Apr 8, 2010

Stop the Vandals

By David Muhlestein, About.com Guide to Paintball
Wednesday March 31, 2010

A man was recently cited for defacing petroglyphs with a paintball gun in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Not only was this a stupid thing to do for himself and his legal future, it's a stupid thing for the sport of paintball. I've mentioned it more than once, and I'll probably mention it again, but it makes me mad that the majority of news coverage of the sport of paintball involves vandalism or other criminal activity. I'm sure that thousands of people successfully played paintball on the very day that this idiot shot up the petroglyphs, but they won't get a single mention by the press, only the one guy who caused problems.

Paintball is a great sport that almost anyone can enjoy, but countless people will never try it because of the negative actions of a few people. Just think, if all someone ever heard about the sport is that people use the gear to vandalize property or shoot unsuspecting passersby, why would that person even want to learn about the positive aspects of the game? The simple truth is that for all the good that thousands of paintball players can do to positively depict the sport, more bad can be done in just a few seconds by one person who doesn't have any common sense. Now you and I and everyone else who cares about paintball's image have that much more work to do to clear up more misrepresentations of the sport. Lucky us.

Apr 2, 2010

Black Friday Starts 2010

Black Friday Scenario Event Kicks Off 2010 Paintball Season

Photos from Black Friday~ Photos from Black Friday ~

Some people say spring has arrived in Canada at the sighting of the first Robin, others say it is the first motorcycle on the road. But to all paintballers in eastern Canada Spring hasn’t arrived until opening horn is blown at the Black Friday scenario game.

Black Friday is a one of a kind event where after a long winter of only being able to play the occasional game of indoor reball, woodsballers, speedballers, milsim teams, xball teams and rec players gathered for a day of camaraderie, sportsmanship and fun before players gravitate back to their preferred style of play.

Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia, Canada once again hosted the Black Friday scenario event on April 2nd 2010. 2010 marks the 9th year for Black Friday at Mersey and drew 373 players from across the region.

"I have been to a few Black Friday games and this one was special." commented Tippinators Captain Bruce Johnston "I don’t know if it was the warm weather or the influx of new players this year, but there was a level of excitement I haven’t seen in a long time."

~ Photos from Black Friday ~ Photos from Black Friday

By 11:00am the staging area swarmed with players eager to start the season, and have some fun. When the opening horn blew, players rushed forward to shoot paint and bang the rust off the skills that laid dormant all winter. Ferocious firefights and spectacular individual efforts were commonplace all around the field, with players giving it their all throughout the day.

"It was fun to have the entire team out to play alongside, and against, teams from the AXBL and ATWL." said Tippinators player Chris Landry, "Plus the draw run for prizes donated by Tippmann and DXS, VForce was a huge success."

"Everything just flowed well all day," remarked Landry "Reffing, administration, food, raffles. The staff and players pulled together and made this Black Friday an event to remember."

Black Friday 2010 showed paintballers, be they woodsballers or speedballers, can come together in the true spirit of the game and play for fun. Any day when almost 400 players come together to play paintball is a great day. If Black Friday is any indication, 2010 will be a very good year.

..:: Visit the Tippinators Official Website - www.tippinators.com for up to date news and official information about the team. ::..

Apr 1, 2010

Tippmann Challenge Expands

Tippmann Challenge Series Expands Around the Globe
Popular paintball tournaments to feature product demos, promotional giveaways and free tech courses

Tippmann Sports is excited to be expanding its popular Tippmann Challenge Series for 2010. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to supporting paintball players and fields around the globe, Tippmann is hosting eight Tippmann Challenge events in six countries this year, and hopes to expand the program into even more countries soon. These events promise to deliver a festival-like atmosphere where players can enjoy paintball, try the latest and greatest equipment at no cost, and also participate in free tech courses to learn how to maintain their Tippmann markers. For additional details, players are encouraged to visit www.tippmann.com, and then click into the recently updated “Fields and Events” section.

“In addition to being very fun and cost effective events for players worldwide, our Tippmann Challenge Series is also a great way to build awareness and generate excitement for the host fields,” said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports. “We’re going to be promoting each event heavily on the Web, which includes tippmann.com as well as our rapidly expanding social media network. We currently have more than 50,000 Facebook fans that will be able to watch videos from the Tippmann Challenges and also share comments and feedback with other players from around the globe.”

Brent Cunningham, director of international sales at Tippmann Sports, remarked “Players are the big winners at these events. Not only do they get to play excellent venues, but they also get to participate in several side events, such as pistol, pump and laser challenges. This year, players can even take an X7 Phenom out for a spin. Plus, at most Tippmann Challenge events, players will be able sit in on a free tech class that takes them through some basics about how to properly maintain their Tippmann marker.”

Tippmann Challenge events already planned for 2010 include the following:
• Canada – August 13 & 14; Mirabel Paintball, Mirabel, Quebec
• Canada – October 10; Tsawwassen Paintball Games, Tsawwassen, British Columbia
• Mexico – November 13 & 14; Location TBA
• South Africa – April 25; Bloekem Bos, Malmesbury (near Cape Town)
• United Kingdom – August 29 & 30; Holmbush Paintball, Sussex, England
• United States – May 2; Splatter Park, Mt. Gilead, Ohio
• United States – September 25 & 26; Hell Survivors, Pinckney, Michigan

The first Tippmann World Challenge was held at (and continues to run at) Hell Survivors in Pinckney, Michigan. During this event, owners of Tippmann markers are pitted against owners of all other markers. To be on the “Tippmann” team, a player must be using a Tippmann marker. All other markers are assigned to the “World” team. The first international Tippmann Challenge took place at Mirabel Paintball near Montreal in August of 2006. This event has since grown and, this year, more than 1,200 players are expected at the fifth annual Tippmann Challenge Mirabel.

Of course, the events within the Tippmann Challenge Series are just part of the more than 100 total events Tippmann will be sponsoring around the world this year. The company will also be well represented at more than 20 events in the United States in 2010 with its 40-foot trailer, which is always stocked full of Tippmann product as well as helpful and friendly advice for players at every level.

About Tippmann:
For more than 20 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

..:: Visit the Tippinators Official Website - www.tippinators.com for up to date news and official information about the team. ::..