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Old 04-02-2013, 01:38 PM #1
SHOTGUNJAMES
 
 
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PAINTBALL CLUB START UP, any help is appreciated> HOW TO

Before I begin, I checked the thread rules, I did my searches, I am coming
here.
Either I missed something, or my questions in particular have not been
answered on PBNation.
I am a self proclaimed paintball veteran. I have been a woodsballer and
mil-sim player for over a decade. I currently am the field manager for a east
coast paintball field, and have been there for the past 2 years. For the past
7 years, my father and I have been running our own plumbing business. I
have paintball history, and business history, and I'm not ready to mingle the
two, yet.
To try to keep hobbies and work separate, I have been doing a bunch of
research into "clubs". I have reached out to a fellow east coast club, but
was snubbed offed by Mr.Peters. He said he could not provide me with any
help, good day. They are the only ones I know of that are a club/business,
and actually have something more than 7 guys who SAY they are a club.
I have found that there are several types of clubs and/or associations,
each with their own set of pros and cons. The fact that there are clubs AND
associations is something that I didn't know before. And depending on how
things are set up (my thinking as of right now is) a paintball "group of
players/club/association" could fall under either. As well there are
incorporated, private, not for profit, tax exempt, etc, etc, several types to
choose from.
It all seems to depend on what you want/need from this "club" and how
everyone else is to use it, then you can decide which works best.
With that in mind, I think a private, tax exempt, not for profit type of
club is what we'd like. But that could change if I saw greener grass
There are some similarities to school clubs, but don't know much more
than that. If anyone could point me in the right direction, or have any
insight, i would appreciate it. I checked out the college club forum, but the
few I saw hadn't been used in nearly a year, so I'm not having any contact
there.
If there is anyone that has or is currently doing something like this,
please, I would like to hear your experiences.
WANTS
Insurance
LEGAL Permission to play on current "outlaw fields"
Private fields
Minimum/no government oversight
SAFE FUN ENVIRONMENT, and an ability to, collectively afford it.

DONT WANT
To make profit, or more than is required. *
More newbies than experienced players, mainly for safety sake.
State or other government intervention,**


*We want to be able to raise funds from dues, contributions, and drives that
will pay for insurance, lease, compressor, netting, safety materials, and
some other basic needs that are common to the regular paintball business.
Most of the fields would be done by members, and in areas out of their
expertise, we would hire some one. In the process would it be possible to
have the members work off their dues by contributing to the club in the form
of work (and still be tax exempt)?
** such as Dept. of health coming around because a few members are
grilling. I have seen cases of clubs/associations that are basically grass
roots. Used to bbqs with their friends, neighbors, girl, or brother, they ended
up having to have "washable surfaces, screen doors, hair nets, sinks",
basically like a restaurant. State required it. In cases of private clubs, some
nonsense things like this are irrelevant.

Thanks for your time and help, I hope I'm in the right place here. I'm sure
if i'm not your point me in the right spot.

SGJAMES
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