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spudcrazy Saturday, July 9th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pev's, Skyline
Review: I've only ever played at this field, but have played here twice. The fields are great. Very well set up, great terrain and great obstacles. Owner is very friendly, but a little arrogant (no big deal, though). However, the refs are another story. The are all very friendly, but can be extremely lacking.

The first time I played there, we had a private group of about 30. The refs knew none of us, so they were very attentive to our playing and the main ref for our group (a female) was very accomodating and kept things moving very quickly. She knew we wanted to play as many games as we could get in, so after one game was over...bang...she got us going right on to another game. Great gal...

The next time, I played a walk-on game and what a bust. First of all, the refs must have known a few of the walk-ons and they spent the majority of the time chatting with them and not concentrating on getting the games moving. Also, they seemed to ignore quite a bit of cheating by these "acquaintances" (such as "dead-man" coaching, paint wiping and dead-man walks). They, also, do nothing as far as trying to make the teams even, by experience. When they divided the teams into two, they basically said, "half go to red, half go to blue". It ended up, all the experienced players went to blue and the rest of us got left to red. Nevertheless, red team got slaughter most of the games, beside the fact that blue team ALL had full autos.

So, bottom line...If you have a private group, Hogback is great...If you are a beginner or novice and want to play as a walk-on, your experience might be hit or miss (pardon the pun) as to whether you have a good time or not. (We spent more time sitting around waiting for the refs to stop chatting, then playing.)

I suggest to Jim, if you read these things, to POP-in on your refs unannounced, every once and a while, to make sure they're keeping things moving. I hear alot of complaints about that for Hogback Mountain, and I'm no exception.
 

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