Liberty Paintball, Patterson NY, and it is a far more economic, organized, honest, and facilitating venue. I would not waste my time with High Velocity.
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I don't recommend it so i will not waste my time with directions.
FIELDS: I start with this cause its about the ONLY thing its got going for it, and its about the only thing that convinced us to try the place out to begin with. There is ultimately only 7 fields. Some were pretty darn fun and well laid out. I personally enjoyed western, airforce and castle. The castle is pretty big, and it has a lot of angles to attack from. Western is very short distance between teams but is wide, Its literally set up like a mini western town and both teams are spread across each side of the street. WW II was pretty big, it can be fun if you have like 20 v 20 min. I didn't care for the woods one too much, I felt the layout forced a gridlock.. We didn't get a chance to play the trenches so i can't comment on that.
RULES & SAFETY: most of the rules were generic and same as most. Also as a private group allows for modifications of hit rules, like chest and helmet and above knees and elbows, and no gun. etc. Safety rules are standard, chrono is done but no true enforcement. Their version of the SURRENDER rule was awful, and inconsistent, and confusing to even the refs at times. ( i.e. when players approached with the other team having knowledge of their presense and there was NO element of surprise, the players should not have to be eliminated on the notion of calling out surrender.
HOURS: standard 8-5 on a SAT.
SERVICES, FACILITIES, STAFF, SHOP: what services exactly, an air station with one hose per air type with juvenile operators, Main desk, horrible and/or felt like a scam, We had guest that came with us, first time players, and they were told that they ran out of jump suits and tube harness to rent, so they were forced to buy them at $25 & $35 respectfully. With a group reservation of 20+ how do you run of gear and force to charge your guest ? average rental is 5-10 dollars at most in other places. That kind of treatment really turned me off. As far as the paintballs. HORRIBLE, both in quality and cost. especial if you bought them on site ($90+) instead of the PRO SHOP which is not located there. Its a few miles away, and the paint was advertised for 75 and when you arrive you find out its taxed and paying 82. Also the paint was also sweating, dented, and or broken in the bag, in a brand new box/case. In addition, the paint during play did not even break on most hits, thus making it for a very questionable and unbalanced games. It also consistently and frequently cause jams in majority of our players makers that brought their own when we never have any problems with halfway decent field paint at other venues.
Bathrooms ? you wish, two potter potties... The facility is big enough where it should have arranged for some kind of plumbing and restrooms for the amount of guest that go thru in a day. Even the sinks near the semi covered picnic/staging areas were constantly clogged and flooded and dirty. This also goes for parking, no where near enough parking space. A teammate mentioned that there was a whole lot barely being used but it was saved for employees, where half our team had to double park in front of our other teammates cars.
STAFF/REFs, Too young, lack of knowledge about the sport, or even their own rules, can't tell the difference between basic things like impact or splatter hits. Not conscience about things like blind shooters or positioning them selves evenly and equally to be able to help call the game effectively or assist players with checks etc.
Improperly equiped as well, most places has the head ref, with a bucket with some paper towels and windex or spray bottle, and all communicate via basic 2 way radios. Half the time one side couldn't here the other ref, or the commencement of the game giving one side an unfair advantage.
Food, ehh, best option for these places is to always pack a lunch and a cooler.
Drinks are over priced and food choice are limited, distasteful and handled questionably.
Overall i give it a very low, below average rating, and i DO NOT RECOMMEND IT.
the fields were fun, however the poor paint quality took away from the games flowed by poor staff/refs managing the games. followed ultimately by how our novice rookie friends that came out the first time were improperly treated by the staff and having been forced to spend expenses that should not have been required of them. (see above). I will never return to this venue, nor would i ever recommend it.
If you do your home work there are far more better fields in the area or that are worth the little extra trip to get a better experience.
My RATING 3 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 8:19 pm PST
hivi is the best field around the owners are always putting money back into there fields both indoor and outdoor the planes and tanks and real props were not donated also the castle and other fields are very expensive to build and maintain we also have across the street parking which is also paved lots and as far as air fills there are two 6000 psi compressors we only allow qualified employees to do air fills which i dont belive you are capable of doing so if you are not satisfied at hivi please go to somewhere else
Last edited on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 4:27 pm PST