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Safety: Safety at Hilltop was something to be worked on. Not only during the intermission between games but even before the game began several refs were walking around with there goggles off. Setting a bad example for the players.
Fields: Hilltop has several fields. A Xball field, 7man field, as well as some woodsball type fields. I could clearly see all of there fields from the staging area but i was only lucky enough to be on the Xball field. The xball field looked close to regulation with the exception of sidelines. The dead boxes were tarps tied to plastic poles. The actual layout was off, to say the least. Standing at one dead box i could see that bunkers didn't line up and the center X was off to the left/right depending on the side of field your on.
Hours: The fields hours of operation are.
Saturdays + Sundays- 11am - 7pm
Mondays- 11am- 5pm
Prices: $20 walk on + Air. Then paint was $70 a case.
Paint: Paint wasn't all that great. Diablo Heat. The shells were very hard and i could barley break one with my car keys. The fill was also very easy to wipe off.
Rules: There was a captain orientation at the beginning of the day but i did not hear any rules be said.
Services: I personally did not see a tech area. I could be wrong.
Staff: The staff at Hilltop paintball was decent. Friendly people. Had everything ready and got us on our way very quickly.
Refs: The refs are the field were lacking. Some didn't want to do paint checks. Other sat around more as spectators. Back to the safety issue. Several refs removed there masks at the wrong times. Setting a poor example for others.
Players: There werent very many players that showed. The quality was also lacking. Ages ranged from 10 to 40+. But once again. The quality was low.
Facilities: Hilltops Facilities are alright. There is a registration shed right outside parking. Behind that is a farm. (Donkeys, mud, ect ect). Past that is a long gravel road that leads to the fields and other staging area. Lucky enough i got a ride up in a golf cart. But I had to wait because only one person at a time. This would cause a problem with bigger events. Kids with large rolling gearbags might have trouble getting up the steep rock hill. Once at the top of the hill the facilities were decent. The bathroom was a clean porta-john. (Didn't look used at all). There was a stretch of small little sheds with what looked like a small Proshop. From what i could see i saw a few small odds and ends but nothing worth stopping to look at. The rest of the facility was clean and decent.
Food: The staff at Hilltop had a little BBQ going for the Tournament. They also had some drinks and snacks inside there proshop. I personally did no eat there so i can't say how the food was or wasn't.
Overall: Last but not least my final words. Hilltop Paintball was a alright field. They have the setup and the capital to improve. BUT the experience wasn't there. Lack of know how was the biggest problem i witnessed. Things could be changed for the better with a shove in the right direction.
One last little note: The field does not have a forum. Paintball fields fly or die with forums. Without one a field has no real communication with the players.
Last edited on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 at 2:41 pm PST
this was the perspective of a kid taking photos at an event that was held over for as a rian date
sure 4 teams aint much
but for a fields first tourney do you really want 20 or more teams showing up?
as far as the quality of the players, the dudes I had on my team will take on this photographer and 2 dudes he picks anyday, and we will keep up very easily
there was a team w/ axbl players on it
anothe team that has some experience and a throw together team of local regulars who showed up didnt kno that the tourney was being held that day and signed in
and my team of 3 that have experience but have never played as a speedball team b4
paint broke ok, like all paint until the shooter really needs it to break,then all paint sucks
this place, like many of the new upstate fields needs players to show up, and some time under their belt to fine tune the operation