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otisgoldbergis Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: May 20th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None
Directions
to the Field:
408 to John Young, turn left on 17-92/Orange Blossom Trail, take right on Rose Ave. and it's up on your right, can't miss it. Fields are on the left side of the road, proshop and indoor field(s) is on the right side of the field.

These directions are coming from the UCF area, check MapQuest/Google Earth/Yahoo Maps for directions from different area.
Review: Ok here's my review....

I've been going to Orlando Paintball since I got back into the sport a few months ago. I visited OP before I got back into it and then suggested I purchase an Ion. Good thing I didn't follow that advice!

Anyway, I went back after I got a marker and all that jazz. I checked in and got air and paint and the guys running the counter were pretty nice and informative. Not amazing, but good enough.

I went out to the field to join the group and asked a ref to chrono my gun, no problems there, helped get it chrono'd and took me back to the field.

The quality of the players there all depends on the day you go. Saturday nights there are some good players there, Sunday is mostly recs, and throughout the week you never know who's going to be there. Wednesday night is "3 man tournament" night, however I've never seen them get enough teams to actually run the tournament.

The refs are nice guys, they know the sport, but there seems to be a shortage of refs at all times, and they just chill outside the nets next to the field and call game on and blow the whistle to signal the end of the game. They don't get on the field and do paint checks or anything like that. I don't cheat and I've never seen anyone cheating there, so maybe it's not a problem, but I have seen a few people playing on with hopper/gun hits, but if a ref sees it he calls them out as best s/he can.

Pretty good enforcement of the rules, although I have seen people off the field without barrel covers, but being how there's only one ref per group, they can't have their eyes everywhere. Mask safety is always top notch, I've never seen anyone without a mask on the field.

Some of the staff can give you attitude sometimes, but it's never really been a problem for me.

I'm not a fan of the indoor fields or the games they play on them, so I simply choose not to play indoors.

The fields are relatively good, they have 2 air ball fields, one of which is not up right now because they are letting the grass grow back on it. The other air ball field has inflation issues, but they usually are on top of keeping them filled. There is also a large hyperball field, for 7-10 man games. None of the fields have very good grass, but they are open 7 days a week, so what do you expect? There is also a boards field, one solely made up of wooden boards of varying sizes. This is my least favorite outdoor field there.

Overall it's not a bad field, if you don't mind having to keep a close eye on your fellow players and call them out when you need to. I'd like to see them keep a little better care of their air ball bunkers, as some have a tendency to deflate. I would appreciate it if there were more refs who could be on the field to call people out, but they always have at least 3 people on staff, and someone has to stay in the shop to make sure no one steals anything. I would be willing to ref for free paint, but I think I'll mention that to them next time I'm there.

One of the biggest complaints I've heard about OP is their prices. While $20~ for admission and all day air is $5 more than most fields, it is only $5. I've also heard a lot about their paint prices, but they sell cases of Midnight for $45. And Midnight is by no means a bad paint, so that's acceptable for me.

I think this field gets a bad rap but it's really not that bad. If you're ever out there, look for a guy with a red Invert Mini, that's me, I'm always up for meeting fellow ballers!

I'm giving OP an 8 for having a professional staff, decent fields, good selection of fields, relatively fair prices (I think), and being on top of the safety standards, which is by far the most important thing in paintball. As far as what they could do better, well, please read my review!
 

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