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Old 07-08-2010, 11:07 AM #1
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:07 AM #2
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Introducing the Paintball Operators' Association


We are proud to introduce the brand new Paintball Operators' Association TM (POA). Created by field operators to promote the game of paintball on the local, regional and national level by creating, implementing and maintaining a conduct for play, a set of minimum standards for field operations, and to deliver programs to assist association members in bringing the fun and excitement of the game to new and existing players.

Paintball Fields who share these common goals are encouraged to join the POA and to work with other field owners to help guide the future of paintball.

The POA was born from a group of field owners talking on PbNation.com and then continuing that discussion in person at the 2010 Paintball Extravaganza earlier this year. These field owners felt that paintball fields needed to work together to grow the game of paintball. Creating the association was the natural next step in moving that discussion into action. Over the next several months the POA and PbNation will be reaching out to field operators to join the association and to help guide its future. Please consider joining and volunteering.

The POA has teamed up with PbNation to help gain awareness and recognition within the paintball industry. Ed Rieker from PbNation said, "We firmly believe that paintball fields are the lifeblood of the game. We need these fields to succeed and thrive if we want paintball to grow. At PbNation we believe the POA is an excellent opportunity for field owners to help shape the very future of the game and that is why we are committed to working with the POA to build a strong industry association."

Qualifying fields can view some of the membership incentives and even sign up here: http://www.pbnation.com/poa.php

If you have any questions about the Paintball Operators' Association TM, please feel free to contact us:

Email: poamembership@pbnation.com

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Old 07-08-2010, 11:13 AM #3
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Nice idea.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:20 AM #4
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I was thinking 'oh gesh another association' but with pbnation's help and some of the smarter fields owners that post regularly on pbn- maybe there is hope.

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Old 07-08-2010, 11:57 AM #5
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enrolled this is a great idea hope it goes well for everybody in the industry. GOOD LUCK to all concerned
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:16 PM #7
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:17 PM #8
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This is true. I would think if it were to benefit and promote the sport there would not be a charge to it but alas I digress.
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:22 PM #9
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Kinda reminds me of the workers union. Hopefully it this actually helps industry!
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:31 PM #10
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Great concept and best wishes as the sport truly needs to come together now more then ever. This was tried locally with the concept of creating a co-op to promote the sport similar to other co-ops like the milk co-ops, Florida Citrus co-ops, etc. The issue is field owners can never agree on anything, have their own agendas and would as soon cut off each others nuts then cooperate for the betterment of the sport. Maybe on a national level there will be more success.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:11 PM #11
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You should combine that, with the organization that already exists and is working http://www.paintball.org/ (PSTA). The only problem is that people don't want to pay dues because they're cheap, but it costs money for people to operate and sustain organizations like this. No one wants to put money where their mouth is, they just want to join something that let's other people do the work to make them money.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:16 PM #12
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How is this different than the Paintball Sports Trade Association?
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:01 PM #13
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The PSTA went dormant earlier this year. You'll notice they've not had any press releases since March of 2010.
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Seems like a good idea, but other than being exclusive (because of the price) what is the difference between this and the current field/store owners PBN forum?
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Seems like a good idea, but other than being exclusive (because of the price) what is the difference between this and the current field/store owners PBN forum?
The fact that you have to pay between $150-350.
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sounds like a good plan good luck guys
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I see, well let me be the first to tell you that this is a bad idea.

No "ifs", "ands" or "buts" about it.

Best of luck regardless.
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I see, well let me be the first to tell you that this is a bad idea.

No "ifs", "ands" or "buts" about it.

Best of luck regardless.
What's a bad idea? That the PSTA stopped their efforts or that field owners are trying to start their own organization?

The PSTA was an organization formed by paintball industry manufacturers. Although many of the goals of manufacturers would overlap, the goals of field owners, not all the goals are the same.

But do shed a little more light on what you think is a bad idea, and why you think so. Always good to hear others opinions.
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What's a bad idea? That the PSTA stopped their efforts or that field owners are trying to start their own organization?

The PSTA was an organization formed by paintball industry manufacturers. Although many of the goals of manufacturers would overlap, the goals of field owners, not all the goals are the same.

But do shed a little more light on what you think is a bad idea, and why you think so. Always good to hear others opinions.
Are you asking because you have some form of involvement other than being a field operator yourself?

Perhaps, you should really be more interested in having PbNation include Canadian fields in their field locator than taking offence to my calling something a bad idea when it has been tried before.

Let me give you two quick examples:

1.) Field/Store Operators private forum: I subscribed to this. At one point in time anyone was able to do so for a yearly fee. What a waste of money. Almost everything discussed there was rants/raves about manfacturers and a few gripes about prices that should have been confidential in the first place. Seems I could find this sort of

2.) It seems to me that the PTSA accomplished nothing for the sport in general and was rather unsuccessful in rallying field operators. I also find it peculiar that PbNation seems to be host to this association. What do the "dues" to this association go toward? What real advantages are there for field operators that the formerly defunct PSTA did not already provide when it was actually operating? Would it be better for such an "Association" (legal?) happen in a location that is more politically neutral? Too many questions and not enough answers in the sales pitch.

If you'd like to discuss further we can do so in person. We do live close enough.
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It sounds to me like an attempt to do something good.

Care to share your top 3 goals and I mean the type of goal that can be measured. For example, it's hard to measure how your actions helped "grow the game of paintball." Thank you.
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