Tri-state area: High Velocity (outdoor), Skirmish, Top Gun
Directions to the Field:
L.I.E. to exit 64
Left at first light
Right at Granny Street
As shown I rate this field about a 7 out of 10 (mind you I don't feel ANY field will ever rate a perfect 10). This was my first time visiting this field and let me tell you the reasons for my opinions.
Safety (most important)- Here they did an excellent job form my opinion. They adamantly maintained that every player keep their goggles on when on the playing fields. And upon exiting the fields, that they insert/put on their barrel plug/bag. Even so much as in having 3 or 4 refs standing at the entrances to the fields checking each player as they entered or left.
Prices- Here I am on the fence. The day cost me only $78 in total ($56 for a full 2000rd case of Xball bronze paint from their Hempstead store + about $21 to play...i had all my own equipment) which is by far the least I have EVER paid. That is excellent. But where the problem comes in is that I was originally planning to go with a group the week before. I had to back out because I bought my own paint from Cousins only to later find out that I woudn't be allowed to use that paint; their paint, if I was playing in a private party. It seems that you can only use the store paint if playing as a walk on. Private party paint MUST be purchased on the field and it costs around $80 a case. Its a rule that makes NO sense to me. So long as its THEIR paint why should it matter if its bought in the store or on the field?
Another plus however is that you can get your own fields for private parties with only 10 people. They offer pretty good group rate packages.
Fields- I have to admit that of all the places I've played Cousins has had the worst fields. The problem is not the upkeep but the layout. As I understand its pretty much ALL woods. Also they have a lot more fields then I got to play on that day but for the ones I did get on they lacked in having a significant amount of cover. After playing at Skirmish I have grown accustom to heavy, dense wooded fields. At Cousins I found the fields I played on to be very open. Most trees were very narrow and there weren't many bushes around. I found myself having very little options for where I could move. Usually where I planned to run too I could not because there would already be 3-5 guys all crowded in that bunker.
Now as I do enjoy woodsball I prefer speedball; houses, castles, forts, towns etc. But if I am to play woodsball I like for the fields to be far more dense making for a more competitive game.
Game and Rules- I know usually you don't see this in a review but I had to bring it up. All games were total elimination, save for the 1 attack/defend game we played. One problem I had here was the All Hits, INCLUDING GUN HITS, Count. I have been playing for a number of years now so I can get wit that, heck it makes it easier for me, but when you are playing open rec games with walk-ons, some of which are playing for only their first or second time, I personally don't feel that's a rule or style that should be played. For one its puts new/rec players at an extreme disadvantage against the much more experienced players. Those exp.players know about snap shooting, tuckig their body in, decreasing their profile. All things that new players don't do; often over exposing themselves and their markers to take/make a shot. That was especially evident that day seeing as we had 3 Cousins sponsored teams mixed in with rec players and walk-ons. Everywhere else I have ever played, when it came to recball, has left gun hits out so that rec players were put on a more even playing field.
Second the time between games was far far too long. I understand the need to come back and reload/gas up after games but i found myself at times waiting upwards of 20 to 25 minutes for the next game to start.
Hours of Operation- I believe its either 8 or 9 to 4pm. Good hours. Plus walk-ons are allowed to enter at any point throughout the day. Only problem is that getting them split up on teams and ready to go adds to the wait time between games.
Staff- Staff was friendly to me. Had no problems here.
Food- The had a "Roach Coach" on premises offereing pizza, sandwiches, drinks, snacks etc. It was not the best food but keep in mind you come to play paintball not eat out at some buffet. If food is a major concern you are allowed to leave the field between games and visit any of the fast food locations in the adjacent surrounding area.
I cannot review the Pro-Shop or Tech Services as I did not utilize them.
Conclusion: Despite my complaints Cousin's is still a good place to play. The prices, specifically if going as a walk-on, are amazing. And though the fields are not stellar by any mean, especially when compared to HiVi's structured fields down the road, you can still have a very good time.