Its painfully obvious that chris raehl only seems to intervene in an nppl conversation when he feels he can attempt to bring about the negatives.
So lets put those and any others to rest.
What does almost every team need when they go to 3 of the 4 national events in either league?
2) Rental Car(s)
1) Flights to Seattle from most airports are going to be around $300. Not a huge price jump, if any, from the cost of a flight to, lets say, Gavelston, Huntington Beach, or Las Vegas. So that's not an issue.
2) Rental car prices are generally standard across the board depending on which car you select and which company you choose. So that's not an issue.
3) Hotels fall into the same category as the rental car so I don't feel I need to explain. The nicer the hotel, the more you will pay. So again, this is not an issue.
So what are the issues?
1) The 2 hour drive (and it is 2 hours, 2 and 1/2 tops and thats being extremely generous) from Seattle to Vancouver.
2) Getting across the border.
1) Well, All I will say about this is that the New Jersey PSP event (which was a terrific event btw) was 45 minutes to an hour away from the closest airports. Philadelphia Intl. Airport was probably the cheapest and closest to the event and is about an hour away from Topgun Paintball where the event was held. This event did not suffer in attendance. Therefore, the drive should not be an issue. If an extra hour each way is an issue for your team, then please, feel free to cry and complain.
2) The big, apparent issue in question is getting across the border. Well this is no issue if you are driving. I've played Junior A Hockey for the last few years and have friends that still do this season. We travel across the canadian border 6-8 times per season. All you will need to get across the border is your drivers license (or photo ID) and your birth certificate. Everyone has to travel with their driver license/photo Id. So if bringing an extra piece of paper (your birth certificate) is an issue to play a national event, again, please feel free to cry and complain.
Now that I have mapped out all of that crap for you complainers out there, let me just say that traveling to a national paintball event is more than just competing in a paintball tournament. It is a chance to see the country and in some cases the world. This may not matter to some of you, but for the younger players, these paintball events may be your only chance to do this. I'm sure very few of you have been to Canada.
Just my 2 cents.. and all truth.