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Foxco0311 Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: April 3rd, 2010
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Bushwackers, and Private feilds
to the Field:
At the end of the St Charles Rock road,right next to the River.
Review: HOPE YOU LIKE "DEAD MAN WALKING" AND BOUNDARY ABUSE, its all fair game here!!!!

Pros: Conveniently located close to st. louis, Feilds that I played on there were pretty cool. Competitve pricing, but you get what you pay for. The staging area wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. Main staff refunded my money and said that unsportsman like conduct would not be tolerated. (I didn't stick around to find out if this would hold true for the remainder of the session)

Cons: Bad Reffing, regulars ruin it for the renters and other non-renters. I can't emphasize it enough, BAD REFFING!!! Went to have a good time, ended up leaving very aggravated and unfullfilled.

Safety: Poor, I didn't know who was out and who was in play..... and this was okay with the Ref. This lead to people that were out of play being shot at multiple times over.

Summary of my experiece at Gateway Paintball in early spring 2010

I used to play alot of paintball when I was younger before joining the Marine Corps infantry and had a blast while playing. I recently got back into the sport because I love the game. I primarily have played at Bushwackers and always enjoyed the game there, eventhough they really nickel and dime you. Today was the first day of paintball that I've played in years and was very dissapointed. The Ref that was handeling the open play was very young and it seemed as though just creating 2 teams with equal players was very confusing. He should have taken charge and instead needed help from some players who later became a problem. Basic ground rules like boundaries were not established before starting play on new feilds. There were a few regulars at the park that seemed buddy buddy with the ref. At first I didn't see a problem with it, until we started playing. After a few games of speedball I was having a good time and had no problems. Then we went to play the "trenches field", this is when the aggrivation set in. One of the regulars decided to become a ref? Even though he didn't work there. Whatever..... didn't see why, but okay. The first match the feild seemed great and I was having a ball. Then out of nowhere I got shot from behind. Didn't bother me since this is all part of the game. I was thinking that the whole left side of my team was dead and this player was able to make it through, good on him. I soon learned that this wasn't the case. The player was doing the dead man walk down the road which I beleive was the outer boundary to the field and came up from behind my team. The reason why I say, "I beleive it was the boundary",is because I DON'T KNOW. All I can say is that this is the place that the players that were out gathered and it made sense that this would be a boundary line. At Gateway the "dead man walking", must be considered in play. I don't know seems cheesy to me. Kind of makes playing a little dangerous since after you see this going on you want to shoot at everyone you see, in or out of bounds. The next game we switched sides and I held back and watched the road. I started to get into the game and ignored the road for a bit when I noticed someone walking as if he were out of the game close by. Before firing at him I asked, "are you in or out", without an answer the guy paused looked around and then pointed his gun at me and started shooting. He missed and I was able to light him up. Then the guy has the nerve to say that he wants to see if I was hit or not, very aggravating. Right after this happened another regular was also walking up the road and this time was mingled in with the players that were ACTUALLY out and spectating. I had to ask my brother who had just been shot by the chince, if he was in game. Once I knew that he was in, I shot him as well as some of the players that were already out of play that he happen to be mixed in with. He unfortunately was able to get me out as well. All this happened by the way right in front of the refferees. By this time my addrenaline was pumping and I wanted to set the situation straight. All the second player could say was "yeah, yeah okay... calm down". I asked the ref and the other "regular player acting as a ref", whom by the way was buddies with the two dead man walking clowns, if this was playing within the rules. The posing ref said, "yes". The actual Ref didn't even have the balls to respond to my question, and let the other guy step in and take over the situation that had no business doing so. I'll have to admit by this time I was irate and it was best that I just left the field anyways. So basically if you like to play somewhere that if your a regular you can get away with anything and the ref will look the other way.... Go to Gateway. If you like the actual game paintball and want to play a good game against people that aren't into the chince way to play, go somewhere else. The staff at the staging area did give my money back. Which tells me that someone knows that this is bad sportsmanship and shouldn't have been tolerated. I will not be returning to the field as long as this kind of play is tolerated. The feild seemed as though it could have been alot of fun if you don't mind Flat woodsball fields and speedball. Whoever owns the business needs to hire some more intelligent refs that aren't easily persuaded by regulars that like to abuse the rules to the game.
Last edited on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 5:26 pm PST

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