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gsumner21051 Sunday, February 19th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: February 19th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Stonemak (Berwick)
Command Post (Wilkes-Barre/Dallas)
E.M.R. (Union Dale)
Review: Before I wrote my review, I've also read the other reviews on this field. Most of what I've read is true, some is unconfirmed, and some is made up. Here's my experience...

I've reffed for Command Post and EMR. When someone says that reffing is an easy job, they're right to an extent. The ref staff at LVP hasn't given me much trouble. I've called for a paint check on myself and others a few times with no response. Other times the ref is listening and gets right on top of it. It also depends on the ref staff that's on the field. I noticed some do a better job than others. That happens.

I haven't been at LVP for a tournament, so I don't know how they've been run. Reffing for a few tournaments myself I know how problems can arise and things can change.

From talking to the staff, the floor IS GOING TO BE REPLACED. Currently there are wood chips on the floor. No traction, hard to play on, moves around and exposes the concrete floor, gets on all your clothes and in all your equipment. I have been told there are a few different possibilities, including but not limited to a foam/rubber type floor or turf.

Every time people walk off the field, a ref has been near the exit to remind players about a barrel blocking device. Someone doesn't cover their barrel, the refs have been right on top of it. Today I saw a ref run over to a kid with a Tippmann and put his hand over the barrel until the gun was back inside the net to be made safe.

Dry firing... first time I've had a problem with it was today. Kids with a rental Ion dry firing to see what they could do and show off. The guns were safe, but it was still annoying as all hell. There's no reason at all for dry firing, especially not in the staging area.

The pro shop is pretty well stocked, prices are reasonable on most things.

Paint... for a whole month the Origin "Basic Training" seemed pretty crappy. Didn't break, egg shaped, dimples, different sizes ball-to-ball. I was more than willing to spend the extra $5 to get the Origin "Classic" which not only is a higher grade of paint but didn't have the problems of the cheap stuff. They probably buy their paint in mass quantity, over a skid (100 cases give or take) at a time. The paint probably sat for a while and wasn't taken care of too well. While playing today I used FRESH Basic Training with no problems at all. Worked just as well as the higher grade.

The part about this place that I absolutely hate is not being able to have traction while walking anywhere, not just on the field. I wear work boots on the field to keep wood chips from getting into my shoes, but have to watch when walking (especially up and down the staris to and from the staging area) so that I don't hurt my equipment or even worse myself. This could be solved pretty cheaply by cleaning the floor and repainting the floor, using paint with some sand mixed with it. Even cheaper way out is to get some more carpets, even to use cheap carpet remnants.

Overall, this field isn't bad. I've played in much worse places. If you have problems with not having traction on the field, remember that everyone else has the same problems. No big issues with the refs, competitive prices.
 

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