Sycamore Sports-Kokomo--now defunct
Fort Knox-best in the area
Bunkers and Lunkers-Logansport
Paintball Barn-good facility, but no byop
Directions to the Field:
Very accessible off of Highway 47 just west of Sheridan, IN
This was my second experience with this field. We got there later in the afternoon. Apparently most the busiest part of the day was over. It was sort of a who cares sort of attitude.
1. Check in was pretty unusual. The cash register ran out of money and so they gave us change back in the form of candy-taffies actually. Also the person checking us in got a little confused. I'm still not sure that I paid the right amount. I had to help him through a couple of the other people that came with me as well.
One of our guys wanted a basic marker rental-they didn't even get him a mask. So they charged him more for renting one. I thought any basic rental package included a mask.
They did not make us watch the safety video. At least the last time I was here they made you watch it. One of my crew was a newbie, so we just talked him through the basic safety rules.
Chrono was completely on the honor system. Many people walked onto the field without doing the chrono at all. Maybe they were regulars and they just knew they would be under the limit? Who knows and who cares? At least they had a posted Chrono limit. The last time I played here, some guy just walked by and said, "just keep it under 300." Like that is real official. And what about the guys who didn't hear him?
2. Prices: Hey the posted prices are great. The field fee is reasonable, and they charge you an extra fee if you want to byop. Again I think this is reasonable, since I buy bulk case specials of paintballs off the internet. The marker rentals were ok, but charging extra for a mask? Again, I'm not quite sure that usual and customary.
3. The referees: Well this is pretty easy to rate. There wasn't one all day long. We played for about 2 1/2 hours and never saw anyone. We refeed our own games. We had a good time, and since I'm an eyedoctor we strictly observed the safety rules. We went over to watch some speedball teams practice on the the Xball field, I guess they had a referee. I didn't see one on the field. Maybe he was in the observation platform. There were no refs the last time I was here as well. But at my first visit, they were having a practice tournament, so all the refs were playing on the teams that were practicing.
When we first started playing there were some 20-30 somethings playing in a small group. They totally ignored all the safety rules: walking into "safe zones" without a barrel plug/cover, lifting their helmets while on the playing field etc. The same thing was going on the last time I was here as well.
4. The fields. They are great as before. The tile field is maybe my favorite field in the area. They have moved some things around since the last time I was there. They had really improved things. Really well conceived bunkers. Creative layout. The snake is awesome. It is easy to move in without getting pinged. The castle/fort is pretty challanging. There are nice wooden barriers. Some of these needed some repair. But they were safe and usable. I hate the wall that is out in front of the castle! It makes it hard to hit approaching players from the ground level of the castle. My son and I decided to play the wall outside the fort instead of staying inside on the ground level. Maybe it worked a little better. We lost the fort anyway. They say that there are 4 airball fields. I only saw 2. One was occupied by the two teams that were practicing. The other was deflated. We saw no signs of the proposed "urban scenario" field.
One other annoying thing. The safety netting that separates the field from the "safe zones" are not secured at the bottom. When the wind blows the netting flutters in the breeze sometimes almost as high as your head. I wonder how the netting is helping with safety at that point?
5. The pro shop: BE VERY CAREFUL of what you buy here at the proshop. They have used markers on the board, but they aren't MARKED AS SUCH. In our experience, they are not very good at standing behind the used stuff that they sale
6. The snack shop ran out of hot dogs while we were there. No big deal-we weren't hungry. It just seems to be another thing they were just not prepared for.
7. Overall: I think this place is really great for the teams that are sponsored by the field. That is all they seem to care about. If you are going to just play a little rec ball-they don't seem to care
Last edited on Monday, April 19th, 2010 at 10:20 am PST