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Old 10-20-2013, 07:55 PM #1
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Careers, Life, and Tournament Paintball

I'm in college and on track to becoming an accountant. I wanna continue playing in tournament paintball but it just doesn't look like it will fit into my life right now. I wanna know about other tournament players career side of life and here there stories.

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:28 AM #2
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I'm a network manager keeping 2000ish users and 30 servers running across 5 physical sites.

I am a D4 player that plays once a week, sometimes twice, along with a tournament about once a month.

I work approx 45-50 hrs a week, but it is almost always exclusively mon-friday so it doesn't affect being able to play. I live with my girlfriend, but she doesn't mind me taking a day(half a day really) a week to do something I enjoy. I am only playing D4 and playing regional tournaments, so events are also only on the weekends. If you are looking to play PSP things get a little more tricky because they start games on thursdays. But if you start your job with vacation time already, you could plan for those days.

It doesn't work for everyone, and not every job is totally compatible with playing. A few people I used to play with, graduated college and had to stop when they found a real job.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:05 AM #3
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I'm a network manager keeping 2000ish users and 30 servers running across 5 physical sites.

I am a D4 player that plays once a week, sometimes twice, along with a tournament about once a month.

I work approx 45-50 hrs a week, but it is almost always exclusively mon-friday so it doesn't affect being able to play. I live with my girlfriend, but she doesn't mind me taking a day(half a day really) a week to do something I enjoy. I am only playing D4 and playing regional tournaments, so events are also only on the weekends. If you are looking to play PSP things get a little more tricky because they start games on thursdays. But if you start your job with vacation time already, you could plan for those days.

It doesn't work for everyone, and not every job is totally compatible with playing. A few people I used to play with, graduated college and had to stop when they found a real job.
i'm almost in the same boat as this guy.

i'm an engineer at a major auto manufacturer and besides the occasional weekend that i work, i play almost every weekend. it really depends on the job you've got and the partner you're with. if she doesn't like it or doesn't understand paintball, you're going to have a hard time justifying spending your free time not with her.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:38 PM #4
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I'm a full time student at my college. I also live at home, my college is 10 minutes from my house. I'm a criminal justice major. I work summers, Monday-Friday to afford paintball and other stuff, on weekends, my weekend is all paintball all the time. Saturdays I ref at my local field usually, Sundays are for practice days and tournaments. It definitely doesn't work for everyone, but for me I make it work to play the sport I love.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:05 AM #5
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I'm a full time student at my college. I also live at home, my college is 10 minutes from my house. I'm a criminal justice major. I work summers, Monday-Friday to afford paintball and other stuff, on weekends, my weekend is all paintball all the time. Saturdays I ref at my local field usually, Sundays are for practice days and tournaments. It definitely doesn't work for everyone, but for me I make it work to play the sport I love.
I'm in a similar situation. I go to school full time Monday thru Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays I ref at my local field and Sundays I play paintball. For me I have had to make a lot of sacrifices to play tournament paintball and practice week in and week out. Spending money on paint and fees adds up for anybody let alone students. For me it is worth it though I love paintball.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:53 AM #6
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i work full time in insurance sales. I also live with my girlfriend and shes very open to me doing what i love. I'll be playing once a week now that im getting back into the sport after a 2 year hiatus during which i was getting situated in a full time job, bought a house, etc. just because you have a career doesnt mean you cant do what you love on your off time. it make mean making some adjustments but if youre dedicated you can always make time for it.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:04 PM #7
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im going to play devils advocate here and give you the bad sides though i believe its worth it to play.

I play paintball probably 3 weekends a month but to get here i have lost relationships, friends and numerous job opportunity's.

To be able to play competitively you cant work on sundays.
you have to be able to spend couple hundred dollars a month just on paint.
you also have to be ready for friends and family to not understand why you want to do all these things just to play a game.

if you can do all this welcome aboard
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:39 PM #8
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NCO in the army, I work about 60 hours a week, play 3 times a week.
It works well, only time I cant play is when I'm gone training.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:29 PM #9
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I'm working 2 jobs, 1 is my own business. I try to train brazilian jiu jitsu a few times a week and now I have money again so I think Sundays are now my go to paintball day. Having a bit of money really helps I can afford all the gear I want and shoot as many paintballs as I want. I used to have to heavily conserve. It's fun now!
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:52 AM #10
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I'm in the same boat as you skunk, I'm a student. Sometimes it's really hard to be able to play since when you're in college money is a pretty big deal.

