The NPL is a decentralized league that hosts all of its games at the local field, your field. The field trades in traditional tournaments for game days under the guidance of the NPL. The NPL is a system that focuses on players competing in a national system that allows them to potentially participate in a playoff series and their shot at the championship title. Simply put, they link fields together in a national system, keep the majority of money at your field, and payout to the teams that qualify for post season play. The league does not compete with your field it helps grow the sport by leveling the Amateur teams so that no single power house team beats up on everyone else and drives away potential converts.
Teams may not buy their way into the nationals!
Here is how it works at the Amateur level (beginner - D3);
First, your local field contacts the NPL and asks to be a Region, and for as long as the field does not infringe on another fields territory and meets other basic criteria, the request is approved.
Second, the Region completes and submits its schedule of events that normally includes team tryouts, referee selection, pre-season game schedule, and a regular season game schedule that determines the Regional Winner by an established cut off date. In 2012 tryouts began in Feb, pre-season in March, and regular season started in April and ended August 26th. The Post season pits Regional winners against each other in a single elimination bracket that culminates in the National Championship game.
It is really that simple. Player dues are collected through a single annual membership and field dues are generated through normal paintball ammunition sales, but since the league does not restrict paint sales - nothing is coming out of your pocket - literally.
This past season, in Reno Nevada, 42 players tried out and filled the team rosters for 6 teams all owned by Reno Indoor Paintball. The teams played a 3 game preseason game and a 10 game regular season; each team played the other five teams twice. The Regional winner were the Mustangs with a 9-1 record over the Aces, Battleborn, Bighorns, Silver, and Wolves.
In Richland Washington 28 players filled 4 teams and played a 9 game season with each team playing the other three teams 3 times in the regular season. The Regional winner was the Reds with a 7-2 Record over the Great Whites, Storm, and Badgers. A regular season that was not solidified until the last game of the season.
Only one game is played each game day, but make no mistake, the game is the most intense Speedball game ever created. In an average 24 minute game, which takes 90 minutes to resolve with all breaks and such, the teams will play 18-22 plays (what use to be known as points) but not every play scores (similar to hockey) and the average play time is 1:15. Paint consumption averages at 1.5 cases per person.
The game includes a simplified rules/penalties guide that takes the referees out of the equation. No more 1 for 1's that could devastate one side of the field. Instead the penalty is resolved between plays and the penalties are resolved similarly to football games. This is a Live-Flag game so a true offense and defense is created with distinct jobs; one to advance their flag into the defending team end-zone and the defending team is there to prevent them from advancing and or scoring - Simple!
Traditional tournament play may vary in participation, but since the field owns all the teams their participation is much more predictable and so is their paint consumption.
On September 22nd in Richland Washington, the Washington Reds will host the Nevada Mustangs for the Inaugural Championship title.
The NPL send Reno Indoor Paintball a check that guarantees that the traveling team secured a rental van and hotel accommodations so they may attend the Championship game. The NPL paid for game day admissions and all the paint to be shot by the two competing teams.
AWESOME! My team gets to basically play for free through the dues collected by the league.
There is also a prize for the winning team! Hope it's ours
If you have questions, please post here and the participating fields will help answer them and if we can't then we will ask the league to.
Reno Indoor Paintball