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Rhino Tats Thursday, September 8th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
Stingers - much better
Review: WOW, what a disappointment! After having bought all my gear from Al's, and having a good experience doing so with Steve and the long-haired brunette with the glasses (sorry I didn't catch her name), I expected the same great experience at their fields. The two were night and day however. A friend and I visited Al's on Sunday 9/4/05 and were a little leery from the time we pulled up. There are some nice shady spots to park and unpack your gear but the two available fields were very overgrown with grass and seemed poorly up-kept. After registering and airing up, we proceeded to the chrono tent where about four refs were seated inside. Asking them to get a game going seemed like a huge distraction to them sitting around and talking. They actually took "not-it" dibs on who would have to go out and ref. My buddy and I are not big fans of speedball and slinging a lot of paint around so we wanted to try to get in a little one-on-one when no one was lined up to play. This again seemed like a big inconvenience for the refs to have to leave their tent. After agreeing to let us play, a ref came out to the field and after our first game was over, turned and walked off the field and back to the tent before we did, leaving us standing there on the field. It was then that we decided to leave immediately after less than an hour and drive all the way to Stingers for some friendly paintballing. I understand these refs get paid as well which makes NO sense to me given their approach to the job. The refs at Stingers are VOLUNTEER, reffing in exchange for paint, field time, etc. and are excellent. They are always on the field, getting games started, and are much easier to talk to and deal with. Although I will continue to shop for gear at Al's, I do not plan on returning there to play.
 

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