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Old 01-07-2008, 02:48 AM #1
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"Hybrid Paintballers" Unite

First off let me start by stating this is not a hate club!!!

With That Said.... You know what I Hate :-) having to be classified as a single type of paintballer. I mean how long do we have to hear the Speedballers vs Woodsballers, Rec Ballers, Scenario Ballers, One Leg Midget Ballers.... Its never ending.

I am the Captain of a "Scenario" team, Team Voodoo. We play in scenario Games, Big games, Rec Ball events throughout the United States and abroad but at our roots ill admit we love speedball, we love the fast pace, the adrenaline the in your face style suits us. Every time we hit the field in our custom green/yellow SP jerseys designed by Bonusball King we hear one of two comments .... If we are on a speedball field its "You guys a scenario team...why are u dressed like that" if we are on a woodsball field "Oh look out for the speedballers, they are gonna run and gun" , It has gone on long enough... even longer than this run on sentence!

The fact of the matter is players in any community attribute paintball to life and in life we all have an instict to belong to a tribe. Skaters, Snowboarders, Metal heads, Punks, Bloods, Crips....everyone wants to identify. For someone like myself who has played for over 23 years in every form of paintball (Minus Competition XBALL, It just started when i stopped playing competition, Old a55 i know) its hard to identify with a single form. In the ten years since I collectively formed Team Voodoo we have been classified by the flavor of paintball that we decided to focus on that year. it gets confusing to a lot of people after a while. But im getting off on a tangent...Back to Tribes. I think the main fuel behind the VS bullshat is just that classification. I dont think i can ever say im a paintball player with out having to answer if i play speedball or woodsball, and im far from a rec baller spending over 15,000 a year on paintball with 20-24 games scheduled a season and 2 - 2 1/2 % of those games being outside of my immediate playing area including Florida, Chicago, Mexico, Australia, California.

So anyway to get back on topic because the BAWLS is wearing off. I realize that as hard as one may try we can never get rid of the classifications, like i said before ... its in our blood. So what does a player that plays in every facet of paintball , who doesnt dress the steryotipic way. who doesnt always shoot the steryotipic marker but who nonetheless loves playing paintball and bringing their A game nomatter what call themselves?

After thinking about it and realizing Paintball Gods would get flamed.... I settled on "Hybrid Paintballer" "Hybrid Paintball Player" or "Hybrid-Baller". I know some of you are like GAY! Dont worry after this Bawls high and the flu wear off i may say the same but i still have that sentiment so if your like me and just want play ball any way you can Join the club and the next time someone asks just say " I'm a Hybrid Paintballer... I play paintball... end of story"


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Old 01-29-2008, 10:28 AM #2
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:56 AM #3
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:49 PM #4
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:36 PM #5
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:58 PM #6
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quite simply stated above but in a nutshell “Hybrid Paintballers” ; Not Speedballers, Not Woodsballers, just 100 % Ballers 100 % of the Time.
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:29 PM #7
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im in, i agree with you. i like both.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:48 PM #8
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we cant just call ourselves gods? dayum... guess im a hybrid too.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:17 AM #9
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:29 AM #10
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Whats up sparrow! how are you ?

i see your playing at Cousins on the 30th have a good one man I wish i could be there but it seems i will be without a ride. so yeah that sucks , Ill have a new Banner made up for the Hybrid Ballers and send it to you guys.
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:49 AM #11
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so I am what, #7?
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Old 03-30-2008, 12:26 PM #12
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Lucky 7's you know how it goes.

Whats up lil brother? Sorry i missed you guys yesterday and today. I had an audit I had to finish up for work this weekend as if not completed id have to deal with a whole lot of **** at work and miss chicago next week.

but yeah you know how it is to have to hear the whole BS about what kind of player you are and have to hear all the hooplah when you tell ppl you play scenario..."Dressed like that" Annoying.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:19 PM #13
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A post like this is long overdue. Count me in 100%!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:21 PM #14
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Team Desert Edge has a similar approach... we wear pants from eclipse, custom jerseys made by animal you'd see on "tourney kids", but with a custom digi-cam, run egos and eteks, but play paintball with passion and pride no matter what event we're in. we're at home in every style of play from scenarios to recball to speedball. put an airball field in the woods and we'd play the he!! out of that too! we've traveled from salt lake city to oklahoma, pennsylvania, oregon, and nevada for games. this year we're adding californa and michigan. i'm going to be the first from Desert Edge to spread the word.

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Old 02-03-2009, 09:26 PM #15
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Majority of the big scenario teams in our area, NY/NJ/PA are the "speedball looking" type of teams. All rock high end guns, wear speedball style pants from various companies, whatever + whatever harness's and custom jerseys. Why because we want the competitive edge, the awesome looks and to be noticed.

I personally love being noticed when im on the field, gives me more opportunity to be a complete PITA to the other side.

congratz to you boys as well.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:00 AM #18
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Awe Hey I join up add me . I play speedball tournies and every sat i play bushball with buddys . i love both . Hater to hatin .

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Old 02-25-2009, 03:55 PM #19
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I'll join. I run a Scenario team based out of MA and ran a speedball team last year. This year a friend and I will be co-captaining a speedball team for local tounys, and posibly hitting the road to play some USPL, X-Ball and the Spyder cup. Soooo, we have big plans.
I'm sick of all this agg, noob killer, BAMF bullsh!t. It doesn't do our sport a hell of a lot of good.
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We've been using that term for years. It just fits.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:39 AM #21
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Sorry to necro this thread. One of my teammates linked it, I didn't realize it was dead and gone.
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