Let me start by saying that the games were non-stop. It's been a couple of years since I've last been there, but, at the time I played the layouts both indoor and outdoor were great. Last time I was there, it was pallets, tires, spools, etc. outdoor, but there was plenty of coverage for making moves without having to do thirty yard bursts in the open. Indoors, the rooms all had different themes. Again, cool. Played a couple different game types and, for the most part, always had fun. (For anyone new to VA, indoor, the hallway on the east end is key!)
Now for the bad stuff. When I last visited I had a choice of... Wait a second... I didn't have a choice of paint. I was given the option of using horrible budget paint or throwing my marker at the enemy. An option would have been nice. I know for a fact that my marker is more accurate than the average with good paint. I know what good paint looks like when it's flying. I KNOW that the paint I had to play with sucked.
Officiating.... ummm... sometimes there was a lack of it, but overall the officials were fair until the individuals listed below showed up to "play."
Complaints #3 - #6 million have to do with some of the apparent "regulars" that we engaged there. I paid attention. They did not use house paint... at least none that was readily available to any other player. As stated before, I was offered one paint. One paint was listed on their sale board. That was it. How do I know that they weren't using the paint everyone else was? Duh... It didn't have the putrid purple color, didn't splat a cadavre blue. They had tournemant grade paint. That is a fact. It is also a fact that not a single one of them chrono'd their markers. How were the rest of us who did chrono our markers to know that they were shooting at the same 250 fps the rest of us were? And wouldn't it be sportsman-like for those with E-markers to fire semi-auto like the poor newbs with the crap rentals?
To top it all off, when the Supermen with their jerseys, E-markers, and six billion dollar masks started losing to us, attitudes flared. Why were they all stacked against us rec players anyway? My brother schooled some kid with an E-marker using his stock Cocker and I thought fists were gonna fly.
Overall? The facility is great. Non-stop action, variety of games, variety of environments. Suggestion? Keep the supermen on a leash. Not good for business when they're shown preferential treatment over others.
And, by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed masking the kid packing the red Angel with my Tippmann. He needed an ego check anyway. Don't understand how they get so turned on blasting newbs with their superguns, but throwing them in a tizzy when their superguns didn't pull off a miracle against our sub $1000 markers was tastey.
I'm rating VA a 7 just because field management didn't keep the field as even as possible when the Supermen showed up. That is my single significant complaint and I believe the most important factor in keeping the games fun for everyone.
P.S. I've played many a game against men, women, and kids with hot markers, flashey jerseys, etc... Other that my experience with those that were obviously buddy buddy with the employees at VA, I've had nothing but great experiences. I can't count the number of people i've played with. I've enjoyed playing with every single one of them other than the two Supermen I've referred to above. There were a couple others there that were with them, but they were respectful players. It was just the two. So please don't take this post as a knock if you have an Angel. I'd have one, too, if I didn't have two kids to feed, clothe, and school. Don't think I'd have a jersey, but I'd take the marker in a heartbeat. If you are one of the supermen or superwomen, please take note that your appearance alone intimidates some players. I've heard more than one player start spouting doubt when you show up. I've done my best to bring them back letting them know that they have the same number of brains and body parts that they do, but it'd be nice if you step out of your clique and socialize with the folks packing Tippmanns, Spyders, Brass Eagles, etc... You'll be doing the sport a favor and you may just end up with some kid idolizing you. I can think of a lot worse things that could happen. Remember that we're all players. In the end, it doesn't matter who has what marker, who's wearing what, who is 12 and who is 59, who is a female or male. You leave a bad taste in the mouth of the kid with the rental today, you could be losing the competitive team member or the greatest opponent of tomorrow.
OK. Time to update. There's been a few changes at VA. Staff has gotten friendlier. Seems the bad attitude players must have found somewhere else to play or that nobody wanted them around any more. I haven't witnessed any attitude at VA all year. Their SupAir has been updated from their Post Falls field that was shut down. In addition, when it was just me, my buddy, and three pre-teen kids against five adults, management insisted on evening up the teams even though I thought us and the little ballers could put up a heck of a fight. Very nice to see things improving at VA. Keep up the good work, gents!!! I'm bumping up their rating.
Last edited on Thursday, October 21st, 2004 at 10:29 pm PST
nice review. every field has room for improvement, but ppl who go there once and then form an opinion on it make me mad. i read ur comment on kapp's review, nice job. and if you ever do start ur own field, let me know, and i can bring you the rest of my team and some of the "newbs" i know, some of whom are fairly good. i had a friend play in a tournament for me wit a Spyder Victor, and our team took first place in our division for that tourney. its nice to see some1 else stickin up for the new players. keep it up. :)
P.S. we don't profess ourselves to be supermen, and we allow young kids to play on our team with us, and we will split our team to keep it fair for the newbies. hope to see u on the field one day.
Last edited on Sunday, January 2nd, 2005 at 1:47 am PST
seriousy have you been there latly common get up and go check it out being as one of those superman teams me and my team only play with those who can keep up or unless someone challenges us don't put up an opinon on one vist
Last edited on Friday, January 27th, 2006 at 12:25 pm PST
As a ref/tech at VA (Not sure if that means I can't post a comment here or not), I would like to say that this occurance is rare. Since we are one of the only fields still open in this area we do get a lot of local teams. Whenever we do practice though, we try play amoungst ourselves and let walk-ons have thier own games. If I'm reffing I make sure of this since, its my job to make sure everyone's having a good time. Occassionally there are some players who do seem like "supermen" who, in reality should be attempting to play with the rest of us tournament guys, but are either too scared, or too new to consider themselves that to do so.
What happens is they group themselves with the walk-ons. As experienced tournament players, we really end up just seeing them as cowards with deep wallets, and to the actual walk-ons, they're seen as the big bad wolf with their shiney guns and new jerseys. They would rather play a bunch of newer guys than challenge themselves. I appologize for this. But really, it happens on any field. If people are immature and get step up and "pick on someone thier own size" then that, I think, is more of a statement of calibre of the individual and less that of the quality of the field and staff.
(Just as a note, this comment was not endorsed in any way by Virtual Assualt, yes I do work there, but I'm also very critical of the field. I've been playing for over 7 years now, I've played on many fields and I know how this goes. This is my opinion, not that of my employer.)