Originally Posted by mikesullivan21490
With the right motivation this would be easily ran. Basically just another intermurial sport. Hold small events between bases/service. If possible, establish a "Nationals" event at a larger field.
Though, like most events, a lot of this would most likely be out of pocket unless strings could be pulled with local organizations.
Who knows if done correctly you might even be able to work out something with a national event?? Could be a lot of details for that one.
Although I would love to see something happen I wouldn't get my hopes too high until paintball is a little more "mainstream", in it's current state I don't know that it's marketable enough.
Trouble, as always, would be money. If you tried to have a "Military Team" that competed nationally, who would pay for it/run it/be eligible to play, where would the "HQ" be located? These are not question I expect anyone here to have the answer to, but it should be thought about. If the Army pays for it they will want to run it, they will want majority (or full) representation, and they will want all the potential recruits. (only logical sell for this idea is as a recruiting platform) It's fine on paper to think that everything would be fair and easy, but it won't be, to many politics in everything these days. Even if each branch were to take care of their own, sorry CG, it would still find a way to get a mucked up with BS.
However just doing little things is much easier, back in the 02-05(ish) time the MWR folks held an annual "Paintball Persecution" event that was free to participate in. It was 5-man, limited paint (100rd per player/game), semi and it was lots of fun. (especially for my team) It was in no way large scale, and with the exception of a little over a dozen people, most of the players weren't that experienced. (deflates the victories a bit) It was great that they were willing to do it and most of the teams really did enjoy it, my only real criticism is that nobody running it really knew what to do, even though they did try their best. In retrospect I kinda wish I had stepped down from playing and volunteered to help run it. Anyways, back to the point, when someone is paying money, they will want something out of it, when people are putting a lot of time into it they need to have a passion for it. Without those things set in place early it will not work, and the failure could make it harder to try again in the future.