Im going to throw a few more things out there:
On this Picking teams thing... I took a short trip in the way back machine, and remembered that Back when paintball was nearly new, we didn't "pick teams" more than once usually. At least at the NSG fields i went too. you got there on time or you had to wait to play, teams were divided up before any game play and people who came together played together, as much as possible. but here's the weird thing:
You played on the same "Team" all day long!
You actually got to know the people you were playing with a bit, you had a chance to develop strategy, and learn to work together, and had to do this fast if you wanted to win. also by being a bit more formatted, game turnaround was faster, everyone broke for lunch at the same time. I don't think we ever got in less than 8 games in a normal day, and that was 5 acre plus fields with 20 on 20 minimum usually. some of the best teams from the 90's started playing under this format in the 80's... but we seemed to have forgotten it completely.
Of course if the teams were really unbalanced corrections would be made, but that could be figured out by the second game usually. regular "teams" (players who routinely played together ) either only played against other regulars and were not a part of the bigger group, or we're split up so there was an equal mix of walk ons and regulars,or a bit of both, but never were the walk ons simply set up as targets for the regulars.
We've also made the game availability so casual, i think its hurting us all around. ill be the first to admit, I'm in no hurry to show up at a field any any preset time. But, if everyone had to be there by say 10am, and this was a known expectation(and it would be advantageous for me to be there on time), you suddenly have allot more people ready to play, bigger games, more fun, than people just showing up a little at a time through out the day (resulting in fewer and smaller games,) which appears to be the norm , at least at the fields I've played at in the south east. I think a more rigid schedule would be very helpful to all involved. (you also have parents with plann'able days and a better idea of when to pick up little johnny.)
0900: arrival, registration, game prep
0930: Orientation (if you miss orientation you will not be permitted to play until field staff has time to catch you up, you may miss several games <wink, wink>) and have some one dramatic and entertaining do the orientation, it should be memorable and fun! "no punji sticks, no playing Tarzan and climbing trees, please do not dig spider holes or have your velocity turned so far up it leaves exit wounds, our field speed is ..."- you get the idea..
0945: Team picks by field staff using field sign up roster (that has age, experience info,): alpha team- john from middle towns group of three, rich from park shore group of two.... beta team- Olympic pools group of six, Etc..
1000: game on (refs assess team balance and how to adjust if needed) set game durations, decided by field based on site specifics. maybe two games back to back, then 10 min breaks (remind players to drink water, fill tanks, get paint, buy that grenade at the pro shop, etc.) , then another set of back to back...
1200- 1230 lunch
1245 game on...
this way everyone knows when the next game is, maybe even who their playing, if they have time to run to the restroom, get air, and so on. every day is a mini tourney (even with woods ball), with end of day "winners" if you keep score..(we used to even get prizes for the days most winning team!) could even use a white board for the brackets to keep track of which teams played who plays next etc.. but fun, not so serious that it gets ridiculous, save that for the real event days.
too much? spit it into two session, am and pm.... Or, just do it this way on you busiest day, makes things manageable, and make the other weekend day the casual play day, whatever.. just ideas here, most of which are things we were doing in the 80's as sop's.
anyone need a field or marketing manager?? I'm open at the moment... just kidding, sort of
This post has been edited by MadMaverick: 07 May 2011 - 01:11 PM