Operation Paintball, The Edge, Challenge Park Extreme
Directions to the Field:
They have a GREAT driving page on their website. Pretty easy tho, just go to Byron heading South on Route 2. Turn right at the Mobil Station. Go forward across the bridge, go forward at the stopsign, follow the road and you will see Motosports park, you are almost there, keep going past the big azz towers and you will see the sign on the left side. Go slow on the corner of the drive cuz the road is a little bumpy there after the big rain.
I like this place. The atmosphere is friendly and open. Nobody rips anyone off. They sponsor a woodsball scenario team now called Spiritus Raptor who come out almost all the open play days. It makes for a cool game when you have people who really know what they are doing HELPING the newbies. Girls are starting to play there too, how cool is that?
Hours of Operation: I think that Brad and Tina have done a great job on getting things together after the rough start 5 years ago. 11 am to 6 pm is when they are open. If there are a lot of people there it may take a little longer to get started, but they have been pretty consistent in getting the games going before noon. This includes the whole process of sign-in and chrono time. Props to them for working these issues out.
Price: The price has not changed since they took over running the field 5 years ago. $20 for entry $5 for all day co2 or HPA. $5 for complete rental equipment, Mask, pod pack and marker. LUNCH is FREE!! Tell me about any other place where they feed you good food and smile about it.
Rules & Safety: They make sure about safety, they go over all the rules and tell you about the "surrender" rule and "dead in the fort" rule. They Will holler if you don't cover your barrel, but hey, that is just safe ya know? Masks are discussed very well by Mike before the games. Overshooting is not allowed and players are hollered at if they drill someone on purpose. Head shots are the only thing that don't count.
Refs: They don't have tons of refs, but if you think about it, it would cost more to play. They expect honorable play and if you aren't gonna play straight, why bother?
Fields: They have made HUGE improvements in the field. There is netting the team helped with, all the way around everything, the fields and the target range. They stopped doing speedball... Good idea. Be Woodsball, that's what is there. They had a lot of help from the team who built some GREAT forts and they have huge tire towers and stripped cars in "The City" now. The games are being added to and they use the whole field.
Players: There are cool players out there now. I like them, they don't complain about everything you do. I like it when you get treated like a comrade and work together as a team.
Equipment: They only have 20 guns, but I hear they are planning to get more, so that would rock. They have a air compressor now so they guarantee 3k psi now. Props for that too! They told me they might switch to a new paint sales company next year.
They had a special day last weekend where they let soldiers in FREE with FREE paint and all kinds of stuff for the kids. Who else does that?
I like this place and will keep coming. It is fun, and I like the people I have met there and, come on, FREE FOOD!