When the first World Cup was organized 20 years ago, only 16 teams participated. Within 4 years, that number grew exponentially. By the time the Cup was played at Disney, over 440 teams participated and the event was one third the size of the Summer Olympics in player participation and events.
We talk about pushing the reset button, and we act on it. Please check out the rules on www.woodsballworldcup.com
. They are virtually identical to the World Cup rules published for the first nine tournaments, plus many regional events and the early NPPL competitions. The only changes are in the addition of restricting markers to mechanical semis and pumps (as was the case back then), and the fact that this tournament is a "Bring Your Own Paint" event (the first ones were paint centered).
We are going back to Radio Zone Judging which has not been equalled. It was created and perfected by the Master Blasters and used throughout World Cups played from 1990 through 1999. At least six judges are required on a ten man playing field, posted so that they can see all action. They don't watch the player close to them. They watch the players attacking those players close to them. If they see a hit on one of those players, they radio the judges in those areas who make the check. That way, no player is sure of which judges have them in their sights. Makes for very honest play.
We tried to make it economically affordable. The entry fee is $1,950.00, about half the cost of other major ten man events. That is for four double half prelininary games (count them as eight) and three days play. We made it even easier for scenario teams, in that those that play the Clone Army Scenario Game May 15 and 16 at the field, will have their entry fees from that game credited to the entry fees in the Woodsball World Cup. That's $1,950 for 10 players (usually 12 with that many preliminary games) for five days of play. Comes out to $39 a day entry for 10 players and $32.50 a day if 12 are on the team. I don't see how anybody can object to that pricing, especially given the fact that the WWC is bring your own paint.
Those of you old enough and lucky enough to have known and played with or against the legends of the 80's and 90's will get the chance again, because a number of them have indicated that they will be there. Bob Long, Captain of the old Ironment, winners of the 1991 World Cup, Renick Miller, Captain of the five time World Cup winners, Aftershock, Tom Cole, Captain of Bad Company and UPL founder and head. Jim Lively, Captain of the Tennessee Ridgerunners and founder and organizer of the Paintball Masters tournaments.
I can only speak for myself, but as one who played the third paintball game ever organized back in 1982, I can't wait.