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Old 05-13-2013, 07:39 PM #1
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Thumbs up I play pro paintball in the NPPL, ask me anything!

I figured this would be a good idea for a thread. Feel free to ask any questions you may have in regard to professional paintball, overall advice, or the sport in general and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have!

My name is Jimmy Hickey and I am 21 years old, have been playing for over half of my life, and currently play with Portland Uprising in the NPPL Pro division. This is my third year with the team, and second year competing with them and it is awesome playing competitive paintball against some of the best players in the world. It's a bummer to see the 7 man format go the way it has these past few seasons, but it is still my preferred format and I hope this new shift in management will help the league progress. I love this sport, and want to help it grow and reach its full potential.

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Old 05-13-2013, 07:45 PM #2
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:58 PM #3
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When I first stated working with Pbrack as their staff photographer when I was in HS. I had played on their rookie teams in the XPSL but didn't really get opportunities until I started doing photo work. Pretty much my entire paintball career is based off of that haha

The teams big break, when we reformed back 2010 early 2011 I think was the Naughty Dogs going under and there being a open spot for a Portland Pro team. We had the right things and players lined up and we were able to make it work. The actual start of the the team is a pretty interesting story by itself.
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not including sponsorships where do you get the money to play day in and day out?
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:47 PM #5
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not including sponsorships where do you get the money to play day in and day out?
I am a full time professional photographer as well as run a few different businesses that keep me busy and pay the majority of my bills.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:40 PM #7
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7 man is my preferred format, but I play xball occasionally, most fields in my area are xball fields, so I play those and practice with Seattle Thunder. Did play PSP Dallas with a random divisional team since I am unranked in PSP. Plus pretty much everyone else on my team except for Ryan Tucker plays PSP on a pro or challengers team. Haha weird to think about... DMG, Thunder, Impact, Ironmen...

I enjoy the fast passed games, and the idea behind it, just the fields themselves I don't find myself enjoying the way the games play out or feel...just a personal preference, some layouts I prefer 10 times over others.

And who makes the best gear, that's an easy one! Pbrack, Mac Dev, Virtue and Deadlywind!
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How much does a Professional Paintball Player make $$$ a year from playing paintball?

Back in the day most tourney big-teams had sponsorships (free gear + amenities) but there was still no paycheck attached to the title. They had to pay their own way to play the sport.

Just wondering if it's changed or the same...
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:23 PM #9
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How much does a Professional Paintball Player make $$$ a year from playing paintball?

Back in the day most tourney big-teams had sponsorships (free gear + amenities) but there was still no paycheck attached to the title. They had to pay their own way to play the sport.

Just wondering if it's changed or the same...
Not much has changed, though there are certainly a fair bit of salaried players out there but I can't speak for them.

It really varies based on a lot of different things. My team, Portland Uprising, has a pretty grass roots history and although we have some great sponsors, a lot of our expenses are paid out of pocket. It sucks but its the way things are right now for us. As we progress as a team and earn our industry respect we hope for this to change. Another key thing our team lacks is a team owner....lots of big rigs running some of the top pro teams out there.
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Your gonna regret this thread after I'm done with all my questions lol. Quick background, paintball is not big in my area and I drive over and hour to play paintball every two weeks. (No one to teach anything, learning as I go)

I got a deal on a dm6 off Craigslist, from what people on here have told me is its still great gun today? I see its .4 pounds heavier then a dm12 is .4 pounds all that noticeable?

Next I'm selling my halo too, and stuck between a rotor and a z2. I like everything about the z2 better then the rotor besides looks and battery life. Which one do you think I should get?

In 5 years do you still see these 2 loaders as high ends on a thing of the past like the halo B?

How can I improve my skills at home?

My goal for this summer is to play in at least one tournament, what should I expect?
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I have also been wondering if there are drills or excersizes you can do at home to improve your skill or ability. I cant really practice snapshooting or laning like how dynasty shows how, mainly because I don't own my own field.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:56 PM #13
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Looking to get back into the game. Haven't played in probably 6 years and used to shoot a SP Ion with ups. Since then as everyone know SP is no more.

Was curious what you would recommend for a marker? If you were going to buy something for < $400 and then build it what would you buy and if you were going to spend > $400 and keep it somewhat stock what would you recommend?
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Your gonna regret this thread after I'm done with all my questions lol. Quick background, paintball is not big in my area and I drive over and hour to play paintball every two weeks. (No one to teach anything, learning as I go)

I got a deal on a dm6 off Craigslist, from what people on here have told me is its still great gun today? I see its .4 pounds heavier then a dm12 is .4 pounds all that noticeable?

