The following tips are for new tournament players about divisions.
The whole point of divisions is so the new player wanting to start playing tournaments doesn't play a team that has been together for 6 years and will destroy everyone. If you dominate every season in a division you move up. Staying back in a division to win is called sandbagging and you will move up by the league.
Beginner or d6 - this division is for new tournament players in most local series you can't have more than a season or two in this division before moving up. This is where most people start.
Novice or d5 - This is another beginner division but a little more serious and competitive than d6. If you don't start in d6 then you will start here.
d4 - This is the end of local series. Unless you are very competitive most players stop here in their paintball career. The PSP starts here as do other larger series.
d3- Although people do move up from d4 without being competitive if they do they stop here. Most teams here aren't just going to do one event of a series they will do the whole thing.
d2 - Start of a serious, competitive players career. This is where paintball isn't just a hobby anymore, its a lifestyle and another job.
d1 - very competitive. some teams will do more than one series a year. An example of a d1 team is East Coast Killers
semi pro - one level below pro. If you have a 9-5 job u need to decide, paintball or a different job either in the paintball industry or one that has very flexible hours. This is insanely competitive, and you need to be 100% prepared. An example of a semi-pro team is Palm Beach Vipers.
pro - Most people think that pros get paid and play paintball for a living. Its time to face reality. Although some do, most don't. Pro is the top level of paintball. Dynasty, Naughty Dogs, and Ironmen are all Pro teams. They practice all the time and are close socially and mentally. Some Pro and Semi-Pro teams have "farm teams" and they mentor them. Palm Beach Vipers have 5 farm teams.
Last edited by thaballer1028 : 02-09-2009 at 08:12 PM.