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The Paint Saint Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 21st, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Epik Paintball - Better prices and store, though the field isn't as nice.
HyperSportz Paintball - Better speedball, but horrible prices and fields otherwise. But, they had a really nice store.
Wayne's World - Prices aren't as good, but they can really justify it for how great the field is.
Directions
to the Field:
Go East down 50 (East Colonial)
When you get in Bithlo, look for a right turn. Go down CR 13.
It's on the left and kinda hidden by trees. About half a mile from your previous turn.
Review: OCP is now my favorite field. I've got only one con, listed under the bathroom part.

Safety:
Very safety-oriented. They had a list of very specific rules, and were strict about you following them. First time you're caught, there's a warning; send, you're out for the game; third, you either leave or are restricted from playing. Seems rough, but I never had any problems. One of their rules is no cussing or fighting, which is good. The only thing is that the refs cuss and fight! And, this isn't really too bad, but they let several under-age (below 10 years old) on the field. But, they were kinda restricted to only playing with a couple guess on one field, not their main one.
Also, they keep their guns at around 280 fps, though there is no exact limit.

Fields:
They have something like five fields, though I only went to two. The fields are: City, Woodsball, Tire City, Island, and Speedball. I went to the City and speedball. The city is literally a wooden bunch of houses. There were plenty, and the field was large. It was great for if you have a large group of guys to fight amongst. The speedball should more aptly be named rag-tag speedball. It had all the shapes and setup of a speedball field, but they were all wooden and piping. But, I like it better than the normal ones. Also, the crono station is huge. It's got noosed plastic bodies and something like a swinging target system, though it doesn't swing. It has two crono's as far as I remember. I had a friend do my gun while I loaded my pods, and I only walked past it.

Hours:
They have great hours for playing days. They're open at different times throughout the week, but on Saturdays (and I believe Sundays, though I never play then due to church activity), they are open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sure, they close before dusk, but I would expect them to, being a family operated business. Would you like to be open for twelve hours three times a week?

Prices:
They have the second best prices I've seen. Here's a list as accurate as I know:
$10 Admission if you buy field paint.
$15 Admission if you BYOP.
$10 Air card for 12 fills. You can bring it back week after week if you still have fills left.
$50 Case of DXS Blaze
Up to $60 for other paint. I don't remember exactly what it was, as I BYOP, but I know it was good.

Rules:
I mentioned some of them above in the safety section. There are two rules that I haven't seen common. First: If someone is in a bunker, you are supposed to bang on it instead of point-blanking the person inside. And second: Instead of a ten-foot bang-bang rule, you just say "Take the hit!" The person should either call out or try to turn and shoot without getting shot himself.

Shop:
I've got no problem with it, but it should be called a "shack". It's about 15 x 20, has plywood walls, and ceramic flooring. It's very cost effective for them, and the did a great job at making it look professional. Behind and in the counter is a lot of stuff. Inside the counter they have all their rentals, some stock of items around the store, the drinks they sell, and a lot of spare parts. Against the wall is a neatly-stacked pile of the three types of paint they sell. Also, there are three CO2 and four HPA bulk tanks along the wall. There are HPA fill stations on the counter. On the wall there are about 12 guns that they sell, along with a few other things. There is a high-flow fan inside, along with the two window A/C units (in the wall, not any windows). In the one corner in front of the counter is a glass case with several miscellaneous items for sale. Really cost-effective, though it's not really a shop.

Staff:
Not much to be said. The owner and his wife are normally in there. Sometimes the refs are manning the register. I walked in only once when no one was at the counter, but someone was there quickly. No one really has an all-time position. They just take turns reffing and "storing". The girls never reffed, though.

Refs:
Other than them cussing and fighting with each other on occasion, they're great guys. They have great eyes, and there are normally two of them on the field. They (or at least the head ref) didn't mind me calling for a paint check four times in three minutes. They normally ref on all fields but speedball, but they will if you request. One of the owners gave me (rep of our team) permission to play on the speedball field without refs. No one seemed to notice. The only people who would normally play on that field were the under-age kids and their companions. We started taking turns with them on the field, then just started playing with them. The refs never came over, though the owner would occasionally walk by. Overall, the refs are nice guys.

Players:
I wasn't there the first time our team went, but I was told this time was a lot better. There was a better attendance on the day I went, which ended up to be about 40 players. There were three teams (including mine) plus something like two groups. The teams were really nice, even sold us some of their paint when they were leaving and we were running out. This isn't one of the main points, just something in the list to include.

Bathrooms:
The only con. What more do I need to say other than that there were Porto-Pots? Well, I guess that there were two of them. I never used them, as I sweat all my liquids of, and never needed to go otherwise.

Food/Drinks/Snacks:
No food, though there were drinks. We brought our own thermal jug of water, so we weren't bothered too badly. I think there was one other cooler, which I didn't know who it belonged to. Either one of the staff or some other players refilled it, as it lasted all day. Our group of ten guys drunk off it, while other players helped themselves to washing their masks in it. In the shop was as listed below, to the best of my memory:
Bottled water
Mountain Dew
Pepsi
Vault
Sprite
Tea
There might be more, I forget. I just think a water fountain would have been nice.

As I mentioned, this is my favorite park. I still want to try Orlando Paintball, Al's, Stingers, and Crosstown. Our team is self-supported, so we don't try anything else out as easily, but I plan on doing so. But, for now, it will be visited often. I'm giving this park a ten. It doesn't show up on the page, but that's my rating.

Thanks staff at OCP for the great day.
Last edited on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 12:53 pm PST
 

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