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Beerdid1 Sunday, May 20th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: May 20th, 2007
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Elite, in Spring Hill, FL, and Blitzkrig, just off 275 at Bearss, a newcomer (2/2007) are both far superior. PSI off Ulmerton on the St. Pete side, is also better, but only because of the choice you have between airball or "City Ball".
to the Field:
The field wasn't hard to find. The website directions are right on.
Review: I did not think safety was as strong as other fields but once games start, the safety is well managed by the refs. Players are not required to wears masks until 1 minute before the start of games and can't take barrel covers off until 30 seconds before a game starts. Seems to me you should wear your goggles the minute you step on the playing field.

One very large recreational field with numerous bunkers, two-level helicopter bunker, 2-vans, and old recycling truck, and a few other assorted and interesting barriers to hide behind. The far side of the field does have a narrow ribbon of trees and wooded cover. Some players who have played at Jungle Games over the years told me there used to be 6 fields - not anymore. Although there was a woods ball field, it was closed due to construction, yes construction. Game play objective is to reach opposite end of field and touch either a large bomb or tank, then the game is over. The number of players at this field was surprising, almost 50 players divided up between two teams most of the tie our party was there (10:30am - 3:00pm). With 22 or so people on a side it gets very hectic which brings me to the Refs.

Two refs to start out and then 3 later in the day. Safety was pretty well policed as was the "dead men don't talk rule". If you were close to a ref, a paint check might happen, but mostly you had to look to your own teammates to check for paint-checks. Getting paint checks here is important because the field is so large, the number of balls flying around was enormous so you might get hit but the balls often didn't break because they had lost their velocity. Towards the end of our day, some players were getting pretty rowdy and heavily overshooting players and using hit players as target practice as they exited the field with arms up and barrel socks on... right in front of the refs...nothing said. Of our group of 8 on the field at the time of the last game, 6 were shot more than once on their way off of the field. At that point we called it a day. The last game we played had 48 people on the field. Without options like air ball, this is what you can look forward to.

Teams were divided by number alone and by chance the teams this day were relatively even, but there was no attempt to even out teams for strength of players (i.e., young kids with rentals & experienced players with lots of firepower).

For the experience, I'm glad I went once, but it was no value at $25 for field fee & all day air - add another $10 for rental equipment Lines weren't too bad for air or CO2 when you needed it. Facilities. Well, there are two port-a-johns roasting in the FL sun. You can imagine the delight if you need them. If you get to the field early, you can find shade but I would recommend bringing your own folding chairs. The staging areas are pretty rustic.

A couple of kids from our group did need rentals and Tippmann Custom 98s are what you get. The dirt and sand on what was provided made me wonder if they are ever serviced. Two rentals failed for whatever reason but were quickly replaced. The wipe down area consisted of one roll of paper towels and a spray bottle of water. If you go, take some spray cleaner and a couple of rags. Service was prompt, but not overly courteous. No food that I saw. We had pizzas delivered.

All in all, a fair rec field if you don't need/want variety; however, I won't return.

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