Jaeger's is thebest option for paintballing in the NKC area. It's interesting to me when someone posts that their isn't enough competition. I suggest going out of the cave, up the hill, and taking on all comers on their outside fields. I've seen some cocky guys get lit up like Xmas trees.
For the rec guy (like me) or gal, the cave environment offers space to move around (unless its the day after Christmas...sheesh!) and a chance to fire at some competition. Most people I have played with at J's seem to be laughing becuase they shot someone or visa versa. They seem to be enjoying themselves...except the one guy who always is whining constantly about something or someone. 99% of the time this person hasn't been wronged by J's, but has displaced anger about something other than the game. I'd rather pass a kidney stone than play with whiners.
My pluses and minuses for Jaegers:
+ Many different levels of competiition (I'd question anyone who writes they have mastered the compitition there)
+ Staff is good and helpful if you ask the right questions. They know the game and are pretty quick to give you good advice. New or intermediate.
+ Cave has good obstacles to duck around. (Hide behind a barrell or a rock formations) Sucks being tall though.
+ Coke machiene (I get thirsty)
+ Girl at the counter (true)
+ Buy a gun from them...free field fees (that saves some greenbacks there)
+sand is gone for the most part but gets a little muddy if it rains a lot.
There are some things that I wished were changed though:
- Older referees (some players intimidate or ignore the 13 year old refs) I do think the kids do the best they can but are put in a bad situation.
-You have to ask the staff the right questions if you aren't familiar with safety or game rules. They assume you know. Last time I was there the safety issues weren't even brought up. I was explaining things to a 1st timer as we went along. Yikes!
-Sometimes there isn't enough players for the semi, rec players in the caves. Do you wait or punt the idea of playing? Perhaps go to the fields against a guy with a $1000 auto marker that shoots 10,000 rounds a second? I personally will pass on scraping a gallon of paint out of my ear. (I'm content at getting shot with a semi)
-locker rentals...I have to think they could make come $$ off them. Some kids swipe the paintballs when you are in the game. The excessive paintball price is well noted.(they do have a byop night to their credit)
All this being said, Jaegers is still the best thing going in the area. It's a good place to have fun. (which is suppose to be the whole idea...unless something changed) Is there room for improvement on their end? Yes, but there is a lot of room to slide down to mediocrity as well. Their formula works for me. I would give it a 8.5 on a ten scale if I had the choice.
I do understand what you say about going head to head with a more experienced player with a faster marker. I am the Saturday outdoor field supervisor and I can assure you that full auto markers are not allowed. If you ever see one being used report them to the refs immediatley. We are also always open to suggestions. A saftey should always be done, if you see that it hasn't; again please notify the refs or make suggestions to the Owners Jackie or JJ.
For what its worth, I suggest putting your safety on video and have new players watch it. The cave/cavern is the perfect settting and can be put far enough away so employees don't go insane listening to it over and over. Not sure if its realistic with elec. power, but I've seen it done other places.
Last time I went, some of the players wouldn't/didn't hold their marker up/plug in after being shot in a tag game. Our team kept shooting them thinking they were in the game which caused obvious hostility after the match. Simple directions would have helped.
AGain, I understand this happens to most paintball places at some point in time, but I am only making a suggestion and a personal observation. I think J's is a great place to play. I have fun but tweaks could be made to better the enjoyment/safety of all players.