Next I'm selling my halo too, and stuck between a rotor and a z2. I like everything about the z2 better then the rotor besides looks and battery life. Which one do you think I should get?

In 5 years do you still see these 2 loaders as high ends on a thing of the past like the halo B?

How can I improve my skills at home?

My goal for this summer is to play in at least one tournament, what should I expect?
Thanks for the message! the DM6 is a great gun and still preforms up to todays standards imo. First national event I used a dm6 and I still own it to this day.
The virtue spire is the best loader on the market, I would highly recommend that, however between the two you listed they both function fine and I have used and owned both, I prefer the Z2 but don't really mind either.

To improve your skills at home just do the basics. Snap yourself in mirrors, practice getting your gun up quick on breakouts, workout and stay physical. Watch tips on youtube, Ryan Greenspan has some great stuff online worth looking into. If you have a backyard and can shoot do some accuracy and snapping drills. Try to finish every practice with at least some simple drills or 1 on 1s if ya can.

Tournaments are a blast, expect a fun day of ball and a challenge! Practice with your team as much as possible and make sure you have have a few separate game plans for both attack and defense based on whats working and what the situation is.

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I have also been wondering if there are drills or excersizes you can do at home to improve your skill or ability. I cant really practice snapshooting or laning like how dynasty shows how, mainly because I don't own my own field.
Talk with your field owners, it shouldn't be that difficult to stay on the field in between games and practice your snapping or laning. Even offer to help clean the bunkers or something if they decline. Never been to a field that I imagine wouldn't let that happen. Especially if you have a few guys who want to do it, perhaps before or after a normal practice.
As far as drills at home, the basic stuff is very possible, practicing your snapshooting and draw on the break, as well as sprints & sprints with weights is very possible.
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Looking to get back into the game. Haven't played in probably 6 years and used to shoot a SP Ion with ups. Since then as everyone know SP is no more.

Was curious what you would recommend for a marker? If you were going to buy something for < $400 and then build it what would you buy and if you were going to spend > $400 and keep it somewhat stock what would you recommend?
Buy a used Mac Dev Drone or Clone if you can find one in that price range, they rip! Also Older timmys are cool, always wanted a Dragon! DM6 will get the job done as well. In todays market a lot of $400 guns can compete with $1400 guns.
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Which league do you think is more competitive?

And what do you think about the influx of new pro teams in the NPPL?
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Thanks for the information ill put it to good use!
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I would like to thank you for your info and input. As a pro player, full-time photographer, and other ventures, I'm sure your days can be busy and even down right hectic. For taking your time and helping us, new and old alike, I salute you. Seriously though, thanks.
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I would like to thank you for your info and input. As a pro player, full-time photographer, and other ventures, I'm sure your days can be busy and even down right hectic. For taking your time and helping us, new and old alike, I salute you. Seriously though, thanks.
^^^^^^^^^This

Thank you very much for your response. I will definately talk to my field owner.
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And what do you think about the influx of new pro teams in the NPPL?
The PSP currently has more experienced, powerhouse teams so naturally the PSP has a more competitive team list and overall level of play. Especially with the new challengers division, that is making even top teams have to fight for a position to play against the best in the sport. Not sure what my teammates who play both would have to say on the subject, but I'd imagine they would say PSP as well. Not to talk down on the NPPL level of play, there are plenty of gangsters out there and I certainly wish it was the other way around, it really sucks to have lost so many great pro teams in the off season to PSP...with potentially more before this next event Both formats are very competitive by themselves, especially now that NPPL has a race-to format. But when it simply comes down to the team list, PSP wins no question.

As far as the new pro teams go, I think it's cool for the sport to accept new blood and opportunities for young and up and coming players. A few new teams popping up is cool, but it was surprising to see so many of them this season. Uprising was given a similar chance back in 2011 and great things came from that. Hope to see some of these new teams, less experienced teams step their game up for the next event.
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Haha no problem, I love this stuff! I am super busy, but never too busy to help the community that has given me so much!
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Thank you very much for your response. I will definately talk to my field owner.
You're welcome! It would certainly be worth asking other players or your team to try to organize this as well, the more people interested, the higher likely hood you can use the field for drills, and the better they will be.
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I have to say, I am impressed with your grammar and punctuation. Most pro players slaughter the English language, but your posts are intelligible and well thought out. to you for coming off as professional. (I'm not a grammar nazi, but I do like to be able to understand what was written.)
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