The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
April 8th, 2007
Other Fields in the Area:
Mr. Paintball- Far more better and cheaper( $15 to get in to CP but air cost more than 10 dollars if playing all day/ $25 to get in to MR.PB plus all day air good deal)
Directions to the Field:
Don't waste your time, go somewhere where you are respected and treated fairly
Barrel Plugs- Big ass deal to the staff at CP. "WHERE'S YOUR BARREL PLUG?!! 2 BUCKS!" Some of the words mostly spoken by them every weekend. I realize the safety issues but damn, charging players 2 bucks? bull.
Overall- decent fields (could reconstructed and spend some money), horrible attitudes from the staff (wont fix anything, cursing, long breaks in between games), unfair teams (marines intervene with the beginners (no offense)), no food (could order pizza but most of the time their is no service and the staff wont let you use their phone which does work),
Reffing (they stand around playing with themselves and hardly pay attention to the game),
Dispute: I've been going to CPPaintball every Saturday since March with my 10 year old son. The staff may be abrupt at times due to early morning rush, but they have not been rude by my witness. The general lack of profanity and vulgarity was something of a pleasant surprise for me so I'm, unsure how crackpot23 came to have such a negative opinion of the folks who work there.
As for the time between games, I can't disagree more with crackpot23's assertion that the between game break time is too long. The routine is to gather @ the bleachers and then walk to one of the 8 fields for a pair of matches. A 5 to 15 minute game takes place and then the teams switch sides and play again immediately. After the 2nd game all walk back to the parking lot for a 10 - 15 minute break before heading out again. This is barely enough time to swap in another air bottle, reload hopper + tubes and get some water, and I bring all my own supplies! The lunch break is ~ 30 minutes, but that comes as a welcome respite after 3+ hours on 5 to 6 fields for a total of 10 - 12 individual games.
The referees allow the players to battle on the field, which is better than being over-policed in my opinion. This is not tournament ball with a ref for every 3 -5 players, it's woodland style and self monitoring is expected. I notice the ref's generally focus on safety 1st on the field and off and reminding participants to keep their masks on and barrels plugged is only needed by those who so not know or simply forget.
I have a good time and will be back this 1st Saturday in May. I hope to see you there.
To: let us Prey
Scroll down the next couple of pages and look for my post. I paint with my pops (55+) and several buddies. Unfortunatly my work keeps me from playing every weekend but here is something you may have over looked;
When a person is only able to play every so often and has a bad day, for whatever reason, they aren't going to be happy. When you go every weekend the minor hic-cups of the day tend to blend together. Would you agree? Now I agree with saftey, I usually help with plugs and such with the neewbies, but as a local customer of this field it does fall short in the hospitality aspect. Agreed? If i lived in LA ( god forbid, go PADRES!) and actually had a choice of places to play, CPP would be at the bottom of my list.
Dispute: First off, I'm not sure if anyone noticed this but if Mr. Paintball charges $25 for admission and free all day air and Pendleton charges $15 for admission and $10 for all day air, you would be spending the same amount of money (15+10=25 yeah?).
Now, the park has come under new ownership and there have been many changes, such as netting on the main road so a mask is not necessary at all times. I do ref at the park on weekends and I can vouch for several things.
There is no longer a $2 fine for breaking safety rules (which are common sense and there is no excuse for breaking them). Occasionally, refs need to raise their voices at players to get them to follow rules (Most of the time if one of us yells, the player is farther away and we need to be loud so that they can actually hear us).
Pizza is delivered to the park for players which they can purchase by the slice. Candy, chips, soda, water, and gatorade are also available.
Profanity can be a problem no matter where you play paintball. We've all been guilty of having an outburst or two. Occasionally, you see the player who sounds like they were casted for Platoon. I have told players to watch their mouths during games and to try to keep it clean. Players are told at morning orientation that profanity is expected occasionally but not tolerated if excessive, or around children and parents.
The park is much more organized now, thanks to computers, more communication, etc.
Players are divided by skill level and gun type. An electric gun or loader will automatically land you in a more advanced group, regardless of experience. Also, an A5 will not be allowed in beginner because of the type of feed system (cyclone). Beginners strictly rental guns with a few exceptions at the ref's discretion (generally, as long as it is a low level gun, you will be ok) Intermediate is made up of any gun (can be low end or high end) as long as the player is willing to play with more advanced and intense players (more aggression, faster play), but bunkering is not allowed. If enough players are there and they are willing, an advanced group can be made. In the advanced group there are much more intense and aggressive players, advanced guns (egos, DMs, etc.), bunkering, and run throughs. My advice, play with your skill level. We can not stop the marines from playing. If a player is too intense for the group they are in, they will be moved up a level.
No matter what park you play at, you will always have intense players. When I play, you can hear me screaming across the field as I sprint and shoot. The trick is to get used to it with experience. You won't find a player like me anywhere near beginner.
For reffing, I can vouch for everyone there, including myself, that we do more than stand around and play with ourselves. If running through clouds of paint in t-shirts to check a player that you claim you shot, or lying in the middle of the field during a 30 on 30 speedball game, or keeping tabs on players that can't keep their masks on because they don't realize that losing an eye is bad, or looking at bleeding welts on our arms qualifies as standing around, I'd hate to see what reffing is really like. It sounds scary as h***. But seriously, if you see a ref standing around, look again, and I promise he'll be at a different part of the field checking players or equipment, or whatever needs to be done.
I have never seen an employee cuss at a customer or refuse service, and I'm there every weekend. Go to the front if you have a problem and they will be more than happy to assist, including my self. As for long breaks, after playing a field for almost an hour, 5 - 10 minutes would sound short to me, but I suppose we could always make it 1-3 minutes between fields, give everyone a good chance to get back to the lot so they can turn right around for the next field. But seriously, after an hour, everyone needs time to get air, paint, and water.
Improvements have been made to many of the fields, which everyone is continually complimenting. Come see for yourself. We're working on some more changes that I hope to see in the near future.
Overall, one bad day could happen anywhere. I've been going to Pendleton for about 7 seven years and have had my share of bad days. That doesn't stop me from going again and it shouldn't stop you. Paintball is all about experience. It gets better every time. Go to Pendleton to see the changes or to experience Paintball for yourself for the first time. I'd go to Pendleton over any paintball park in CA.