This field has so much potential, but definitely don't bring your kids there.
The cactus and cow pies aren't the issue. The issue is the rampant cheating and what I would call dangerous play.
The paint prices are fair and always of good quality, not quite as cheap as APD, but you won't get complaints from me at their prices. Even their scenario prices were respectable. You can also BYOP, which saves money (except in scenario games). I typically brought my first case from APD and in respect to the operators bought a second from them.
Here are my complaints that made me decide not to return after a year of playing there at least once a month if not more:
1. Refs are friends with the regulars and will give repeated warnings instead of punishing the regulars for wiping.
2. Even when the chronos are used, people will bring tools onto the field to increase their fps. When pointed out the safety issue it is, the ref just told them, "Come on, you know better than that." It should have been an immediate banning from the field.
3. I've watched the refs text message rather than ref the game.
4. I don't mind full auto, but 30 bps is a bit much, especially when the same people with the full auto consistently bonus ball. If you don't want your kid to go home with 50+ bruises, then don't bring them to the field. I've seen the regulars brag about how they lay into a kid with full auto. When pointed out that bonus balling like that, just makes you a jerk, they respond, "If the kid is too stupid to get out of the way, then that isn't my fault."
5. They never enforce the no vulgarities rule. Honestly, how do you enforce a rule, when your biggest violator of the rule is usually a ref on the field (Yea, I'm talking about the guy with freckles, not the redhead, the other one, the speedballer.).
6. When it was pointed out at a big scenario that the valley's cheating team (You know, those "little bugs") had guys shooting at 450 fps (a major safety issue), it was consistently ignored until people started leaving. Bruce even questioned if the mask that was brought to him that was cracked from a paintball was done by a paintball and not hitting a rock. Ultimately, it was found out that a number on the team was shooting hot. Bruce told everyone that major over chronoed they were kicked out forever for that safety violation, but I saw the same guys two weeks after the scenario playing again, I guess money buys indulgences quite easily.
7. I don't expect a perfectly safe field, otherwise I'd play in a rubber room, but having strands of old barbwire on the ground is unbelievably dangerous. I fully understand the risk of cactus and actually have been stuck by it without complaint (Welcome to nature). It is bad when I have a pair of pants torn and almost had the stray barbwire trip and gouge me.
8. Don't drive there in a car. You need an SUV or full size truck. The entrance road is extremely rough. I don't mind the dirt road, but it needs to be grated and the mud pit by the bridge needs to be raised for better drainage.
This field has so much potential, but unfortunately, it isn't being ran the way it should. When I first started attending the field was well maintained and the reffing was good, but in the last 6 months the reffing has gone down hill. Couple this with the same problem players playing virtually every week means the negatives outweigh the good.
Last edited on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 3:31 pm PST
Thanks for proving my point about the poor sportsmanship that the field allows. It's people like you that give paintball a bad name and ruin much of the field's good aspects.
Notice numbers 5 and 6. Here is one of the people I was talking about. Play at this field at your own risk. If you want to play, go to FighterTown USA. You can find it by Googling "Fightertown paintball". Much better regulated field.
P.S. Your team is crap, there is a reason why most of the valley can't stand you guys.