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Ultimate Paintball: Skirmish ION 2014

Ultimate Paintball is mainly an online business but, as of late, we have been making our way to the paintball events across this great nation. We have already went to Living Legends 7, D-Day in Oklahoma and,  Now we are going to what is supposed to be the biggest event of the year. Invasion of Normandy in Pennsylvania is supposed to have thousands of players and visitors and we are bringing our giant trailer and putting up a tent to sell a huge selection of our items.

This is something very new for our company we have never went to an even this large and we have never went to an event that will take this long to drive. There will be 5 people crammed into our truck and we are driving what could be up to 18 hours (depending on stops). To be honest it is going to be an awful drive but, it will all pay off. We get to hang out with a bunch of people that love the sport. Every day of these events we meet new and interesting people that love the sport that we deal with everyday and they all have interesting stories about playing.

Something that is also really great about these events is that we get to hear, in real time, what people think of our company and think about the products that have been released this year and in recent years. This is always a good thing because it prepares us for future events and lets us know what we could possibly add to our, ever-growing, website.  Paintball is a sport that is constantly changing and evolving so, getting this sort of feedback is vital. If you happen to be coming to this event feel free to let us know what you would like to see on the website or even what we should bring to future events, as we plan to show up to even more next year.

What is great about doing well at these events is that we can upgrade the presentation of our company each time we go. We used to have a small trailer with our name on it and now we have a 50 foot trailer that doubles as a store. Please come check us out at this event and show some love for Ultimate Paintball. We try to do as much as much as we can for our customers so you can definitely expect some great deals in our tent and on our trailer.

As for our website we still have some great deals running, remember you can always get free shipping on orders over $99 to the lower 48 states. This is a great deal that really sets us apart from some of our competitors. They claim to have cheaper prices or claim shipping is cheaper until you actually get through the checkout and you are paying $15 or more to get it shipped to you. We also have a deal running right now (7/1/14) with planet eclipse where you will receive the a free gear bag with the purchase of an LV1 or GEO 3.1 

Why is Paintball such a Good Team Building Activity?

seven friends in masks and camouflage play paintball in the fres

Paintball is not just for weekend warriors looking for a fun free time activity. Rather, paintball is being used with ever increasing frequency as a means of team building for businesses and other types of organizations. A business, as well as its employees, can enjoy a number of significant benefits when this enjoyable activity is used as a team building experience.

Positive Relationship Development

A business enterprise functions optimally when its employees develop and maintain strong, positive connections between themselves. Another reality, albeit contradictory, is that the workaday environment oftentimes is structured and functions in a manner that actually prevents the development of appropriately strong interconnections between employees. In the end, littering the workplace with inspiration posters about “being part of the team” simply is not enough to enhance positive relationships between employees.

Paintball permits the development of positive, strong connections and relationships between employees. First and foremost, when a group of people who normally work together are placed in an environment in which they can actually enjoy themselves in a more uninhibited manner, interrelationships necessarily transform. In addition, although employees typically are called upon to take a team approach in the workplace, this activity allows them to truly refine cooperative skill sets because of the very nature of the sport.

Strategic and Critical Thinking Enhancement

Business owners and managers list the development of strategic and critical thinking skills to be a major priority within their respective enterprises. In the end, seminars on strategic and critical thinking are capable of informing employees as to what these concepts mean. However, educating individuals is not the same as instilling the skills.

The goals and objectives of paintball necessarily call upon team members to engage in significant and meaningful strategic and critical thinking. Moreover, it requires the fusion of these efforts into a group decision making process — precisely what business owners and managers truly value in this day and age.

Competition Enhances Team Cohesion

A fundamental principle of enterprise success is that a cohesive team is more apt to achieve the underlying goals and objectives of a business enterprise or other type of organization. The problem is that in many ventures, a true sense of cohesion among employees either fails to take hold or, if it does, cannot be maintained for an extended period of time.

Paintball is designed to be a competitive endeavor. Research indicates that competitive activities necessarily enhance the sense of cohesion between individuals working towards a common objective. This type of team cohesion in a competitive arena is seen consistently in professional and college sports. Paintball provides the same sort of setting in which cohesion between team members is imperative to ultimate success. Once established in the paintball arena, the sense of cohesion can carry over into the work environment.

