Two different paintball stores were recently interviewed by me. One of the Paintball stores is located in Central Pennsylvania and the other Paintball store is located in Maryland. Reason for these interviews stemmed from the curiosity in how they are being affected by the economy.
The first Paintball Store, Wanna Play Paintball, in Pennsylvania was started in 1998. Being established for a long time could let me know how the Paintball world, Paintball gun, and Paintball equipment is fairing in this economy. This paintball store also has fields and wood play. The person interviewed told me the economy has not really interfered with the players ability to be able to enjoy their favorite sport. Summer heat has slowed paintball more than the economy.
Most popular form of play at Wanna Play is the woods player. They are known as woodsballers. The woods players dresses in camouflage and his Paintball gun and Paintball gear are camouflaged as well. The players do not want to be seen. This is the military version of the game Paintball. The field is popular but not nearly as popular as the woods. Since all the woodballers are in camouflaged, the only way to tell them apart is by the colored ribbons they place on the barrels of their Paintball rifles or Paintball guns. When asked which Paintball gun is the best seller, he replied sales of both the hopper and the paintball marker are about the same.
The person being interviewed pointed out to me the favorite Paintball game, woods or field. largely depends on the location of the players. That is if the player lives in the mountains or wooded areas wood play is favored. If the player lives in cities or non-wooded areas the field arena is well liked.
Since the area, in Pennsylvania, Wanna Play Paintball is located in a woody hilly region. Next on my agenda to be interviewed was a flat terrain area. So Torrid Paintball Sports, near Frederick Maryland,was next in line. Torrid Paintball Sports is a Paintball and air gun store. Paintball fields or Paintball woods are not owned by them. They partner with a farmer 10 miles away from the store. The store will provide private catered events for the players. They cater birthday groups, corporate groups, bachelor parties or any special event. The players are provided with lunch. This is important because the players do not have to scramble to buy lunch.
When asked about the economy the clerk answered they have been very busy and the summer heat is slowing business. He told me the big season for paintball is early fall into early winter and spring. Since players play on a field the name of this type of Paintball is known as Speed Paintball. Southern California is the Mecca for Speed Paintball. Tournaments play the Speed Paintball style of play. There are hundreds of organized college and university teams playing each other in tournaments. This year’s winner is Drexel University, Philadelphia, in Division A. This is great because being from a suburb near Philly I support anything Philly in the sports arena.
Speed paintball is played on a field with an even amount of players on each side. In 2007, at World Cup, at Disney’s Wide World Sports there were over 35,000 viewers and it featured 373 teams playing Speed Paintball. These teams were comprised of the professional speed paintball leagues. Compared to the camouflaged woodsballer with their camouflaged paintball makers and paintball gear, the speed paintballer wears brightly colored shirts and pants. Spotting a team mate or the opposition is not hard to do.
With all the action and popularity of the sport of Paintball it can be concluded that so far Paintball is still King.
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