Yeah, so, Zap kind of Blew.
After our 17 hour ride to Zap, My team and I were ready to play. First we hit the trade show. Which was amazing. I had a hard time saving enough coin for paint the next day
so much to buy, in such a little tent... very cool. I bought about $500 worth of stuff. Was cool to be able to talk to all the people there, like Rocky, Tom kay, ect...
We didn't go for the trade show though, we came to play.
It only takes a few people to royaly **** up a tourny. If they're in
the right position, all it takes it a call. And thats exactly what
happened. The refferees were the worst part of the IAO.
Heres a few of the calls made on my team in the first 3 rounds...
(Keep in mind, this is 3 man, when 1 is gone, the other team just
roles on you)
1 - Center man called for Abandoning equipment when his hopper fell off (the neck had actually broken off), and the team directly before us had had the samething happen without the call. And his hopper was in perfect condition.
2 - My left tape was called for playing on with an obvious hit. Sure i could understand that, if it wasn't a "DOWN THE BARREL SHOT" good god you couldn't tell if it was a barrel break or a gun shot...
3 - Another good one - they called my center man out, then back in, then out, then told him to stand there... meaning hold the flag. He did so, then they called him back in. BUT since his hand was up they called him out.
Funny thing is. After the first few games, after it was impossible for us to advance, they stopped ****ing with us, and we maxed em. They ****ed with our points, not including all of them sometimes (i never knew 3 man was SO HARD to keep the points of). As a player, there isn't much i can do besides ***** and moan. Which i didn't do at the tourny.
ANYWAY. To all the "NPPL" reffs who didn't think an Amature Tourny was important enough to take seriously - We're the next Generation of players. Show some respect.