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smartguy41 Sunday, August 14th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: March 5th, 2005
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Freestate-closed
Sharon Paintball-closed
Game On-doesn't compare
Hattiesburg Paintball-Improving
Paintball Project-Reball field
Abbeys Paintball-Great!
Directions
to the Field:
Take Exit 50, the Ocean Springs Exit, off of I10. About 4 miles down the road on the left you'll see SWAT, right next to the Exxon Station.
Review: SWAT Paintball is quite possibly the best paintball field I've ever played at. It's a great facility that's home to everything a paintball field should be. I'm going to go over the details right about now.

*The Field*
There are actually 3 fields at SWAT. There is an Xball field, a hyperball field, and a UAPL style field. The 3 fields are all located in a large box of 20 foot netting, with alleyways in between each field. There is a fill station located on the field, so players never have to leave the field to fill up.
-The Xball field - The Xball field is a good size. It can hold up to 7 players comfortably, and the bunkers are in good condition. The field set up is changed regularly to keep things interesting.
-The Hyperball field - The Hyperball filed is where Gerwin holds his training sessions every Sunday morning, titled "The Dojo". This helps newer players, or maybe just players who want to learn more, enhance their skills. The hyperball field is set up nicely, giving noone an advantage.
-The UAPL field - This field is still under construction, but when it's through, it will be awesome. The field is set up just like the field you see on Ultimate Arena Paintball on WGN Saturday at 5:00. The measurements are, of course, 50 x 100 foot. This will be for 1 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 3, etc.

*Safety*
Make sure you have a barrel condom while you're at SWAT, and don't get caught with it off. Masks must remain on the entire time players are behind the 20 foot netting. If a players mask comes off during play, that player should drop to the ground and cover their face as best as possible, and begin screaming "Mask off!!!". Play will not continue until the situation has been handled and everything is under control. Gerwin has made a special safety briefing video for everyone to watch on their first visit. The video is informative and helpful. Waivers must also be signed at each visit. Velocity is to be set at no higher than 285 fps. SWAT is a very safe place, if you don't believe me, ask the other guys who play there. Signs are posted everywhere to ensure that players obide by the rules. The refs are stern, but fair. Your safety is their biggest concern.

*The Pro Shop and Field Rates*
Any skateboarders out there? Well if you skateboard and play paintball you will be in Heaven here. The pro shop carries skateboarding and paintball equipment. Mr. Keith will be there to help fix your gun if it is broken, and they carry an array of parts and upgrades. They provide rental equipment for those less fortunate than us, and their rates are very good. $15 for greens fee, $12 for all day air, and $30-$70 for paint. Gerwin also sells water and energy drinks to help keep players hydrated. If you're in the Ocean Springs area, stop by the shop and talk to the guys. They are open from about 8-6 and the field is open for play on Sundays from 8-4.


*The Players and Players Area*
Most of the players down at SWAT are really nice. There are a few that think they're the next Ollie Lang or Chris Lasoya, but that's everywhere you go. There are players from Team Diesel, and Pros visit every once in a while. Gerwin, the owner, is good friends with Greg Hastings, so there is some Pro influence down there. If you go and play at SWAT, your skills will increase within a few visits. The players area is under a large tent. There are quite a few tables to place your gear on. There is a Port-O-John so players can do their business without having to go back inside.


*The Owners and Staff*
Gerwin Henn, of Team Diesel, owns SWAT Paintball. He has been playing paintball since 1986 and has a lot of experience. Safety is his main concern, and he spares no expense to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time. Keith is the guy who runs the Pro Shop. Keith knows paintball guns backwards and forwards. If there's something wrong with your marker, Keith can fix it. The refs are all players from assorted teams, so they know paintball. As I said earlier, they're stern, but fair. There are always at least 2 refs on the field, so don't cheat.

*Location*
SWAT is very easy to find. Take the Ocean Springs Exit, which is Exit 50, off of I10. You will be on Washington Avenue. About 4 miles down the road you will see an Exxon station. SWAT is right beside the Exxon station. SWAT does not serve food, but the Exxon has a Subway.

Overall, SWAT is a great place to play. There is so much talent down there and it is the home of some of the members of Team Diesel. The only thing I don't like about SWAT, is some of the players can be jerks when you first meet them, but after they warm up to you they are okay. Players will learn a lot down there, and they will enjoy themselves while they're at it.

Last edited on Friday, November 24th, 2006 at 9:11 am PST
 

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