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Old 04-10-2006, 08:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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#1 is that the refs are professional in every respect, this includes both safety and play related aspects of the job.
#2 is the other players, though this aspect can become #1 at times, as if the other players are fine respectable people who play the right way and are safe, and I do not feel that the referees need to do anything special to help us play. I.E. the ref can slack off on the paintcheck aspect if none must be called, or the player regularly checks himself appropriately. It's a trust thing.
#3 is the style of play, I like cities, I like towns, I like woods. Anytime there are cars on the field I am happy. I don't mind airball but only if I don't have to deal with the typical crowd that comes with it. I don't like unimaginative spool or palatte fields, or fields with no character, such as a flat spot of woods.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Number one is a tie for me:
- Safety, as many have said if the refs/staff do not enforce the rules then i will not be playing there
- Price, I am a poor 15 yr old that has to work hard for my monthly to bimonthly play(one of the reasons tha ti play pump atleast half of the time). If a field is goind to charge 60 dollars on a case and not have BYOP then i probably won't be there.
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- variety of fields, in the past 2 tears or so i have really gotten into airball. However, i still enjoy playing woddsball/unique games with a pump or mech gun.
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- the type of palyers there, i am not a fan off the AGG LEEt speak but i cna put up with some if the majority of palyers are good
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- how well is the field run, do you have to wait 15 min. between games or do the refs give you jsut enough time to fill up on air/paint and grab a drink.
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- Food/Drink/Restrooms, If a field provides limited or no snacks, has crummy water, and a "hole in the ground" for a restroom then i will probably not show up very often.

My favorite place to play is Hit and Run Paintball because they have great refs tha twatch out for everyone, plenty of woodsball fields, one speedball field(with 3 more expected in the next few months), good facilities and food/drinks, a nice large shaded staging area, and decent prices (if you BYOP)
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'd say I mostly look for friendly staff.

Price is also a big factor. I pride myself in trying to bring new players into the sport and I'll even occasionally pay someone's way and cover their first case of paint and or field fee, if I'm introducing them to the game for the first time. Making things reasonable can really help out. I'm kind of like the paintball crack dealer, I try to give some friends their first hit for free just to get them hooked, because I know they'll go back and then I've got someone to possibly recruit into my scenario team.

I can understand the whole field paint only thing but at least keep the prices for 2k under 75.00

Attitude is everything. I've called Sherwood forest last year because I was curious about the pre-registration price, and because I was having trouble finding the waiver forms. So I call them and I have no clue who the little punk was who answered their phone but he acted like a complete jerk and almost persuaded me to not attend the event. My first question was where could I get the waiver form, since I was sitting at my computer all he would have needed to do was read me the URL, and I'd type it in. Instead he acted like it was soo tough to take time out of his day to answer my question and figured I must be stupid because it was on their website "in like 5 differnet spots" as he put it. Finally I figured it out by just click+dragging the whole screen because with my monitor being dark like it is, and their site printing the link in dark purple over a black background made it hide pretty well. Then my second question was, "What is the sales tax rate for La Porte, IN?" The reason for asking was that they said how much the pre-reg prices were and behind each price was printed "+ Tax" Why a person from 2 states away should be assumed to know what their local sales tax rate is, is beyond me? So I asked, was again treated like I was stupid for asking the question and waited on hold for the little pud-knocker to figure it out and tell me. I'm sure plenty of players just assumed that the prices were printed with tax included, but instead I was treated rudely for making a long distance phone call in order to find out how much more I should pay them!

I still went to the game, had other problems with the field like a missing case of paint that a teammate bought when he preregistered, and he ate that cost because apparently they thought he was trying to scam them or something.

The sad thing is I'm giving them another chance! Because some nice people asked us to go back and play, and because they put on a game that involves my scenario team's namesake, we will go against my gut instinct and drive across another 2 states to give them another chance to deliver "hopefully better service".

Damn, that turned into a rant. Anyways, I guess thats what alot of field owners forget, is that they are in what we call the "Service Industry". Still I've seen alot of field owners take on customer service as a high priority and for them, Like Perry of BattleCreek Paintball in Kingdom City, MO. I'll always be happy to frequent their establishments.

I guess for me customer service is the biggest thing. I like the first words of every pregame speech to be "thank you for turning out this morning, I really appreciate you spending your saturday with us..."
I think every field has areas they can improve on, but for alot of fields if you asked them what their business could improve on, most would say things like "Oh, we could use better bunkers" or "Oh, we could use more advertising.." or "We could use better rental equipment..."
Its just sad that customer service tends to get neglected by some of our fields.

ok, stopping this rant now
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Good reffing, field layout, field maintenance, variety of players and player attitudes. If all these factors are in the positive I dont care what I have to pay to play.
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Old 04-13-2006, 12:32 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Location! Location! Location!
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:36 AM   #16 (permalink)
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As a non-player I would have to say that I look for the bathroom facilities to have the hand sanitizer in each bathroom. Also, to have toilet paper and smell reasonable.

If the paintball field has picnic tables, I look for them to be in good condition. Also, to have some covering for sun and/or rain.

I also look for good prices on food and drink.

I look for the staff to be friendly and to keep safety a priority.
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Old 04-14-2006, 11:09 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Professional Quality Staff: Good refs who take their JOB seriously and will enforce the rules. Refs who think safety first.

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Old 04-14-2006, 02:00 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Honestly, just a field where people show up. Unfortunately, I live about 2-2 1/2 hours from any "organized" field, so I feel giddy if I get to play with more than 4 or 5 people in the woods somewhere. Fields pop up now and again close to where I live, but I usually know more about paintball than the owners, and the fields aren't much to speak of. Then, 3 months later, they are gone.

BUT, if I had some choice:

1. Friendly Staff.
2. SAFETY FIRST (maybe this should be #1).
3. Variety of fields (Air,Speedball, Woods, etc. I like them all).
4. Quick turn-around times on games.
5. Reasonable Prices ($80-100 paint is not reasonable for junk paint, sorry).
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Old 04-16-2006, 12:42 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I personally like bring your own paint fields , but that is usually the exception instead of the rule at most places. I know fields need to make money but $80 to $100 per case is insane. I think the rules should be enforced equally to all and there should be enough refs to watch the whole game. I also like a field not to bow down to the want-to-be "pro punks" that overshoot and show their asses constantly. I know all teams don't act like that and it should not be tolerated even if a particular field is their hangout. There is nothing that spins me up more than some punk hosing down someone at less then ten feet then wanting to talk sh*t about it. It is especially bad when they do it to some little kid. Having a friendly staff professional staff is a must, as well as a quick turn around between games.
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