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pbstar19 Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: August 20th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Tombstone Paintball - Lots of fields
SC Village - Lots of fields
Camp Pendleton - High numbers of people playing
Review: Staff / Ref's/ Safety:
The staffing can vary from weekend to weekend depending on who has been scheduled to ref the games & always have enough. You do have your regulars behind the 'sign in' counter & they're cool people. The manager of the field is a die-hard on safety which is a huge plus. I've seen her yell at kids across the parking lot to put a sleeve on they're barrel's & she sometimes will make an example of someone by getting on the megaphone. Pretty humerus actually. The entire staff is also strict on safety as well & will not hesitate to fix the problem if you don't hear them. Overall the staff is well rounded & very knowledgeable of the game w/ a few exceptions but that's normal anywhere you go.
The ref's are, for the most part, young. Most in they're late teens and mid 20's. The 'beginner' / woods ball games have between two & four ref's depending on game size. While the 'advanced' / tournament style games are looked over by more experienced ref's, usually two or three. I can only count a handful of times this happens but very few ref's will seem to be oblivious to the game or chum with a buddy on the sideline which is annoying. Like I said before, this is going to happen anywhere you go. On a good note though, the Sup'Air fields do not have this problem!

Facilities / Food:
The park is in the mountains of Ramona in 'cow country' by a lot of ranches & is only open on Saturday & Sunday unless you reserve a day during the week & by their guidelines, see website. It's hot in the summer (90+) & cold in the winter (65 & below). The area will warm up around the afternoon usually. Parking is hard to come by if you don't get there pretty early & I mean early! Tables are the same way too. I've had to share a table & even an electrical cable spool most times but I've also met a lot of great people that way too. The grounds are rock & there is a lot of shade because of all the tree's. There is a set of 4 or 6 porta-potties that can be used if need be. There is also a tech shop available for basic repairs. I havn't had any problems with my Angel '04 Speed that I couldn't fix myself but they can fix nearly any gun. A compressed air system is available & a CO2 fill station that is only operated by the staff. Around lunch time a BBQ cart is there to sell burgers, bratwurst, chili fries, water, soda and a few other things. Don't get the idea that you can bring your BBQ though! You can also purchase small items at the sign-in desk like chips, candy bars or Gatorade.

Fields:
There are around two dozen fields last I remember. Majority being woods-ball, three for advanced play, and an NXL style Sup'Air ball field. Even a hardcore concept field player like me can enjoy some of the woods-balls fields. Not saying all of em but a few are fun. A very good variety as well with many different strategies to suggest. The NXL, & Hyperball fields are the highlight of this park with the NXL field always being packed. There's a few triple level spectator benches to watch the games & a waiting bench for the players at the NXL field which is behind netting, of coarse. There are two hyperball fields, one a 5-man & 7-man style and a small 5-man & 3-man style field which I favor. Both are just as fun to play.

Prices:
The prices are a good deal. Admission $20 all day when you have all your own equipment. If you need any rental equipment, you give them a picture ID and pay for what you need. If you're just beginning, they have packages that include mask, gun, pods, hopper, elbow, and FREE CO2 all day. Check the website for pricing since it may have changed after I last played. Compressed air goes for $1 / 1000 PSI & CO2 varies per cylinder size but is still cheap. You can also schedule a personal all day pass during the week. Again, check the website.

Paintballs:
Hey! Guess what?! You can bring your own paint!!! That's a huge reason why I like this park so much. Just don't put the empty boxes in the trash cans, it'll tick off the staff. Paint can also be bought at the fields as well. They sell PMI Paintballs including Premium & Marballizers at reasonable prices. It's cheaper to buy a whole box than individual bags.

Overall:
I've been going to Velocity Paintball since the day I started playing & I've always been going back. I've been to three other fields & I still favor Velocity for all the years I've been playing. The staff is friendly & can help out everyone from a newbie to a Division 1 GOD. There's even been a few pro teams to grace the grounds including Dynasty. Yes, I have seen & made small talk w/ a few of em. Good advice to say the least. This is a great field to get familiar with & to experience the game. The park is rarely low in numbers of people playing & always a great time. I've brought three of my friends here who've never played before & I've got them hooked before the day is over.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
 

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