fairly new to the paintball scene; have only played this field so far
Pretty new to the scene of paintball. wished I had started playing alot sooner in life..Oh wells !! Better late then never. My first experience at this field was great.. I thought the layout was cool with the mixture of man made bunkers and natural shrubbery were excellent. I did't realize how big the jungle actually was that first time because I played with a group of guys who chose to play mostly in the speedball fields which was fine with me. Later I came to realize that this place was pretty darn big. makes for interesting scenarios. It's hard to criticize most of the staff because it does get pretty hectic out there, especially during sign in. Altough alot of the staff are made up of young players associated with the Hornets they organize as well as can be. They're paint policy I could do without but I understand that its helps keep the field operating. I'm assuming??..As far as safety is concern, they are very oriented in keeping everyone in check as far as plugs and dry firing are concern. You can always hear someone on the PA sytem blurting out to returning players to make sure their barrells are covered before entering the so called safe zone! Altough I have a gripe to write about the so called resident pro ( Carpet Bob ) as regarda to safety. I noticed once during orientation of the Beeswax game good ol Bob was standing; talking to the masses with marker in hand using a barrell cleaner as a plug. Even I as a newbie no better than to have anything but a designed barrell plug or barrell sock on and not substitute for anything less!! I have also seen instances of player's walking on to games with absolutely nothing on from the waist up besides their face masks!! The poor sucker was just asking for pain but this sets a bad example to alot of impressionable young kids who think this is funny!! As regards to the Hornets; A friend of mine recounted how they befreinded one who was gracious enough to give out paint to my buddy who was playing with his nephews. He continued to praise this guy which was cool but too bad alot of the hornets tend to congragate amongst themeselves.. Hey !! to each his own I say. As far as the cheating goes!! I have experienced several instances in which they seem to always involve guys wearing black and yellow shirts (Hornet trademarks).. just this past sunday 7-11 toward the end of the day as less and less players were available, there were several games in which it seemed players were either leaving early or were sneeking into possition without going through staging. One example: After leaving basecamp at countdown, several players and I decided to flank the opposing base from the side as opposed to rushing straight ahead. Anyone who has played the jungle knows that Airplane fortress and Splatt fortress are at least 150 yards in opposite direction. as we were leaving camp not 20 paces did we get when we were being fired on out of nowhere. After several of us were hit one of our posse managed to tag the opposing player. When this guy exited the bush; not only was he a pretty big guy in weight (and thats being nice) but he just happened to be wearing the color of the Hornets.. No way could he have sprinted to that possition from where his team started!! No way!! When staging for the next game several other players from our team seemed to notice the same thing.. Just as the countdown went; same thing happened from the opposite base since teams usually change places when staging. Not but 10 paces and someone was already yelling there they are!! there they are!! After confronting the ref who was still present he just brushed me off saying they weren't cheating... I was not the only again to notice this but heyl; take it for what it is.. I guess?? Field =10 Hornets=0
Splat HQ and the Airplane bunker are closer to each other than any other forts at the Jungle. With a fast start it is possible to be on top of the opposition in only a few seconds. The online map at the websight shows this.
I have played at this field on and off for more than 5 years. as one of the older players, and a Hornet myself, I feel obligated to let you know that cheating isn't tolerated. From time to time the younger players need to be reminded of how to play within the rules and spirit of the game. I have personnaly been present when club team members wer reprimanded for cheating.
Without being there myself I will offer you this. The player you suspect was cheating likely wasn't. There are many players out there that know the fields so well that they have a huge advantage over new players, and even those who just don't know the field. You did the right thing by going to the ref, but let him do his job. More often than not (as I have learned from my own experience) the ref was right and the player was wrong.
In any case, have fun and enjoy a day of paintball.