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Sin741 Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
4 years
Last There: June 21st, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Cameron's, Ultimate, Flagswipe, Flagraiders.
Review: I've never felt a need to post a review for any field, however, because of my experience at the June 21st 2008 (Operation Scorched Earth) big game, I felt it neccessary. This review is based on my experiences at the field and is unbiased. If you would like more information please feel free to ask questions.

Reception:

The reception in the parking area and at the counter was great. The owner was on hand at the counter and answered our questions with no problems. No maps of the field were available, even though they were supposed to have some.

Facilities:

Pretty much what you would expect at a field, port-a-poties, a good counter area, and a nice sized trailer in the staging are on the field. Both 3000 and 4500 fills available. Picnic tables to put your gear on and a small covered area in case it rains.

Players:

For this big game there were mostly eperinced players, and various scenario teams in attendance. Which makes the safety part of this review even more shocking.

Refs:

Mixed bag of refs for this game, there were a few that were right on the ball with calls and knowledge of the game rules, however, not all of them seem to have been listening to the rules when they were explained. HOWEVER, THEY ALL FAILED WHEN IT CAME TO ENFORCING BASIC FIELD SAFETY RULES.

SAFETY:

Safety at this field was the worst i have seen anywhere. Although the morning briefing stressed safe play, and the use of barrel blocking devices as well as use of masks and indicated that these breaches were to be taken quite seriously, icluding removal from the field if these rules were borken, NO ENFORCEMENT OF THESE RULES WAS EVIDENT. From the first setup in the staging area, there were multiple instances where players did not have there barrel blocking devices in use. There were no refs or staff looking for these breaches of safety in the staging area, and multiple times, I or my teammates, were asking people to plug there markers. Our first deployment of the day was equally disappointing. As we were walking out to the playing field, outside of the safety area, players did not have there masks on, but were removing there barrel socks and plugs. The ref that took our team to the starting area did not have his mask on either and made no attempt to ensure that the players did either. Even after various requests were made for ppeople to put their masks on, they were largely ignored. At one point a player was firing his marker 5 feet from the ref who had his mask off. Eventually after repeated requests the ref and the players put their masks on.
During play I had seen a marked player, walking off the field IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIREFIGHT WITH HIS MASK OFF. Obviously this distressed me. and i returned to the staging area and attempted to find the field owner. Unfortunately he was out on the field as one of the hostages for a mission. I expressed my concerns to the staff at the air station at that time.
On our next insertion, myself and a teammate went searching for the field owner and told him of the safety concerns. He indicated at that time that he would take care of it. Shortly after speaking with him, i saw another player in an ambush postion, waiting for the opposing team with his mask off. of course i yelled at him to put it on. This happened quite frequently on the field and outside the staging area, where myself and my teamamtes were yelling at people to put their asks on. Also yelling at people to put in barrel blocking devices in the staging area.
Even after we expressed out concerns, no staff was enforcing the safety rules in the staging area.
At one point, another of my teammates again spoke to the owner about safety concerns, both in the staging area and on the field. His response was "there's not much I can do about it now" This, to me shows a serious lack of interest in the player safety at his field.

Conclusion:

I would not be playing this field again, and would never recommend that anyone attend any games there, as it seems that safety is NOT a major concern for either the refs, the staff, or the owner of this field, and I would not like to be around when someone does get hurt there. If safety is a concern for you, it would be best to avoid this field.
Last edited on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 at 10:30 am PST
 

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