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5.slow Sunday, December 16th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: December 16th, 2007
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Texas Paintball
Review: First off I want to say the owners Mrs. and Mr. Petty were great and really friendly.

Fields- The fields were fun even with a smaller crowd. I was expecting more from the castle than I got because the website seems to hype it up with all the pics. Its very one sided and I felt like I was just running through the motions a lot. Maybe with a group of 20+ that would be better? The speedball fields were fun but with regulars playing you that have high BPS rates its very quick games if you are a beginner with beginner equipment. The airball fields werent set up so I cant comment on those.

Proshop- Although I didn't need anything from the proshop they seemed to have a nice selection of things even with its small size. They had cheap Gatorade readily available and a few snacks and frozen food items. Even CO2 was reasonably priced and Mrs. Petty was very nice and offered lots of info for first timers.

Prices- I found them to be very reasonable even if you had to rent equipment.

Refs- Heres the problem. The refs are typical kids. Meaning they can be lazy and since they know all the regulars they tend to sit around the staging area chatting and eating. You pretty much have to tell then your ready to play or you'll sit in the staging area all day. Even during the games they didn't seem to be too involved or really care. They spent a lot of time just talking and making inside jokes with no sense of ugency while we were waiting for the go ahead to get on the field and play. I think the owners would be doing a lot better if they hired older people to ref. But I do realize its a family business and Red Rock is far from anywhere so that most likely isnt a feasible idea. But how about making sure the refs do better jobs, it would help business IMO.

Players - Combination of Rec and regulars. While some of the regulars were very good sportsman and fun to play against, some were they typical "I got a $800 marker and you have a rental so I'm better". I see this at every field so I won't pick on Petty's but kids......yes KIDS it gets old. You may have a nice marker but does it really make you any better than anyone else? I know kids will be kids but its a game and way for a lot of people to just have fun. And fields owners and other players wonder why so few people become avid paintballers? I think business would be better if these kids, that aren't even that good, would be kept in check and made new people feel a little more welcome. BTW a few of the guys with higher end markers didn't really play most of the day because they kept breaking balls or flat out not working.

Rules - The norm. Although they had a few odd rules like no surrender rule unless you asked for it before each game. Also when on the field even after you got hit or the end of the game barrell socks weren't required to be on. I saw almost all players rec and regulars taking shots at anything after each game. Refs didn't seem to have authority over anyone.

Overall it was a fun experience but I was a little disappointed. I think that was mainly from the lack of people but its almost christmas so I should expect a lot to be out there. The refs lack of motivation or ability to take charge of groups really blew it for me. I suppose I'd go back to this field with a larger group but not regularly mainly because its so far from me. I think it deserves a 7-8 though.

Review Comments
sflusch Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 | 10:31 pm PST
One point to raise is that Petty's is set up so you don't need a barrel sock until you're by the staging area. I think doing it that way means there isn't any confusion as to when socks go on and masks come off.

Petty's can be kind of slow unless you're with a group or have plans to meet people out there. On the other hand, if you go on a good day you can usually swap numbers with people and set up groups to meet with.

Also, bear in mind Petty's and Devious Sports put on some really cool scenario games. It's worth keeping an eye out for them.

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