Deadeye, I have loved playing out there and I had a good time interacting with you on personal level. However, when it came down to suggestions I always felt like you didn't want to hear it from us. Like we were trying to steal your thunder. Anytime we offered to help, you just kind of blew us off. A prime example was the first time I met you. I told you that your plexi glass was gonna break and that it might be a good idea to double it up. You told me no, it is strong enough. Well look what ended up happening a few weeks later and you had to double it up anyway and a camera man from the news almost took one to the eye. We weren't looking for freebies or any special recognition. We just wanted to help you have the most safe and functional field possible to help the sport we love prosper and grow.
You did step out on a limb and buy the Sup-air, and that was the best thing you could have done. However, you don't want to put it up until the "Tournaments" started. Well, you never set a date or a format for that to happen. Don't tell me that was up to us too? If you don't have a good idea of how they should work or how to do it then just ask. But don't expect us to organize it, run it, and rule it when it is something that we are paying for. That is why we pay to play on your field. To be able to just play, not run everything.
You have provided a nice building for us to be out of the cold in. We have appreciated that. I understand your costs going up because of heating. You have to understand the economy sucks and if we don't feel we can afford $20 entry, $40-$50 paint, $5-$10 air, plus 40 -60 minutes of travel at near $3 a gallon then that is why we were upset at $20 for 2 hours of play. Sure, you are open 4 hours, but by the time a person gets off work, gets something to eat, drives out to your establishment, unloads all the gear, makes three trips to haul it down the hill across the parking lot, sets up their marker, and waits for everbody else to do the same, then we are left with about 2 hours of play time. That is why the bulk of us felt bad about the price increase affecting Wednesday nights. In the grand scheme of things it is not really that big of an increase to one individual. But what about those that support 2-3 other players. That is a $30-$40 increase which is a big deal.
I never had a problem with $10 entry fee. I thought it was a great deal. Even on Wednesdays with the limited time frame.
Finally, that's ridiculous Robert that YOU would Expect us to set up the rules for YOUR establishment. YOU and YOUR insurance company would be the ones to declare safety standards according to YOUR policy and it's coverage. It is the field owners responsibility to be sure that safety is in place and enforced. YOU don't even have a chronograph to be sure all YOUR rentals are safe for these little kids that are playing. All that is doing is teaching them from the beginning that they can just go buy a gun at Walmart and play with it right out of the box even though it might be shooting 300+ fps which can shatter goggles and worse. We have at least made sure our own equipment is in line with industry safety standards using our own Chronos. Therefore, YOUR expectation that we inform all new players of YOUR rules is unreal. Especially when we don't know what they are.
Good luck with YOUR business. I am grateful that YOU have provided a place for new people to play that have no idea what paintball is all about. I hope YOU have many customers to help with YOUR costs.
ROGUE 307 Wyoming Paintball Coalition
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