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Old 05-24-2011, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok if this is the wrong area for this idea move it over to the right area please.

Ok so the other day I was talking with some of the guys and I asked if there was a league similar to an old timers bracket like in motorcross. In case you have no clue about what I talking about, in our area the motorcross groups have brackets set up for specific age classes so that riders of similar abilities and more importantly ages can compete against each other. Generally the mindset of a an eighteen to twenty year old is different form say a thirty or fifty year old. A friend of mine competes in the bracket and he is over fifty.
This got me to thinking about an old timers league or bracket for us older persons (boys and girls alike) whom are nuts enough to run around and shoot each other. Has this idea been presented to any governing body of any formal league? If so did die off faster then the elderly player base. Do you guys think that it would be an idea worth trying, at least on a local level I am going to put out some feelers to see if I can get some form of backing and gauge interest.

Geezer jokes and walkers aside, whaddya think?
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Unfortunately,most markets aren't going to be big enough to support this kind of league.

Older players tend to have more income, so that part works in favor for something like this, but on the flip side, they usually have more commitments that take away time (wives, kids, jobs, etc.)
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The World Cup has a Masters Division (40 and over), though I think they now allow limited participation down to 35. I've played in it, it's fun.
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Unfortunately,most markets aren't going to be big enough to support this kind of league.

Older players tend to have more income, so that part works in favor for something like this, but on the flip side, they usually have more commitments that take away time (wives, kids, jobs, etc.)
I respectfully disagree with the commitment issue. On a local level it would only take as much commitment as going to play on the weekends. Also the demographic for older players is shifting. Most of us have now intergrated the sport/hobby into our families so even if the rest of the family doesn't play they still come out and support us when we play. On a national level the commitment would be a challenge but the league idea was more for a local venue versus national. The concept as stated has been used in limited format on a national level, however for some new older players that aren't savvy to the paintball life might not know about it and would be missing out on thinking that the tournment scene is limited to kids with deep pockets.
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