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RifterAD Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
No others in this state.
Review: To begin, I was on a temporary duty at Keesler AFB for a few months. Luckily, I was able to google and find this local field. Boy was I was delighted to find it so close to where I was staying.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed to find out that there was no woodland field. Keep in mind that woodland fields were all I had ever really played on (except when I was a newbie...and that wasn't a good game so I stuck with woodland fields). But seeing as how it had been a long time since I had played, I was more than happy just to break out my marker again!!!

The place consisted of 3 different fields, but one of them was closed (it was being moved around to change things up for the next week's tournament). So that left a Sup Air and a Hyperball field each. All three of the fields had good, tall and secure netting around them. The fields were set up evenly on each end so as to not give either side an advantage.

The staff is very adamant about safety. The "goggles on" area is always enforced. In addition to that, the barrel condoms are just as strictly enforced (yes, condoms...barrel plugs are not allowed). All guns are chronographed for under 300fps. Actually, I think they enforced 290 or 280fps...but I don't remember. Also, at the beginning of each day, they give all players a safety briefing that is short and to the point so as to not cut into the playtime.

The staff is very nice and helpful. There was a nice mix of newbies and seasoned ballers. The staff showed a fair amount of attention to both types of people. The reffing was just as evenly equal which was nice. Of course it is a lot easier to ref a small field such as these (as opposed to the wooded fields). I even noticed the refs giving coaching tips to one particularly good player who was on a local team that was practicing solo that day. I thought that was neat to see them helping out while still keeping things fair once it came to game time.

Also, the refs were great in letting us pretty much do what we I don't mean getting away with breaking some rules. What I mean was they let us play when we wanted (it was hot and very it was hard to play non-stop). They would also let us chose our teams if we wanted (evenly of course). Plus, they'd let us choose the type of game and which field we wanted to do it on.

Their Pro shop is loaded with a lot of the essentials to make it a worthy shop. It was run by a guy with a shaved head that has one of those intimidating looks to him...but he turned out to be an overall nice guy who answered my questions easily.

My only problem I encountered was the lack of a drinking fountain or a water cooler at the staging area. I had forgot to bring my water bottle, so I bought one off of them. Due to the extreme humidity and heat, I downed that and was still dehydrated. I only survived by re-filling that bottle up between every game with a hose on the side of their building. That was the worst onset of dehydration I had ever encountered! But I sure did have fun getting myself to that point! =)

Overall, I gave this field an 8 due to the lack of a woodland field and a lack of free water (a basic minimum for a field that you have to pay to use). Being able to hydrate is a big safety issue. But the lack of a woodland field was only a minor setback. The fields proved just as exciting (in a short and sweet way) and would gladly do it again. I believe the wonderful staff and the fair reffing made things easily enjoyable. I would highly recommend this small but exciting field for all levels of players who want to play in a small 5 to 7 man (per team)field.

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