We had a great experience. We selected paintball for my son's 11th birthday party. We had 8 boys and 8 dads go to Mad Cow on Saturday - 35 degree temperatures with 2-3 inches of snow on the ground - what fun. Everyone was very muddy and wet - but had a blast!
Bill - owner - was terrific. None of the boys, with the exception of my son, had played before. Only 2 of the dads had played before. He was great in covering safety issues - which is a big concern when you have some curious 11 year old boys. He constantly reinforced safety throughout.
We started slow with Bill having everyone take a try at using their marker to shoot some hanging animals. Gave everyone an understanding and feel for the markers. Then we used the spool field for 2-3 rounds.
Off to the woods! Had some great fun there. Although it was snowy, muddy and wet - no one seemed to care. Some of the areas needed to be sectioned off - but still very large area. Did a bunch of modified rounds like capturing the flag and advancing the flag.
Both the dads and kids had a very memorable experience. Can't say anything that was not good. Best part, though, was that it was just the 16 of us. Not sure if having outside players would have been as great.
Would recommend if you are taking kids for the first time that you definately request Bill there. He made all the difference.
thanks Bill - we had a blast - we'll be back (probably for the next 11 year old's birthday party)
Last edited on Saturday, April 1st, 2006 at 6:08 am PST
I have too say the field was pretty good the only reason I gave it a 5 is due too the lack of real good play. What I mean by this statement is it did seem the ref, and some of the other walk ons were more interested in rates of fire and how to tune there markers better, than actual game play. I promote marker knowledge and the spreading of knowledge but there is a time and place and the time is not on the Field when we are trying too decide what too play next! Also the having to walk all about the place for the restroom, to get more air, ETC was a bit of a burden but in the Fields defense with all that space what do you do. Secondly there seemed too be a degree of flexibility expected from us as players were as there was none from the other 4-man group that was there. They were Tourney players we are rec and woods, the very minute 4 other like minded players showed up(speed ballers-tourny) us rec and woods players were abandoned by them but the real issue is we were abandoned by the only ref actually there that particular day...........why there was only one ref there that day still remains a question to me.
NOW THE GOOD: the Fields were laid out perfectly other than the walking about, you had no worry about, a stray ball from another field, the field personnel were helpful too every extent, even with advice as how to move, and pointers on shooting, ETC. The prices were reasonable actually more than, and I would definitely go back and look forward to going back in the 06 season.
The only thing I can think of as far as the lack of refs issue is we did go late in the year and the day was cool and windy this could have had an effect.
**NOTE: the date is off I couldn't remember the exact day.***
Thankx mad cow well see you in the spring
Last edited on Friday, January 13th, 2006 at 4:39 pm PST
None in the area.
An indoor field in Arizona which makes it hard to compare the two.
The refs were the only real problem at Mad Cow.
THE BAD THINGS
This is the first time I have ever been to this field, and I was a little disappointed It was run mainly by kids. The mother and father ran the sales and refills when I first got there, and they did a good job. The kids however, did not. The youngest who was running the sales and refills after the parents left was doing fine although a little on the slow side. The other kids who were reffing did not do so good. They were rude, immature, mouthy, and kept wrestling when they should have been reffing. The father and owner of the field soon put an end to the wrestling, but he could not control everything they did. A clearly posted rule was to not climb the trees. One of the boys who was reffing kept climbing trees to "get a better view".
All the fields were good sized, clean, organized, and nearby. They have a spool field, an airball field, and a woodsball field. They have lots of land for potential fields and the resources to expand. A problem with the airball field was that one of the bunkers kept falling over because of a missing stake, but that is easily fixed and I'm sure they have taken care of that by now. A problem with the woodsball field is that there is a big hill on the corner of the creek with hay bales and trees on top of it and if someone gets up there they own the field. I think it could have used a little more cover places other than the hill or less cover on it. Other than that they were good.
THE GOOD THINGS
It is a nice Mom and Pop style business with lots of potential. The fields are nice and they will more than likely expand. Very reasonable prices on paint and entry fees. You can bring your own paint if you want which is nice.
I am giving it a 6 because of the bad refs, if it weren't for them I would have rated it much higher.
Last edited on Saturday, June 25th, 2005 at 9:37 pm PST
this is a geart field me and my firends come her all the time they just moverd lociton but i like the new one better. The reffs are awsome there they alway make could call and they help u with your crono problems. the staff is the best they alway help me, with me and my friends gun if they arnt working nitro is free there and and paint is cheao and u dont have to uy it there if u dont want to. there airball is AWSOME and the woods is good but i dont like the new woods field. spools is what i like best and it is the best course personaly.
The field is really great.They are very friendly and really great clean fields.The only down side is that refs need to watch there mouths.twon!!! If you like great fields that range from sup fields to woods ball fields then this is the place for you. And one of the refs has a problem keeping his mouth closed.refer to top for refs name!!!!!!!
