Apr 8, 2012

Black Friday 2012

Tippinators Have Fun at Season Opener

On the field at Black Friday
The Tippinators came out in force to the event that many players consider to be the unofficial opening of the Atlantic Canadian paintball season, Black Friday. The Event was held on Friday April 6th, 2012 at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia. The Tippinators like many other ballers in Atlantic Canada descended on Mersey Road ready to shoot some paint and have some fun.

Black Friday is a special kind of event where after a winter of being able to only play the occasional game of indoor reball, the Tipps plus legions of woodsballers, and speedballers, gather for a day of fun before players gravitate back to their preferred style of play.

Black Friday is a non competitive event. ‘Event’ may be to strong a word. Black Friday is a one of a kind paintball gathering. It is a gathering where players of any skill level and experience can play together, and against each other, as long as the players only want to have fun.

Another aspect of Black Friday that makes the game special is there are no landmarks to be taken, no points awarded, no commanders yelling orders, and no winners announced at the end of the day. The Tippinators head out onto the field, hook up with whomever they come across and start playing.

The game was immediate respawn broken into 90 minute halves. The teams switched ends of the field at the lunch break. The non stop game made for non stop action all over the field. There were ghillie suits next to colourful speedball jerseys, high end electros playing side by side with pump guns.

On the field at Black Friday
The Tippinators like many other players come out to Black Friday to bang the rust off skills that lay dormant over the winter. The Tipps also use the Black Friday game an opportunity to renew relationships with players that haven't been seen since the previous fall.

At the end of the day Tippinators were tired but smiling. The team enjoys any day they can run around the field, shot paint, get hit and come back for more with no other objective in mind other than to have fun.

The team was ready to pack up but not before a prize draw the team had organized to give away equipment and apparel generously donated by Tippmann Sports (www.Tippmann.com), PBL Action Sports (www.BuyPbl.com), and Vforce (www.dxspaintball.com).

"I love Black Friday" said Johnston, "It is the one event where the only goal is to shoot some paint and have some fun."

In many areas paintball participation has been in decline. The exact opposite is true for paintball in Atlantic Canada. The official attendance of nearly 300 makes Mersey Road’s Black Friday the most successful annual event in Eastern Canada.

The high attendance at Black Friday, the continued growth and expansion of the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League (ATWL), and the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Xtreme Paintball League (CXBL), proves that paintball in the region is as strong as ever.

Black Friday once again showed how both woodsballers and speedballers, can come together in the spirit of the game, and play for fun. If Black Friday is any indication of what is in store for the remainder of the 2012 paintball season will be one to remember.

Apr 7, 2012

Tippmann 98 - One Tough Marker

Marker Not Opened in Five Years

Some people say Tippmann Sports make the toughest paintball markers on the planet. While other manufacturers annually change their products, the Tippmann 98 has been in production virtually unchanged for fourteen years. Length of production doesn’t have any affect on durability, however, when something is done right, you don’t change it.

Dan Lapham of the Tippinators has inadvertently put the legendary Tippmann ruggedness to the test. Since joining the Tippinators Lapham has been running the same set up in both woodsball and xball. I don’t mean that he has only been using the same marker, loader combination but Lapham hasn’t taken the tank off the marker in five years.

When Lapham received a new 98 Custom he dubbed it the War Pig and made it his own. He removed the front grip, wrapped tape around the steel braided air line, attached a tank, a loader and headed out to play paintball. The marker has not been apart for any reason, except a change of battery since 2007.

Lapham was forced to sit out the 2011 paintball season and he was eager to get back out in 2012. On April 6th, 2012 he arrived at Mersey Road Paintball for the annual Black Friday woodsball event. Lapham pulled his venerable Tippmann 98 out of the gear bag, filled it with air, paint and shot 285 over the chrono. The marker came back to life, in perfect working order after sitting idle for an entire season.

Lapham has always said you don’t need fancy upgrades, and constant changes to be a better paintballer. Lapham is qualified to make that statement as his paintball resume includes being a CXBL All Star, an AXBL All Star and the cornerstone of the Tippinators xball squad.

It does help a player to have confidence in the marker carried onto the field. Whether it is in the woods or on the xball field, Lapham has proved that the Tipppman 98 is one tough marker.

* Disclaimer * Always follow the manufactures maintenance procedure as found in the product manual for any paintball products. Failure to do so may result is catastrophic malfunction of your marker and grievous personal injury.

Apr 2, 2012

Tippinators Playing MXL

Tippinators Playing MXL
The Tippinators Paintball Team was planning to use 2012 as a rebuilding season for the xball squad. As in life, things change and when the commissioner of the MXL notified the team of an opening in the league the Tippinators once again threw their hats into the ring of the CXBL Atlantic Conference - MXL in 2012

"I would like to take the time to welcome Bruce and his team the Tippinators back to the MXL for the 2012 season." said Mike Bourque of the CXBL "They are true ambassadors to the sport of Xball. Welcome aboard guys."

With the CXBL restructuring and all the teams from Atlantic Canada now playing in the Atlantic conference the caliber of play in 2012 will be the highest it has ever been.

"The league is completely different from anything we have ever seen. It is going to be a fun year." said Tippinator Bruce Johnston "We may get our buts handed to us every game but I promise nobody will have more fun on the field than the Tippinators."

This season the Tipps will be laying down their much loved 98's and using the new Crossover. "Sounds almost too good to be true," commented Tippinator Dan Lapham "We've got a new gun, a great crew of guys, and experience, everything is there for us to have a good year regardless of placing"