here are my thoughts that started similar in another thread.
Plus consider this, you are still a minor. Use this time to work on getting skill. By the time you get to being out of high school maybe just maybe you will have what it takes to be a serious contender on the pro level. Also hold your faith into doing good in school. many colages have paintball teams. Work that skill and leadership to beable to join them and then you will certainly have the start of your sponsorship there.
P.S. spyder does sponsor teams on the prolevel. So having a spyder pilot is not so bad.
Sponsors . . . ha ha. The team I was on once had several sponsors. Some we dumped do to not being realy worth having or conductive to our team.
Be carefull with the companies you do take as sponsors. Here are some good and bad.
We were a scenario team and we wrangled a group of guys who had their own paintgrenads. Really good grenades, great spread, consistant burst. That worked for the first 250 grenades we got. Then "issues" came up. They had a broken machine and only had one to make them. They were backlogged. We were sponsored by them and we could not get grenades? After 4 months of "backlog" we had to dump them.
Carbboom! energy/sports drink. Great product. Had them 2+ years.
Save Phace, great masks, realy enjoy them.
TnA paintball, never really had an official sponsorship from them but man do we get great deals from them. This is where doing good to them, bringing people to them, working with them, treating them with respect and being upfront with them makes a differance. I see people get rude with them and they wonder why it cost so much.
One we got through National/Kee, the product line PCS was bought out by BT and they (BT) only sponsor one team. So within 6 months we had a sponsor and then knew we were not going to get the new company to sponsor us and had to hold the product line till the end of the sponsor year. We were offered another prodcut to use for sponsorship but felt it did not offer us as a scenario base team what we wanted.
The field we did have (which is a good field) but because of an issue with the team captain and the owner of the field, the rest of the team had to share the black list and gossip talk by the regulars there. I never wanted a field sponsor which is my own thing, and many here may disagree with me. But usually only people in a certain area go to one maybe two fields. I have always enjoyed traveling hours to get to another field and meet people out of my area. Plus not all fields offer the wide varriety of play. You tend to know the one field the most and get into a pattern of consistant play. Plus if you are on good terms with the refs they may let things you do wrong slide. Also applys when the ref does not like the team or people you are playing against or they may not like you! Therefore, disapearing for a few more weeks while going to another field they may forget about you and be normal the next time you play.