Delaware Action Sports, Newark (Glasgow) DE. A nice place for beginners, but not comparable to ECX.
Robin Hood PB in North East, MD is greatly inferior to ECX.
I've played verything in the Washington DC area. Pev's in Virginia is superior, but too far for me. Outdoor Adventure in Bowie, MD is equal. Anne Arundel Paintball is equal.
Directions to the Field:
It's just south of the C&D canal in Cecil County, MD just west of Chesapeake City, between routes 213 and 896. It's also just a mile west from the Delaware state line. You need to check the website for directions and call them if you're unsure.
ECX the best in the area, hands down. It won't compete with million $$ operations like Pev's in Virginia, or Skirmish in Pennsylvania, but YOU won't be competing with the big-city crazies with their $2000 markers, either. Also, if you're like me, you don't want to travel 150 miles to get there, spend $90 per case for their paint, and get home at midnight.
ECX is for beginners, mid-grade guys like me, and they are moving up into serious tournament play. Their key traits are:
- Safe fun for all.
- Clean, professional facilities.
- Outstanding, personal-touch staff (one or more owners there every time).
- Fair prices.
I've played PB for over 12 years, and I regularly take my grown kids or their friends with me. I wouldn't hesitate to take a newbie, or a highly skilled veteran to ECX. They all show up to play, but if someone is too aggressive, or wipes, or uses automatic markers, the refs WILL throw you off the field. I've played side-by-side with Greg Hastings (a very, very cool guy by the way) as well as other professional players there, and I've also wound up as spontaneous squad leader for groups of 12-year olds just starting.
Lots of women play, which is something I can't say for many PB fields. Regular walk-on and party games on weekends, and there are Big Scenario games that span the entire 65 (I think) acres several times a year. I have seen as many as 100 players there on one day. Typically 50. So it's all there.
Lots of refs and they are bugs for safety. I mentioned the owners being there; very hands on. Clean modern restrooms. They can fix some markers at the field, however, their full service store is 30 miles away in Newport, DE.
- No CO2. You need to bring or rent ($5 ?) an air tank.
- No tall wooden or stone forts. (I love them, but they're expensive to build and worse to maintain.) They have a good variety of fields, however.
- No close bunkering or "barrel tagging" allowed. If you like to hurt people, go elsewhere.
- Flat terrain, pretty much. A few ditches, and one honkin' big swamp.
Free instant air fills. Paint is priced well. I play all Saturday long, so the field fee doesn't bother me. I can't believe they can pay for all these facilities at the prices they charge, but that's their problem.
I gave them an 8 only because I have seen fields that have $millions$ invested. ECX is highly, highly recommended, especially if you're anywhere near northeastern Maryland or northern Delaware.