Originally Posted by runner007
Honestly, if you guys don't know NCPA rules and regulations then you shouldn't host an NCPA event. It doesn't take that long to just look through and read the rulebook. Everyone knows general paintball rules, so it shouldn't really be that hard to just flip through the rulebook.
Also, just in the future, make yourself more available to talk to. On several occasions our team made attempts to talk to you about only getting to play against two teams, but whenever we asked questions even the head referee didn't know the answer or who to talk to about getting an answer. I would have much rather talked in person to you about this instead of writing on the nation and making you guys look bad
Your right, paintball rules are pretty much standard across the board. It was not an issue of us not knowing the rules. Its an issue of some teams are always upset with reffing because it is a tough job and getting every call right is impossible. All of the reffs we had have played tournaments regionally and a couple out there had national event experience. It is a heartless job that rarely gets credit when deserved and always gets blame when its not perfect. Sorry it wasn't as expected but we did the best we could.
Also, part of the NCPA rules state that all reffs have to be 18+ older and that sometimes makes it difficult to find experienced reffs when you are in a region that doesn't have a ton of older players who are willing to work for minimal pay for a day. We have a ton of 16 and 17 year old kids who want to make a few extra dollars reffing an event but most 18 and older adults arn't going to take a weekend day out of their already busy schedule to reff a paintball tournament for $75.00, not to mention get to a field at the break of dawn. They would rather spend it with family or play paintball themselves after working a full week. That leaves us having to get who we can to reff events and I felt priveleged to find 8 reffs who have all had some tournament experience to officiate the event during their weekend off from work. Considering none of them had any specific "reff training" I think they did pretty well.
As for me not being available to talk to, I was around all day until finals and only left so I could spend an afternoon with my 4 year old daughter. Saturdays are typically my only off day and I had been there since 6:30 am. Not one person asked for me all day. No, I wasn't right by the field all day but I was on the facility at all times through the end of semi finals. Nick was the head reff and he was able to handle any issues that needed to be handled. I guarantee that Nick would have gotten me if something was needed he couldn't handle. His answer of "I don't know" regarding number of teams going to finals or about who you played in prelims was the truth. I wouldn't have known why either other than telling you that it was how the NCPA set up the schedule. Didn't make much sense to me either but we ran the event based off what we were given.
I'm truthfully not worried about "looking bad" in this thread. Every tournament we have ever held or hosted during the past 6 years has had some type of complaint as had just about every other tournament I've ever read reviews on or attended myself so I've come to terms that it is to be expected and not everyone will leave happy. Its unfortunately the nature of this industry and the demographic of the age of the majority of the players who participate in it. We keep on doing what we do and we continue to help grow the sport here in Chattanooga to the best of our ability.
I will say we do our best, offer the best service we can, and pride ourselves in helping paintball grow but its tough to make everyone happy when some things are out of our control. Its just frustrating when everyone wants to throw things out on a public forum without even posting their real name before trying to contact me by phone or private message first. Again, its just the nature of our industry and we have come to expect it.
Thanks again for all who came out,