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Brian Strode Sunday, March 21st, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: N/A
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Wacky Warriors: you get to play a lot more games, but not as many experienced tourney players.
Review: This field has many good and bad sides to it. Some days are awesome, but others really suck. My team is doing the 3 man rookie series being held there. The first one was on March 14th. The entire day was a total disaster. To start it all off, the captains meeting was an hour and a half late getting started, so much for getting there at 8:00 sharp! After that there were about 15 games before someone realized there was an error in the schedule so we had to start all over again. Some teams were there until 2:45 and still hadn't played in a single game. That is ridiculous. We were paying close to 270 dollars per team to play and they couldnt even get the schedule right. My team finished all of our games in a 2 hour time span so we had to sit around the rest of the day to wait until finals. To top it off, there were 50 teams trying to get waivers, paint,air fills, food,drinks, and other stuff in the same line the open play people used. Sometimes you had to stand in line for 45 minutes to get a single fill. The novice division only had 3 teams register so they cancelled that division and only did rookie. They even kept the prizes from the novice division. 50 teams trying to play on a single air ball field is crazy. There were even 2 fights because parents and players were very unhappy about being there at 3:00 and not even having the chance to set foot on the field yet. A couple teams just left. All in all it was a very poorly run tournament and I don't know if we'll be returning to complete the series. There were many teams who felt the same way. It was a very bad example for Gateway and I know for a fact it made some people feel like never coming back. I must add however, the reffing was top notch. There were many refs to cover all angles and there were no big mistakes made. Once the games got going, the rest of the day went fairly well, it just takes a long time to run a tournament with 50 teams.

Now for open play. As I said earlier some days are good and some days are bad. Some times there is only one ref for 70 people. It is an accident waiting to happen. There is just no way a ref can watch 70 people carefully all at once. The turnaround time is also bad. There is as much as 45 min. between games. However, if you go for team practices, it is the perfect paintball field. We practice on the air ball field and you can play almost nonstop if the lines for getting air arent long. They have other fun fields such as mounds and hyperball, although the hyperball field gets old after a while. It just depends on the number of players and how many refs are there.

I really want to give Gateway a good rating, but this last tournament was very disappointing.

Review Comments
mongoose3887 Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 | 11:57 pm PST
Did you go to the last 3-man on May 16th?

Brian Strode Wednesday, June 16th, 2004 | 7:54 am PST
yeah i did and i thought it was awesome. i was really surprised at how much better it was. you could definitely tell they took their time to do this one right. im probably gonna go to the next one to finish the series. how about you?

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