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Hippohollar Monday, October 9th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: August 12th, 2006
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Up until this trip, only Splatterpark in the area. Most other trips were to fields out of the area or private land.
to the Field:
Directions from the website are spot on. Its a bit of a hike to play, but the fields are worth it.
Review: Let's see here:
Safety: Overall very good at keeping things in check. Very good briefing at the start of the day by the owner. Mostly player responsibility to check chrono though.
Fields: Two fields, great speedball field with a nice layout, well maintained. The woodsball field is very large. Great for bigger size groups, not so good for the small ones. Very dense foliage with plenty of great trails provide lots of hiding, wonderful ambushes, and just overall great times. The games, if not set to a timer, can and have run too long once down to just a few players, leaving the rest of the group to hang out in the shelter too long. Once the games are over, its can be another 20 minutes or more to get the next game going.
Hours: 10a to 5p, usual time for a field, though if the group is doing good they have played beyond the 5p mark.
Prices: Pretty good. I have all of my own equipment, so for me I can bring my own paint and only pay $10 for the day to play. Air fills are $1 per PSI for Nitro or $8 all day. Rental & paint pricing seems to be pretty competitive from what I've seen at other places too.
Rules: Same as everywhere else, with the exception of the paintcheck. With the lack of refs, its the responsibility of the opposing players to check each other which can lead to terrible results. The first time I was called for a paintcheck was in the middle of a fire fight in which my cover was my most important survival tool. A paintcheck was called by an opposing player that I had already shot out. While he was checking me, out in the open, our guns at our sides, I was then "shot up" by another player. Had a ref been available, he could have checked me in position quickly and play could have continued.
Services: These are what you'd expect from a good staff. Everyone feels good at this field and you don't feel like your just another paycheck to them. Good family environment.
Proshop: None
Staff: The staff is very friendly and willing to assist with any problems you may be having, answer any questions you have, and get in on the action and play along with your group. Which makes for a better time and learning experience.
Refs: Non-existent. There was one guy that was taking pictures the last time I went, but usually with the smaller groups there are no refs and players are expected to act accordingly since the owners are playing alongside you. With a larger group I have been told the owners will actually ref, but like I stated previously, I have yet to play with a big group there.
Players: Most of the players I have come across are either from my own group, or just a handful of the owners friends/coworkers. Haven't been able to play with a larger group there yet, but all in all, these guys are all mostly older and have played for a while and know how to play. Everyone helps each other out and creates a good atmosphere for any newbies in the group.
Facilities: Its a young and budding field. There are constant changes and something new is added between my trips. Last time was a shelter in the woodsball field which was a nice addition.
Food: A variety of snacks and beverages are supplied for sale at reasonable pricing. I always bring my own, but its nice to know its there if I need it.

In closing, like I have stated before, this field is still young at heart. They continue to impress me every time I am there. Within a few years they could be a competing force if they continue to improve the way that they do. All I ask is that they get better at pushing the games along a little better. I'm sure this can also be blamed on the group I was with, but being there for four hours and only playing a handful of games does not make me feel pretty at the end of the day. I like to jump right into things and the wait gets a little aggravating. I would change nothing about the woodsball field, the speedball I would like to see it graded to be a little more level. Maybe a ref or two for even the small groups would be nice, but I understand its hard when your just starting out. I will be back to this field and expect to continue playing there and would recommend this field to any die hard woodsballer out there.

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