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Old 01-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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No walk on's ??

In all my years I have never seen or heard of this policy at a field.Have you??Attendance has been hit and miss at the field for a while.I can understand driving out setting up and no one shows is frustrating.With no advertising exept by word of mouth it's almost an outlaw field.15minutes away is a field that is packed and has to turn away renters on most weekends.All the players there say they never heard of it.It's not on the front page and thats scary.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't recall the last time I heard it but, yes, I've heard of this happening before. I can see it happening if someone owns (vice leases) the land, and they aren't making enough money to dedicate a routine workforce without consideration of the turnout.

If someone's leasing the land, they typically shut down permanently even sooner.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very common thing in less populated areas. A little unusual for a place that is only 15 minutes away from a packed field.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There could be several explanations, but all indicate seriously that the field may not be operating for much longer:

1. Low demand: Business does not support paying refs on speculation walk ons will show
2. Owner unavailable: Due to other employment, medical issues, etc., the operator needs to be able to control what dates/times there is activity at the field
3. Other activities: The owner wants to have some weekends free to do other things at the premises. One option would be to do walk-throughs with prospective buyers/developers.
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Fields that do this are usually on a quick road to going bankrupt. It's simply a ploy to stave off the inevitable. With that said I've seen a local field where the owner died, then his long time GF took it over and ran it into the ground (the field was still there and it never went OOB but there was basically no games at the field for a long time) then it was bought up by one of the local players and he runs it now actually pretty well. Though with that said it's become more of an airsoft field and paintball appears to be more of a sideline now.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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What field is that close? I always assumed extreme was and that was 30-45 minutes away. Sucks it has come down to this always wanted to try it out. It seems like the only good woods ball place within an hour of the bay area but that's always turned me away from going. The only reason I know about this field was because I actively sought it out because of lack of good woods besides the jungle. A little advertising would go long way

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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With that said I've seen a local field where the owner died, then his long time GF took it over and ran it into the ground (the field was still there and it never went OOB but there was basically no games at the field for a long time)
That's what happened here. The owner died 3 years ago and now his non-pb-playing wife runs it.

It's a pretty decent field and it would be a shame if it disappeared.
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Like I said HurtCow the field was basically completely OOB and just the proshop was the business, they still technically owned the field and all the buildings and field setup and stuff was there but it literally was essentially unused for about 2 years until she sold it to the guy that used to play for the store's team way back when and then he revived it and true there is a good crowd of pb players but they attract way more AS players and even the proshop is about 50-60% AS stuff now and the PB stuff is mostly milsim with a few speedball and pump markers thrown in and they do sell the odd pistol or 2 but it's really changed. It used to be a basically speedball shop with a milsim side and now it's the other way around. Kinda sad imho. I will say though that the guy that runs the shop cut me a killer deal on my GBB KJW 1911 I bought for plinking around at paper targets. cheaper and just as accurate as a crossman BB gun at the ranges i use it at
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Fields that do this are usually on a quick road to going bankrupt. It's simply a ploy to stave off the inevitable. With that said I've seen a local field where the owner died, then his long time GF took it over and ran it into the ground (the field was still there and it never went OOB but there was basically no games at the field for a long time) then it was bought up by one of the local players and he runs it now actually pretty well. Though with that said it's become more of an airsoft field and paintball appears to be more of a sideline now.
What the cow is saying is this field has the same story as the one your refering to.Owner died wife who has no pb knowledge takes over runs into ground.As a pb community we all came to her aid and help after the loss.Putting on a game with everything donated and ran by volunters I kept up the field on my free time never asking for anything but getting to play for free on the occasion I could play.I made videos promoted the hell out of the place.It's a great field it needs help !!Both buisness and field wise.Theres only so much you can do on a budget of zero.
The extreme pb park is 18 miles away and packed all weekend they do a great job out there and have 2 or 3 trees on the whole field haha!!Not much of a woodsball place.
She blames other fields,store's and players for poor attendance saying they tell people not to go there.None of thats true we would never say that. I am not saying it now.You can't throw seeds out and hope you'll have food when winter comes.It takes work to have a good buisness.Spending 1 day a week at the field that is your only income?With some work and promotion this could be a powerhouse woodsball field.These fields are in california I live smack in the middle of them.
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