P&L Paintball #1
A&G Paintball #2
Canobie Paintball #3
Fox 4 Paintball #4
Boston Paintball (Indoor) not included in comparisons
Directions to the Field:
easy to find with gps
Let me start by saying this review as well as any of my other field reviews DOES NOT incude speedball /airball fields unless they are played in rotation with the woods ball fields, or I specify otherwise.
Although the refs were on top of all the normal saftey issues (barrel bags, masks down, surrenders, chrono) there were some major concerns.
1st is the field layout. by that I mean that the main path to walk from field to field is through the center of them all. Meaning when you were done with a game either by getting shot out or game end, you cross through other live games to get to the staging area. On one walk out I was shot in the side of the head and another time in the back. I don't believe either were on purpose but is however a serious safety concern as far as I am concerned.
2nd is about paint type. Most of us know that monsterball and other big box store paint is not allowed on fields. If you don't already know the reasoning it's because their paintballs are typicaly hard shell for shipping purposes and they usually sit for an extended period of time before you buy it off the shelf. This makes for a dangerously hard paintball. On this fields waiver there are pictures of these paints including monsterball. So when a friend needed an extra bag of balls and returned from the on site store with Monsterballs I was confused. I obviously questioned him as well as other people around who I noticed had the same paint. They all responded that the person at the window said that was what they had left. In disbelief I walked to the window and asked for 500 rounds to which the woman said "all I have is Monster" . I didn't need the paint but had to hear it for myself. I thought maybe it's something different but apon inspection the paint was purple shell with yellow fill and HARD!!! I could not break a ball in a drop test and even with a little throw could not break it. I infact had to, not jut stand on it but stomp on it to get it to break! How a field sells a paint to players that they have said is unsafe is a MAJOR SAFETY CONCERN!!!!!
Because of these two concerns and others I will talk about, I have to give this field a below average safety rating.
Fields = 4
There are about five woodsball fields including two small villages. Most of the fields have some sort of a theme (village, Radio tower, town) but are all very similar.
I give the fields a below average rating for three reasons. First is that the boundry's are poor at best and explained even worse. When questioned about the boundrys for a game the ref actually said "just don't go to far". Yes, that is a direct quote. And what the hell is "TO FAR" . So not only did people flank by going outside the boundrys but there was some cross shooting between two different games.
Second is that the bunkers and buildings are poor construction. By "poor" I don't mean unsafe but that there are large gaps in most of the siding, ranging from 1 to 3 inches. These bunkers and buildings provide poor cover at times, and make it to easy to "blindfire" through cracks.
Third that the ground is not well cleared. Meaning there are alot of rocks and stumps to trip over or fall on. This is a common prooblem at fields in the northeast but the better ones have done a good job to clear the feilds of rocks and stumps.
Prices = 8
Paint is $45 to $65 for a case.
The best deal was if you bring your own equiptment $55 gets you entrance, air, and a case of paint (heat or stinger). that's the best deal i've seen so far. Otherwise entrance and air is $25 for the day.
Food prices were good $4 for two dogs,chips and a soda. Burgers were $2 as were gatoraids.
I give the field a great rating for their prices because I would say average for a day of paintball with field paint is about $75.
Services/facilities/proshop = 7
The proshop looked good and well stocked although I didn't use it. The air fill was self serve after a hydro date check and a ziptie on your tank. the 4500psi fill statinon was actually putting out 4500psi which I have found to be a problem at other fields. The chrono station had only one chronograph so that got backed up at the begining of the day. The staging area was good, pleanty of picnic tables and alot with umbrellas or tents for shade. I would suggest being early to get some shade though. Overall was very clean and besides the chrono station was above average. Add one more chrono gun and I'd give it an 8.
Rules = 4
I don't typically comment on this because most rules are universall between fields. This field however has a different blind fire rule than most. The blind fire rule is typically that your head must be visible behind your gun. This means two things, first is don't stick your gun around a corner and fire, and second when firing through a window or opening the opponent must be able to see your head behind your gun. This keeps people from firing through cracks. At this field (and I asked more than one ref) the rule is that if you can see where you are shooting it's ok. With the poor bunker conditions a player can find a crack to stick a barrel through and another to look through and successfully hold off the opposing team without being in danger of being hit. This rule is not condusive to a good and fair game and does not keep games moving and exciting. In fact it creates a easy means for a single player to stall a game.
The recycle rules were vague at best some games you had to touch your fort and then your back in and others you had to wait in a place until the refs called out that you were free. The problem was no one followed the rules!
Refs = 5
The refs here were on everyone for safety related things. They even made an announcement about "overshooting" halfway through the day, saying it would not be tolerated. They however did a poor job of breaking up teams placing a majority of experienced players on one team, and not keeping the numbers even. In one instance they counted players and moved a few from one side to the other. No big deal! But when I counted It was now a game of 15 on 11! Being on the deficient team my friend and I spoke up and the ref said "I know, thats ok". Needless to say a four man advantage was enough to win both games we played before heading back to staging.
They were all young, not to say that was the reason for any actions good or bad but I have seen some comments regarding that and it was true.
The speedball fields although I did not play on them looked to be the bread and butter of this operation. I have read many reviews saying they are some of the best around and from what I could see they were clean, the turf was in great shape, and the two fields were positioned for a good viewing area from staging. BUT it's summer now and it dosen't last forever, you have all winter to play speedball indoors. And for as well kept as the speedball fields were I expected a little better from the woodsball fields. I personally would go to any of the other fields I've played at over this one. That being said I will give this field an average rating teetering on below average, but i'll be nice.
Out of 60 points this field scores 32 on my scale.
Last edited on Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 2:18 pm PST
I would like to point out that the paint you saw was not Monsterballs, but was in fact Weapons Grade paint - sold by KEE Action Sports. While it is possible that the most recent batch of paint we received was Hard, KEE Action Sports is known for making a quality paint. We use KEE Action Sports paints almost exclusively at Fox 4 Paintball (Field paint and what we sell in the store). We do occasionally purchase other brands to test them as well as offer our customers a small variety, but I would guess this is less then 10% of the total paint we carry/sell.
As for your concern for the "Main Path" - unfortunately land in Central MA is expensive and we have to work with what we have. It's also possible that you played on this past Saturday - unfortunately 2 of our morning birthdays decided to show up in the afternoon instead - making for a fairly crowed situation - many different games going on (9 different groups). This is not usually the case as we like to control the number of groups we have both in the morning and afternoon.
I hope you decide to give us another try in the future.
Enjoy the game.
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Fox 4 Paintball
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I cant speak to much on the field paint,as i usually bring my own.The paint they sell in the shop looks like good paint and a reasonable variety.The refs are somewhat young and do give crappy non-discript directions and unorganized at times(this is prob. the biggest gripe I have).The speed ballers are favored here and thats prob were the money is. Woodsballers are now in the minority.Safety is not anything I feel this place has a problem with.PLENTY worse places.Crono tent and facilities are as you stated and the fill your own air is superb! NO waiting and they fill at 4500.Boundrys are sometimes a prob and this goes back to the refs kind of expecting you to know where and what to do. Some guys are better than others. It is somewhat of a goat path course..but plenty of different types of fields if you play long enough. Other than Canobie, I dont think the other courses you listed are as good as Fox4.I could go into them in detail,but wont do 2 space.
I will say one thing this one of the safest field I have ever played at on a normal sat. sunday game they do only have one crono but that is all they need on big game s they roll out 6 of them in 2 different spots. also to address the the blindfire rule it is you do have to expose your head no firing thru holes or sticking your gun only out that will get you removed from the field.