High Energy Paintball- Amsterdam, New York - Best field in ny overall.
Albany Paintball Emporium- Nassua, New York- great scenario field.
First Prize Paintball- Albany, New York- Could use some work here and there.
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First before i start, i attended Headrush's Blizzard Ball Tournament.
Safety: Safety was good, no mask off problems, nothing like that at all.
Layout: Theres only so many layouts someone could setups or think of for a 3man field. But they came out with a decent well planed layout. The snake side was useless to anyone and everyone. Games were won threw the doritos. There was also so many breakouts one could do. Lanes were setup well and everything was pretty decent.
Prices: (This was for the event only) Paint was $60 a case. $30 a person. ($90 a team).
The paint shot pretty well. I used .693 bore and has zero problems with it. Only one break in the barrel and that was due to one ball out of 2500 i shot all day.
Rules: Rules were given out to the captains at the beginning of the day. I wasn't at the meeting so i didn't hear the full little briefing but i did get the low down from my captain.
Simple things like, no more the one undershirt, field paint only, refs have final say, one foot and barrel must be in the start box, ect ect. All the other rules that go with a tourny.
Services: As far as services go, they filled to 3000 all day. Which is understand able because ya never know if some kid has a 4500 or a 3000 tank these days. There was a little Kitchen which sold drinks, snacks and other little goods. They also ordered pizza for the day.
Proshop: Pro shops seem to be a dying breed. It wasn't nothing to spend a day at. But they had everything from, tanks, pods, packs, pants, t shirts and gear bags. Everything someone needed to play pretty much. But the selection wasn't far and wide.
Staff: Ken has a real decent staff. Some of them are real down to earth cool dudes. Giving anyone a hand if anything is needed.
Refs: This is one of my only gripes threw out the day. There was a mixture of AXBL players as refs. As well as a few other guys. The AXBL guys knew there stuff and did anything they could to keep the games fair. There were a few of them having some problems with my marker. Even though the debounce, trigger and everything was tuned all the way down. They still thought i was shooting it a wee bit to fast for there liking. Oh well. As far as the other refs. These guys shouldn't quit there day jobs. They did the right thing with giving paint checks. But sometimes, even when there was no paint on a player they found it right to call them out. This goes back to the no arguing with the ref deal. Which i didnt do. I just took my walk and prayed my team could get it done. Some of the other refs (non axbl players) Were real cool down to earth guys, and i made sure to thank them after we were done playing for everything they did. These were the guys that would say "Oh hey good game" or something like that. On a little sidenote, some of the refs were friends were some players. Which made for a lopsided day. Overall. Id say all the refs could use a quick little clinic to show them some different things.
Players: Players at the event stretched from kids with tippmanns and spyders. To kids who knew there stuff in and out. I found it weird how some teams were playing beginner even though there experience didnt show it. Some kids had matching jerseys, all shooting the same markers and were doing what higher level teams did. (Walked fields, had game plans, ect)
Facilities: The entire setup was well thought out. With up coming plans for more to be built on the property. Headrush 'will' turn into a major extreme sports park.
Overall: I felt Headrush was a great place to play. I had a good time and i could deff see myself going back for open play. As far as tournys go. It all depends on who's reffing i guess.