Originally Posted by booboodinosaur
I have quite a few questions for the crew.
How do your players manage to get time off for paintball ,assuming you already have a practice/travel schedule similar as a pro team?
What do you expect going into your first pro event?
What team based out of New England do you see (excluding the Hurricanes)
making the jump to pro also?
And were did you buy that Mario hat?
All good questions let me see if I can answer them all for you.
1 – Like most, they have real life jobs and/or school to deal with. For those with jobs, they save their vacation times for paintball and have limited time off outside of national events. It’s one of the many sacrifices they make to play nationally. For those still in school they have to work with their professors to either make up the missed work ahead of time or in some cases do the work while at the events. The nice thing about technology – you can email your homework in from anywhere in the world. As for practice – everyone is fairly local to Fox 4 Paintball, so we can practice every weekend without incurring any/much travel expense. However, this is also one of the sacrifices they make to play at the top level – most every weekend is consumed by paintball – either reffing, practicing or playing an event.
2 - Unfortunately our location will play a major role in our first event. With the first event usually in Mid Mach we simply won’t have any outdoor practice time unless we travel somewhere south for a weekend. This limits us to indoor practice and some cold outdoor practices if we want to snowblow the field off. I haven’t really sat down and thought about how the first event will go just yet, but the reality of the situation is we’ll have limited practice time heading into the event – we’ll most likely struggle a bit. My goal is to make the points competitive. Even if we lose 1-7 I’d like to believe that we’ll push the other team and they’ll be able to learn from the match as well.
3 – Are you asking about 2012? If so, I think the answer is none. There are currently no other teams in the New England area that are ready to make the jump to Pro. The jump from local/regional paintball to national paintball is much tougher than most players believe. Just look at the teams from New England that have ventured to national events over the past several years. For the most part they have struggled to perform well. If you’re asking about anytime in the future, then you have to look at the teams with solid support behind them. Teams with an organization that supports them and helps them grow. It wouldn’t surprise me if an organization like TNN or Identity could eventually produce a pro team.
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