The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
May 19th, 2007
More than 5 years
Other Fields in the Area:
SC Village, Corona
Sherwood Forest, Vallejo
Operation Paintball, Haward
Hume Lake Christian Camps, Hume
I have taken groups of 5 to 20 teens paintballing over the last 3+ years and each field has been a different experience. Of the six places I have been, I was most disappointed with Extreme Paintball. There are some good things about it which I will list first though.
=> There are 5 or 6 fields of play at Extreme Paintball. The inflatable speedball fields looked like a lot of fun (see below) and there was definitely a decent variety of terrain.
=> The cost was one of the lowest for rentals and paint I have ever paid, which I thought was a great deal at the time, especially since we got a discount for having a group of 11 renters.
=> Super fast game turn around. Usually no more than 5 minutes between games.
=> The location was pretty far out of town but there was a nice breeze with the water nearby and I didn't notice any "cow patty" smell.
=> The staff in the cashier's booth were very nice and helpful.
=> Although there were 5 fields and over 50+ people there the Saturday we went, they only used 2 of them the whole day for the main group. There were one or two private parties there and they were allowed to use other fields but the "beginner's" group never even saw the inflatable fields (which were deflated an hour or two before they closed).
=> We had 50+ "beginners" on one of their speedball fields which was horribly overcrowded. Four to five people PER barrier/snake meant that people had no cover and got out within the first minute.
=> I keep referring to the "beginner" group because they had renters and guys with 5+ years experience all playing in the same group. There were even a few teams playing in the "beginner" group. What surprised me the most was that they called out for a beginner and an advanced game in the morning and after lunch didn't even bother splitting the two up. Again, for first timers and true beginners this was a pretty rough experience.
=> The main reason for this huge group was the refs. There were an average of 5 or 6 refs during the day and for the most part, they had no idea what they were doing or even made the effort to enforce what few rules the field has. I actually watched one "ref," a teenager wearing a Jr. High school PE shirt, pull weeds out of the netting instead of watching the game. Teenagers trying to ref a game with 50+ people just doesn't work and people were verbally frustrated.
=> The rules were pathetic and poorly enforced (although they went through them at 9:30 and again after lunch). I watched as more than once players blindly pointed their guns into a bunker and shot whoever was in there. The result was bloody welts and players leaving the field and not returning. A lack of rules injured two girls who were playing for the first time and they said they'd never play again. That simply goes against the purpose of getting out to have fun!
=> Never saw them enforcing gun speed checks.
=> Lastly, we were told we couldn't have a private party even though we were given the private party rate. Whether this was because we made our reservation too late or for some other reason, it certainly reaffirmed my desire never to go back to Extreme.
Field Rating= 3
The bottom line is this, the field's broken down barriers, ineffective refs, poor field usage, horrible overcrowding and unbalancing of games, and a general lack of rules to ensure safety makes this field not worth it for the beginner, the small group, or those that are out just to have fun playing paintball.
Last edited on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 at 11:27 am PST
alright let me start by saying, extreme isn't a very noob friendly field.
- The airfields are reserved for what ever team is there or the advanced group(which really isn't advanced, should be called speedball or recball)
- If you're complaining because a speedball field couldn't hold 50 people then i understand why you're mad...lts called being a noob...you either complain about it or rise above it. The Speed ball fields are meant for a 7v7 max formatt (this is also because pro team Sacramento XSV uses these fields for practice)
-Its True the beginner group is kinda wack. but this field isn't noob friendly if you wanted that go to paintball zone.
-The refs although young know a lot more about paintball then you (with what you've wrote) hands down. sure they may not be the most eager or power abusive refs you want but thats because they volunteer. And if you're playing at extreme then you shouldn't be stupid enough to wipe. sure you get one once a month but they are looked down apon. extreme is more of a usuals field. were we all know eachother so its quite honorable.
- If you're going to play some paintball...you should knwo you're getting shot at. if you odnt want to get shot at go play something like hello kitty rainbow adventure.
- The Chrono rule is usually only enforced towards people that are bringing their own equipment. But the rentals are usually preset before the day begins. and refs carry a handheld chrono and will chrono anyone they think is bending this rule and take them off the field. just becasue you weren't checked doesn't mean others weren't. But an exception to this rule is a private party. we here at extreme have this wierd misconception that if you're in a party with someone you're not gonnna try to hurt them...but i guess we're wrong to trust people not to injury or cheat their friends...lmfao im so happy i'm not a friend with a noob like yourself.
I guess I wasn't clear about my comments ikaba. I've been going to paintball fields for over 5 years. I've rented and gone with equipment so I know how both situations should work. I am only comparing my experiences with Extreme to my years of paintball at other fields. I just don't think Extreme is a good field for GROUPS of new and experienced players. If Extreme isn't a "noob" field as you said, then that's just one more reason I won't bring my group of new and experienced players there again. I'm glad you enjoy their facilities, it looks like it has the potential for hard core players to have a great time.
One last note, I'd appreciate it, as would others reading reviews on this site, if you'd refrain from insults and poor assumptions and allow opinions to be expressed in a helpful and constructive manor.
For the guy that played at SC Village, Now thats safety and paintball at it's best. EVERYFIELD OWNER SHOULD SEND THERE STAFF THERE FOR TRAINING. Barrel plugs in till your told to take them out, or go home :D
Dispute: ok yes it can get overcrowded but you gotta understand that its hard to control how many people you have. they aren't about to start saying oh you can't come in cause theirs to many people. 2 the "inflatable" field is designed for either party groups who request it when its not going to be used for something else and then for experts. inless you would like to play a professional team sacramentos xsv on the speed ball then stop complaining. the field is worth it the refs are great, about 4 months ago they got some more volunteers so it wasn't the same people everyday doing the same job. plus they are utterly exhausted from taking care of the field.