This is a question I've wanted to ask for a few months but haven't been able to figure out how to word it. I was just reading fundamentally flawed business model of the paintball world
and this post struck me.
Originally Posted by jk_6109
I feel that if you make speedball less attractive it will kill the sport. A lot of the national attention is on speedball, which drives the paintball economy and attracts more players. Although, I do aggre that you cant neglect woodsball in your business model.
Also, I have never played somewhere that charges woodsball players more. The only thing i have seen is have renters buy field paint only, but that is still fairly cheap. If anything speedballers spend more on paint because they shoot so much of it.
Frankly I see no national attention on paintball at all, unless you count the occasional sitcom that shows paintball as a goggle-less game played with hopper-less paintball guns. If you want to find out about paintball you have to look it up on the internet or wander through the sporting goods section of Dick's/Wal-Mart/K-Mart. So that brings me to the question, “What image do new players have of the sport of Paintball?”
The poster above clearly felt that speedball is the type of play that attracts new players. I've always felt and been told by other players and field owners that everyone starts out
thinking of the cops and robbers games they played as kids and then branch off into different aspects of paintball once they have some experience under their belts. I started out looking for a mil-sim experience. An AT-85 was my dream gun and I felt bad for the people who had to play with pumps. I'm still interested in scenario games, but now I play mostly modified stock class. Over time I went from a very serious interest in the military aspect of the sport to a devotion to the “old school” game. I always assumed speedball players had a similar progression, starting out with rentals on a woods field and then deciding they preferred a faster paced game.
Now rather than assuming, I'm going to ask.
1) “What type of game did you want to play when you first got into paintball?”
2) “What made you progress to your current preferred style of play?”