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sparrow_kh Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 19th, 2006
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Tswassan, panther, sniperz, private courses, and some course in trail
to the Field:
get a map
Review: Overall the field would rate a 7. Yes ive read lots of reviews saying many things but some key points for a good field are: size, layout, prices, and staff.
1) the field size is a bit immature as when i played there was about 60+ people and the bunkers were packed with people causeing log jams. Also the size does not allow for field variety (yes i know that there are many scenario setups but it is still limited)
2) The layout is very nice. The use of terrain is very nice, having low spots and high ground. Many places do not have such imagination with their fields as is nice to see that NSPB does.
3)Prices, a tricky subject. Starters the 5$ start fee with own gear is pretty standard. 15$ rental is ok, but i would think a 20$ plus 100 balls free would be better for beginners. 10$ for 100 balls also standard, but the decrease in price compared to increase in paint when purchasing in large quatities is a little weak. 1 case of paint sould cost no more than 110-120. And seeing as they are the only field in the north van area (the next closest field being langley or tswassan) they have a large population to draw in and get money from so i know that they can charge a little less for paint.
4)Staff, hmmm, 1 ref was cool, the other 2 seemed to be angry all the time. Now i know a ref will read this and go WTF, FU. ...But if you plan to be a ref in a sport where balls fly past you at 300 fps you should expect to get hit every now and then,a liability of the job!
Plus you are dealing with a large population of people would have never played before and yes, they will ask dumb questions and do unexpected things, again part of the job to deal with. The refs are there to keep it safe and fun, they should not be getting pissed off at a newb for asking a question. anyways i would rate staff as average. need improvment

Review Comments
Godfather22 Monday, August 14th, 2006 | 6:26 pm PST
I am a regular at NSPB i wud have to totally disagree with the staff comment. They have one of the best staffs around. I have seen them get mad on ocassion..but it was well deserved toward the players. Such as players talking while the refs trying to explain a game and then asking a question that was already answered. And of course they expect to get hit..but not repeatadely as sometimes happens at the field. They yell and sound mad in hopes that people will not continue to shoot at them

MrK Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 | 12:33 am PST
I agree with what you said
K2 over

North+shore=pb Monday, December 11th, 2006 | 9:39 pm PST
If your ref you can't be expected to be a target practice when they're not even firing back...

Comando_chick Wednesday, January 31st, 2007 | 9:55 am PST
I totally agree with Godfather....the staff at NSPB are great. They've always been helpful with me. Sometimes one or two might be not in the best of moods but it never downplays the quality of least that's my opion.

rockndude Sunday, February 25th, 2007 | 10:17 am PST
No excuses for grumpy refs but lets look at some of the facts.

Refs make minimum wage or slightly better say 10$/hour max.

They don't make enough hours at the field to support them selves so they work one or two other jobs. (lack of sleep).

Most are young guys and you expect them to be all sunshine and smiles at 10am sunday morning. What do you think they were doing last night???

They stand out in the rain/snow/mud and yell at people all day.

They answer the same question over and over again day in day out. Especially from parents of young players.

Last but no least they are responsible for making sure every one goes home with 2 eyes and a smile on their face.

*bad obsession* Sunday, April 29th, 2007 | 11:08 am PST
I agree with rockndude,

Cut them some slack... Just dont piss the ref's off and you will be fine.

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