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09 May 2011 - 12:08 PMI think that most paintballers fall into two categories. There are committed paintballers that play on teams or at least have their own gear, and there are causal walk-on paintballers that play whenever a group is going, or a couple of times a year when they can. Both groups sustain the industry. The pro shops stay open mostly because of the committed players, and the fields stay open mainly because of the rental players. I think there will always be more casual players, because paintball is a demanding sport, both mentally, physically and economically. Accessibility is the key, and keeping causal players involved is important.
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.
01 May 2011 - 04:47 PMI use one as a backup and not to pump exclusively. When I do want to play pump, its nice and cheap now that I upgraded the barrel (lots of cocker barrels out there) and added a python kit to prevent rollouts. No problem using the python kit, but I would check the individual barrel before buying, just in case it conflicts with the pump action.
01 May 2011 - 04:34 PMI have ordered from them in the past and received good customer service and fast delivery. No worries here.
21 April 2011 - 10:58 PMPaintball and the Boy Scouts together is always a possibility at the council level, but you aren't going to see individual troops doing it until National Council comes up with a training and cert program for Scouts to do it themselves. The problem has always been liability. Somebody gets hurt and goes to the hospital, then they sue the deep pockets. That means the council and the charter organization (the church or AmLegion or Rotary or whoever), but it also means the individual leaders and any adult in sight. That's why liability insurance is so important. It is what allows Boy Scouts to do what we call "High Adventure" and even basic camping. Every registered adult has that insurance to fall back on, and so do all the organizations involved - through the Boy Scouts of America. You even have additional coverage if you are driving Scouts to an event. This is why National Council spends so much time developing the training and safety programs, and so much time enforcing them. I remember all the times we drove hundreds of miles to go whitewater rafting, a much more dangerous activity. But we did it with weeks of prep work, good equipment, Safety Afloat training, a tour plan, a float plan, swim tests and a few BSA trained lifeguards. This is what we call compliance with national standards.
The problem with paintball and the BSA is there are no national standards for paintball fields. There is a world of difference between your average outlaw game and an established field, but there is no way for the BSA to tell troops how to pick a field. The perfect place to offer paintball would be summer camp. The problem is, right now it just doesn't add anything to the program because there are no achievements. If you want to see paintball, lobby for it to be tried out at high adventure bases and summer camps. That is how we got COPE programs.
The other problem has always been the Boy Scouts love firearms. The NRA has taken care of us for a long time. The Boy Scouts have decided that guns and paintball usually don't mix. It would look bad for the Boy Scouts to qualify a new Scout as an NRA marksman under range safety rules, and then try to explain how half the safety rules are different in paintball. You can go any weekend to paintball fields and not be a Boy Scout. But who else lets you shoot black powder, .22s and shotguns on the same day?
The nice thing about scouting is that the older you get, the more they let you do. In Venturing, you get to shoot pistols. Why not paintball? A far as I can tell, anything short of "large-bore" artillery might be O.K.
Remember when you play paintball with your troop "as friends", the adults aren't protected anymore because they previously agreed to follow the BSA rules. You either follow the rules, or lose the protection. Liability. Always about liability.
20 February 2011 - 11:22 PMI like what ASC was trying with their missions, but the snow somewhat limited the pace and action.
I played for the empire this year and last. I felt the same way about our side last year, and I think the field overcompensated to try and keep things even. Last year, it was baserape of the empire, so they moved the action by limiting the rebel movement. The missions didn't really materialize in the first block, and in the second block the rebels sent the transports all at once. I agree that there was too much slogging through the snow for not enough action if you didn't happen to be where the fight was at that time.
The snow kept the field from being fully open for movement. It also slowed everything to a snail's pace. There were some skirmishes at the river crossing in the first block, and the second could have been better, possibly if the flag stations had been located differently. I thought capturing the flag stations would have been a good format for the entire game, but there needed to be more of them spread out between the bases.
After a couple of days of trial and error paintballing in the snow, I figured out dry and warm. It also means slow and heavy from insulated boots and clothing.
If you like faster games in the snow, Xtreme Paintball in East Windsor, CT is having a game next Saturday on their spool field with some big teams going. Details are sketchy, but it seems like $10 air and $50/case winter paint and whatever you want to donate to help the owners with a snow-related financial setback. There is much discussion about how this will go down, but I would call them for details.
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