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Dronepilot Saturday, June 7th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 7th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball Knights - Predator is a better rec-ball field, Knights is better for tourney level.
Lackland AFB - Predator is better, but more expensive.
Directions
to the Field:
Use the website....they do need to post a sign about 500 yds before the turn. I went with friends who had never been there either and they too drove by the entrance and had to turn around.
Review: Safety: Very good....I did not see any instances of masks or barrel bags off and they almost always had somebody stationed near the entrance to ensure barrel bags were on before leaving the field. Only minor issue that I saw was the chrono - they briefed 280 fps, but as long as you were under 300FPS, they let it go. The ref at the chrono was consistent and did not play favorites. Kudos for ensuring everyone chrono'd throughout the day.
Fields: variety of fields, but WAY too many players per field. 25 v 25 on a 7 man field??? They had plenty of ref's available to run multiple games/multiple fields...not sure why they didn't....could turn games faster, sell more paint!
Prices: Field fee is about average, rental cost was high for the quality of the gear. Rental gear was in poor shape, one person in our group couldn't get above 233 fps and the velocity adjustment screw wasn't even in the gun. Paint prices are high, but if you have your own equipment, can bring yor own paint. I saved about $15 by not using their paint. Air fills are only to 3000 psi, though they have higher capability and the air line can get quite long.
Staff: Very friendly. Older gentleman running around (assume the owner) asking how things are going, and very engaged in the operation....kudos again...a rare thing today! One of the younger referees was a bit annoying, but overall, the referees were capable.
Skill Level: Large range of players present and the ref's did a good job of dividing up the teams trying to keep it fair. Thankfully, didn't see any newbie bashing going on.
Facilities: Lots of tables, very few with overhead protection. Lots of trees so, some protection from the sun while staging. Could use a second chrono for when doing mass checks....really slowed the day down with lots of standing around waiting. There was a bathroom, but didn't use it...so not sure on cleanliness, etc. Parking is limited.
Games: pretty much just simple elimination. Not a big problem with that...but the fields wouldn't allow much else. As stated earlier, too many players per team for the field size. Big games are fun once in while, but every game is too much
Overall: Bottom line, I had fun....was only over shot once. I will be coming back again.
 

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