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Lopez17 Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: September 1st, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pevs@AG, Hogback Mtn, Warplay, OA and several other fields in PA and MD. Skyline offers a nice variety of thematic rec fields encompassing several different niches. It's a nice set of concepts with a unique playing environment.
Directions
to the Field:
The field is conveniently located just off I-81 and I-66. The directions from their website are perfect and will get you there fine.
Review: Some guys that I play with regularly on the weekends decided we'd take the trip across the state and hit up Skyline over the long Labor Day weekend. Several of us in the group had played at the field previously, however I hadn't been there in nearly 5 years. While some of the fields had obviously changed, they have also been proactive in maintaining and upgrading their field infrastructure.

The staff inside their proshop were incredibly friendly and courteous. You couldn't have asked for a more diligent and responsive group of personnel, from the folks working behind the counter to the employees filling air. This is always an excellent start to any day. The field was consistent about enforcing a 280fps chrono and did thorough checks. I was a bit dismayed to see several players shooting markers in the chrono area without masks on (and prior to the refs arrival).

The refs did a quick safety briefing and divided up teams. Throughout the day I noticed several instances of players forgetting to put in barrel covers or plugs and the refs were very patient and responsive in addressing this issue. That being said, at no time was there a real safety issue involved. The refs and staff did an excellent job of keeping the games safe.

Their fields added some nice diversity to their unique terrain. The "town" field was interesting to play and had a nice variety of blind spots, shooting lanes, and two story structures. The games play fast, but not so much that you're overwhelmed with the action. The helicopter field also played particularly well, with trenches, bunkers, obstacles and natural features to keep the games interesting. None of their fields were repetitive or mundane and all had a unique theme. Some of the fields had changed since I remember them in 2002 and largely for the better.

The refs kept games moving and allowed just enough time between matches to refill on paint and air. Towards the end of the day the staff realigned teams to offset some of the disparity that had occurred. This evened out the talent levels and I'm sure was much appreciated by the previously overwhelmed team.

One of the nicest aspects of the field was the diverse player base. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. Also noticable was the absence of any trace of wiping. There was a great deal of sportsmanship and camaraderie during and after games. Good play (and bad play) was rewarded with playful comments and pats on the back. The players were some of the finest I've played with in a while and would have made the trip worthwhile in and of themselves.

Skyline also sports a state of the art tournament field with turf, X-Ball bunkers and full field netting. It's clearly one of the premier fields in VA.

Field pricing is incredibly competitive. $10 admission with another $10 for All Day air is certainly a bargain anywhere. If you buy paint from the field (reasonably priced at that) the admission fee is waived. Couple that with the friendly folks working behind the counter and you have a nice playing environment.

The only negatives I can think of were the fact that some of the players were less than diligent about keeping their barrel covers on (and that was dealt with quickly by staff and players alike) and that some refs weren't particularly loud or vocal (which was offset by the fact that several of them were loud and did most of the communicating).

And excellent field and playing experience and a good reminder of why the drive across I-66 to Skyline is a nice trip and playing experience.
Last edited on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 at 4:52 pm PST
 

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