Originally Posted by chillinspyder2
How old are you John (If you don't mind me asking)...
My profile lists it. I'm way old. I turned 33 this year. I actually first turned Pro 10 years ago and finally retired at the beginning of this year.
Originally Posted by Dustinkwon
wow nice guns...let me have ur ego lol..
Wow, what a generous offer, but I'll decline.
It came as a black and yellow gun, but I swapped the yellow parts for chrome with a local guy whose gun looked terrible with the chrome.
Originally Posted by VSOwnage
I'm interested in any tips or advice you could give me..I'm not one of these fanboys that's going to claim I'm the "best tourney paintball player to grace the earth" because I'm clearly not. How do I know when I'm ready for intermediate? I've played Novice in NEPL for a couple events and novice tournaments all around, but my teams get smashed so it seems like it's no indication of my skill. I've also played many Class AA college tournaments, which are open and essentially worthless for any Divisional teams I'm assuming. How did you start out in the divisions? I'm just trying to catch a break here and get as much information possible so I can one day move on up through the NPPL rankings.
That's actually a pretty common question. You have to play. Join in local scrimmages if they exist, that's the cheapest way to play competitively. Try to join up with local players that have similar:
2. skill level
3. money situation.
All three of those are important for a local team to work. Once you have a team, get to playing. Find local events and play them all. If you aren't winning them, then save your money and don't even play larger events. Once you are known as a tough local player, then local teams will start asking you to play. Here's a secret: every team in the world is looking for new talent. If you are better at the paintball, more available, have cash to spend playing and can get along with the team better than their current players then they'll want you. If no one is asking, you need to get out and play more.
Lane Wright (former Team Xtreme, All American and Image player) once said that the best player on the team will get recruited to play by other teams. So if you aren't on a team, get on one or make one. If you are on one, you'll know you are playing well when you get offers.
I'll tell you some other time about how I moved up through the divisions. Ask me in a couple days, I've typed enough.