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Trust the Trainer

Trust the Trainer
Last week, New England’s only pro team (187) shuttered its doors after 5 years.

I’m guessing that it was a bittersweet moment for Dave Painter, the founder and godfather of the 187 cRew. It’s a labor of love, running a pro team. It’s stressful and expensive and it gives you a glimpse into just how good the top teams are, up close and personal. As time wears on and you first start thinking about the end of your run, you worry about both taking care of your players and your legacy. At least I did. And when you decide to pull the plug, it hurts. And a week later, it hurts less. And two months later, you’re saying to yourself, “wow, how did I carry that weight that long?”

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Paintball is different than other sports in that a player’s ability to advance is predicated on his access to teams at the next level. If you grow up in an area without nationally competing teams, it’s really hard to get on a team that competes nationally. Saying it like that makes it sort of … duh. I know. But most sports have town leagues, high school teams, college teams. None of that exists in paintball. The strength of a region comes from the team OWNERS that exist in that area. People like Dave Painter, Beau Milo (NYO), Sean Wyatt and Brett Messer (Bay State), Dean Carleton (PMob), Rob Lospannato (Landslyde), Kermit (CTO), Arnold (MOB Crew) and Adam Zippin (Crusade) (and many more - New England is spoiled) aren’t so much created by NE paintball as much as they make NE paintball. The more of them that exist today, doing a good job running teams today, the more will exist tomorrow. When people like Dave hang ‘em up, teams die. When enough people like Dave hang ‘em up, regions die. 

Which brings me to the NEPL Combine. Boston Paintball’s 12-years running clinic-and-team-building extravaganza. Two years ago, Boston introduced the Coaches’ Clinic, hosted by Todd Martinez. This year the class is being taught by Rusty Glaze. And, with all due respect to the excellent pro players who come in to coach players, helping them refine their skills to the point where they are ready to join teams and advance their ‘careers’, the Coaches’ Clinic helps create the teams those players need to put those newfound skills to good use. 

I am attending Rusty’s clinic. Bluntly, I wonder about any serious team that doesn’t have someone attending. This is the guy who coaches DYNASTY. Forget all the years he played professionally and all the skills and knowledge he garnered playing with Infamous and Dynasty, the greatest team in the history of our sport hand selected him to lead them. 

If you are a coach, if you are a player who thinks he may someday become a coach, if you are a team captain, if you are a player on a team who wants to know how he can help the entire group move forward, find a coaching clinic taught by someone who actually knows their ****, and take advantage of it. Come with questions (I’m coming with a bunch for Rusty), pay very close attention. Without people learning what Rusty can teach, it won’t matter how good you are as a player. Ryan, Damian, Billy and Nick create players. What Rusty will be teaching can create a region.

 

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Regret Free Office Parties!

Regret Free Office Parties!

It happens every year, but we know you'd rather not talk about it, maybe you can't even remember what it is you're not talking about. It's ok. It's a new year and you can turn this all around! Paintball Office party - and before you say #notmyoffice paintball has changed. See these kids?

 

They played paintball - and you can to! Low Impact Paintball - its a thing - and its all the fun of paintball without all that ouch. Smaller ball, smaller lighter marker and soo much motivation - it will be the BEST OFFICE PARTY EVER and you'll only regret not doing it sooner! 

Want to know more? Read this! 

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Paintball School and what it can do for you!

Paintball School and what it can do for you!

Boston Paintball’s Paintball University was created to be used as a tool for all aspiring paintball players to learn from more experienced players and to introduce players to other players. Not every person that finds paintball has a friend to bring along and not everyone has a paintball mento,  so when you have a need for something - you fill it!  

 

The goal of Paintball U is to provide an atmosphere of growth and comfortability, where players can expand their knowledge of the game. Our lead Professor and program creator Anthony Vitale 3 (AV3) on the how and why: “It’s personal because through my 12 years of playing competitive paintball there have been a countless number of friends and mentors who have helped me along the way. I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much when I was growing up. 

 

Paintball taught me a lot about how to communicate with others to achieve a common goal, think creatively, and helped me handle responsibilities that were assigned to me. Along with the physically demanding aspects of the game we are also working to hone our mental skills. Paintball is a combination of physical strength and high speed decision making, through practice we will help fine tune your skills.” 

 

Paintball U combines the meet up point, the connections and the education to help players to keep playing, competing and getting better.  Unlike traditional sports, paintball doesn't have as many entry points so providing all of these fundamentals is important to ensure the growth of not only the player who plays but the sport as well.  

 

Classes are offered in sessions and usually meet on Friday Nights at the Chelsea location.  If you want to know more - follow the Boston Paintball Facebook Page or like PaintballU on Facebook! 

 

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Beast of the East 2

Beast of the East 2

When the decision was made to bring the Combine back to its original form last year, we were quite aware that a lot of the more advanced players would be left out of the event.  The Combine in it's original form was meant to help new players find teams, and over the past few years the event had been heading in a different direction - a lot of the players that were registering were already on teams, they were simply interested in just getting some time in with the Pro players and taking their chances on winning some crazy, cool prizes.  Because we get it, we wanted everyone who wanted to be here to be able to be here that weekend but we needed a way to keep the integrity of the Combine itself intact but have a place for the more advanced players to go and you know, still showcase that talent... CombineX is where the Beast of the East was born. The idea of the event was to find New England's best all around player thru a series of pro practice drills and scrimmages and make them work to show they were not just in fact amongst some of the best players in New England but possibly the best.  I remember thinking during that even that it wasn't quite what I think anyone thought it would be like, it seemed as though a lot of players were caught a little off guard, but in a good way, the way that makes you pay attention and see what you can learn and do better. The pros certainly put them thru their paces - and you could see confidence rise and fall depending on what was thrown their way.  Along with finding the best player New England had to offer, the Beast of the East event was going to do the same thing the Combine was doing, building a "Dream Team" to send out nationally and represent the best the Northeast had to offer. From the 38 players that registered, 12 were chosen to represent the Northeast in the PSP Nashville event, the one event that most teams were't committed to playing - so we weren't breaking teams up to make it happen and then without warning - PSP Nashville didn't happen.  The layout had been released, the team had been registered, had gotten together and practiced, were making travel arrangements and before you knew it the PSP was no more and in it's place was the NXL. 4 events to finish the season, most of the players committed to the remaining events already and we couldn't collectively make the team happen. We haven't given up hope of getting them all on the same page at an event this season - but we couldn't risk the same issues with a  second team, so we have changed it up a bit this year. The concept is the same, only the players will have to make an initial cut - be amongst the top half of the player to qualify to be crowned.  Players will be selected by the pros to compete in the Beast Bracket, advancing to compete in one on ones by exemplifying the mastery of their core skills, playing to win none other than a Special Edition Boston Paintball......  The pros will once again call on them to dig deep and prove they have what it takes to wear that crown and be called the 2016 BEAST of the East. Don't make the cut for overall Beast? There's a bracket for those players too. Registration is now Open. Think were were a little overlooked last season and have something to prove? Throw your name in the ring.  Know someone who would never claim to be as good as you KNOW they are? Get them registered.

 

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