Paint Ball Brothers- Still building the field so there are not a lot of fortifications. Better for beginner groups because you are not forced to play with the sponsored field team mixed in.
SAFETY: Excellent! All staff and players helped out to ensure the utmost in safety.
FIELDS: Good! The fortifications were numerous, and there was a choice of about 6 different fields. Many of the fields were very small and extremely hard to flank the enemy. There was no 2 story fortifications, which could add a whole new level.
PRICES: Reasonable. Great selection of Paint available.
RULES: Standard. However, if I am paying for a small group, I would like the ability to modify a rule. (gun hits for example) The field owner would not let us change that rule for our group.
SERVICES/ PROSHOP: Excellent help from the staff with gun problems and issues.
REFS: Excellent! These refs are on the sponsored field team. They have a lot of experience and they always had an eye for safety.
PLAYERS: We had a group of 13 players. Many were first timers and some newbies with there own equipment. There were no other groups or walk ons that day. However the sponsored field team was there in force to play, practice, and ref. Our group was not asked if we wanted to play by ourselves. Instead we were forced to take a few of the field's team members on each of the two teams. There were plenty of refs on the field and no other paying customers, so we easily could have seperated ourselves from the veteran field players. We had to wait about 30- 45 minutes between each game while these veteran players tweaked their high maintenance guns and equipment. Only to come back onto the field to be slaughtered by a veteran player with a case of paint and an auto. While it may be fun, I don't think slaughtering a bunch of first timers with rental guns is good practice for competitive team for their upcoming matches. I used to chop up newbies when I was young, but I thought that paintball was getting away from that in order to attract new players.
CONCLUSION: Great field setup, decent prices, great refs, great pro shop, everything about our day would have been excellent. If only we could have played as our own group and the fields sponsored team went to a different area of the field to practice. I do not recommend it for a group of newbies unless you made an agreement with the owners that you could play by yourselves or with other newbies for the day.
The vets shooting up the noobs isn't good. When you are in the heat of the moment it is hard to back down. They should have mixed up the talent unless you guys didn't want to split. Tough call for the field owner putting gamers out there with the noobs.
Thank you for your post. I appreciate all of the great things you pointed out about our establishment and even more so the negative things you experienced. We try our hardest to make everyone's experience at GTF as safe and fun as possible, however, sometimes we do make mistakes. I am very vigilant in making sure that my sponsored players do not negitively effect anyone's first experience in the sport of paintball and they understand that it is the recreational players that make this sport not them. I hope that on your next visit to our field you will bring up any issues with me immediately. We often split groups off by themselves due to experience level and my sponsored players are always ready to break away from practice on Sundays to ensure that each group has plenty of refs to ensure safety is maintained. Also, if your group prefers to play vitals, please let us know, as this is something we are not accustomed to. Never hesitate to ask if your group can play among themselves or any other question for that matter as we will be happy to accomodate you in any way possible. Next time you are out bring it up with me during the safety briefing or when you first arrive at the field and I will make sure it is addressed. Also, remeber that my refs are at your disposal, so if they are taking too long between games be proactive with them and tell them to get off their butts. It is sometimes hard to judge a group and at what speed they want to play games. On the flip side of this I had one group say to me that my refs were kind of pushy in getting them back on to the field to play. The last thing I want a group to say is that they felt like cattle when they were at the field, being shuffled from one game to the next without any time to catch their breath or whoop it up over shooting their buddies. I look forward to seeing you out at GTF again and I hope that your next experience is a perfect 10. For that reason I would ask that the next time you are out don't let me know you have been there before, ask if your group can play among themselves, ask if you can play vitals, and make any other request of us that you may have. I believe you will see that we are more than willing to accomodate your group.
Thank you in advance,
Last edited on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 6:37 am PST