Where did all the paintballers go? Where did all the paintballers go
Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:17 PM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:49 PM
Doorbells? Seriously? That's the swear filter? . -Pirate
"Authenticity bro, everyone voids their bowels when they die."
-Guy at end of paintball movie
Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:25 PM
Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:09 PM
Wait until the kids in school get summer jobs and can afford to go out and play, it may be proper paintball weather, but it's not always the season, ya know?
Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:58 AM
EDIT: Economy wise, I usually play stock class, so a bag of paintballs will last me a month. That's the way to do it if you don't want the wallet to hurt too much.
This post has been edited by Incognito: 09 May 2011 - 01:01 AM
Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:41 AM
The economy is really bad right now. It's no secret. That means luxury items and discretionary income go out the window. I've played a total of once this year (though I won some free paint out of the deal, so now I get to go another 1-2 times to burn it all)
For me, this is my biggest problem. I have to spend just under $20 in gas for a round trip to my favorite local field (and the other competition isn't that much closer either). Then tack on the $15-20 field fee. Then tack on paint at $65/case FPO.
You're looking at a hundred dollar day for just walk on play. Arguably, you could cut it down some by using less paint, but best possible case (buying a bag of paint for all day) it's still a $60 day, all expenses counted.
I can't afford to do that all the time, or even fairly often. It's not the field's fault, and if I could go more I would because I like the field and want to support the business.
A second factor is that a lot of the kids are still in school, and a lot of the college students are in and around finals week. Give it a few more weeks and the numbers will start going up.
Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:38 AM
Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:59 AM
I think the difference in our area is the diversity of the crowds. Everything from 13 yr old renters to 60 yr old veterans w/ everything in between. 20+ yr old guys just out of college who played a few times in H.S. but want to check it out again will find a field full of players & that gives them the chance to work their way up to full-timers themselves. It's a good strong cycle we're in right now. If a local community is built mostly on 15-18 yr olds, those guys are going to be off to college/workforce & out of the sport very shortly. If they do want to come back then it would be like them starting all over again unless they were doing a good job of recruiting younger replacements back when they were in H.S.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:55 AM
I'd pay an extra $5.00 for shuttle service from their store to the field if they had one. We also have a large out of town school population that supplements the high elderly population. the majority of old people don't play and the students leave around the same time as the season opens.
That is not dead which can eternal lie,And with strange aeons even death may die.
Posted 09 May 2011 - 12:08 PM
Learning curves, technological advantages, time commitments, and other factors that prevent smooth transition from one group to the other. The sport lives or dies because people make that transition. Most of us fluctuate between groups if we keep playing. Disposable income and free time are the largest factors in whether paintball thrives, and how much each of us can stay involved in paintball.
People have different reasons for getting into paintball, but most leave because of a shortage of time or money. As we get older, we get pulled in different directions. More things are competing for our scarce resources. We also tend to do what our friends do, and as we spend less time with our friends who are playing paintball, it becomes less important. A little bad blood between players goes a long way to making paintball less important.
Paintball demands commitment. It usually takes up most of a day when you play, and afterwards, you want to get cleaned up before you do anything else. Its also one of the more expensive ways to spend that much time. Add to that the fact that there are hundreds of other things that the same time and money could go to, and the temptation to drop paintball becomes clear. Paintball has to be a pretty high priority for people to stay with it.
Some day people will have the money to make paintball accessible to causal players again. Its up to the rest of us committed players to see to it that fields and shops are still around when they do. I think we should all help other players and support local fields and shops when we can. If we do that, then maybe paintball will be better for all of us.