The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
More than 5 years
December 8th, 2007
More than 5 years
Other Fields in the Area:
LVP - Speedball field, whole different league.
Directions to the Field:
Visit their website or call their hotline at 1800skirmish
Safety - Referees are always on the look-out for safety issues on and off the field, even at lunch! Just because a referee is taking his break, doesn't mean that safety takes a break either. It's apparent too if you spend one day there; when you get to the picnic area referees are always keeping a watchful eye on their players and others.
Fields - Easily some of the best fields on the East Coast. Tippmann Castle? The Hood in the Woods? Heck, even most of the wooded fields like Coyote Run and Brookside are amazing! With almost 900 acres of fields, you never get bored.
Hours of Operation - Opens up at the crack of dawn, or at least close to it. They are open when we are still recovering from the night before! Closes as late as possible, changes from season to season it seems. They work with whatever daylight they can get out the day.
Prices - Cases ranging from 100-77 a case depending on quantity purchased. Entry ranging from 29.95-free on some days. Bring your own gun days are free entry, half price paint days are regular admission, but 50 a case. Regardless of the day, the prices are well worth the access to these amazing fields.
Rules - When paired up with a walkon group the rules are enforced, but lenient and bendable to the groups decisions. When in a private group, the referees work with whatever the entire ensemble would like to do. The only rule, obviously, that can not be changed is the goggles rule.
Services - Unbeatable tech table services. The techs are certified arismyths, and most of them are certified technicians of certain brand name company guns. They fix everything mechanical for free, parts are the only cost if they are needed in the repair. Parts pricing is very cheap as well usually being factory direct prices.
Proshop - Staff is very attentive, prices are reasonable. Just stop in and check it out sometime, you'll see what I mean!
Staff - Management staff is very kind and courteous. Always out to please the customer and keep us happy.
Refs - Never cease to amaze me. They are always the skilled professionals I've grown to know and love from the company. Very reasonable and understanding individuals. Safety always comes first on their fields.
Players - Always a fun crowd, from the old timers, to the kids. Skirmish draws attention from people of all ages and all kinds. It's a very diverse community and very fun and interactive, especially during the scenario play. You can see a lot of the same smiling faces returning to every scenario each year.
Food - Look to spend about 7 bucks for a nice hot meal. Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, gatoraid, monster, coke products... You name it, always fresh and reasonable. They also allow outside food and coolers for those planning a barbecue or something, but of course like any logical field no alcohol is permitted.
Rating - Over all, I would definately rate Skirmish a 10/10. The staff are amazing, the fields are the best around, the atmosphere is exceptionally optimistic at all times.
Dispute: I call shenanigans. I've been to Skirmish USA about 7 or 8 times and they have not been anything like this guy posts. I used to be a referee at a field in NY and I had to act like it walking around Skirmish because none of the actual refs would, on field or off.
The last time my girlfriend and I were there, my girlfriend got made fun of by the referee manager, Karen, because she got hit by a hot marker and we reported it. On top of that we were never stopped by staff to chrono. Since we are very familiar with the rules of paintball, we did it ourselves. Strike One: Skirmish doesn't chrono and apparently they don't care.
When in the picnic area, we would have to tell people to put on barrel covers. Out in the parking lot we would catch people just firing into the trees on the way to their fields. Once, we even went to their sister company, Whitewater USA, and had to stop Skirmish people walking through the rafting area and tell them to put their covers on. Strike Two: No one bothers to enforce the barrel cover rules.
While playing, I have seen refs push up or remove their goggles on field, maybe even have a smoke, and watch on as players do the same. Strike Three: No one there seems to care about goggle safety.
It's taken me a long time to post this sort of thing about Skirmish but I couldn't let this apparently misinformed person post something so grossly incorrect without dispute. Because of the reasons above, I have stopped playing at Skirmish. Apparently not much has changed judging by the other posts I have read before this one. There was a guy I used to ref with who used to tell us about how Skirmish would actually have him travel from NYC to Jim Thorpe just to ref. I didn't believe it until my girlfriend (also a former ref) and I were approached to do the same during a scenario game we were playing. Let's just say a guy "Whistler" asked. Paul Fogal (the field owner) would do well to admonish the behavior of staff like Karen if he ever wants to see a positive review posted online.
Dispute: Outrunner simply sounds disgruntled.
Skirmish has been nothing but fantastic the 6 times I have been, and I cannot wait to go again.
Your "strikes" do not represent the majority of the experiences there. I have seen COUNTLESS times of the REFs reprimanding players for not having in barrel plugs AND other players. The REF cant be everywhere at once, and it is the responsibility of other players around to ensure their own safety...not act like a 3rd grader who decides it isnt their responsibility to tell someone to put the plug in. New players forget...if you see something, say something. Stop complaining.
I have seen on MORE THAN ONE occasion barrels taken away and players made to sit out for games because they lifted their goggles.
I have never seen people shooting wildlife or trees outside the assigned playing fields. Im sure it happens, but I hightly doubt players going to Skirmish expect to be baby sat. If you, outrunner, are so deeply hurt and unsatisfied with your expeience, then number one: Stop going. Or number two: Get a job there so you can get paid for the all babysitting you want to complain about having to do.
Outruner says he's been there 7 or 8 times well I have been going there for 6 or 7 years and I fully agree with the review by colonel.rico. I have actually been part of games where refs have stop (completely ended the game) due to someone on the field doing something that made safety a serious issue.
Ive been there just once for last years invasion of normandy and I must say i had fun, the Refs were great, all rulles were enforced. You might have just had a bad day everyone has one and i usually have one @ my home field but it happens.