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#1 User is offline   Schloob 

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:27 PM

It has come to my attention that there might be some players out there trying to purchase player cards under false or different names. I hope this is not the case and I would be really disappointed if I found this to be true.

So let me explain something. I know there are a lot of you that feel the player cards are just another way for the SPPL to fleece you of every dollar you have while leaving you homeless on a street curb. But that is not the case. In fact, the player cards are there for your protection (Rookie and Masters teams) because without them we have no way to make sure players are in the right division. Without these cards and the identification system they insure the better players would play down (sand bag) for easy victories all while destroy this league. So take pride in what we are tying to do and please don't knowingly let someone cheat or lie to play down a division.

Just in case there are people who still want to try it; let me tell you what we are doing to prevent this. Each player must show a valid drivers license at the event, the picture and name on that DL must match his player card. We are also checking player cards in the dead box and on the field. IF you are found to have someone elses ID that doesn't match your name then your entire team will be disqualified from the event without a refund, banned from ever playing in the SPPL and and I will also do a nice right up in Recon Magazine with names and photos of the offenders.

Please don't be the guy that got caught with the wrong player card. This would be very embarrassing for you and your team and everyone will know what kind of a smuck you are.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:34 PM

It's a pity it actually had to come to a post like this.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:11 PM

Yeah, it really is.

I love my SPPL ID card. Sits in the front of my wallet.. which is why I almost accidentally gave it to the guard at the USAFA the other day.. which is why he looked at me funny.. LOL

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:36 PM

No kidding. Up until this year you had to wait for the event to happen so you could get a qualifier/finals card and even a patch in 2006 (by the way what happened to those?) to look back and show people and be like "yea, it's pretty official, paintball tournaments, you wish you were as cool as me." Now, we get the added bonus of having the card AHEAD of time which has only amped me up even more about playing this year AND my OWN PICTURE is on the card, you don't get much more serious than that. On the sandbagging note, why? I'm classified as elite this year and at first I'll admit was a bit bummed I couldn't play in the masters because I know that's where alot of the favorite teams I love to play are at. (this was feeling was gone when I found out different classifications occasionally play each other) But sandbagging didn't cross my mind, I'm here for the game. Prizes are nice, but just mopping people up and then taking their prizes and knowing they may not play next year because they got sandbagged upon and they hate paintball and the sppl is not something I would want. All in all, I'm down with players cards, I'm NOT down with sandbaggers, and can't we all just play the game the way it's designed to be played. Afterall that's why we come in the first place, because we like the format and the way things are setup thus far.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:08 PM

The players cards a great. They give the players of sppl something to show and be proud of, not to mention the discounts it gets you. Let's just hope that this has been just a rumour and no truth comes of this. I know i wouldn't want to be the one caught doing this.
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:11 PM

View PostLomarandil, on Apr 21 2008, 08:11 PM, said:

Yeah, it really is.

I love my SPPL ID card. Sits in the front of my wallet.. which is why I almost accidentally gave it to the guard at the USAFA the other day.. which is why he looked at me funny.. LOL

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I handed my card to the lady at the Chinese restaurant last Friday. I have my ID in the spot normally reserved for my favorite cc. She thought I was an inspector or something. lol Anyway, I'm proud of my SPPL ID. I now have a card that says that I am a 'Rookie' even though I have played pb for 17+ years and am 39 years old. My wife loves the 'Rookie' part. lol The player cards are an excellent idea.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:15 PM

I have encountered a few players that are outraged about having to pay $25 to get an ID card to play. I guess they haven't done their homework. The PSP charges you $40 to get a mandatory player ID card.

I think I would rather pay the $25 instead of the $40
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 04:33 PM

don't forget about all the discounts the card entitles you to. There's a bbq at retribution field for card carrying members also. $25 is a small amount considering the payback
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:53 PM

My wife may be assisting us in the dead box as a non-player, god willing if I get the time off work to attend. Will I need to purchase an I.D. for her. She plays occasionally but she is not an official member of the team. If so can I purchase it at the field?
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:01 AM

View PostSgtTracer, on Apr 23 2008, 09:53 PM, said:

My wife may be assisting us in the dead box as a non-player, god willing if I get the time off work to attend. Will I need to purchase an I.D. for her. She plays occasionally but she is not an official member of the team. If so can I purchase it at the field?


No, you don't need player cards for non-players helping in the dead box. You just need to make sure their name is on your team roster so we can account for them.

As to them comment above of players being outraged, I don't know what to say I have addresses this issue several times trying to explain why they are a necessity but some people still don't get it. So I will try to put it another way.

Without player cards, what about all the players that were enraged because they couldn't didn't stand a chance against teams like Smart Parts. And spent much more than $25 to play and got nothing for it. Or there are those players who don't even stand a change against most of you veteran teams who are getting better and better each year and smash them. Not a single one of those teams has come back. I know, I have talked with most of those teams and most of the players in the league about this issue. What about all the enraged teams and players who pulled me aside last year after the DDay qualifier (I spent 4-5 hours in various camps doing damage control) madder than #$$^@% because I would let a team like Cruel play in their beloved league. (This is not a knock on Cruel, just and example of what I have dealt with on this issue. So I don't need 100 emails and PM defending them. I think they are great and they definitely have a place in this league)
The point being, these teams were mad because they got man handled by a team and never saw it coming. Three teams at that event alone were ready to leave the SPPL and never come back. They wanted to know exactly what I was going to do to fix the problem as the new director of the SPPL.

So I asked them, how am I supposed to know what kind player or skill level a particular team has? I had no idea what to expect from Cruel and until I saw them play there is no way I could've know; but by then it's too late. I can't kick them out after their first game because they are too good. WOW! You guys think I have issue dealing with extra money for player cards. Can you imagine what kind of a hornets nets I would have opened if I started kicking teams out because the were too good and didn't fit within the preconceived notion of what a "true SPPL team should be"

Anyways, once again I need you all to know that the decision to do player cards was not something I dreamed up over night. I talked with players and took their feedback to heart and came up with the best possible solution.
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:11 AM

Well put Schloob.

The ID cards allows players to be tracked and their skill level assessed a little better than in the past. As the league grows it will keep the newer teams from being trampled on. Kind of like how in the PSP they have a data base of all players. It makes things fair for the D3 teams because they do not have to worry about being trampled by a D1 team. Would you want to continue to play in the PSP or NPPL if they did not have divisions and a way to track the skill level of a player or team? Afterall if that were the case many of today's lower level teams and players would not compete.

To me that is exactly what the player ID card is all about. It is a way to level the playing field and keep things fair. Granted the seperate divisions just got started and occasionally a rookie team may have to go against a master team. I am sure the PSP and NPPL were going through the same thing when they started their divisions. If everything goes well, with in the next 5 years the league could have enough teams and players in the Rookie and Masters divisions that no one will have to go against a team in the next division up.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 04:11 PM

Thanks for the info Schloob, it is confirmed that I WILL be at the Utah Qualifier . I am soooo stoked about being in my first SPPL event!!!!
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:31 AM

I know its around here somewhere, but how long before an event do you have to apply for the card?
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:40 AM

You just have to have the card by the time of the event, as I understand. It takes 2-3 weeks to get it, if you order via the website.
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