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Old 12-08-2010, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Adjustments to PSP RaceTo Format and 2011 Season

I got just this in the email, I'm not usually a follower of Pro Paintball, but even these changes got me taking a second look. Any thoughts?


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Adjustments to PSP RaceTo Format and 2011 Season

The PSP is taking steps to make it possible for talented players of all sizes, ages and pay grades to compete nationally. Currently, smaller and wealthier players have an edge in the PSP. The field layouts have not been friendly to larger players, and the teams with heavy financial backing can afford to practice the field layout every weekend. It's time to make sure the most talented players are the ones excelling in the PSP, not just the most fortunate.

After speaking with many current and past players of the PSP as well as our Master Sponsors, we have decided to make the following changes:

Lengthen the field 10 feet per side (Total size will now be 120 x 170 feet)
Eliminate Pit-side coaching and communication
Field Layouts will not be released prior to the events
Adjust position of bunkers to better suit a wider variety of players
Adjust classification system for D1 - Pro, now that the Semi-Pro division is absent


We're taking the game in a direction that will include more players, as opposed to excluding them as has been done in the past. We need to make sure players can still compete when they turn 30 or are not in a financial position to practice every weekend. We feel this is the right thing to do for our customers and our business as well as the sport and industry.

The PSP is here for the long run. These steps are in an effort to include more people in the game, while still making sure the ones with the best paintball skills win. More information on the 2011 season will be released in the weeks to come at PSP Events - #1 Professional Tournament Paintball League in the World !
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Field Layouts will not be released prior to the events

THIS IS AWESOME
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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THIS IS AWESOME
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Not that I could ever play in PSP... but still, AWESOME
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just saw it "over there". I love the kids that are already crying foul over the end of pit coaching. To me that's one of my biggest problems with competitive speedball. There's no skill needed when you know exactly where everyone is.

I think the changes have been needed for awhile, they're doing the best they can on their end to even the playing field for everyone. Now the average joe will have a chance to compete against the big dogs.

Also not releasing layouts. Best decision ever! Now people will actually have to walk the fields to find the best angles. No more advantage to the guys with the deepest pockets.

I like it.
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Amazing news from PSP, for sure.

Not like the crappy decision to do away with uncapped semi from the NPPL. Unforgiveable
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THIS IS AWESOME
I like this. Always have, as well as no side coaching
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I just saw it "over there". I love the kids that are already crying foul over the end of pit coaching. To me that's one of my biggest problems with competitive speedball. There's no skill needed when you know exactly where everyone is.

I think the changes have been needed for awhile, they're doing the best they can on their end to even the playing field for everyone. Now the average joe will have a chance to compete against the big dogs.

Also not releasing layouts. Best decision ever! Now people will actually have to walk the fields to find the best angles. No more advantage to the guys with the deepest pockets.

I like it.
Not only deep pockets, but availability. The SoCal and Florida kids can play year round and the fields make sure they have the layout set up from the day it's released. Up here in New Hampshire. Our speedball fields come out in May, a month after the first or even second events.

Huntington Beach this year, Blizzard had all these strategies and got rolled by teams that were playing on the layout for a month.

This is by far the coolest update ever.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The only thing that's missing is some middle-ground compromise of paint limits - but I guess people are still rich enough to not care overall.

This should make the events more interesting to watch!
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:56 PM   #9 (permalink)
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hey! you may actually need some skills to win now....

that's one reason sc village is worth going to, they don't allow walk on players to do backseat shooting.

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We're taking the game in a direction that will include more players, as opposed to excluding them as has been done in the past. We need to make sure players can still compete when they turn 30 or are not in a financial position to practice every weekend. We feel this is the right thing to do for our customers and our business as well as the sport and industry.
i wonder what their policy on pump is...
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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