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valgard123 Sunday, September 26th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: N/A
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
260 acres owned by friend in the Sierra Foothills.
Review: Very nice place. I like woodsball, they've got plenty of it, lots of eucalyptus. Some of the fields are large enough that when I thought we were being slick and flanking, we were walking WAY off target and sneaking up on vacant forts not in play. So you can stay a bit tight to the field. No poison oak, burrs, etc, so you don't wind up throwing out a pair of socks each time. Minimal holes, ditches and other stuff to trip in/break ankles. Good forts, wood blockades and stuff to hide behind.

Players have been great when I've been there. Age range is from about 10 years on up, you'll undoubtedly be playing with folks all around your age which is cool. Some of those "little kids" will light you up like a Christmas Menorah on the 4th of July :-)

They're pretty good about safety and the staff is always watching for goggles and barrel plugs (they have refs watching as you enter and leave the field) and they chrono all non-rental guns before every game, on the field. 290fps max. Resident pro is friendly enough and had some good advice for me (newbie).

Staff is very friendly overall, I didn't see anyone being grouchy or anything with the players.

Hornets seem like a good bunch, keep in mind that (according to Magic Carpet Bob) there are something like 3000 of 'em (???) so you may get a few bad apples. They're supposed to be selected for good sportsmanship, not necessarily being kick butt shooters, and they have all behaved excellently. I haven't seen any poor sportsmanship, complaining or cheating from them. They've been friendly and helpful, complimentary of good shots (even when they got nailed), say "Hi" and "Fun playing with you, see you next time" (from a business standpoint you need to do this), just generally setting a good example. We played Beeswax at lunch, something like 70 (of us) on 25 (Hornets) and got creamed. Watch them and learn.

Somebody complained about Bob telling people on his team to keep playing when he shot 'em by accident - that's the field rule and it's spelled out for everyone. Friendly fire doesn't get you out.

Sportsmanship I've seen is good - nobody wiping hits, saying "you missed" when they got tagged, or being a jerk. I have seen a lot of people, including Hornets, call themselves out, realize that it wasn't a break, and take it in style.

Things I didn't like...

1. I've seen a couple of folks (including Hornets) with barrel swabs used as barrel plugs. That should be a no-no.

2. One or two kids going full-auto (a specific no-no, field rule).

Overall, very nice field, excellent staff, resident team and other players. There's room for improvement but I'd take friends there.


Review Comments
paintballjungle Sunday, December 12th, 2004 | 12:25 pm PST
dude ive been here like 10 times and ive never seen 1 kid go full auto. u probably mistook it fer a kid walkin the trigger.

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