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born2dive Monday, March 24th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: December 22nd, 2007
More than 5 years
to the Field:
Don't miss that turn.
There are no sign so punch the street address in your GPS.
The entrance of the field is basically the house driveway.
BTW I keep on missing that turn every now and then.
Review: Come play at Thornton and this is what you will find:

1) Friends. The Philly paintball group plays there at every public game. A few new players show up every time and almost immediately want to join the group. Every one is welcome.
The owners, Jeff and Steve, are very likeable characters and they will help you if need to be.

2) Your match. If you are an expert, bring it on. The battles are fierce and we are always looking for a challenge.

3) A coach and mentor. If you are playing for the first time or just started at the game you will learn fast the basic skills of paintball.
That’s the field that you want to start on. The size is right so you can keep your distance if you want to play conservative, and players will not gun you down at close range.

4) The best bang for the bucks. There are no entry fees; you are just required to buy the field paint, which is usually of good quality at a very good price.
You are not require buying a whole case (2000 paintballs) and can limit your purchase to bags of 500 rounds.

Thornton is basically a large speedball field in the woods. The field is about 150yards long by 50 wide (give or take 10-20). It is packed with little piles of woods and some larger bunkers. There are more than enough places to hide, and enough room to run around and flank the opposite team. It is always pretty clean of debris and free of mud.

The refs, mainly Jeff and Steve and whoever else wants to take a break from playing are doing it for the fun. And FUN is the name of the game.
I have seen too many bored kids doing poor jobs at refs all over the place. Who can blame them when they are paid below minimum wage?
Well at least you will have good refs at Thornton because everyone is a ref.
Players there play fair and most of the games could operate without refs. Refs are there primary for safety.

Safety remains rule #1.
From all the games that I played there I have not encounter an incident. Jeff and Steve will keep on reminding you to keep your goggles on while in the field of play.
There is a netted area located on the top of the hill on the side of the middle of the field. It is a good spot for people that just want to watch the game.

You can rent equipment and have your CO2 bottle filled. Some players have scuba tanks for air fills. There is usually plenty of air for everybody.

Finally you will get a mug shoot as Jeff is out there with his camera…
Last edited on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 4:28 am PST

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