting free guns or anything like that. Those type of sponsorships exists, but only at the very high levels of the sport.

For me to look at a "sponsored" team and be impressed, I look for 2 things:
1) How difficult is it to get sponsored by that particular sponsor?
2) What does the team actually get in return?

If the answers are, I got a group of buddies together, we played in a couple tournaments and have a website...I'm not impressed. And if the answer to #2 is, well, we get a 5% discount on all products we buy online...again, I'm not impressed.

Actually, I'll add a 3rd "impressive" trait of a sponsored team:
3) Did they (the sponsor) come to you?
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 03:37 PM

Great read Blackrain, I'm sure this will help a lot of people.
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:20 PM

View Postaslanprime, on 24 October 2010 - 03:23 PM, said:

Agreed with a lot of what you said, but to play devil's advocate...

I've always looked at sponsorship in paintball as kind've a joke. There are teams that start up and immediately get 4-5 sponsors...then they think are a big deal because they're sponsored. In some cases, it's as easy as going to a website and simply making a request and "Bam", you're sponsored. That's not "earning" anything...it's just becoming part of their marketing process. And usually, the team doesn't really "get" anything for free or at even a decent discount. Oh sure, sometimes they'll give you a 5-10% discount on items or annual field fees or something like that...but you're not getting free guns or anything like that. Those type of sponsorships exists, but only at the very high levels of the sport.

For me to look at a "sponsored" team and be impressed, I look for 2 things:
1) How difficult is it to get sponsored by that particular sponsor?
2) What does the team actually get in return?

If the answers are, I got a group of buddies together, we played in a couple tournaments and have a website...I'm not impressed. And if the answer to #2 is, well, we get a 5% discount on all products we buy online...again, I'm not impressed.

Actually, I'll add a 3rd "impressive" trait of a sponsored team:
3) Did they (the sponsor) come to you?



I've been approached by a few of my sponsors. I get better than a 10% discount and yes I do get free stuff. I do offer to pay for the free stuff,but I'm told "NO" by the sponsor. It's not what they want,they are happy to help. Yes I do give alot of my stuff out to other players to use and try out. My sponsors don't ask me to do that,I do it on my own.

I did approach a few of my sponsors,matter of fact I just sealed a deal with a new sponsor on Saturday. We had talked about it and sealed the deal in about 2-3 mins.He's local and just a very small shop. Well known and very good to all the players.

I really don't need anything in return from my sponsors. What they offer is enough. What they offer in help is enough. You know I've been playing long enough that alot of people know me. My difficulty level was not that hard. Asking wasn't that hard. It's just how I wrote my resume and talked with them.

Well I didn't do the "file on line and use what everyone else is using for a team sponsor program".

My newer MOLLE equipment is made to order and quality. It took me a while to get that sponsor,hey but it was worth it and they have been very happy with the business I have helped generate for them.

So yea I do a lot of work for my sponsors:) Also remember I'm only a "One Man" team so it's not too difficult to sponsor one person :)

Later,
Blackrain:)

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:34 PM

View Postblackrain, on 24 October 2010 - 07:20 PM, said:

Also remember I'm only a "One Man" team so it's not too difficult to sponsor one person :)



You know it!

Try looking a potential sponsor in the face and telling them you have 50+ active team members.
If they are not shocked and a little scared by the prospect then you are probably looking at a wholesale pricing schedule as your "sponsorship". The company losses nothing at that level of sponsorship...in fact they gain a bit of sales.

True sponsors are difficult to obtain and keep.

Keep up the nice work Blackrain. :tup:
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 12:07 PM

Really good post, well thought out, and a lot of people need to hear this kinda thing. I know a team at my local field and lets say they are the reason why I do not play there anymore. People do not use common sense, why would a company give you a discount on something just cause you carry their marker? They already have thousands of people who do that and pay full price. If you want a sponsorship then there has to be a bit more give and less take.
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:44 PM

Bruh I enjoyed this and trust me I don't like to read but I read all of this. I have been paintballing for almost 2 months and after getting shot in the head twice on the first day. Lets just say my wife and my bank account isn't liking the sport lol. I hope you come to Texas sometime and we can slang paint at each other.
I too got a sponsor from a big name company and wasn't really thinking that my team would get it , but we did. Now I have to find a sponsor for a sponsor lol. Money is tight.
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