And now a word from our sponsors

The following message just came in from one of my teams’ sponsors, Special Ops Paintball (Spec Ops).  This company has done a lot for paintball in general, and huge amounts for the sport in Utah.

Several months ago, Spec Ops bought land in Tooele County that it
planned to use as a commercial paintball field. The Spec Ops property
is over seven hundred (700) acres, and Spec Ops is exploring the
possibility of developing a destination paintball field that would be
the finest scenario paintball field west of the Mississippi.
Unfortunately, the neighbors have petitioned Tooele County to ban ALL
paintball fields unless they are located in commercially zoned areas.
If the proposed amendment passes, not only will it scuttle Spec Ops
plans for the existing land, but it might just keep all paintball
fields out of Tooele County.

The Tooele County Commission is holding a public hearing on the
proposed amendment to limit paintball in Tooele County. The public
hearing will be held on August 21, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the City of
Tooele at 47 South Main Street. This is your chance to be heard by the
Tooele County Commissioners, the very people that will vote on whether
or not to limit your access to paintball. Since it is a public hearing,
anyone can attend the meeting and tell the Tooele County Commission
just what they think about limited access to paintball fields. So if
you’d like to keep paintball thriving here in Utah, we suggest that
you turn up at the public hearing and voice your support.

We hope to see you there!

Special Ops Paintball

This news is just scary.  A similar thing happened a couple of years ago in Saratoga Springs, when city commissioners rezoned the land just to shut down Showdown, Pegleg paintball’s field.  With that action they forced a up-and-coming business to give up major assets, and they also shut down Utah Valley’s only paintball field.   Will Tooele join with other cities such as Draper to shut down paintball, either simply as recreation, or as a business?  Face it people, paintball is now the second largest “extreme” sport in the nation, it’s big business.  The only reason I’ve ever been to Tooele is for paintball. I’ve seen mock-ups of some of the plans for the Tooele field, and believe me, they are telling the truth about it being the finest scenario field around.  Given the chance to build this field, people truly will come not only from across the state, but absolutely the country, just to play this field.  Don’t be idiots Tooele, this would be a huge boon to your city and county.  Don’t mess this up.

The Elite Weekend

This past weekend, Utah saw it’s first of what I hope will be many of a new type of major paintball event.  SpecOps hosted their first “Elite Weekend”.  This event brought in players from all over the country who attended for special access to clinics taught by the top names in paintball, as well as sneak peeks into new at upcoming equipment.

Regular attendees received customized equipment packages, featuring the new Tippman X7, custom camo, vests, masks and more.  They attended classes based on playing positions, and were given a chance to practice in various scenarios.

So, what did I do with it?  Well, since SpecOps is a one of our sponsors, and it was home, Team DesertEdge invited to help Ref, as well as provide specialized OpFor (Opposing Forces) during the various events.

On Friday night, after reffing the SPPL format game, I helped defend a small fixed position with a couple teammates against squads who would attack with superior numbers, as well as night vision.  While setup largely to provide a somewhat easy-to-overcome experience for the players, they didn’t count on the accuracy difference of our team.  Between good communications, and accurate snap-shooting (as well as a willingness to unload some paint) we were constantly able to thrash on the attacking groups.

Saturday morning I ran the “Downed Pilot” scenario, in which teams would arrive on special atv trailers with GPS coordinates of the last KNOWN position of a downed pilot.  Their mission was the retrieve said pilot, or at least a disc that he was carrying.  Problem was there was a squad of OpFor also looking for the pilot.  I had a lot of fun with the groups involved, especially when the pilot involved a guy who played in a Kilt (krazy8).

For the afternoon, I switched to play mode again, and assisted in the “Assault” mission.  This was basically the same mission as the previous night, except we had less people, and were constrained to notIMG_05194.jpg leave the fortifications.  With 2-1 odds, as well as several tactical helps such as fortified bunkers, and attacking from the high ground, you would expect that we would get overrun.  However only  a few managed to do that during the day.  Nothing is as scary to an opposing force as putting my team in a bunker, and telling them the magic words “Free Paint”.  Do note, in the picture the large amount of white ‘mist’ around the player (foolybear).  He is raising his hands and calling himself out not because of a direct hit (too much coverage), but because I had so much paint hitting  the defenses that the mist around him layered on, and made it so he couldn’t see.  So he did the proper thing, as any good player would, and called himself out by attrition 🙂  He’s a great player, and we had fun chatting about the experience afterwards.

There were a large number of other events, being run by big names in paintball such as Tiberius, Greg Hastings, and many more.

I skipped out on the amazing final battle on Sunday, but everybody is talking about how amazing it was.  Large trained forces, many mini-missions and objectives.  Tanks, Helicoptors (with door gunner!) , Prizes, and lots of fun.  People are already talking about how much they want to attend the next one.

Keep that in mind for next year, and if this has raised interest, there are many other fun events still to happen this summer, stay tuned.  At least one gallery is available at pbjunke.com.