Review: I've played in a few fields:
• Skirmish USA - PA
• Liberty Paintball - NY
• High Velocity - NY
• Fireball Mountain - NJ
When I went, it was my first time as a walk-on as I was not successful in getting enough people to commit for a private field/ref. So you could imagine that I was a bit nervous. My younger brother and cousin went with me that day.
You have to turn on this narrow dirt road that is easy to miss. Make sure you go slow and observed all the signs. Even with a GPS you may miss it the first time.
We arrive and the parking lot is a decent size. I'm sure you won't have a difficult time finding a spot even if you are couple of hours into the day.
Entrance is through a small shack where the pro-store is. This is where you may get into a traffic jam as people who are filling out the waivers and lining up to pay are. It will be extremely tough to navigate around if you have already paid or carrying your gear.
Inventory is a bit small so don't expect to find items for your not so typical marker.
Staging area are basically picnic tables/benches with plastic lock boxes as well as smaller metal lockers (you'll need your own lock). Many of the lockers were beat up with significantly dented doors. I can't complain as I was able to find a locker easily.
Chrono area is to the left which is next to the small shed for food.
Everyone was basically friendly, especially who I assume to be the owner. It wasn't too hard to chit chat with him so that was a plus.
The refs were pretty young and knew the basics. They made sure everyone followed the rules: goggles, barrel socks, etc.
My gripe was the lack of making sure everyone played fairly. It was very easy to wipe and cheat. I saw quite a few wipers that day which was a complete turn-off. This was especially true for the larger fields as the 2 refs assigned basically stood together on one side of the field. This left the other side of the field unsupervised. In one game 5-6 people on my team were yelling that there was a wiper and it took a good 1min for the ref to come. By then, 2 people were so fed up they charged and just lit the guy up.
In another game, one of the refs decided to begin his workout by doing push-ups from a branch in the middle of the game! I guess he was working on his bulging his muscles for fist pumping for that night at the club
The quoted prices were a bit misleading.
My brother and I had our own gear so we paid accordingly. The 500paintballs advertised were not available to us - just the rentals. If you are a rental - you are required to pay for the "premium" paint.
Also we had to pay all-day air which was about $10. Rentals have a limited amount and will have to pay for all-day air if it was needed.
The paintballs were not too high priced- reasonable given field paint.
Safety 7 | 10
Chrono was not emphasized or enforced while I was there. I could have easily played with my gear without even touching the chrono. Even worse, I could have easily played at 300fps or more (which I think some were).
Basic enforcements for goggles and barrel sock were the only things heard throughout the day.
None of the fields were "amazing". Many were quite small and one-sided. Depending on the side, one would basically be stuck attacking/defending. So some of the times, the first few minutes of the games forced people to just sit back behind the bunker and wait for the other team to approach. With a big group, you could even be forced to share a bunker with 2-5 other people until they were shot out and it thinned out.
Definitely not one of the better fields I have played at, but will still go there because of location. It is only 30 mins from me and is one of the closer ones. I doubt I would ever go as a walk-on again but will seriously consider going with a private group. One positive is that you only need 10 people to reserve a party compared to 20 on other fields. I may be going again this month and will update the review if there are any significant changes to the field
Last edited on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 12:23 pm PST