Jungle Island, Borderland (Otay Lakes), Weekend Warriors (lame), Camp Pendleton
Ok, this is the best field in San Diego County.
(which is why we now drive to Lake Elsinore)
The staff is very professional, and they really make sure that everyone is safe. Their rentals are usually in good working order, and I've introduced many friends into the sport of paintball with this field's help.
This field does have it's problems though. For starters, the separation between novice (noob) and advanced is a joke. I've never seen so many guys with tricked-out Autocockers, Angels, and other electric markers in a novice game in my life. True, novice is a skill level, however, in my opinion if you want to pay the money to look like "big paintball" you better start playing "big paintball".
Also, Velocity really seems to emphasize the hyperball / speedball thing. Almost every game we play there is hyperball or speedball. This is kind of dissapointing, as they probably have some of the coolest wooded fields anywhere, most of which are never used. I do enjoy hyperball and speedball, but those fields were made for teams of like 5 on 5 or 10 on 10. Most walk-on groups I see play there it's like 20 on 20. You go rushing for a tiny bunker only to find 4 other guys behind the same one.
Those things aside, and compared to the competition, Velocity is a great place to play.
I have not played at Velocity for some time, and recently went back on Memorial day to play with some friends. They've since changed the place around quite a bit. They've added a couple air-ball fields and more of the speedball / hyperball type. They also no longer separate novice from advanced. (which wasn't much of a separation if you read my post from before) Now you have novice and concept. The novice players are more along the lines of the regular players that play more of a variety of fields. The concept players play hyperball and speedball all day long.
Honestly, it seems like Velocity is starting to listen to the public and make appropriate changes for the better. They had a large number of people for the concept group and they separated it into 3 groups, each of the three groups would take turns playing each other. This really worked out for the better as most of their concept fields were made for teams of 10 on 10. This also allowd for us to get more games in during the day. We actually got about 8 games in by lunch time!
Velocity has also added a bbq stand to get something to eat. It also looks like they've added a few more refs.
My only gripe that I really have, and this is a small one: They're prices seem to be a little expensive.... It used to be $15 to play there, and you could bring your own paint. Well you can still bring your own paint, but now it's $20 to play there and they don't offer all day air. You have to either buy an air card for another $20 or, pay $1 per 1000 psi each time you fill. If you shoot a fair amount of paint, this can get expensive. Honestly, I gotta think that as a paintball park I don't see why you can't just include all day air in your admission price? So, basically I've decided that I'm going to buy my own scuba tank and regulator for $175 and fill my tank for free inbetween games. (The scuba shop will fill the whole tank for $4 and that should last me for a couple months of playing.)
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the changes that Velocity has made. It really looks like they are doing their best to be one of the premier paintball parks.
Last edited on Monday, June 12th, 2006 at 9:57 am PST
It's good to hear that the refs and the people working at the park care about their customers and their experience in general. IMO Velocity has emerged as the premier paintball park in Southern California.
That's sad to hear about the scuba tank thing.... I understand as it's an insurance issue. I'll probably pick one up anyway, however as I know of a couple outlaw-ball fields that it would really come in handy at. I'll just be sure not to bring it to Velocity when I play there. (I still have an air-card that's only got a few punches on it anyway.) : )