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Wex Monday, March 31st, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
6 months
Last There: March 30th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Review: PaintballUSA - Agua Dulce has a lot to offer those that relish the sport. To start, they have all the facilities that you'd expect to find at a paintball park.

WEBSITE
Paintball USA's website (http://www.paintballusa.org) is well designed, offering answers to many questions about the field, its hours of operation, directions, and the sport in general. Pricing is clearly posted and discount packages are offered for groups. The website also contains a well stocked gallery of photos so that you can get an informative, visual view of the fields.

SAFETY
While every park requires a waiver to be signed, new players are urged to watch a video at the viewing station to better understand the dynamics of play. (A rare find at most fields). In addition, the staff and refs reinforce that knowledge with clearly defined rules, also posted for viewing. Before play, refs review the rules and ensure that a safety check is performed to ensure safe play while entering and exiting the fields. One to two refs are stationed on the field during play to ensure safety and fair play is managed.

Once you've turned in your waiver and reviewed the rules, you are given the option of renting equipment or bringing your own. The proshop provides masks (required) and army green jumpsuits so that you can keep your clothes clean in case you don't have your own paintball pants and jerseys. All paintball markers as well as air tanks are safety checked at the various stations provided to ensure safe play for all players.

FIELDS
Paintball USA Agua Dulce sports a number of great fields for rec ball, hyper ball, and decent woods ball. The fields can accommodate a large number of people (20-30 on a side without cramping your style and some are back-to-back enabling an even larger field of play for extra large games.

If there was one field that I would recommend at this park, it's their OUTLAW field. This is a huge field (read: M-A-S-S-I-V-E-! ! !). It is encompassed in its own valley with plenty of brush and trees and hills to keep a game going for hours, if needed. You could easily fill many hundreds of players in this field! I've visited a number of fields in Southern California and I know you will not find another field matching the shear size of the OUTLAW field, and managed by a professional paintball organization.

FACILITIES
The out houses provided are clean and clearly maintained (which is really nice - no offending odors). Additionally, air stations are available for compressed air tanks and a staff member is always standing by to assist you fill your tank (required staff assistance for CO2 tanks). A food truck was present when I was there offering a fairly good selection of lunch products, both hot and cold. There was ample parking and benches with shade also was provided.

STAFF
The staff was knowledable about the sport and ensured that novice players played separately from advanced players, enabling everyone to have a good time. This field demonstrated that it cared to ensure that children and young adults whom had little or no experience were given sufficient information about the sport and encouragement to have fun and play safely.

SUMMARY
I've played at a number of fields over 10 years in Southern California and there are very few that I would give such a high rating. PaintballUSA's is well deserved because they make every effort to go out of their way to ensure everyone has a good time. If I expressed disappointment with a staff member or the layout of a specific field, someone listened in a respectful amount of time the matter was handled. While I've never managed a field nor played on a professional team, my years of play have shown me how passionate players can be when they play - it's no different than any other sport, players do express their opinions... sometimes loudly, but at the same time, we are all reminded that it's just a game and we've come for recreational fun, to make new friends, and to learn about one of the nation's fastest growing sports.
 

Review Comments
PaintballUSA Friday, August 21st, 2009 | 10:55 pm PST
Thanks Wex. You rock!
   

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