It's been 7 years man. Ruff n tuff has probably changed drastically.
Directions to the Field:
Sheridan going west just before the bridge and 441.
The staff is laid back. It's the way I am used to in outlaw fields of the past. Unfortunately for the price of being laid back like I want it, some new players aren't supervised too well. Not going to say all that happened, because I like it the way it is. I am advocate of personal responsibilty, the same way that is done in rifle ranges. The more personal responsibility, the more freedom one has. Unlike paintball fields of the distant past, we were allowed to fill our own tanks whenever we wanted. Some of the new players didn't really know what to do, but once again, it was because they were unsupervised [you can't watch newbies every second of the day]. The rental equipment was better than the old school markers I owned; unfortunately, I was forced to use the gravity feed hopper that came with the smart parts vibe they gave me. The rental fee for a walk-on plus tax is rounded off to $50 for 500 rounds and a marker. Interesting enough by having decent rental markers, there was a bigger amount of new players on the field. It was either that or maybe because it is close to rich neighborhoods. The rental marker they gave me also didn't break a ball the entire day.
Most of the field was run by whoever wanted to use the field. The refs appeared to not want to participate in some of the games we played. I believe they should be a little bit more proactive in reffing the games. They could easily solve this problem by designating one permanent ref for each field. The paint is cheap on Friday's. $40 for a case of field paint is a really good deal in my opinion. Either that or the paint prices have lowered since I've been gone. No one appeared to be too cocky on this field and the staff was helpful for the most part.
The sup airball field was well inflated when I decided to go that day. I liked the astroturf, especially when it rained. It allowed me to slide like a slip n slide a long distance into my bunkers. This was the first astroturf field I've been on other than the reball field in Alaska. The sup airball field rewarded aggression enough, but I didn't get to test it as many times as I would of liked.
The woodsball field reminded me of an old outlaw field in my past that survived for 15 years. I didn't play long enough to see if it rewarded aggression or if one side was stronger than the other. One thing I do notice though is that it can accommodate a massive amount of players in a small amount of space. It appears to be more of a hybrid of hyperball and woods. The mud on the right side kind of smelled like straight up cow manure. After rolling around in it trying to snap shoot this guy out in the prone, I smelled like urine and cow manure the rest of the day. I don't know if that's what it really was, but whatever. All in good fun.
When it poured down rain I noticed that the staging area was well sheltered and each bench had a tent over it. We were kept nice and dry during the downpour and we could easily keep our gear from getting wet in the rain. The tents also provide cool shade that helps prevent people from getting heat cramps or heatstroke.
Overall I had a good time, I wish I could of afforded more paint that day.
The second time I played there, it was almost a bust. I chronoed my vibe this time and it was shooting hot: 309 fps. I told the ref, thinking he would just chrono it to a lower fps, but instead he just switched markers thinking it was faster. The other marker was shooting 210 fps. I asked the staff again weather or not they could change it. I was fed lies about how it was preset at the factory and there was no way to change it. So I went back to my car and used an allen wrench from my tool kit and adjusted the regulator myself to 285fps..... Whatever. This tacs down my rating a notch; however, I noticed other refs adjusting velocity for other rentals. Maybe I just asked the wrong staff.
The games were run alot faster this time. As soon as we finished one game we had just enough time to reload and wipe off before the next game started. I just wish their were more people on the speedball field. The speedballers must show up on a different day.
Last edited on Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at 7:49 am PST