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Old 04-10-2013, 12:18 PM #1
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New Team advice

Me and my friends just created a team. Anyone got any advice for me like drills and how to get sponsorships?
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:39 PM #2
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Go to youtube and type in paintball drills. New team with proably new players, sorry to burst your bubble but getting sponsorship proably isn't gonna happen stick together an play for a year or two and get some tourny play under your belt. Sponsors like to have there name at every possible event they can.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:38 PM #3
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I just joined a starting college paintball team, best advice, hold A LOT of practices OFTEN. we practice ~twice a week.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:40 PM #4
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Also, if you can get the money together and have a big place to practice, buying used bunkers and used reballs has worked really well for us. It ends up being cheaper than a paint practice after like 2 or 3 practices (if you're spending $40 a case per person for like 5 people). you can even buy a big scuba tank and have your own air fill station. We practice indoors now and it works great
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:36 PM #5
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Also, if you can get the money together and have a big place to practice, buying used bunkers and used reballs has worked really well for us. It ends up being cheaper than a paint practice after like 2 or 3 practices (if you're spending $40 a case per person for like 5 people). you can even buy a big scuba tank and have your own air fill station. We practice indoors now and it works great
sounds like something I should look into haha
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:18 PM #6
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Practice. Don't even worry about sponsorships early on.
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Just like everyone else said: practice, practice, practice.

Practice on the field with paint, and practice at home without paint.
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Don't worry about sponsorship and everyone having the latest/greatest gear etc. The sponsorship that will benefit you the most will be the ones you put in the most work for.

Find a way to have practices at least every other week at the VERY minimum. More often is better.
When you play / scrimmage play teams that are better than yours, don't waste time/budget on open play teams, or teams you beat regularly. Play tougher teams.

Work on everyone's fundamentals at each practice and work on some team drills as well.

Focus on developing your players.


As far as making practice cheaper, talk to your local field (hopefully you have one most or all of your guys have been going to for a while. Try and work with them to get some solo practice time on the fields or reduced paint costs to help chip in around their field or store if they have one.
The best thing to remember is there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you stop chipping in, odds are they'll stop letting you practice or cut off the discount.
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A local field might be able to help you with practice costs and some tourney costs. That can be a give and take situation. Work on the communication and accuracy and have different set ups for the players. This way you can switch it up and the teams can't predict what your going to do. TEAM WORK does wonders
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thanks everyone for the advise
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Me and my friends just created a team. Anyone got any advice for me like drills and how to get sponsorships?
I've been playing for 20 years, and have never been sponsored. May just be beause i suck, but as a general rule: Sponsorships, real ones that is, don't usually come from Paintball specific companys at the Local, or even regional level. Best bet, is like everyone else has said, beat up the practice field, and actually get good. Also, a team that doesnt play events, really is not a team. You may think you are the greatest thing to ever happen, but if you're gettin beat down by D5 players, ya prolly need to grind a bit harder on the practice field.
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I've been playing for 20 years, and have never been sponsored. May just be beause i suck, but as a general rule: Sponsorships, real ones that is, don't usually come from Paintball specific companys at the Local, or even regional level. Best bet, is like everyone else has said, beat up the practice field, and actually get good. Also, a team that doesnt play events, really is not a team. You may think you are the greatest thing to ever happen, but if you're gettin beat down by D5 players, ya prolly need to grind a bit harder on the practice field.
you give grumpy old man advice. i approve
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:53 AM #13
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you give grumpy old man advice. i approve
Lol. Im not even 30, but i have seen how itis. Lol
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well i'm over 30 so

also, after you play 1 season of tourney ball, you will see how "sponsorship" really works. also stores will only offer "sponsorship" after you play at least 3 tournaments. please play those 3 tournaments in the same year
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well i'm over 30 so

also, after you play 1 season of tourney ball, you will see how "sponsorship" really works. also stores will only offer "sponsorship" after you play at least 3 tournaments. please play those 3 tournaments in the same year
thats 3 on a national level, not local events
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Practice until you can do nothing. Thats all you honestly need to do run some scrimmages. A one on one drill that I got from playing at a local field with some Mutiny players is you both start in opposite corners of the field, run across to the other corner do 10 pushups then just 1v1. It makes you winded so it simulates a real situation better. Run the drill multiple times really works you.
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If you try to go and apply for a Team sponsorship right now you will be denied because you have not participated in any events weither it is state events, like CFOA or CFPS, or national events, PsP or NPPL. they don't think that you could get their name out there just play playing local, i.e. your local field every weekend. so in other words not gonna sugar coat it. they don't want to waste their time and money on your team if its not gonna benefit them..
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Repetition. find your weak points and work on them during practice. and also conditioning.
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Not to beat a dead horse but practice. Sponsors are going to come down the road when you get recognition or have a local bar/food joint that you may be able to hit up. Like some others said it does not need to be a paintball related place.

Every video that you watch there are a couple things you see at all times that I would focus on.

Communication - It is the key to success with a lot of sports. Call out opposing teamates, get good easy call outs that are quick to say i.e. Dorito, snake, xbox, etc.

Body position - Make sure you angle your marker/body properly so you dont arbitrarily leave yourself exposed for an easy killshot "hug those bunkers"

Play on your weakside - If you are used to playing righty then go lefty, you will need to cover both sides and it exposes you too much if you shoot right on the left side of the bunker etc. If you constantly practice on your weakside you then become balanced on both sides of the field.

Cardio/movement - Find short routes to your objective, work on getting in shape if not already. Pretty self explanatory.

I am no means a godly player I just love the sport and have been playing for about 10 years. If I missed anything or incorrectly stated anything please feel free to correct me.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:11 PM #20
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Not to beat a dead horse but practice. Sponsors are going to come down the road when you get recognition or have a local bar/food joint that you may be able to hit up. Like some others said it does not need to be a paintball related place.

Every video that you watch there are a couple things you see at all times that I would focus on.

Communication - It is the key to success with a lot of sports. Call out opposing teamates, get good easy call outs that are quick to say i.e. Dorito, snake, xbox, etc.

Body position - Make sure you angle your marker/body properly so you dont arbitrarily leave yourself exposed for an easy killshot "hug those bunkers"

Play on your weakside - If you are used to playing righty then go lefty, you will need to cover both sides and it exposes you too much if you shoot right on the left side of the bunker etc. If you constantly practice on your weakside you then become balanced on both sides of the field.

Cardio/movement - Find short routes to your objective, work on getting in shape if not already. Pretty self explanatory.

I am no means a godly player I just love the sport and have been playing for about 10 years. If I missed anything or incorrectly stated anything please feel free to correct me.
Thanks man for the advice. And when you say try to get sponsors from not just paintball related companies, how should I approach them
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Thanks man for the advice. And when you say try to get sponsors from not just paintball related companies, how should I approach them
Plan your conversation ahead of time. Do you and your teamates have family, friends, wives, kids etc that will watch? Tell them an approx number of people you could bring in. I haven't been sponsored with paintball but through football and softball. It's a numbers game. Bars and restaraunts are usually the best place because its free advertisement to put their name on a jersey. They can provide money towards gear/apparel/etc.

A lot of times they will offer you a portion of money to start and if you prove loyalty to them they give you the other half or w/e the agreement is.

Expect failure and like many others have said get experience and possibly a portfolio together with your accolades.
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