Shoot lots of paint and keep your lanes covered. Lock down the field and make sure everyone knows there zones.
Biggest suggestion is for everyone on the team to read the rule book. This allows your team the opportunity to discuss the game with the judges should you need to. Knowing the rules will work in your favor. Ahead of the event, elect ONE person on the team to be responsible for this. This would be someone with lots of confidence, strong negotiation techniques and knowledge of the NPPL Rule Book. If the event that you need to "argue" with a judge, have your player with the issue EXPLAIN the issue to your "negotiator" and have him talk to the judge by himself. Trust me.
Make sure there is no bounce in your guns. Make sure everyone's goggles are not modified. No cuts or anything like that. Gotta keep it legit.
Walk the fields the day before you play and most importantly, watch how the pro and division 1 players play the field. You will learn lots of tricks and tactics that you can utilize. If you see a pro player walking the field, go up, introduce your self and ask if they have any tips for playing this particular layout. Their insight is extremely helpful! Also, find out what paint is working at the time. Pro's are very finicky and don't like balls breaking in the guns, or, alternatively, not breaking on your opponents. They will be the first to share with you what you should be shooting.
If you have an extra player or two, figure out your schedule and the teams you play. Plan to have one of your players watch their breakout and figure out how they play the field. This will allow you to counter-act their game plans and insure the best chances of victory.
The bunkers with lots of paint on them are typically important. Find them and then try to find out what players are using them for. Are they shutting down lanes? Or do they have a blind shot on a bunker across the field?
Test your equipment before you go. Make sure your boards are in NPPL mode. Bring extra pods and fresh batteries. Place your new batteries into your loaders and guns the day of the event!!!
Get lots of rest and stay hydrated. Best of luck!
Last edited by Justin Mason : 09-21-2010 at 03:16 PM.