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Ethrealwolf Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: March 1st, 2008
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
DZP at Ft.lewis- not worth going to... actually, avoid it like the plague
TPS at Elma- Good field and crew, but very much speedball oriented.
to the Field:
from oly/lacey, I 5 north to ext.132, then WA 16 to 303, then 303 east till the park.
Review: All in all, I'm very impressed by this field. it's well run and staffed, has a decent proshop, and there's plenty of refs and staging area.

First off, the staff and crew are helpful and courteous, up to the point of the owner giving me a free pass fr admission next time out because marker issues kept me out of the game most of the day. Did the same for a friend of mine who was having the same issue. Really friendly, and good about enforcing the rules, and not being an ass while doing so.

The proshop is about what you'd expect from an on-field store- goggle lenses, barrel bags, batteries and so on. there's also some higher-end stuff there- 45/45 stubby tanks, a set of grillz and a set of events. in addition, there was plenty of drinking water there, which is always a plus.

the fields are decent, if not stellar- they could use some love, but they're not bad off. The woods field, in particular, could use some attention, but I get the feeling that there just isn't time. Either way, it's a nice woods course, from what I saw of it- unfortunately, again, my marker issues kept me off field most of the day. the speedball course is so-so...not great, not stellar either. the ft.sasquatch course is different, to say the least... and unfortunately, i didn't get to see the challenge field, their other speedball course.

There were plenty of refs out- at least 6 or 8, and though they weren't quite as active as I was trained to be, they did their job well. games were kept going at a decent pace, one every five or ten minutes or so, with two big games there in the middle of the day (though that was a given, as it was an event day). Otherwise, games were standard fare- Centerflag push, speedball, and so on.

the paint was so-so... my marker hated it, but that seems to be the case anywhere i go anymore, so I'm not gonna ding them points for it. The paint we shot was fresh- just coming off the delivery truck from procaps, as a matter of fact, and had two grades available- field and premium- both of which had bright, thick fill.

One thing that takes getting used to- and the owner says it in the saftey brief- is the park is oriented towards the first time players, so rules are pretty big on avoiding alot of issues that are more common with alot of more experienced people. Hopper and marker hits don't count- anywhere, including the speedball course, and the surrender rule is mandatory, not optional. overshooting is very frowned upon, and in fact can get a player pulled from the game. Technically, there's a three round rule there, but it's three breaks on target, not three in the air.

All in all, this field is one of the better ones I've played at, and very impressive, and easily worth the hourlong drive to get there. I suggest trying it out, if you get the chance- you won't be disappointed.


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