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Old 01-06-2017, 09:53 PM #1
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New team, need advice

Hey guys, I'm the one of the officers of VCU's paintball club. We have enough people to put a line in for nationals and we wanna make our first trip to nationals run smoothly for us. Putting performance on the field aside, what do we need to plan on for nationals? How early do we need to start planning? Any advice about any aspect of nationals is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:25 AM #2
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Planning for nationals is like planning for any tournament. The earlier you start, the better off you should be. Need to look at what format you are playing and how many people you are planning to bring, including players and staff, then make sure you have that many people that can commit to go.

After that comes all the stuff that requires money. Besides the entry fee and estimating the cost of paint, you need to arrange transportation (rental cars/vans and flights if needed), lodging (hotels work, but finding a house to rent is usually a better option for longer events with a lot of people), then any extra stuff you guys will need (food, gas, snacks for at the field, water/hydration, outside activities).

The earlier you start looking into this, especially the housing, the better deal you will get and more prepared you will be.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:54 AM #3
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Planning for nationals is like planning for any tournament. The earlier you start, the better off you should be. Need to look at what format you are playing and how many people you are planning to bring, including players and staff, then make sure you have that many people that can commit to go.

After that comes all the stuff that requires money. Besides the entry fee and estimating the cost of paint, you need to arrange transportation (rental cars/vans and flights if needed), lodging (hotels work, but finding a house to rent is usually a better option for longer events with a lot of people), then any extra stuff you guys will need (food, gas, snacks for at the field, water/hydration, outside activities).

The earlier you start looking into this, especially the housing, the better deal you will get and more prepared you will be.
Thanks man.Taking notes lol
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:17 AM #4
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For a college team, your biggest concern is budget, as most college kids do not have that much money to travel and play a major tournament while taking time off of work and class. You should make a budget and see how much funding you can get from the school. Overestimate what you will need. After that, either have each player pay their share of the difference or do things to fundraise. I know CSULB would host a couple 3 man events to raise money for their national event trip and work with a local field and paint supplier to get it done. The cheaper you can make it for everyone, the easier it will be.
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:00 PM #5
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For a college team, your biggest concern is budget, as most college kids do not have that much money to travel and play a major tournament while taking time off of work and class. You should make a budget and see how much funding you can get from the school. Overestimate what you will need. After that, either have each player pay their share of the difference or do things to fundraise. I know CSULB would host a couple 3 man events to raise money for their national event trip and work with a local field and paint supplier to get it done. The cheaper you can make it for everyone, the easier it will be.
Hey the local 3 man is a great idea. We never even thought of that. We've just been looking at the regular old fundraisers. Selling things, doing little competitions, a 50/50 raffle, etc.
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Old 01-07-2017, 01:49 PM #6
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Set it up with your local field. See how much it would cost. If a team wants to host an event, most fields charge per head. Then make it event paint only. Make it affordable, yet make sure you guys can make some $$ off it. You can either work the paint deal out with the field you are hosting it at or with a shop or sponsor if the field allows outside paint. Make sure you guys promote it well to get enough teams. Establish what level the competition is aimed at and which rules you guys will be using. To save money, have the team ref and staff it, but make sure your players know the rules that they are supposed to ref. For prizes, either do cash or see if you can get some sponsor donations from a shop or company. If you do, make sure you put sponsor banners up and mention how much you guy appreciate and value the support of the field and all sponsors. PM me if you want some ideas.
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:26 PM #7
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Set it up with your local field. See how much it would cost. If a team wants to host an event, most fields charge per head. Then make it event paint only. Make it affordable, yet make sure you guys can make some $$ off it. You can either work the paint deal out with the field you are hosting it at or with a shop or sponsor if the field allows outside paint. Make sure you guys promote it well to get enough teams. Establish what level the competition is aimed at and which rules you guys will be using. To save money, have the team ref and staff it, but make sure your players know the rules that they are supposed to ref. For prizes, either do cash or see if you can get some sponsor donations from a shop or company. If you do, make sure you put sponsor banners up and mention how much you guy appreciate and value the support of the field and all sponsors. PM me if you want some ideas.
Thanks we really appreciate all the help. If any questions come up, I'll definately PM you.
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:57 PM #8
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I'm the new President of Cornell University's Team. I got a kick out of seeing the former captain's comment on this thread. I don't post on PBN often but I'm willing to answer any questions if you ask via our facebook page. We're still alive and kicking four years later!
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