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Old 04-20-2010, 09:03 PM #43
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alright i have a decent story. im 13 have been balling for about 3 years? my friend got me into it and my first game i had a sick neckshot. nevertheless i was hooked.the next sun i went to the open speedball games and continued. when it came summer my dad had less work and i decided i would try to get him to try it. he tried it and also liked the rush like i did and was hooked. my dad currently has a spider mr1 :/ and i have an ego 10. we could not be more happy.one thing i must say to kids geting there parents into the sport, it is an amazing bonding experience my dad and i are much closer then when we started. my dad and i are both looking for a team around erie or ohio and the paintball addiction doesnt seem to be wereing out. this looks like something i will be doing and teaching my kids for generations to come
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:18 PM #44
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o and about the comments on page 2 dont think im some snotty rich kid that needs my parents. i do side work with my dad for about $20 a job and mow lawns and plow in the off season ive saved about a year and a half for my ego10,hopper,and tank just wanted you to know that
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:49 PM #45
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i use to play in the backyard. My neighbors werent so cooperative they called the cops
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:05 PM #46
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A Single Parent Perspective

After reading all the preceding posts I feel compelled to tell my story.

It started with a nasty divorce. My last offspring was ten years old. I thought I had lost him forever. I tried to be involved in his life as much as I could. Being a competitive pistol, rifle and shotgun shooter traveling the country attending shoots, I naturally thought that my son would follow in his dad's footsteps. WRONG!! He wanted to play with his friends, don't know if he was mad at me for the divorce or what, he wouldn't tell me.

He lived with his mother and had some neighborhood friends that played alittle paintball. He played with them and had a blast. He asked me to take them to a paintball field so they could play paintball. A truck load of kids on the way to a paintball field, yeah, the noise level was high. I would sit there watching them play, reading a book and getting bored. I thought to myself, how could my son not be interested in shooting guns?

OK, after watching them play, I started analyzing their technique and strategy and thinking to myself that they need a plan. Thought to myself, I'm too old the run around and get down and dirty. After 4 weeks, I said I can do this and if this is what my son wants to do, I'll try it.

Bought myself a brand new 06 EGO and all the gear. As the whistle blew on my very first game, I looked out from behind my bunker and took one right in the mask, didn't fire one shot.

We started to dominate the rec ballers. So I proposed to the kids that we start a team and start playing tourneys. Now the circle is complete. We traveled all over Texas playing tournaments and found out that if you're not a local team, some preferential treatment was given to locals. Did some research and found out that PSP was having the Texas Open in Round Rock, TX. Took ten kids, man that room was crowded.

Sought out some local teams from San Antonio and found X-Factor playing D1 Division. Met a couple of players and started hanging at their paintball store. Learned alot about paintball. I bought every paintball magazine and dvds I could find. I became a student of the game.

We started to play national events attending every PSP event each year. I now run the paintball field for X-Factor on weekends and now help coach the Pro, Semi-Pro Team plus my own team. Took six months off because I had so many players on my team that wanted to play, after all I'm old.

I've watched and played with my son at the national level, but it wasn't shooting it was playing paintball. I would have never guessed.

We'll be at the PSP Chicago Open in June, trying to dominate.

I'll close by saying, you'll never know if you never try. Tell your parents to try at least one game, they just might like it. Some advise, thank your parents sometimes, they will notice.

If they say their too old, tell them that I'm 59, overweight, slow, ugly and have more pills in my back pack than girls phone numbers.

If you see me, said hi and introduce me to your parents.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:45 AM #47
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:37 PM #48
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I had a dad that was pretty supportive of me playing paintball growing up. he played in the late 80s and the early 90's so he sort of knew what I needed when I got into it. We started out with some stingrays and a lot of the other local kids were shooting spyders and 68carbines. It didn't take long to realize that we needed better guns so we boxed ours back up and upgraded after one time out. We caught the bug.


We lived on a farm and had 100's of acres of timber that my dad loved so he used his brain a bit and got me into helping him clean out the timber of overgrown brush, black locust trees and cut firewood for the house. Of course at the he simply told me we were building a paintball field. Little did I know all the hard work I was putting in for something I loved was actually to teach me some values and hard work to show me that if you work hard it will pay off.

We ended up building our own private field that we would play at twice a month. It was better than anything within a several hundred mile radius because we played at every place possible and used their ideas and incorporated them into our field. People would literally drive 3 hours just to play with us. It was crazy. It was not uncommon for 30-50 people to show up on a Saturday. Mostly father and sons ready for a good time. I can honestly say it was the best time of my childhood.

By the time he was done with me we had build 5 fields, a camp site and really just turned our overgrown timber into something we could actually use. We could actually walk around down there, ride 4 wheelers and have a good time.

