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Why Ruin our welcom
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Why Ruin our welcom

This was just sent to me from the TEAM Mom who books our motel rooms for our out of state Tourneys. It's not as if Todd Martinez and other Pro Players haven't done enough. Martinez didn't play in the Boston NPPL. He walked through the stands and tossed out freebies. On our teams, any unprofesional behavior is automatic removal from the team. "NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE OR WHO YOU ARE."

As we prepare for the 8/20 NEPL In Cape Cod, Mass

Hi Carl,

I booked your room. You and your family are in the same room you were in last time we stayed at the Yankee ( now known as the Knights Inn) The cost is high at this time of year and they are not booking to as many PPL's as they once did because they were damaging the rooms. I did get the larger rooms at a little better rate and I have a 10% coupon for you to use. There you have it! I tried booking other places and they are not taking PPL's. Not good!


Think!!!! How many tourneys would you go to if you had to Camp Out.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

I'm confused.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

We were in the process of booking rooms for the upcomming NEPL Tourney in Cape Cod. When we stated were were return customers from the previous NEPL they "DID NOT" want us there due to damage caused by players from the previous two players.

This is a issue that happened in Texas not long ago when a golf cart was crashed and hotel rooms were destroyed by Pro Players. Numerous players were suspended from the pro leagues and one or two were permanently banned.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:38 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

Wait a second... who was it that said Woodsball players were dumb?


Hrm. I guess we know the real score. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

Good point!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:03 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

i am in no way justafying what the pro's are doing but if u were to take a look around the world of pro sports what pro paintballers r doing is notin comared to other pro athletes. i mean there is steroids, nfl players not passin drug tests, and countless other acts that just don't make it to the media. the only reason people make such a big deal about what the pro's in our sport do is because it involves people shooting each other.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:42 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

I am not quite sure about that. I think it's a big deal because the sport is burgeoning and growing faster than some of the older and more established sports.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

kuppler8 wrote:
i am in no way justafying what the pro's are doing but if u were to take a look around the world of pro sports what pro paintballers r doing is notin comared to other pro athletes. i mean there is steroids, nfl players not passin drug tests, and countless other acts that just don't make it to the media. the only reason people make such a big deal about what the pro's in our sport do is because it involves people shooting each other.

I'm gonna have to disagree here. We must realize that when we say "pro" in paintball to most of the world that doesn't matter. When you say "pro" for sports that the majority of people follow its completely different. Paintball cannot be compared to pro football or baseball (I can't stand either) as an example.

Right now, honestly, paintball is, in the eyes of most, right along the lines of skateboarding and other such "X-game type" sports. Most "adults" don't take it seriously at all and that is probably due to the fact that the sport is kind of cornered by insecure teens that need to act big time.

I've been in this sport for 4 years and I've seen the digression of the sport's participents attitudes move almost exactly inversly to the growth.

I think we will have to look at it this way, paintball is not going to be a widely accepted "sport". I think it would be nice if it were but its not realistic. Even with the sport on ESPN regularly now there is not a whole lot of acceptance. I mean, every person that knows I play aske me regularly why they have it on TV and they think its boring as toast to watch. Its not going to catch on with the mainstream and therefore the "normal" people aren't going to accept it (you like how I put normal in quotes?)

Now, stepping down from my soap box, we as paintballers will need to humble ourselves to this and play our sport with good attitudes. We don't need to be rebel teens with shiny guns (I know not all of us are). Its just like anything, we must show respect and we will gain it back. I'm not accusing anyone here of bad attitudes, infact I think most here are great. However, spend 20 minutes on pbnation and you will see the attitude that is dripping all over our sport.

Sorry about the hotel problem there CJLOVI, next time, just book a hotel room and you don't have to tell them why you are there.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

I agree with alot of what you say! But in the past year adults like us are ever more following the sport. My wife looked at it as time I spend with my boys. She came to the NPPL in Boston with us. Sitting in the stadium she quickly learned the terms Carwash, Stand-up and Rollie. She came to our last NEPL tourney and stuck it out in the pooring rain and helped organize and actually helped tech a few markers in between matches. She never complained once.

She is now a major fan of Stocholm Joy and Maximus is her favorite player. If she is any indication of what the sport will grow into ESPN and other channels will be covering more and more events.

As far as reaching the level of Pro Baseball or Football, Not In My Life Time. But the sport is headed in the right direction.

I assist coaching a rookie and novice local team. For the past four years my partner and I were the only two adults that picked the kids up, payed the extra cash when needed and drove the kids home. Our first tourney this year one parent who was totally against paintball, stating were training future al-Qaida and Taliban quickly changed her attitude after watching the tourney and saw how organized and well run the tourney was. She talked to all the other parents, who now follow and watch paintball on TV with their kids. One parent now produces profesional style videos for us.

I truly believe that we need to maintain and control the few bad apples we have and lean towards better public opinion. If this sport gears it's self in the right direction it will grow tremendously in the very near future.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: Why Ruin our welcom

^I agree completely, I'm glad your working with the kids and the parents are following. Thats tremendous.

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