My question to the people in relationships is why that's a problem. Where I live sundays basically consist of waking up early to get to the field, playing for a few hours, then heading back home. Why does half of your day on sunday effect a relationship?
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:10 PM #11
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I'm in the same boat as you skunk, I'm a student. Sometimes it's really hard to be able to play since when you're in college money is a pretty big deal.

My question to the people in relationships is why that's a problem. Where I live sundays basically consist of waking up early to get to the field, playing for a few hours, then heading back home. Why does half of your day on sunday effect a relationship?
Time and money. Spending constantly on paintball and telling my GF why I don't want to live in a larger apartment or to buy a new mattress, etc. but then I go and blow money paintball. A lot of significant others don't get it and probably visa versa.

My GF doesn't care if I go on Sundays but then when I want to buy, buy and buy on paintballing it becomes an issue.
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Old 11-07-2013, 02:05 PM #12
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That actually makes a lot of sense. Especially if you're sharing assets I guess.

It is a lot of money after all.
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:39 PM #13
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That actually makes a lot of sense. Especially if you're sharing assets I guess.

It is a lot of money after all.
Yeah in my relationship I pay more than her and make more than her so when I said I'm dropping about $700 on getting all new gear, gun, etc. Her draw dropped but she let me. But if I kept spending and spending and accruing new guns she would have a problem. I imagine some girlfriend's regardless of shared finances get jealous of the time, energy and money that is placed into paintballing as well. That's a lot of shoes, handbags, purses and wallets that can be bought with what some guys invest.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:37 AM #14
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Not just girlfriends but wives. Have a child and it's worse. I make a good salary now so I can spend $400+ a month on paintball. But I pay the bills and take care of my family first.

However, this is a hobby. Happy wife, happy life. My daughters hobbies come second. Then I come third with my expenditures. I tell my wife I need to get out to release my work anger. It replaced trips to the bar weekly. I don't drink like I used to, but I shoot more kids and have a better time.

Life is all about compromise.

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Old 11-08-2013, 06:12 AM #15
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:17 PM #16
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Maintenance Mechanic I work every other weekend so it's hard for me to commit to a real serious team (PSP Level) that practices every sunday.

Married with one kid so it's also hard for me to justify spending hundreds on a new gun so I usually buy pre-owned equipment. This past season I did play a few local tournaments.
But with all that said I do find time to practice and play events. When I try out for a team I am always up front with them concerning my work schedule as work and family come first paintball is second. I have played many national tournaments so that is all kind of out of my system for now.
It is a tough balance, Life and Paintball but it can be done.
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Time and money. Spending constantly on paintball and telling my GF why I don't want to live in a larger apartment or to buy a new mattress, etc. but then I go and blow money paintball. A lot of significant others don't get it and probably visa versa.

My GF doesn't care if I go on Sundays but then when I want to buy, buy and buy on paintballing it becomes an issue.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:48 AM #18
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:53 PM #19
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I'm a full-time college student, maintain a full-time job 40 hours a week, go to the gym 5 days a week, play soccer 2 days a week, have a girlfriend, and play paintball at least once a week (D2 Team in the making). It's all about time management, coffee, and most importantly enjoying what you do. People too often complain that there's not enough time in the day to do everything they want, but it all comes down to how bad you want it. With all of this on my plate, I can honestly say I've never been happier....Although I must admit I'm a lucky guy to have a girlfriend who is willing to sacrifice time together to accommodate my schedule.
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I'm in the same boat as you skunk, I'm a student. Sometimes it's really hard to be able to play since when you're in college money is a pretty big deal.

My question to the people in relationships is why that's a problem. Where I live sundays basically consist of waking up early to get to the field, playing for a few hours, then heading back home. Why does half of your day on sunday effect a relationship?
It effects one's relationship because commitment to a team (although in most cases on day a week, Sunday) in reality prevent a lot of things like mini vacations. Many of us work and go to school which eliminate the possibility of hanging out during the day...I typically only see my girlfriend after 9pm, most days, which with most other girls would be a serious strain on a relationship (not in my case thankfully)
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