Originally Posted by smokeage
My money is on Liberty though. Those guys are what every school should strive to be like.
It's never been a matter of willpower - it all comes down to funding and legalities. I'd be willing to bet that most, if not all teams with a field on campus get significant financial support from their university.
When presenting something like this to a school board, they want to know three things.
1. How will this benefit the student body?
2. How will you keep it safe and enforce rules/regulations pertaining to paintball?
3. Who will hold responsibility for the field?
The bottom line is that schools don't want to take on more liability than they have to. Even though paintball is statistically safer than most mainstream sports, it is still seen as high risk and is treated by most as such. You need to present a convincing argument that proves the school will be protected and the risk/investment is worthwhile. Given the, relatively speaking, astronomically high cost of starting a quality field, you don't want to leave any questions unanswered.