I got to the field about 730 and things started pretty smoothly and not a cloud in the sky. The net went up and the bunkers got filled just like clock work. But as much air as we put into the bunkers field it seemed to be taken straight from our lungs. Typically me and the team run a few practice games prior to getting the kids playing but it we were exhausted and moving slow. Good thing is that we got a sunshade up for families and parents to watch.
People showed up and the games were great. The referees and volunteers did a great job of getting people in and off the field and most importantly making sure everyone had plenty to drink. Overall it was a good event not too many people standing around waiting to play but plenty of games got to played.
Next games should be on the 2 July 2011. Should be a big event.
In any case, I'm going to be live blogging the event for those who can't make it our to RockFish Church or are a little leery of playing paintball at a church or playing paintball period. So keep your browser locked on the homepage and look for updates. Hope to see you out there!
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The biggest obstacle for the net is really the wind. I bought plenty of stakes that I think most will be used for holding the bottom of the net still. That thing was blowin everywhere yesterday! It's the main reason the poles look like candy canes in the picture. Which raised my concern of how this is going to work out when the wind really gets to blowing. Yesterday was a calm breeze.
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As for my own little field adventure in the backyard, I got some stakes in the mail today which is good. Waiting on the bungees to tie down the bunkers but after that all systems should be a go after that. Still shooting for Sunday getting the net up. We'll see how sore I am after this Saturday. Or dehydrated. Or both...
So often when I went to fields when I was younger I was almost afraid of the dark art known as filing tanks. I doesn't seem that complex any more. I'm sure there are some more nuances I'm going to learn during this field ownership but it should be fun. Besides isn't that why we play paintball in the first place?
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My friend and I worked on the field this weekend. Filled all the bunkers up we could and got the netting poles up. No small feat. Most of the bunkers are good a few bad apples but nothing a few good patch jobs can't fix. They're pretty larger and getting pretty warm in the sun and by warm I mean hot.