I have been promoting tournaments for over 10 years now. Unofficially over 100 different events sized from 2 teams to 200 teams in over 15 different states. I have gone back and forth about posting on PBnation and for the past year or so haven't posted anything here. I know many view this site as the information station for our industry and I don't necessary disagree. I don't dislike "the Nation" but merely have found that I only have so many hours in the day and had to figure out how to best use my time.
I have decided to post again since so many people have called and emailed me about this particular thread. My first inclination was to do nothing, but when Jim and Jungle's name started circulating I felt it was necessary to post again. Not because I plan to go into a "battle" with one individual but really just an overview of how I view the current state of things.
After this post, I won't be checking back, nor have I read this thread entirely. I only know what it says through others accounts. If people want to contact me I encourage you to email or call. I will leave both pieces of contact info in the bottom of this email.
#1 As to the event last weekend at The Complex. Although I wasn't on site for this event and had very little to do with the running of the event I'm sorry to hear one team feels "slighted". No need to get into specifics as much of the information going back and forth is incorrect and I don't want or need to get into a debate. With all tournaments when there are winners and losers things like this happen. After hearing how everything went down I did offer both teams to split the free entry into HB but the losing team turned it down. Moving forward to end any more stupidness I will offer the losing team a free entry into any event that I run (RPL, CPL, JPL), 10 cases of free paint at that event, and a free practice for their team at any of my parks the week before that event. That should cover any out of pocket expenses and then some. Please contact me directly and I will make all arrangements for you.
#2 As to this "boycott" talk. Man. I have been in the Paintball industry over 15 years now. Just 4 years ago we had 200+ California teams and no quality tournament fields to play at. Now we have less than 50 teams and a multitude of quality parks to play at. Field owners have put 10's of thousands of dollars into their tournament parks only to have to constantly hear from players that pay $25 a head that the parks aren't good enough. The turf is no good, the reffing is no good, the air is no good, etc etc. We are blessed in So Cal to have so many quality parks right now and so many passionate owners that are willing to sink money into the parks with no foreseeable return on their investment.
Jim "Gunny" Miller is one of these owners. He sunk over 50K into the Complex to offer his customers a quality tournament environment knowing he would not recoup his investment for years.
Others have done the same.
Wayne and Leon have spent 10's of thousands of dollars and countless hours building ASG and provide a quality place for teams to play.
Mike and Gio have spent 10's of thousands of dollars and countless hours (re) building SC arenas into Aftermath Arenas, again a quality place for teams to play.
I personally have spent 10's of thousands of dollars on Camp Pendleton Tournament Park trying to offer a quality place for teams to play.
And now a player on one team that had a bad call at an event that cost him $100 or so wants to organize a "boycott" of a field? Wow.
I wish our industry could get over the pettiness and realize that we are all in this together. We need to work together to grow our sport. I encourage you all to visit any and all of the fields I listed above. Every owner has put their blood, sweat and money into building a foundation for the future of our sport.
I encourage you all to invite a rec ball player to the tournament side. Try to teach a younger player the ropes. Encourage each other don't bash each other.
Treat this sport that we all love as something fragile and do what you can do to be a part of the solution.
Please contact me directly if you would like to talk more or have any questions or comments. I appreciate your time and God Bless.