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|09-22-2012, 05:28 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Immune to sales tactics.
Join Date: Dec 2006
Our strength is our weakness
Here are a couple of things heard at OXP, over the last couple of times I've been at the field:
How do YOU feel after a day at the field?
Me: bored/tired, like I've wasted a day I could have spent doing something else.
There's no sense complaining if I don't do something about it which brings us to this post:
I'll be blunt: we can afford to be picky about who we call a friend and who we let into our circle. Do we bend for others or do we consider ourselves more exclusive?
We can still welcome people but we can do it on our terms. Douches need not apply.
We are a recreational team. Equipment is irrelevant, though the "right people" gravitate toward "appropriate equipment."
Clark (forgive me for singling you out) played competitive speedball and brings his electro. He feels bad about wearing bounce jerseys, borrows someone's non-padded jersey and respectfully and skillfully one-balls people with the electro. That's a class act. I think he has a pump on order but it wouldn't matter if he didn't; he plays to the level of the crowd.
People's greatest strengths are also their weaknesses.
We are inclusive. It attracts people to us.
It can also attract the wrong people to us.
Are we going push back? It's up to you, collectively, not me or any one other person. I ask again: do you like where things are going? If you don't, you have a responsibility to change it.
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EDIT - If anyone's thinking I can't hold my own and this is a sour grapes post, let me be clear: I CAN hold my own, against anyone, shooting anything.
I cleared two levels of the Hotel in Tippmann Town at EMR during Castle last year - with a stock class pistol, snap shooting the RT/electro toters one by one while they tried to paint the wall where I'd been a split second before.
I cleared half of the lower level of the Castle and all of the upper level, barrel tagging as I went - with a stock class pistol.
I put paint onto the shoulder blade of an experienced electro-toter who was menacing everyone at OXP the other weekend.
I CAN do that. It's not a relaxing weekend if I have to.
Last edited by CJOttawa; 09-22-2012 at 09:41 PM. Reason: haters can STFU
|09-22-2012, 05:36 PM||#2 (permalink)|
All nail Drum!
I am thinking somewhere in the middle:
2 invitational Saturday games monthly, two Sunday games.
This would allow those of us who want to casual old-school ball (read attitude, not gear) a chance to get out and play, and would allow us to enjoy our new friends, and convert possible new Saturday players.
I have been looking at trying something different next year... this year was the O/C pump, last year the year of the pirate....hmmm....
YOUR USeD CCM IS NOT WORTH WHAT YOU ARE ASKING.
|09-22-2012, 05:44 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ottawa ON
|09-22-2012, 05:55 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
As for the bounce jersey, I wear one - but if I get hit in the chest and I KNOW I was hit, I still call myself out. The break rule is a technicality. I play by more by the spirit of the game.
Electro: SL8R, NXT Shocker
Mech: None D:
Pump: None D:
Feedback: A5OG - X7OG - PbN - MCB - Tdot
Last edited by ThickChestHair; 09-22-2012 at 10:37 PM.
|09-22-2012, 05:59 PM||#6 (permalink)|
I'm thinking the issue is we are known as a pump crew and people think they can only play with us if you have a pump. Another issue is some of us (myself included) complain when sppedballers go nuts on us and use a million balls a second. I really do think it's time to branch off as our own crew and our own group of players. Like having our own private games on Saturday or Sundays.
|09-22-2012, 09:48 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Walking without rhythm
1) Thank you CJOttawa for posting this. I 100% think that this is an issue that needs to be discussed.
- Currently I do not know how many people we actually consider Featuring Death members and who are associates/friends...I think we are up somewhere between 20-30 now?
- I do think that a roster IS needed. And falling out of that I do think that some kind of formalized registration is needed. (more to follow, I have some ideas that supports this...)
- FD has grown because of who we are, and what we offer. People like it. I think that it needs to be protected for its own good so that it remains that shiny object people are attracted to.
2) I think a 'Leadership' <---key word there...Meeting needs to be held. This does not mean Everyone who thinks they belong to FD or even Everyone who has a jersey...(honestly the logistics of that alone would make it unfeasible...)
-Any organization needs a leader and a leadership team to support that leader. That team will take into account the wants and needs of the rest of the group and make decisions that they deem to be in the best interest of the group.
To get this process moving I am going to suggest that the Original 6 members make up the first leadership team.
The Original 6 are:
-Bob T Guy
Step one for this team will be to quickly decide who should be on the leadership team in a more permanent setting.
Step two for That team will be to draw up what the current Roster is (People are grandfathered in) and then that team will also decide on criteria and registration process for players who wish to join FD.
I have a few proposals for this team.
a) The leadership team should be made up of 5 members voted in?
b) Part of the recruitment process should be a waiting period. Length to be determined.
c) All members should have to buy a team jersey. Investing in the team means they care about the team. (there will be benefits...hopefully)
d) All members should have at a MINIMUM a 50rnd hopper or less in their gear bag to be handed out to any possible guest who they may bring to an FD game.
e) I am more happy to offer my house for a meeting if need be.
3) I think MAr's idea of 2 Saturday and 2 Sunday games is a good idea. FD gets to play together and also play against others. Having those CLOSED games makes the team closer, and also more desirable to outsiders. I would say that each member can bring one guest who is ready to follow FD rules... However, on Sundays, we join the OPEN group by choice and play by THEIR rules...We go in knowing there may be higher rates of fire and are prepared for it. We play our game, but should not expect them to change theirs for us.
4) As for FD being pump only, No I don't think that is the case and I don't think that is a requirement either. It may be a natural progression for our preferred format of play...but it should not be something used to exclude others who may lack the equipment.
I will be at the field tomorrow for a visit. Anyone who is there can chat some more then.
I am also happy to have people come over afterward for a BBQ and beer (BYOB/M) to have a team meeting.
I have played pump exclusively for the past two years...I just got a mag and have tac one parts in the mail!
|09-22-2012, 09:57 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Immune to sales tactics.
Join Date: Dec 2006
100% agree with all of the above.
A "management/leadership meeting" could be a regular thing - even if it's only "once every two months." It demonstrates commitment. Otherwise, we're not a team; we're just "some guys that occasionally shows up at the same place."
ThickChestHair: I'm not sure we've met but I will go out on a limb here and state that nobody in this thread is part of the problem.
|09-22-2012, 10:00 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Walking without rhythm
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