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4THDEGREE Monday, July 14th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 12th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
AG Paintball
Review: I visited this field as a walk on for a day of play. Upon entering the facility, I was greeted with a generous parking area that is level and appeared to have good drainage. This makes a very good first impression as I did not feel I would need a 4 wheel drive to get out if it started to rain. it was also convenient for pulling my gear bag on wheels as I did not have to drag it through the mud as I tend to take a ton of guns, tanks, tools, etc. The main building is a huge warehouse that has a covered, concrete area with tables and chairs facing the playing areas. The first area you come to is the refreshement area. This is also where you pay your field fees and square up for the day. The second area was the equipment rental area. I saw a sign where you can rent an Ego for the day for $35.00. This was an interesting concept to offer both entry level and high end rentals. All rental guns were outfitted with Dye barrels. Another very interesting variation form most fields I have seen. The last area, and closest to the fields was the air fill station. I find it interesting that the first area you come to off the field is the air fillstation and not the refreshement or pro shop area. This is rather significant as it is the way a player would want it rather than a field owner who wants players to buy extra stuff.

The field we played on was a full sized field with a turf surface. It was in immaculate condition. During the day, there was a stoppage of play to clean the field. I take into account that this is a new field and has not seen a lot of play as of yet, but I would put this operation on a level above the AAPP even though it is an outside operation. I found ti very refreshing to know that we were getting to play on the best field and not bumped off for team practices. All tream practice happened wither befrore open playu or after hours.

The biggest surprise of the day was the reffing. They were very good. They controlled the play and the players. Seemed to be pretty good at making calls, paint checks, controlling safety aspects without being annoying, and definitely kept games going on the field. An interesting twist to me was after the lunch break, everyone was required to re-chrono to get back on the field. I was shocked to learn at the end of the day that none of the refs were team members, or serious players. they were all hired as employees and were trained to be refs. they were very porfessional and very serious about their jobs. A very good example of this was I did see one situation where a player yelled for a paint check. After the game ended the refs came and talked with the players on the field to understand the shot angle so they would better understand how to watch play if players got in the exact shooting situation again. I was very impressed they were willing to learn about shooting angles to try not to miss calls in the future.

The last big surprise came when I went to use the restroom facilities and it was large, clean, well lit, and (drum roll, please) air conditioned. After playing, we sat on the covered area and watched some games and recount our day's play. All employees were seen keeping the facility clean and tidy.

This field was worth every mile I travelled during a 4-1/2 hour trip to play at this field. It lived up to everything I have come to expect from the Pev's organization.
 

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