Texas Division Idea Thread
Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:32 PM
Texas Division is a baby of mine ever since SpecialOps invented the Brigade almost 5 years ago. What I wanted was a system that worked similarly to the SpecialOps Brigade, but much more localized. To create a network of local teams and develop relationships with people regionally and statewide in order to encourage our flavor of the game we love so much - paintball. I want it to be easier to get involved in Woodsball, Scenario, and Recball. Where if your friends aren't into it, you can find Texas Division and hook up with players in your area and still have a good time without the attitude that can be found at some Speedball fields and players.
Today, I played a game and I only knew about half the people present. There were maybe 20 of us all together. Some shooting Ions and wearing speedball clothes, some in fatigues shooting 98Cs and a few new guys borrowing guns from other players. The course was built in the host's back yard. A beautiful makeshift speedball course. It was my first time to actually play that type of paintball [as was true for many others in that group] but after getting tagged out a few times, we picked it up and had a positive blast. We had 50 year old dads down to young teenagers all shooting it up on the field. Plenty of yelling but no cussing at the other players and nothing but grins and "good game" when all was said and done. I am fortunate to have friends that know other friends that have land and the like but not everyone is in such a good position. What we need is a good way to get people in my area on that field [and other local fields] having a blast right along with us.
In order to do this, Texas Division is going to need active leaders that are interested in fostering woodsball growth in their own backyard. Newbies, walk-ons, and strangers turning into good players who love the sport. Texas is a huge state with a lot of ground to cover. There are a lot of teams and fields already established but there are tons of players out there just playing with the people they know. It's hard to get connected without spending a lot of time and energy researching local stores, fields, and teams and hoping you bump into other honorable woodsball players out there or being lucky enough to be part of the "in-crowd" by default.
Here's the goal: I want players to be able to come to the Forums here or bump into our players on the fields and get connected with people in their areas. If you're up north on the Red River, you might not know about the beautiful course set up in Mt. Pleasant that Viper paintball runs just a few hours drive from almost anywhere along the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. There are good players having good games all across the state and other players nearby could get hooked up with those good games and make paintball a life-long activity instead of something they only do in highschool and then get burned out by bad attitudes and the wrong crowd.
I'm still thinking about all the organizational kinks and just how detailed I want to make this system but, in the end, it's about helping us all get connected and have a good time together, instead of alone.
What you can do to help:
1. List good fields in your area. If the refs are fair and it's a great place to play - let us know about it.
2. Volunteer to lead up local games or Texas Division chapters.
3. Volunteer to let other players borrow your gear at games. Some people are willing to play but don't have the cash to make the long term commitment to paintball. Loan out your stuff for a game or two and those new players can get hooked. The more the merrier.
4. If you have any ideas, throw them out here. The worst I can do is say no. I usually don't bite.
After this baby gets off the ground and we get some involvement, we might have a need for T-Shirts or Team Patches and I will post a new official Texas Division thread once we get a little organization and we're ready to start helping people.
Let's do this.
Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:37 PM
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 03:11 PM
This post has been edited by DVLCHLD: 22 November 2008 - 08:05 PM
Posted 23 November 2008 - 10:46 AM
See what I mean? All we need is a little organization and *bam* - it's like magic. If we can get more awareness of your field and your players out there when new players join up they'll be able to have a great place to play that they might not have been able to find out about otherwise.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 11:33 AM
This post has been edited by DVLCHLD: 24 November 2008 - 06:42 PM
Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:16 PM
I'll be honest, I've seen this Texas Division try to get off the ground in the past...a couple times actually, and it almost gets there, and I hope that this current attempt has what it takes. If people actually utilize the game finder and the fourms, there is no reason folks can't hook up, and I for one would love to help out where I can. I'm a team captain of a Houston local team, "Texas OPFOR", and we are just one of many woodsball and scenario teams in this neck of the woods.
Players aren't the problem...decent fields is what we are up against here. I'm sure y'all have heard of Tactical Paintball out at Harwood...awesome field, but a bit of a drive for a small pickup game here in Houston. Likewise Vipers field up in Mt. Pleasant...nice place I hear, but too far to drive for an afternoon game and make it back for church. The Houston Woodsball scene needs fields...anyone got a few acres they wouldn't mind us all playing in? Like 90+?
So as a fellow Texas player, nice to hear about Texans getting organized, and be sure to post and email/PM ideas folks.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 10:38 PM
Maybe starting & supporting local fields is the best way to grow a grassroots effort like this - using Texas Division endorsed fields as bases of contact.
Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:17 PM
This post has been edited by Plazmaburn: 29 November 2008 - 09:23 PM
Posted 01 December 2008 - 01:11 PM
#1pball just took a serious credibility hit with recent changes in management, so we'll see how that shakes out.
SGOT has cool fields, but large games are ridiculously understaffed and without any rules...well, published rules anyway.
Zonenorth got hit by Ike pretty badly, so that's still a work in progress.
Thats just off the top of my head, as there are more out here, but they are more rec/speedball.
I'd sure like to be wrong if anyone has a field to add to my partial list.
Tough economic times, so I understand fields focusing on where they are making money, but playing outlaw has it's own headaches as well.
I'll swing by your guys tent at BHD and say howdy, I'm skipping Stalingrad.
Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:48 PM
As Xscout so nicley put it i will be here shortly! Well I am Robert Duhon Leader of BPA and Team Foxtrot! We are a houston based Woodsball/Scenario Team!
We are a home team at tactical.
Tactical is the best field in Texas for the people near houston and San antonio. Viper is a great field as well but it is along way from here. I would attend viper games more if they did a Saturday go home sunday type game like tactical does.
This idea has been something that has been on my mind so bud Count me and Team Foxtrot in. We will assist you. now with that being said I will tell you now I will get the word out rather Rapidly. Faster than most anyone else.
Posted 13 December 2008 - 10:12 AM
I love this Idea! My name is Adam McCullough I run CS-Paintball and am captian of the Woodsball team Texas Gunz out of Tyler, TX (East Tx). CS-Paintball is actually trying something like this called the East Texas Woodsball Association. If this takes off I would love to help out as much as I can.
Posted 20 December 2008 - 09:53 PM
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