This is a home field advantage. Refs befriend players and give them calls. The management doesn't take the time to step away from the cash register to see there hurting new and true followers of this great sport. To many other legititamate tournaments.
I am writing regarding the sponsored tournament they just had. It is sad when DMZ paintball who held the event can actually believe that this tournament will help new players grow in this sport. They would not listen to the many complaints that happened on this field. Referees were cleaning shots letting people over shoot and my least worry because it can be controlled was the inconsistent blind eye when it came to ramping.. There were many kids that played for the 1st time and were intentionally and freqently were over shot with no penalties. I asked the ref what are they going to do and they had no answer they said they wouldlet you over shoot them back. Is that what we want to be known for in this sport. No rules to govern the sport. We might as well stop pretending its a sport if thats the case.
I know how hard it is to ref or keep a eye on the game.. To tell you the truth there were many good refs but not nearly as much needed for the rampped cheating. Lets start by saying money brings the many experienced ranked players ie.. (norcal) A Avalanche past member played it was obvious and very much noticed on how stacked the tournament teams were. The rules were rookie class and under. They should have just called it a open so that way you know what you are getting into. This isn't about losing its about keeping our sport clean and controlled . How do you expect paintballing to grow when the new players are subject to field sponsors who do not take the time to at least walk out or send someone to check out if there is some truth to the many complaints. Tournaments like this give kids the wrong message. It says if you cant play within the rules you have to join the people who are bending those rules to win. Is that the cycle you want this sport to go to?
I was proud of the many young men who played under those circumstances and hope that in the future they will realize they can make the changes and don't have to be like the many teams that live off cheating. One team I spoke to, true beginer team High voltage played really well but did not win one game. I spoke to them and said for your level of tournament experience they truly played good as a team. That ment a lot to them but reality was they had a chance to win games but with management not stepping in and worrying only about the money they would be making.
I believe in accountablilty if it is advertised as rookie class and under they need to stand by it. I am not just writing this to complain but to make a change. Here is a record of what went on and many people should ask for there money back since they advertised only rookie and under. They say when you ad financial penalties people listen to you. I hope they know were talking about them. Remember its a small paintball world. Word travels and I won't let bad tournaments like this make our sport go down.
This tournament was a rookie tournament as specified, with players dating back to having played their first tournament after May of 2004. This means that a player that has played tournament ball for 1 year and 4 months prior to this one, can participate.. Players were made aware of this before entering. In tournaments, teams from out of town, enter and the promoters have to take their word, that they are of this status. It is, however, very possible that a player excels because of their physical ability and athleticism and makes other rookies look horrible. Nor Cal players are some of the best players in the game, they get the best practice, often with players above and beyond their ability, thus making them better sooner. There will always be sandbaggers, but players can benefit from playing better people. For new players, you got 6 months of experience in one day.
This tournament was no different then others I have been to, other than the prizes, DMZ gave back 80% of the entry, and paid the refs cash. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that the money they made was in paint sales only. First time players have to start somewhere. People love to complain, mostly that there is cheating, favoritism, bad reffing, bad paint, you name it. People need to be accountable for their own problems, I donít believe that a referee would blatantly help a player to cheat or avoid a call. If he/she were caught, they would play hell living that down. I think it is all about loosing for this person, the only way they can lash back is to discredit a reputable company that tries to keep the sport clean and honest. Tournament paintball is a whole different ball game, with different rules, and a whole lot of competitive people that will tempt what ever it takes to win. I think that parents need to teach their children how to learn to loose graciously, and not place the stress of always winning upon their shoulders.