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teddymo Monday, June 19th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: June 17th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Cousins - More woodsball oriented, the only vehicle on cousins field is an old boat, and the terrain there is not as well developed as HV. Cousins is also a nice field but does not have as much money pumped into it as HV. Note: Cousins does have larger property but they dont use thier fields as effectively as HV in my opinion. Also note: HV does not have a speedball field anymore, I notice the last time I drove by there that thier speedball field is gone and they are planning on building some type of castle field

There are no other Outdoor Fields on LI as far as I know.

The only reasons I recommend HV over Cousins is that it has better facilities as far as lockers on tables, central location of staging area, paved parking lot, and a nice burger stand. I also personally found the HV fields more fun to play in since they have alot of nice features such as airplane hulls and old trucks.
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Review: I took a small group of players to High Velocity this past Saturday, I had played at the field once before solo but my gun broke that day and then it rained so I only played on two fields and didnt really get an experience to talk about. I was left with 3 bags of paint, and didnt get to use it. When I took this group down to HV almost a year later the owner Rob (nice guy) could not verify that it was his paint and told me I could not use it again. I would have been annoyed about this since it was clearly thier paint, but he gave my group of 10 the 20 person discount so we saved money and it basically evened out and also was a nice gesture. I wasnt planning on using the old paint for myself but to give ot my group later in the day anyways, probably towards the end of the day when you will basically shoot any paint you can find. but it didnt matter after he gave us the discount

I highly recommend this field to the seasoned and intermediate player. I also recommend this field to the first time or begining player but with some qualification if a young child under 13 years old is being introduced to the game. (please read below)

The different fields that they offer are great and have a nice variety of action and allow for strategic movement. My favorite was the WWII field since it has alot of nice dirt hills with vehicles on top and makes for some great action. I also liked thier woodsball field and thier Trenches field. The other great thing is everything is centrally located so there is not alof of walking to refill air or reload your paintballs. This field also offers lockers on the picnic tables that hold gear so it is a nice option as well.

The staff is nice, the referees are well trained and briefed my group properly as to critical elements such as when to call a player ou if you are close and even regarding blind shooting. We were in the "Walk On Group" which started out with 30 players in the morning and by the late afternoon ended up with 40 on 40 firefights. Even HV's smaller fields can handle that large a number of players at a time although they some might not look that big at first glance.

The large group size at the end of the day is good for me but I had my 12 year old nephew with me who only played for the second time. He had a blast but at one point someone shot him at close range instead of calling surrender. I was close by and yelled at the the guy for it, (truthfully my nephew got a little tougher from it and at least the guy didnt totally light him up)

The ref also came and took that guy out of that game for taking such a close shot. The next game we played the ref reiterated the 10 foot rule to all 80 players, and advised that if he saw anyone shoot a little kid at close range they would be booted from the field. I appreciated that they made it clear, but it was after the fact, and it seemed to me that they should have probably briefed some of these new walk on players about this rule since there were constant add ons. Note I do not know if they did and this was just one idiot who decided to take a shot but it seemed obviously to me he might not have been spoken to about it the surrender rule for taking such a close shot at that range especially when it was a little kid.

NOTE: I am a longtime baller and understand that if you dont want welts then dont play paintball,but there is a different if you are a grown adult popping a little kid at five foot range who has his back to you.

This is why I advise parents of young children - who are playing for the first time, that only go this field if you have your own private group. I was under the assumption that there would be two walk on groups, a low tech and a high tech, but it was not the case. So be weary as if you have a young child and are a walk on, they will be playing with people who have electronic guns, some capable of shooting 15 balls a second....
NOTE: There are tons of little kids out there who can handle playing in an experienced group, I have seen them some even have guns that shoot at high rates which I dont necessarily agree with, however those are kids who have been playing the game a while and know how to avoid getting hurt. My nephew who is a newb was not at that level and I would have prefferred to be in a rental gun only group. Therefore I advise you to make your own judgments about your kid.

NOTE: This is true for most paintball fields however not just HV.

NEGATIVES: The only thing I didnt like was the fact that on three occasions people in my group had rental guns that did not work and some people missed a game. They use Tippman Pro Carbines, but the field gave them a replacement rental gun soon thereafter. On one occasion the replacement gun was also leaking go figure, ..

The nice one thing about HV's rental guns is that the barrell plugs are built in so that it cant be lost, other fields will charge you when you lose a barrell plug, but this is not the case with HV since it is attached to the gun. Also it is white and for players like me who are extra safe it is easy to spot people around you who might have slipped by without a plug in the guns.

CONCLUSION: HV is a great field, I commend the owners for making the field the way they have, pumping money into it to bring nice things like a Airplane hull at the site etc... If i was going to build my own field it would be pretty much like HV. Other than the incident with my nephew , I and my group had a blast and would definetely go to this field again. Lastly even though some might disagree the burgers are tasty.

I would have given this field a 10 but it lost a point for the three faulty rentals. I did not subtract a point for the nephew incident cuz it might have just been a stupid player, and the ref bawled everyone out afterwards which shows they were concerned about it just like me and not ignoring a potentially hazardous condition.
Last edited on Monday, June 19th, 2006 at 9:41 am PST
 

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