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Old 07-06-2015, 02:47 PM #1
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Hey guys,
Looks like I will be co-captaining the EKU paintball team's return and they've put me in charge of working with you guys (The paintball community! ).

My question comes from the typical high school dream of playing P-ball and getting paid for it, but try to work with me as I am all for having realistic expectations- I just need to know where those expectations need to lie.

It was my understanding when you were trying to start- for lack of a better term- a "Private Paintball Team", that you definitely needed to get some games and a solid record under your belt before continuing on to attempt to gain sponsors. But does that game change at all at the College level?

Our team has had some games under its belt... In the past. But we are part of the University and intend to play at the AA level in the NCPA, as well as maybe some Go'N Postal at Asylum, possibly even SEPS and MSXL (Still trying to convince the other captain, she's not familiar with tourney/league structure). But these things cost money, so even just cash to mitigate the heavy hitting entry fees and high cost of paint would be helpful.

Do you guys think this is really possible without a track record since we're a university team? Obviously going to start local, but from there, do we stand a chance this year? Or am I wasting valuable time I could be out washing cars for 5's?
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:24 PM #2
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Well this is very exciting, I didn't think we were ever going to see the team up and running again like it used to be. It's very reasonable to look to the SGA and other avenues within the school for funding; we were the most highly funded club sport on campus two years in a row (along with club sport of the year three years in a row) and were slated to have our own field on campus by Stratton until some unforeseen circumstances arose.

You'll need to find the proper people to talk to, given that they're still around; who knows, new people could be completely against the idea. If you want, I'll do what I can within my abilities and talk to the older guys to see if they have any advice. While we generally got stomped, we were at one point playing in NCPA Div A.
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Old 07-08-2015, 10:07 AM #3
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I'm hoping it'll be up and running at the standards of w hat use to be, but I don't know if we're going to quite be able to reach those heights.

I've been talking to Alex Jones about all of it (Not sure if that's you or not tbh). But yeah, we're trying to find those proper people- hoping Mr. Corack will help me find the ones that are on our side and seeing about possibly continuing that field project.

That would be great! Any advice you could offer would be awesome. We may not be up to Division A this year, but if we get it running on a sustained basis, they could one day be back up there.

Glad to hear someone else is happy about this too!
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:19 AM #4
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:10 PM #5
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I just saw that man! Thank you for reaching out! I PM'ed you back!
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:42 PM #6
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I guess new question to the other NCPA teams: how did gathering sponsors go for you guys? Who'd you contact and who took you on?
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:15 PM #7
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Hey True, I was one of the co-founders of the 2007 team, and the VP. Feel free to shoot me a message, and we can chat about some things as far as your questions go. I live in Lexington, so I can also help you guys with things if you need. Just let me know.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:31 PM #8
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:41 PM #9
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lol
Yeah it's been quite some time since I've even picked up a marker, I'd love to see this get going again though.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:40 PM #10
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I agree with Alex. Fair points and not at all mean.
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Old 09-18-2015, 01:11 AM #11
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This is awesome. I'm for sure down to get the team going again.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:28 AM #12
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Update on the team-
Last year we didn't have enough players with equipment to be able to get a solid team going.

This year- we sold the air compressor last semester, and I currently have deals going for all the major gear everyone would need: Axes, flexes, tanks, rotors. We're going to hold tryouts and contract 5 players. These 5 along with whoever has their own gear is who will make up the team!

If you're heading to EKU any time soon, make sure to check back in for a team try out date if you don't have gear!
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Good to see that the rebirth is happening again just like Skillet and Will Hatten did with the team in 07 when we rebooted. My best advice is to put together a stellar video presentation to woo the funding board. Did wonders for us in 08-09 when the team made the jump to class A. Here are some photos of the team through the years you feel free to use for a presentation.

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Old 08-14-2016, 05:01 PM #15
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I see myself in that last pic. I had a copy of it once, might still be at my parents house lol.
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I see myself in that last pic. I had a copy of it once, might still be at my parents house lol.
yep definitely found a couple of you Cody.

Also just played a 3 man CPS tournament at Conders that was very well run. Small field size, but practically brand new turf, and good competition. Entry was only 75 bucks a team, field paint only but you only need at max 1.5-2 cases a person. D5 rank only through appa registration. If you have a few newer guys that have a d5 rank it would be worth it to send a team for experience and recruiting potential players. There is another one coming up September 11th.
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I agree, I love my white one
those white jerseys were nice.
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I have not heard from Will in a long time.

Still friends on facebook but never see him up to much, he used to come practice with us way back when he was about 12-14 years old. His little brother could ball too.

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I have not heard from Will in a long time.

Still friends on facebook but never see him up to much, he used to come practice with us way back when he was about 12-14 years old. His little brother could ball too.

makes me feel old.
Yep and not getting any younger. Haven't talked to Will since he went to Liberty for grad school.

How is everything going with the EKU team? Haven't heard an update in a bit.
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