Paintball Adventures - Much more expensive, but they run a really tight ship. Lots of refs keeping everything safe, people to set up teams and games, lots of nets to keep fields separate, people checking your gun to make sure you chrono, parking lot is well away from the fields. Expensive, but it's a high-quality field. Lots of different gametypes, from airball to hyperball to some cool scenario-type fields with trees and structures. I don't play here much because of the price, but if I played at a field again it would be this one.
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Okay, it seems like I'm the only person who really didn't enjoy playing on this field. First off, I'm a woodsballer. I don't like speedball and i probably never will, so I didn't expect all that much from this field. I just wanted somewhere to go where I could play against other people and have a good time. Secondly, I'm big on safety. When people come out and play with us in the woods, I'm the guy who checks and makes sure everyone has plugs in and goggles on all the time. It sounds like I'm annoying (and i probably am) but when you've got kids running around out there, someone has to stay on them to make sure everyone is safe. When I'm out in the woods, that's my job. When I'm on a field, it's the field's job.
This is the biggest issue I had with Blitz. The safety here is atrocious. My car got hit 6-7 times in the parking lot with stray paintballs that flew over the netting around the hyperball field. I don't care that my car got hit, but i was standing there with my mask off at the time. Everyone in the parking lot was wandering around without goggles (like you should be able to do) and paintballs were flying over and hitting cars pretty regularly. I mentioned it to the staff and they said "yeah, that'll happen occasionally." That's a completely irresponsible view of safety, to my mind. All it takes is one stray ball to tag some kid in the eye and that's the end of Blitz paintball. The parking lot was way too close to the field and the nets weren't nearly high enough. Also, there were no nets between the fields and the road you drive up on. There were no nets around the back of the place and there was a young girl (no mask, of course) riding a four-wheeler less than 20 yards from the edge of the field. There are no nets between fields, either, so you can get hit by someone playing on a completely different field. It also sucks when you're playing because you can't tell whether someone's sneaking up the edge of their field or yours. And when the kids who are playing get hit, they just wander off between fields shooting at random sticks or rocks or whatever and you can't tell if they're playing or not. There's just no control whatsoever on the field.
There are also no refs. none. There are three guys sitting at the table out front cleaning guns and that's it. They don't have anyone making sure you chrono or that your gun is within safe limits. I personally had to tell at least 2 people to put their masks on while they were sitting next to the field. When I'm at a field, I shouldn't have to be mother hen. I paid someone else to worry about it for me. And the worst part is that my friend got absolutely reamed by one of the guys sitting at the table when he popped his mask off in the chrono area. Yeah, it was stupid of him, but the guy ran out onto the field without wearing a mask himself to yell at my friend. He was absolutely screaming, too. I can understand yelling at someone to put the mask on, but even after my friend had put it on and apologized, the guy just kept yelling. If he was really that concerned about safety, he should probably have a few refs on the field and put up some more netting. it just seemed really hypocritical to me.
When you're at Blitz, you set up your own games. You wander around finding people who want to play, you make your own teams and you pick your field. This is cool because it gives you a lot of flexibility, but it really makes me wonder why I bothered coming here and paying a field fee if I'm going to get absolutely no service at all from the guys. At the other field I've played on (paintball adventures) you spend quite a bit of time waiting for games to start, but there's someone setting up games and teams, making sure they're more or less even and telling everyone the rules of the particular gametype. It's sort of a pain because you're waiting so much, but it's nice because you feel like there's at least someone out there with some clue of what's going on.
One of my friends talked to the owner and the guy said they were still working on a lot of things and thatthey'd be getting more nets up and everything, but I don't think they should've opened if they weren't ready to provide a safe environment for the players. I might go back next year and see if they've made any significant changes, but I'd just as soon not play there again.
Last edited on Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 at 2:59 pm PST
The netting is double the height. and wraps all around the speed ball field. A stray ball here and there happens everywhere, not one field in my 10 years can boast that a ball doesnt go over the netting. Even at competitions at the NPPL or PSP the netting is like 25+ feet high, and you still have balls coming over. Blitz is huge on saftey. They will send you home if you neglect the rules.
He is not completely baseless though, they do need netting between the Scenario field and the Hyperball field. They also need someone to make sure the players are actually at 300 or below it. I don't agree it is unsafe, I love the safety and push-up punishments, but he ain't wrong either.