Mansion House - DE: a joke compared to most fields
PAG - DE: Good fields but RH is cheaper
Directions to the Field:
Visit the website for directions. It's not hard to find really.
Had a chance to visit RH yesterday and i had a great time as a walk-on by myself. Really good field, had a lot of fun.
Safety: Some fields claim to be safety concious but we pballer's know otherwise. RH really is on top of it. Ref's really kept after everyone to keep their masks on and their barrels plugged, was glad to see it.
Fields: RH has a field for everyone. 1 Small woods field w/bunkers, 1 field with wooden spools for cover, 2 Speedball fields, and a custom hyperball and dogleg fields that you have to see to understand. All of the fields were in excellent shape and showed some real thought was put into where the bunkers go. A+
Hours: 9-5 on Saturdays and 11-5 on Sundays. Seems reasonable to me
Prices: Here's where RH really shines. 15.75 for an all day pass w/air. For guys like me who have all of their own gear and like to play with a particular paint, this is heaven. You can bring your own paint or buy theres. The have economy paint for $45, with better stuff slightly more. Although i didn't pay much attention to it, i believe the rentals for a tippmann 98, co2 and a pod was like $25, which is still a good deal.
Rules and Ref's: After signing the waiver, i didn't really hear to much about rules; keep your mask on and your marker plugged. Other than that it seemed like anything goes. I asked about the rules for automatic fire and everyone gave me a different answer, lol. If i had 1 complaint about RH it would be the rules/refs issues throughout the day. Although wiping is obviously against the rules, i saw at least 4 players do it during the day. I was standing next to the ref when one of them did it and he said nothing; either he didn't see it (which is pretty sad since he was right in front of us) or decided not to do anything about it (even worse). I know it's hard sometimes and ref's probably give people the benefit of the doubt, but i saw an AWFUL LOT of cheating in the first few hours i was there. For a couple games there it seemed like if you didn't cheat you didn't have a chance, but as the day progressed this seemed to go away. I know part of it is the crew you play with and not RH's fault, but the ref's need to really pay attention and be more involved.
Another issue was that the field boundries for the woods sections aren't very clearly marked. A general briefing from the ref's on the fields would have been very helpful, ie, ("this is a rectangle field playing this way")
Later in the day we played the hyperball field and 2 of the ref's were staring out over a field, the exact OPPOSITE direction of the playing field. I was standing with a few other guys that were out and one of them out of frustration yelled out, "game's over here ref!" The ref's were all VERY young and didn't seem too into their job for the most part. Some of the other regulars to the field informed me that it's really hit or miss with the refs here; some are great and really involved, others stare into space. So i guess i got a bad day, but i'll take it in stride.
ProShop: RH had a retail store until recently; the owner informed me he was moving his stuff back to the field. Otherwise the entrance shack had everything that was needed; spare parts, orings, paint, rentals, etc.
Staff: All of the staff were very helpful. it was my first time there and i was by myself and i felt very accomidated by them. They pointed me in the right direction and got me chrono'd and on my way with other walk-ons.
Players: Because RH has a field for everyone you get the whole gambit of players here. Speedball, Woodsball, and everything in between. you'll see woodsballers playing speedball and vice versa. having the different fields keeps things interesting. They had a few parties that took priority, but thats nothing new. I will say that there were ALOT of young kids there. Probably a good 3rd were under 13. They tend to cower and not be very helpful. I wonder in a way why they are even playing, but the older players treat them well and try and go easy on them. It doesn't really bother me, but if you are looking to play with lots of hardcores, this isn't your field unless you bring them with you.
Facilities: Basic, but very functional. A very large staging area, some of which is covered and shaded. Netting to keep stray balls out, and a nice setup for refills, CO2 or HPA. 2 portapotties outside, 2 vending machines for drinks, nothing exciting.
*EDIT* A couple of ladies from the local Cancer center have setup a small grill where you can get hot dogs, etc. with the proceeds going to cancer research. VERY nice!
In Conclusion, i had a blast playing here. A few issues with cheating earlier in the day had me worried, but by the time i left i can't wait till i can go back. RH has great fields at an amazing price. I hope to be returning soon.
EDIT: 7/23/07 I had a chance to go back to RHPB this Sunday with some friends and had a total blast. Ref's were paying alot more attention and we didn't have any incidents of wiping. The only thing that really needs to be changed is that the refs need orange jerseys. Wearing civies got them shot alot. I'm going to raise the score to a 9.
EDIT 3/3/08 I've been going to RH pretty steady now since last summer and they've made some recent improvements i wanted to let everyone know about. First, they've gotten self service air compressors; 2 3k's and 1 4.5k. Hook up, press the button and blam, you're done. No more lines! Also, they've recently added a new canopy over the staging area which means that about half of it is now covered. They have also added a new "pallet" field which is like speedball but without the inflatable crap. All this and the price has stayed the same!!! I'm going to continue to go here even though it's a hike simply because this field rocks.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 12:05 pm PST