When your young there is no better feeling than playing with your dad and watching him run around and do something that you love. I plan on doing the same thing when I have kids, find something they love, allow them to do it while at the same time building value in it and making them learn how hard work pays off.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:41 PM #49
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Sidney what an awesome story!!!!!
Thanks Cat, it was actually your story that inspired me to say something. I really admired your own gumption to get involved with your own children. If you ever venture to the national level to an event be sure to lmk so we could hook up, I heard you were a cougar....or if there is an event in the Boston area, we can hookup. Facebook? my profile is sidney ng.

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Old 05-02-2010, 12:28 AM #50
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i love my dad he got in when i did cept now hes moved from semi to pump and refused to play semi it kinda sucks cuz i wanna play airball with him but atleast he plays at all to all dads in the sport
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:54 AM #51
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It's sad that there hasn't been much heard from any moms yet...
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:20 AM #52
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It's sad that there hasn't been much heard from Many moms yet...
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PBtriChick is a paintball mom, and a pretty cool one from what she has posted.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:56 PM #53
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PBtriChick is a paintball mom, and a pretty cool one from what she has posted.
Thanks....and yeah I am all girrrrllll - and a mom. Catshack reports printed my story last week:

http://www.catshackreports.com/2010/...er-and-player/

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short story:
so went with my dad and team to fox4 paintball in MA. first event of the season and it helped alot with my dad being there. We went 5-1 in pre-lims, so skipped the semi finals and went right to the finals lost 2 games str8 and our last game decided whether we would get 4th place or second place. 2 teams were sandbagging since they didnt have the appa ranks and lucky us our third game we were playing a team with 2 d2 players and the rest of them were pretty decent. Off of the break i hit the 50 snake right away shot out 2-3 of their guys and bunkered the last guy, felt so good knowing tht my dad was their watching it it didnt even matter to me tht we got second and made some cash for the nxt event. any parents tht can should go to their kids events or whatever they do, it really makes a diff.
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Thanks....and yeah I am all girrrrllll - and a mom. Catshack reports printed my story last week:

http://www.catshackreports.com/2010/...er-and-player/

they are doing a series on women in pb
My mistake and congratulations
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:39 PM #56
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Thanks....and yeah I am all girrrrllll - and a mom. Catshack reports printed my story last week:

http://www.catshackreports.com/2010/...er-and-player/

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Nice article. Enjoyed reading it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:52 AM #57
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thanks. It was fun to do - I want to see more women and moms out there - so anyway we can get them!
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:09 PM #58
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love reading different threads on parent participation and figured i would tell my story... i started playing paintball with my son and his friends about 4 years ago in the woods near our house and i was hooked .. here we are in 2010 and started our 2nd year of speedball tournaments. What a rush this is... I am 49 yrs old and don't intend to stop playing until my body tells me. Other adults ask me why i play such an agressive sport... tell them i love the outdoors and the adrenaline pumping through me...and besides where can u go and shoot at people and not get arrested (lol) my 14 yr old son and i have bonded alot through this and it has been great way of keeping close... My husband thinks im wacky (he is happy with golf) but i hope i can play for a long while... parents it may not have to be paintball but encourage your kids... on what makes them tick.....could be worse The "STAY AT HOME" mom
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:12 PM #61
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I wish my dad would come play with us like everyone else seems to. My mother is willing to come watch tournaments but really has no clue whats going on and they both just don't understand it. They both just ask the same question when they see some battle scars " Why do yall do that, don't it hurt"

I'm only 21 but when i have kids i cant wait to get them into the sport so i can play with them.
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I had a dad that was pretty supportive of me playing paintball growing up. he played in the late 80s and the early 90's so he sort of knew what I needed when I got into it. We started out with some stingrays and a lot of the other local kids were shooting spyders and 68carbines. It didn't take long to realize that we needed better guns so we boxed ours back up and upgraded after one time out. We caught the bug.


We lived on a farm and had 100's of acres of timber that my dad loved so he used his brain a bit and got me into helping him clean out the timber of overgrown brush, black locust trees and cut firewood for the house. Of course at the he simply told me we were building a paintball field. Little did I know all the hard work I was putting in for something I loved was actually to teach me some values and hard work to show me that if you work hard it will pay off.

We ended up building our own private field that we would play at twice a month. It was better than anything within a several hundred mile radius because we played at every place possible and used their ideas and incorporated them into our field. People would literally drive 3 hours just to play with us. It was crazy. It was not uncommon for 30-50 people to show up on a Saturday. Mostly father and sons ready for a good time. I can honestly say it was the best time of my childhood.

By the time he was done with me we had build 5 fields, a camp site and really just turned our overgrown timber into something we could actually use. We could actually walk around down there, ride 4 wheelers and have a good time.

When your young there is no better feeling than playing with your dad and watching him run around and do something that you love. I plan on doing the same thing when I have kids, find something they love, allow them to do it while at the same time building value in it and making them learn how hard work pays off.
Such a good story, great to her about this. Your dad seems like a very good and down to earth guy. Teaching you values. Thanks a lot for the good story.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:50 PM #63
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My old man plays tournament paintball with us and loves it.

My mom plays some recball and loves watching tournaments.

I guess my parents are just cool.
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