Mad Cow is a pretty cool place, It has a nice setup and some pretty cool people running the place. As many of the people said, the ref's could have been a little more watchful, but over all it was really safe, and fun. The woods area is a challenging place, depending on what side your on and the skill level of your opposition.
Saftey: As all paintball places give the saftey speech so do they, making sure everyone had a barrel plug, safetys on at all time when game play is not on, and masks never coming off in play, the ref's made sure every one was well protected.
Bad: as in every heavily wooded area, there are nettles, ticks, and animals. they have a slight, but acceptable pronblem with these plants, just some advice, where long clothes.
Good: friendly atmosphere, good painful fun, and good scenery.
Big Dawg, Husker, High Altitude, Kersplat, CJís, Warped, ICU, DropZoneÖ. Lots of places.
Good: Cheap prices, bring your own paint option, very good mix of fields
Bad: counter staff can be a little surly, woods field needs a little work.
Mad Cow paintball has a large potential. It has by far the largest amount of space in to which to grow. They are using only a fraction of the space available to the field owners. At the moment they have a small operation and plan to add fields as needed.
The field is run out of a large barn which is located right next to the staging areas and the air-ball field. The barn is a little dusty, but not too bad and in general isnít too bad to be in at all.
They have a speed ball field mostly made up of cable spools and a large spool field. Both of these fields are located just to the North of the air-ball field. This means that you have 3 fields that play completely differently right next to the staging area. The air-ball layout does seem to change from time to time and varies from good to bad in its layout. The bunkers are of okay to moderate quality and many of them are missing several tie downs, which Iím sure limits the way they can be used during layout. The speed-ball field and the spool field have to same layout every time but seem to be fun to play. All the fields seem to get mowed on regular basis and in general are well cared for.
They have one wooded field which is located across the street. This field is okay. As with most smaller wooded fields every game seems to be the same. The game is decided on the out come of a fight over the same 50 by 50 piece of ground. There are also some very steep drop offs located around the wooded field, these are marked and the refs did a good job of pointing them out before the game.
Safety: safety at mad cow could be a little better but they do try and do what they can. The field needs a little more net to separate fields and the woods ball refs need to pay a little more attention to what is going on. Over all safety at the field is at an acceptable level. The refs do a pretty good job of checking barrel bags and masks and do what they can to make sure players are playing fairly.
This field does have a lot going for it and in general would recommend it. They seem to have the lowest paint cost in the area and allow you to bring your own paint if you pay a bring your own paint charge. They have several different types of fields that get mowed and play well. The level of safety is good. The counter staff can on occasion be a little on the surly side. Over all this is a good solid field.
Last edited on Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 at 9:19 am PST
Madcoe has everything from woods to spools to speed ball, they have awsome set ups and can fill about everything. for a place that just moved to an awsome location there one hell of course. its cheap, fun and entertaing. If you have a prob with ur gun they'll most likly fix it.
Ok. well this is a pretty good field. Mom and Pop style . its great fun . prices are good as well . There are mainly newbies and woods ballers the play here though. And many times we found ourselves waiting for hours to play a game of speedball. over all this is a great field and reccomend it for the beginning or woods player . not as great for tourney style but id go there again any day.
This place is exactly 32 miles from where I live in East Omaha. It was all paved roads getting to it and just a few miles from Louisville.
I didn't play woods ball, but they said they had 3 acre's of woods thats the playing field.
Where I did play was the spool course. It's huge. It's divided into different sections, one section being a normal speedball course, a Ft Drum, couple pillboxes. A section with tall grass and a couple forts. Or if you can get enough people (100+) you could probably play the entire thing.
Great thing is that you do NOT need to buy their paint to play there though he does have a couple brands to buy if you want ($40 a case). If you buy paint it costs $10 to play, otherwise $15. He said a season pass was $100. Maybe during the summer he'd let me pitch a tent out there...
Other prices were reasonable as well. Candy, soda, gator aid was very reasonable. It was $35 for a rental package that included the Tippman 98, hopper, mask, 500 paintballs and the field fee.
Game play was great. It was mostly a younger group out there, but that's not bad considering it was a Friday and everyone is used to outdoor fields closing completely during the winter. Totaled around 20 people.
The owner had a safety brief that included a part about breaking rules and getting asked to leave (un-safe, over-shooting and the like).
Towards the end after a few guns broke, the owner let people borrow his stalk of Tippman 98's to use for free, which was nice. It seemed to me that the owner was more intrested in letting people have fun than the profit. He also made sure the crono didn't register over 300 fps.
All in all this was a day better spent than golfing. I give this place a 10 out of 10.
Last edited on Friday, December 31st, 2004 at 3:49 pm PST