Awesome! That's the spirit!
We are expecting a pretty good turnout. So getting there early and staking out a good parking spot might be a good idea!
I know a lot of people are still curious as to how games will be run and exactly HOW people are going to get on the field.
We have been working out a schedule/system in which we get people on the field as fast and as efficiently as possible. The basic structure is a round robin format with "teams" of 5 or 6 or 7 players (depending on actual turnout). All teams will be playing each of the others during the day at least twice (one Morning Rotation and one Afternoon Rotation).
Players for these "teams" will be randomized so you may NOT be playing with your teammates or friends you came with. Instead, you'll have to get to know the others on your team, work with them and your "team leader" during the day to win as many games as possible. Teamwork is key!
Team leaders will most likely be volunteer veteran players who've been playing pump for WAY too long
. They will not be drill sergeants and will not yell at you and make you do push ups if you mess up. Instead, they will lend advice, commend for good work, and generally try to get everyone working together. They will work with my staff to get their teams on the field and playing as efficiently as possible.
So this will be like a "Pump Meet 'n' Greet" and a "Pump Clinic" which will be great for those who are interested in organized paintball and a good way to get an idea of what it'd be like in a tournament setting. You may also learn a thing or two from people who you normally might not have the opportunity to talk to on a regular basis.
The schedule itself is set up with 5 minute games. The beginner group and the advanced group will alternate time on the field. Any team who finishes games quickly (within 2 min) will then turnaround anther game and run one more. Tiebreaks will assessed with 1v1's later in the round once all teams have had their games. This will give players and teams MORE playing time during the day. So finishing out games quickly will be advantageous. However, you will have the full 5 mins to play one game.
Once the Morning Rotation is done, we'll break for lunch. Then start again in the Afternoon Rotation. At the end of the day, we'll tally up how many games each team won and we'll give out some prizes (Tshirts)
to the teams who won the most games in each group. Again, this isn't an actual tournament with cash prizes and gear. There are no Point Systems. Just a day of cheap, chill pump play.
Hope that clears it up a bit. On paper it looks like a lot of fun. With a little cooperation and patience from everyone, it will turn out to be great!