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Old 01-18-2014, 04:03 AM #1
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Talking How did you meet your team?

Hey guys. So I've been thinking about something the past few days. I play for the University of Maryland's NCPA team. I've been thinking that maybe I missed out on some initial team bonding that would stem from joining a team, because all I had to do was show up. No officials tryouts, no cuts. I feel like it was handed to me, while most people have to find/make a team. So how did you find your team? Did you feel a sense of accomplishment when you did? I'm very excited to hear these responses
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:31 PM #2
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I played on a lot of teams over the years. My first national tournaments were either as a guest or on a thrown together team.

I met my first real team by playing recreationally at the local field a lot. As I got better, a couple teams approached me to practice with them or play tournaments. Finally one of the younger, but slightly more established teams, asked if I wanted to play the local (MSPA was spread over 4 or 5 states) series with them and I accepted. It was a lot of fun but the whole team was older than me since I was still finishing High School.

My next real team was called DV8 and I helped start it from scratch while I was still in college. Most the players had literally only played one tournament (one I ran) and had been playing less than a year. However, they owned respectable gear, weren't afraid of anything and had the drive and funds to play a lot. I didn't realize just how terrible they were at first so really quick we learned to play aggressively and up close. It was super frustrating at times because we won some tournaments before we got good so my teammates thought they knew everything. However, you can't discount drive and they had it. 3 out of the 5 of us played professionally within a couple years.

If this thread catches on a bit, I'll come back and write about how I found my first pro team.
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:41 PM #3
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Well, I've got a few ways.

"Hey Mitch, soandso says they want to play, here's their phone number."
"Hey Mitch, here are APPA numbers. They'll meet you at the event."
"Looking to play XXX event!" < Contacted them
"Anybody want to play?" < At the event, hoping I can find someone
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Old 01-18-2014, 11:03 PM #4
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Thank you both for sharing! John, I'd love to hear about how you found your first pro team! And Mitch, I lol'd at "They'll meet you at the event." Let's hear some more!
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:51 PM #5
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I have always been the "paintball guy" in town so when the smaller tourneys went on I got calls from everyone but as far as real professional events go I hear you should just basically get your foot in the door with and established team
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:02 PM #6
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First team I ever played on was a throw together of local outlaw players for Skyball 2002. The only player on the team with a bit of tournament experience was our captain/organizer who also owned the local shop. We somehow found ourselves in the Amateur division, one step down from Pro. Needless to say we got hammered hard by the likes of Farside and The Bushwackers. Surprisingly we didn't finish dead last but close enough.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:58 PM #7
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With a few good guys I play a once a week mechanical league with. Small group but we liked shooting cockers. Got extended into a local team where we play 3-mans around the state.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:36 AM #8
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:58 PM #9
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:46 PM #10
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Went to this field I have never been to play at, at that time. Played on the speedball field with my friends against some of the teams there, did pretty well. Guy approaches us, tells us how he has been playing for so many years, and that is old team just split up, and that he was forming a new team, and that one of the lines would be a kids line (a line made up of players 16 and under). We accepted. And then the rest is history.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:03 PM #11
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Posted in my regional forum that I wanted to start a team and got a few responses, one from an ex-pro that now plays with Hawaii Centermass and is our coach! 2 other guys are just some buddies I have who love to play and we pulled Nevada Pain together! Starting our first tournaments this year!
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:45 AM #12
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I just started playing again in November 2013. I was pumped for paintball so I would be out there playing both Saturday and Sunday. I started to get to know the refs and the guys at the field.

One day, one of the teams was practicing and the refs allowed walk-ons to play with the tourney guys so I jumped in. I was just playing and trying to have fun. One of the guys on the team ran out of paint and needed a pod of paint, I gave him one pod. Later after the game, he walked up to me and gave me back a pod of paint and thanked me. I guess he was impressed at how I played so he invited me to practice with the D4 team (he was in D3).

I was surprised since I just started playing again and didn't think twice of trying to join a team yet since I'm still inexperienced. I guess reading tips here on pbnation and watching hours of paintball videos on youtube helped lol.

So I kept coming out every practice and meeting the team. One guy on the team helped me a lot and made me felt comfortable and made sure I had games in. Then finally there was a team scrim day (on 1/12) and the coach officially said I was part of the team. I was excited. This is my first real team. Last time I played was in '02/'03 and mostly local 3-man tournaments.

This all started because I gave one of the guys a pod of paint lol.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:01 PM #13
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Lovin' the responses guys! I didn't expect to get this many!
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:35 PM #14
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I went to my local field one day with a friend only to discover we were the only rec players there. One of the teams was short a couple guys, so they invited us to run with them. I guess I held my own cause I got invited back to the next practice and ended up making the roster haha. My friend also got invited but couldn't join because of money problems...
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:42 PM #15
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i was looking on here for a place to play and found a person close to me that was asking on here for someone to play a plex tourney with him. my buddy and i accepted and became a 3 man. others locally were looking for a team so they joined us.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:02 PM #16
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Pretty much same story as above me. I was looking for people to play a few tournaments with me or jump on a line with, happen to meet a few cool guys and started a team from there on out. Have a 7 man "off and on roster" and a 3 man ready to go roster.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:23 AM #17
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I started showing up with my A-5 to speedball practice (lol) and eventually after getting a new gun and constantly showing up, I was told I should come practice with them.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:06 PM #18
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Went to my local field and played with a few teams for a day, 4 of the coaches walked up to me and said " hey, here's my business card, your really good kid, if you want to be on the team, call me."
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:14 PM #19
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:49 PM #20
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My team and I have been playing together for about 6-7 years, and have only been playing competitively for about 3. We're all good friends both on and off the field. I consider them an extension of my own family now. The rest is rock&roll history...
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:57 PM #21
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My team got built over quiet a few years really.
Started out with me and very good friend who worked at the same retail store deciding to go out and play one weekend to just have some fun. We got hooked and play when we could afford to. When we got decent jobs we started playing about every weekend and met some great people. Initially we decided we were just going to do scenarios as a "Team" before that was a huge thing. Then a few of us got into speedball and we picked up a couple guys who came out regularly on the same weekends we did and played hard.

Played a tournament that was semi / C02 Powered guns only, then bumped to PSP format events.

We've added and lost people over the years and it happens with most teams, but we're still kicking and still about 1/2 of the original team is around and playing.
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