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warren3 Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pev's, Splatbrothers
Review: I attended a hopperball day with 3 friends thinking it would be a good day to try the field:

1) Nice fields although they seemed kind of small, but the games are only 15 minutes.
2) My friends with the rental Tippmann carbines had no problems, and enjoyed using them. With all the rentals on the field, only a few people had problems.
3) Good hotdogs and mostly friendly staff.
4) Decent amount of playing time.
5) Head ref was excellent during playing time reffing very actively.

1) The other 2 teenage refs mostly stood by the flag and did mostly nothing unless you requested something from them.

2) Teams were quite unbalanced. First game, red won pretty lopsided, so the head ref put a four new comers that missed the first game on the blue. These four guys had the tactical vests, fast shooting long distance markers, and communications equipment. We we summarily slaugthered for the rest of the day. When mentioned that the teams should be more balanced after lunch, the head ref was very rude and he did nothing. His solution was to put more newbies on red which only provided more targets for these commando guys. I don't mind losing at all, especially if it is a good game, but a slaughter is not fun six times in a row. OK enough harping on this point .

3) The lag time between games was too long. They would call game over then we would sit for a long time while the ref chated with friends. It makes no sense to sit with everyone in the deadzone and not start a game. I think if everyone is there, at least ask your customers if they need some time to rest or would like to start another game. I don't mind sitting there if someone needs a rest or a drink, but we were all chomping at the bit to get another game on.

We had a good time, and would go back again, but the day could have been great without the cons above. Hopperball / beginners day is a great deal and we are planning some more outings with friends on those days. At least it keeps the guys with automatic weapons off the field for the most part.

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