Paintball Zone in Waterford. Only went there once and no one was there so went to Extreme.
Directions to the Field:
Heading from Modesto or hwy 99 take Brigsmore to Welsford. Brigsmore turns into Parker but stay on it untill it dead ends at Welsford. Take a right at Welsford then left on Dusty lane. Its on Dusty lane so look for the small sign next to a canal
I've been meaning to write a review on Extreme for a while now but never got around to it. What finally made me get off my butt is reading all the unfair reviews Extreme is getting. I keep reading stuff about refs. The refs were good and helpful, no they sucked and wouldn't do paintchecks, blah, blah blah, and so on. People, the refs at Extreme like many if not most paintball fields are volunteers. There are those who ref because they like it and those who just want free entry and a case of paint so your going to get the good with bad. I've been playing at Extreme on average every couple weeks for over a year and a half and I've only had problems with refs around 20 percent of the time. That in no way makes the field any better or any worse since it's the luck of the draw.
The field itself has 1 airball, 4 hyperball, and 1 medium sized recball field. The airball field is wiped and taken down every day. The hyper and rec bunkers on the other hand are never washed and are very slimy. The airball field is netted on 4 sides and the hyper are netted just on the sides between each other.
When it rains it gets very muddy. If you've done any digging in the central valley you've probably come across compacted dirt called hardpan. 1 time I even had to rent a jackhammer because I wasn't getting anywhere with a pick. Water has little chance of seeping into ground like that and the puddles that cant find cracks in the hardpan especially around a lot of the bunkers pretty much stay until they evaporate. Oh well sometimes it's fun to play in the mud. What the ground does when it rains also makes it next to impossible or at the very least really expensive to keep grass alive so the speedball fields are on dirt. It can make for some hard slides and wears out your gear faster.
Everyone is required to chrono at 280 but the refs only check the groups in the morning and after lunch. If you were the type of A hole that would want to try to hurt someone by spiking your velocity it wouldn't be that hard to sneak by and get away with it. That was until yesterday. Thanks to pbreview refs are now issued with hand held chronos. That should drastically increase chrono safety. Good job guys.
1 of the coolest things about playing at Extreme is that it's owned and operated by Rich and Gina Telford. Well operated mostly by Gina. Rich gets to have fun and fly around the world while Gina does most of the work, lucky dog lol. Gina is 1 of the nicest people I've ever delt with on a retail setting not just in paintball. Rich has had XSV and other pro teams and players at extreme more times then I can remember. It is so awesome to watch how they do their drills and scrimmages. I even got play with Thomas Taylor once for a few games when he played with the advanced group after his practice. He is something else to watch. He was going from back left to back right and back again no body could touch him lol.
The food is pretty basic with hot dogs but it does the job.
Paint sold at the field is marked up to the expensive side but that's why you buy paint from their store. Plus cases bought at the store comes with all day air or 1 fill of co2 tokens.
Entry is 15. All day air is 6. I forget what co2 fills are it's been too long. From what I remember of the rental packages I think it's 30. That comes with a tipman 98, 200 paintball filled gravity hopper and mask. I think you have to buy their paint with rentals but you can bring your own paint with your own markers.
Barrels plugs are not allowed only barrel condoms. That makes the staging area a lot safer since barrel plugs can be shot out if the barrel if the barrel has blocked or no porting. They sell them at field for 3 bucks.
There is no running water but there is filled spray water bottles and paper towels. No running water also means portapotties. Luckily I've never had to use 1 so I dont know how bad they are. Knock on wood.
I can't think of anything else so I'll just say, all in all, I love playing at Extreme. Even with the few problems, I've never had a bad day there even when it was sprinkling. All you haters just have to ask yourself. If extreme is good enough for pros to play there but not you, what does that say about you? I give Extreme a 9 out 10. A perfect 10 field has to have grass or some sort or turf.
I forgot about turn around time between games. It's usually so quick that I don't have time to smoke a sig before they call the group. Actually turn around can be a bit too fast. Many times they will call the groups to the flag in 5 min right as we get back to staging, and If you have to clean or tech anything you end up sitting out a few games. It slows down around 1 or 2 oclock but that's because the players are a lot slower getting ready not because they didn't call us.
We do have good reffs and I'm one of them now and have been for a few months. Besides, I was wrong, they aren't all volunteers. A paid is paired up with a volunteer. When did I say they were bad reffs anyway? I said you get the good with the bad which makes it what, like just about every other job with many coworkers? If your expecting perfection out of people your in for quite a few rude awakenings.
"Not some voluteers"?????
So someone getting paid in paint can't possibly do as good of a job as someone getting paid money?! That's brliant.
Why did you bother to comment on a 2 year old review anyways? Your entire comment is rather pointless. I'm mean bad reffs can hurt a field?! Stop the presses! If you have a legitimate comment on the field review please post it. If you just want to argue pointless facts and other sillyness please take it to the private messages.