Ok, first off let me say, I this SC does a lot of things right. Most of their fields are awesome. Even though they are all virtually side by side, they netting they have separating them prevents most stray balls from other fields. Except for a few fields, that are basically an ant infested patch of dirt, the field designs are very fun to play. Especially if you like the more urban / close up type of battles. As for the fields, SC Village gets a 9 out of 10.
If you're a walk on, I'm sorry. This is one of the bad parts. SC Village is just too popular for noob's. If you attempt a beginners field, expect 60 on 60. It's a joke. All the noob's do is play long ball with rentals. These situations are no fun. I suggest playing with the intermediate or advanced groups. There's far less people. My first day ever playing, I was convinced to play with the advanced players. I must say, it was far more enjoyable than the beginner group. I got school'd, but I learned a lot, and the players weren't a bunch of idiots.
My only real complaint was my last private group experience. The ref. . . what can I say. . . this kid was lazy and a total joy kill. I'll give you my reasons for this. The group we played with was mostly experienced yet casual players. Everyone knew the rules, and just wanted to play.
The morning started off slow. It took him about 30 minutes to get the first field. Keep in mind, I could see at least 5 fields open at that time. We got to play only one match. Normally on a private group you play 2 matches per field. So we finished the first match and the ref say, "alright, I'm going to go get us another field." This kid disappeared for another 30 minutes. Everyone's sitting there just waiting, and getting kinda annoyed. When I went to go look for him, I saw him at his car. Looks like he went to change his clothes. This kinda thing kept happening. He would disappear for 10 to 30 minutes at a time.
On top of this, he insisted on explaining the rules before every match. Even the matches where we didn't change fields. It got really annoying. There were some in our group that were ready to go off on him.
As for doing his job on the field. I really couldn't tell you. I never really saw him. Most SC ref's will get in the middle of things to see the entire field. This kid stood off on the side near the back of the field. Looked like he was afraid to get shot.
Now don't get me wrong, most of the ref's at SC are really good. This last time out just happened to be a horrible experience. We were paid up to 4pm. But the ref made this outing so frustrating, we left before 2pm.
I will do another private group at SC. But next time I'm going to request specific refs, so I don't get stuck with a noob ref who didn't even want to be there.
Because of that experience, my group refuses to go back there. It's a shame, because they really do have a great facility. Are next adventure is to Jungle Island. Will post a review after the event.
Last edited on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 at 12:51 pm PST