Originally Posted by BIG T25
I have a question regarding practices etc. for these teams.
It sounds like there will be practice every weekend during the season. I did some math, and if you shoot a case every practice, it comes out to around $1000 worth of paint just for practices. Are we getting any help financially? (Even if it means working at the field on Saturdays and practicing on Sundays or something along the lines of that).
I am very willing to work at the field and do whatever to practice for free, but if that isn't an option...I'm not sure what I can do seeing as I'm not an adult with a well-paying job and I know my parents won't pay a cent.
I guess I have some questions for you before I can answer your questions.
What team are you trying out for?
How good do you want to become?
What are your goals for yourself and your team?
How did you come up with $1000?
There are MANY ways you can earn money for practice paint at TPA but I will not get into that till people commit to the team.
Here's something I have kept on file. It's not me (it's another store owner) speaking but since you asked about finances I thought post it. Everyone please take the time to read it.
"As a store who sponsors some local and national teams, I have to admit that sponsorship for most companies has little to do with getting a return on your money. The $15,000 a year we drop on sponsorship would make us more financial return investing in inventory than in the teams. The reason we sponsor teams is to get heavily involved in the sport we sell and promote.
We get 2 teams a day who contact our store for sponsorship, and they all promise the same things:
1. They'll win every event
2. They'll bring us a ton of business
3. They'll tell every player about us
4. They'll be good sports
5. They'll never miss a practice
The reality is that few of those things matter. What matters to us is seeing a commitment in our teams. If the teams only want sponsorship because they can't afford the sport, they're not a team we really have a lot of faith in. If you love the sport of paintball and are committed to it, you'll go out and work a second job to pay for it.
If you want sponsorship for bragging rights, forget about it. Stores will lose business if you make a fool of yourselves.
If you want sponsorship so you can get discounts, that's not helpful either. Unless you're winning a lot of events and generating interest in the store, you're only hurting the store by taking inventory at a lower (or no) profit than real customers.
Sponsorship is a two way street. The team that is sponsored has to provide something valuable to the store. Going in an cleaning up and helping out on a busy Saturday is a great step. Presenting yourselves as mature, committed players with good sportsmanship is key. Evaluating your play and fixing your problems can't be forgotten.
If you want to get sponsored, the first step is to go out, get a job (or two!) and force yourself to team practice every week, or twice a week. Present yourself to the local stores and fields, and show them you're committed. Don't even bring up sponsorship, just tell them "Hey, we practiced this weekend, and are going to this and this tournament next month." When you win, show them the trophy.
After a year (or two) of practicing often, doing well in tournaments, and getting other players from other teams to give you props and respect you on and off the field, you can then start looking for real sponsorships. If your team is less than 6 months old, forget it. I see teams come in the store every day that don't last 3 months because the players aren't ready for the commitment and don't know how to handle team play.
The last thing is to try and find sponsors for your team closest to you: parents, friends, bosses, relatives. Does your uncle own an oil change shop? See if he'll pitch in $50 a month if you get his logo and info on your banners and flyer. Does your mom work for a florist? See if she can find you even just $25 a month. It all helps, and it all moves you forward.
Sponsorship is not just about money, or even primarily about money. It is about making a commitment to a relationship with your sponsor."
There will be mandatory practices once the teams are formed. I can't tell you how often till we build the teams. HOWEVER, IF you make a team it's up to you to earn YOUR spot and playtime and keep it. People that come out more often will progress faster and usually take spots from those who don't practice as much, even if you're blessed by the paintball gods.