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s-dawg Thursday, March 15th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: January 21st, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Lone Star before it closed
Constant Action, before it closed
Krossfire
Review: First, Knights has a large, well-maintained field with a lot of variety, air-ball fields like you see on ESPN, and a spacious staging area. I've only been there twice and I will go back eventually, especially when it is too hot in Texas to play during the day.

PB Knights is where you play in San Antonio if you want to be a competitive player. The level of play for "team practice" is as high as you can get in the sport (NXL team X-Factor practices there), and team practice seems to be largely unsupervised by staff. That's great for the competitive ballers because they are experienced and don't need refs, just like pickup basketball games at a public court. The competitive players at Knights appear to be incredibly loyal to their field and to the family that runs the park.

Rec-ball is a different story. Although Knights has very large, interesting fields, the teams can get way to big. This sometimes causes rec-ball games to be uninteresting "mob-ball." Moreover, referees can be too far away to ensure safety. Compared to other fields I've played at in Texas and California, there is a long delay between games. They have enough fields that they could break up into teams of at least 15 v 15, but they don't seem to have enough refs to do that, and it's probably too much of a hassle, too. But, I guess more rec-ballers + bigger, less frequent games = less work and more money for pbknights, so I don't blame them at all.

The two times I played there, no-one from the staff was supervising the chrono or requiring self-equiped players to set their marker velocity below the 300FPS limit. I suspect that at least some players are likely to be shooting hot at this park, especially in rec-ball. Unfortunately, many players with their own markers (especially younger players) don't bother to learn how to set their velocity correctly. I got some pretty horrible buises and broken skin, so I suspect that someone was shooting hot (I'll also admit that I suck :P). So, maybe markers were shooting hot, but we have no way of knowing.

I'm giving this field an 8 because of the problem with marker velocities and the long wait between rec-ball games.
Last edited on Thursday, March 15th, 2007 at 12:07 pm PST
 

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