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panhead4411 Friday, March 1st, 2013
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: February 9th, 2013
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Several fields on the island, no experience with them as this was my first time on O'ahu.
Directions
to the Field:
Right off the Nimitz on/off ramp
Review: Preface: I'm an avid player, and whenever me and my bro go on vacation, we usually try to find a field to play at (as renters) if the schedule will permit. We were going to be on O'ahu for 10 days, i found a few fields, picked this one b/c it was easy to get to, and was definitely still open. Also, while reading, please note, i have experience running a field and reffing.

After finding as much info as i could about this field online, my expectations were fairly high.

We arrive about 10:30-11am, lots of cars already, good sign, we won't be lacking bodies.

Pros:
-BYOP, (since we were traveling and didn't have a GPS, we opted for the 'field paint')
-Three nice concept fields.
-Lots of shaded table space.
-Average price for renting, not the best, but much much better than some places i've seen.

Cons:
-Renal masks were terribad scratched, and didn't even look like they'd even been cleaned in any form since their last use.
-The paint available at the field was horrid, especially for the cost per bag, took my full weight stepping on the ball on gravel to break it.
-Netting in dire need of repair. Lots of holes and tears, plus the tallest net i think i saw was only 10-12ft high
-Was NEVER given a 'safety/rules' brief at any point, never even asked by any of the 'staff' if we'd even played before.
-^Was staffed entirely by kids. Oldest one there was maybe 15?
-Ref's were really only there to start/end games, no attempts to move from the '50 to do player requested paintchecks.
-Mounds field (neat concept, i like it) was very very dangerous. Grass up to your waste hid ALOT of pot-holes and large rocks. While trying to move through the grass, three separate occasions i was almost seriously injured.
-ALL players were put into the same game, all skill levels, and 'teams' were kept together, even when that severely stacked the odds. (i'm all for a challenge, but its different when your paint can't break, or fly straight out of a rental i'm not used to)

A couple examples of how our experience was not the best.

CHRONO:
As someone who has worked at fields before, this is one thing i tend to pay alot of attention to. I only ever saw a ref in the chrono area twice, and once was to help us get my bro's rental up from 210 fps (always doublecheck rental chrono). And the ref that 'helped' us didn't even know how to adjust THEIR OWN RENTAL!!! I had to show him?

REFS:
First few games were good, 7-7's or so, then as a few more ppl came, in came a 4-5man tourny squad. Okay, i'll take on race guns all day (normally play pistol or limited ammo Semi, so not a new challenge). Next game, refs pulled all 30-some paintballers together on the 'pipes' field, and put the tourny team together on the other team. We had a few pumps and a couple speed guns, the rest were renters. We break, i end up on the same bunker with one of the pumps, countering the tourny crew. We hit one of their hoppers, it ducks, comes back up clean, hit it again...wipes it again. Get a guy on the side of his mask...plays through. This whole time we are yelling for the ref to paintcheck those guys, he stands still at the '50. Game ends, switch sides.

After realizing my paint won't go straight worth anything, i decide the best option is for me to just crash the snake after one of the tourny crew ducked into it. I catch him with his gun down while crawling, put 5-10 rnds into him before his back-men stitched me. Dude didn't even look to see if he was hit, just kept crawling (15ft infront of ref). I'm standing on the side, i look and see some orange paint on his arm, i point it out to the ref, without moving he says "its old paint, he's good". I asked him to actually check it, it takes me nearly dragging this kid to the player to show him, the paint is still wet. "oh yeah, that is a hit." Good thing i dragged him over b/c dude was wearing an absorb jersey (really, against renters, you NEED an absorb jersey?). After he steps to the sideline i mention that one of his guys was wiping in the previous game, and how he never checked his own hits...his response "i play till the ref calls me out." And with these refs, that wasn't likely. I was frustrated, i chose to complain to 'whoever is in charge' about the situation with the refs not really reffing. They point me to the 15yr old who we gave our money to when we turned in our waivers. "Okay" is pretty much all the kid said. We, and several other players sat out the next few games b/c whats the point, if players are wiping and refs are 'reffing'?

After sitting a few games out, we decided to burn the rest of the single bag we'd purchased the next time they did the "mounds" field, then go and find something more constructive to do with our vacation for the rest of that day. just as i got eliminated for in the next game, my rental's valve blew. Good timing, as i was done with this place. Gave our remaining paint to a group of kids as we walked back to the car.

Conclusion:
Yes, we had some fun, got alot of eliminations, even some surrenders, but the sheer amount of frustration brought on by the kid ref's who's only care in the world was to blow the whistle to start/end the games really tainted our attitude. If your gna run a field, have more than kids running the thing. I get that you are trying to teach them responsibility and all that, but really, they just didn't have the gumption to actually REF the game. And if we ever return to those amazing islands, will look at other fields if we get the itch to play.
 

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