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29 August 2011 - 08:49 PMUpdate : things in our area are not looking any better.Its hard to get enough interest for a once a month battle at our field.It is really disappointing.The squirrels and wildlife appreciate the nice castles and bunkers though I'm sure.We are next to just closing it all down.The net and field upkeep,the portapotty and all is just not worth it.
15 July 2011 - 09:10 PMThanks for your input.I hope your attitude of returning to paintball catches on.We could use a second wind on paintball.We got our new field up and running in time to miss the first one.We have a lot of time and money invested and are nervous about eating it.You are correct on the proper and fun way of paintball.There is a side of people in paintball ,(and life),that seem to sour the experience to others who would or who have played.That attitude hurts the sport.
15 July 2011 - 09:00 PMWell I'm getting back into the sport. I personally see that prices on everything has dropped dramatically. For example:
tippmann 98 flatline in 2005-2007= $150 now = $79.99
weaver sight raiser mounts then about $50 now $11.99 on amazon
Cheap practice paint then $40+ per case now you can get for $30 a case.
Average paintball vest then $100ish now I see vests for $59.99 at local paintball shops
I notice that prices have dropped on all the gear I used to look at. This allows me to afford more and play more. I plan to start again at least once per month, and I am getting about 7+ new players to buy gear and get going. I saw a 10-12 year old boy with his dad at sports authority the other day looking at guns to go play at the field I am going to. I think that is great. I plan to have a son one day, and I would love to be able to bond with him by playing a fun sport that I also enjoy. Unless my daughter wants to play which i would love to get her involved!
To conclude, yes I feel the decline paintball has had in the last few years, but I personally am making a comeback, and I am ready to bring anybody along for the ride! Paintball promotes team building, friendship, sportsmanship, competitive spirit, the list goes on. We can all contribute to the "rise" of this sport by reaching out to others and showing them the proper SAFE and fun way to play paintball. No wiping, bonus balling, ramping, etc. Just good ol milsim style recreational play.
10 June 2011 - 08:01 PMI try not to think of the cost of going out and having fun. It's my only escape from the clutches of reality.
This is the exact reason I try to make it out to play at least once a month. We have a very active paintball community around here with many nice fields to play. This being said we try to play on private land as much as possible. This really cuts down on costs. Our cheapest field to play is SplatterPark - it costs $55.00 and includes a case of paint and two air fills! The only two paintball fields I will be going to this year is a scenario at Three Rivers Paintball and a game at BattleFront. Not counting gas, these trips will each be close to $100... Ouch! Last year I played a two day scenario at HellSurvivors in Michigan and then went for a weekend out to Sherwood Forest; I loved both fields, but these were expensive trips and a fairly long road trip. As much as I love to visit new fields, it just is not feasible to do very often. The only new field I will try this year is Three Rivers Paintball near Pittsburgh. Getting a group together and playing on private land is a great option for us.A day of play on private land generally costs me no more than $30.00. The local sporting goods store runs specials on paintballs- if you watch you can buy a case for $29.95; not the best, but far from the worst! (at least there not Monster Balls) My group (The Urban Guard) even hosts our own scenario events on private land three or four times a year. This is getting harder to do as land-owners are getting more wary of allowing people to use their land due to liability. Forgive me, I seem to be rambling...
Ramble on man thats' what we are here for.Paintball here has literally died.Last weekend,two players.We are going to being open once a month,just to keep it on life support.We are paying out of pocket to do it.It doesn't look very good.
28 May 2011 - 10:33 PMWe need players.The paintball field is lonely.Just seems like low interest in our area.Hoping when school leaves out more will play.Its discouraging,we have tons of work in this field and its not being used much.Anyone have any suggestions?
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