I had my worst experiance in paintball history. I know there is a lot of ego's with paintball, but this time was ridiculous. All the way from management calling people out during pre-game play, from refs saying that others refs did not know what they were doing, from individual players (mostly regulars).
I do not like shooting gallery scenerios, like we had sunday. They might as well had one team were red coats and line up to be shot. It was like the revolutionary war. Unfortunatly I was one of the redcoats. There is no benefit in having a 30 on 10 game to try to make the game even. Regular / Experienced players should be split up, then add all the cherrys as needed. A balanced 20 on 20 game would be more fun for everyone. Games like that are set-up to boost ego and talk about how many noobs I marked. The park is being taken over by 12-14 year olds that do not have a clue about sportmanship and a fun weekend.
I know this was basically the opener for the field and they said they are trying to experiment with new games. My opinion is "if it's not broken, don't fix it." Paintball is not rocket science. Hey hockey is the same game everytime, no one says lets use a soccerball instead of a puck...Duh.
Hopefully the field learns from this bad experiance and changes thier protocol.
Otherwise the location and field have beutiful setups and very clean. My only problem was with managment this time. I'm sure they realize the problems they had. My field rating is still high based on previous experiances.
I will look into the game balancing issue. I agree with you about 20 on 20 being better than 10 on 30. Creating higher odds for greater skilled players is not a solution we should be using and the staff should know better.
I can'd do anything about the fact that there are young kids playing paintball. Hopefully you would try and set an example. They are customers too.
Playing different styles of paintball has always been done. Just playing center flag is a variation itself. Scenario's account for much of these variations but sometimes it's fun to change it up for general admission. We certainly don't do it all the time. It's funny because we will get the compaint from players that they are bored of the same thing and here you are complaining that you want the same old thing.
We are trying to provide a balance and variation for everyone involved and we can't always cater to the individual player.
Thanks for the comments and sorry you had the worst paintball experience ever. I hope you can give us the oppurtunity to make it up to you.
Its always good to look outside the box to try to improve play. I do realize young players are customers and are a big part of the game and should be tolerated (Because most are clueless) I enjoy playing at the field because there is such a variety, an will continue to be a customer. I hope everyone takes advantage of the low field prices and great weather this upcoming St. Patty's weekend. Hope to see everyone there.