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Jolleygreen Monday, August 6th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 28th, 2007
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Danger Zone, Forestfire, and back yard fields
Review: I recently had the chance to play at a field i'd heard about near me in Lake Stevens, Skinny Joes. I'd heard they did not chrono, and was apprehensive about getting myself and my 5 friends to go there, but after i called the field, they assured me they do chrono.

The field:
When we arrived at the field, parking was fine. I drive a long truck, but was able to find a spot to squeeze into. On a busy day i'm not sure if i'd be able to do the same as it seemed to only be the one lot. The appearance of the place is by far one of the nicest. Plenty of seating with tables under cover, paper towels and goggle cleaner were provided, and bark chips to soften the blow if you drop something.

The staff were friendly enough. While young, they seemed to have experience and were willing to help answer any questions, and get us moving quickly to meet up with the other teams in ongoing rounds. The Chrono issue was somewhat answered as there is a chromo table at the entrance to one half of the fields, BUT the ref taking us in did not oversee things to make sure all of us did chrono. I did see him randomly check a couple of people throughout the day, but not as thourough as say DZ where every gun is initially checked before going in.

I'm a new player and have only been hit by HOT guns a few times, but there were a couple guys playing that perhaps out of ignorance, perhaps intentionally, were playing with HOT guns, but with only one ref, who wasn't always around, it's difficult. In the fields defense, they are a REC ball field and self policeing is key inorder to assure safety. I just think these refs need to be more ontop of that particular issue since it carries the most risk of causing injury.

As far as the fields go. I only enjoyed "the jungle" as it 's a true woodsball field with very dence growth and lots of paths to get lost on. Played a CTF round and elimination, and you never knew where the shots were coming from at times. Learned my lesson about volunteering to be the TERMINATOR where only a headshot kills you. I was asking my wife to count my welts from all the shots i took. It took me 2 hours to clean my gun and visor. Fun regardless. The rest of the fields are small and are basically a few thousand pallets stood up on their sides and nailed together, which offers little cover due to the open design of the pallets. Regarding the nails. CHECK YOUR BUNKERS FOR NAILS. Both myself and 2 of my friends told me just how close they came to needing tetanus shots due to rusty nails sticking out the top of a bunker or short wall, or at knee level for me once. I didn't tell the refs at the time, but plan to call them to recommend they check.

Over all we all had fun. I'm an outta shape 35 year old and was worn out after 5 hours of play, and running low on paint, but i MAY go back. I'd give it a 9 or a 10 even, but the chrono thing and the rusty nails lower my score.

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