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djj1973 Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: April 29th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None, I live in NVA where I have played at Pev's and Powerline Paintball and OA in Bowie, MD
Review: I give this field a five for a few reasons. I would first like to accent some positive things the field has done correctly. 1. They have a good size pro-shop and an air smith that seems pretty knowledgeable. They have a decent selection of products and the prices are reasonable. 2. They have self-serve all day air. 3. They are very safety conscience. 4 They have nice air-ball fields (good layout and well staffed).

Now for the things that they can do better: 1. They need more staff. Running one rec group is not enough. They need to run at least two groups. There was a lot of hurry up and wait at this field. As an example, we had to wait one hour to play our first game and when you have only five hours to play in a day, waiting that long becomes unnerving. 2. The staff that does work there should have a better understanding of the rules of the game and what the boundaries are. 3. The woodball fields must be better maintained. The brush is so thick; you have a hard time getting your shots through to hit your opponent. 4 Since when do gun hits not count? Who thought of this? They should be shot (and not in the gun).

On the surface, Fox 4 seems to be the place to go for a day of paintball, but they need some serious improvement before I would go there again.
 

Review Comments
Geeze Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 | 3:38 pm PST
Dear djj1973 - First and foremost, I want to thank you twice. Once for playing Fox4 and secondly for being courteous enough to post a constructive review. I am the field manager and wasn't present the day you played. I was my son's wedding and that took priority. I am sorry that you didn't have a good time an I am constantly striving to improve the field. One thing I discovered early on is that I (we) can't please everyone. Let me see what I can comment on:

More staff - The staff is ample and insurance regs mandate 1 per 15 or less. That was met. Two groups were being played as there was a private party going on that they paid extra for. The main field is 32 acres and we have not had problems running up to 400 players at one time on a normal day and up to 635 players on a big game day. Naturally, my entire staff is on board for the Big Games (mandatory).

Waiting - Games start promptly at 10AM and players should be walking off the field after last game around 3:30. If this did not happen, I apologize. We usually get in at least 7 games per day. I will work on this with the staff to assure we enter the field promptly even if some players are lolly-gagging. there is no excuse for not getting the players out that want to play and are ready. The rest will have to learn.

Staff not knowing boundaries or rules - ????? I will review this claim with my lead ref and senior refs of that day . I do have interns that are learning but they should have been with a mentor.

The maintenance of the woods-ball field. There is something for everyone. Open areas, thick areas, pines, forts, swamps, etc...... Brush is part of woods-ball. I guess it is a matter of personal preference.

Gun Hits - Again, This is the way we play and most woods-ball fields play in this area. It is something different than what you are used to. I wish I could say that I thought it up so I could give you a run for your money while you try to shoot the Geeze ----(Respectfully stated)

All said and done the best compliment from hundreds of people that travel around and play other fields is when they come back and say how safe we run this filed and that others should come here to learn from us. After all, even you stated we were very safety conscience.

I will never say that there isn't room for improvement as I always ask the players what can we do better. Any improvements that are simple we will institute, other more complex ones we will evaluate and follow what the majority wants. I hope you play our field again and I hope to get a chance to meet you in person to shake your hand and chew the fat awhile.

Best regards - Geeze

Last edited on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 at 3:41 pm PST
   

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