Know Your Paintball Weaknesses & Use Them as Strengths

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Paintball is a tactical game that allows you to strengthen your senses and use those strengths against your opponents. Whether you are playing seriously, or just for fun, you can learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths in a few steps. Everyone has a weak point in their strategy, and in order to improve your style, you need to recognize those weak points.

You’re Slow 

Being slow sucks, but beginners are often slow. If you aren’t a beginner, but you are still slow, that’s okay too. Side attacks are often forgotten, but they could help you win a match against a team if speed is an issue for you. Side attacks are a powerful technique that shouldn’t be underestimated. If you are playing with a team, the goal is to divide your team into a strong side and a weaker side. If both sides are strong, then that’s a great thing. The weak side should approach the goal slowly, but the strong side can move in at a rapid pace. This will allow the greatest hits to the opposing team and reaching the paintball flag successfully.

Not Having Enough Stealth 

Cover is so important, but paintball players sometimes go in head first without any stealth. This will lead to a quick defeat and a lot less fun. Stealth can be incorporated by staying low, wearing camo gear and using the environment to your advantage. The goal isn’t to just hide. You want to train yourself to move.

You Don’t Have Patience 

If you don’t have patience in paintball, you probably won’t be a great sniper. You can use your impatience in a way that allows you to dominate the field by being one of the decoys. A decoy will get the team to focus on you. This will draw them away from the rest of your team. If you’re fast enough, you will still come out ahead.

You Like To Be Alone

This tip is the opposite of the above. If you like to be alone, you will make a great sniper. Paintball sniping is a sneaky and covert way to win. A sniper usually hides out somewhere and doesn’t move much, but they can attack from a vantage point that gives their team a strong lead.

You’re Inaccurate

Not everyone will have sniper-level accuracy, but closing the distance between you and your opponents will increase your accuracy. You can turn this into a strength when you’re playing paintball by ambushing. An ambush can take down a lot of players and help you win.

You Don’t Have The Best Equipment

Not everyone can afford the best equipment for playing, but that shouldn’t stop you from becoming the best player you can. Collaborative tactics can and will compensate for lower-quality equipment. Use your teammates and knowledge of the game to play with a strong strategy and tactical advantage. You should also know that there is a difference between strategy and tactics, and that you can harness both of them to your advantage.

Have Fun 

Whether you are playing seriously or for fun, you still want to make the most of it. Relax and enjoy your time with friends. You will probably meet new people on the playing field as well.

Top 9 Paintball Fields in the U.S.

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Choosing the best paintball field involves finding one that give you the most value for your money. This means choosing one that allows you and your teammates to engage in games that are compatible with your playing style. It also means finding a paintball field that offers reffing, professional maintenance and support, which can greatly minimize field safety issues. There are thousands of paintball fields located all over the United States, but the following five provide exceptional action packed games for players:

1. Skirmish USA

Skirmish USA offers many different paintball packages for bachelor and corporate parties and boasts 48 different paintball fields that span across 700 acres. All of their fields include props such as woods, creeks, tanks, planes, villages and castles. One of their sites includes a speedball arena as well as a tournament complex.

2. SC Village

SC Village professionally hosts several large paintball field tournaments throughout the year, and is home to 25 thrilling outdoor paintball fields on a 100 acre property in the heart of Southern California.

3. Old River Paintball

Old River Paintball, located in Ocklawaha, Florida is on 40 acres of land with 12 different fields to choose from including several games available, such as Hyperball, Speedball, and Airball. They also have bunkers from trees and bushes to hay bales plus an onsite Air Station where players can refill their tanks.

4. Advanced Alabama Adventures

Also known as AAA, Advanced Alabama Adventures, has been in business since 1989 and is located in Birmingham, Alabama. They have 7 different playing fields and are always looking for ways to improve paintballers’ experience by testing and changing any field considered less desirable to make it bigger and better for them.

5. Paintball USA

Paintball USA includes 113 acres of organized scenario games located in Cypress, Texas and has 9 fields (four wooded and two speedball). Paintball USA also includes some bunkers that use spools, drums and wooden teepees.

6. Splatmandu Paintball Club

Splatmandu Paintball Club is in Three Rivers, Michigan and is a non-profit Paintball Club where paintball enthusiasts pay an annual membership fee of only $2.00. Included is eight diverse paintball fields maintained by club members. One of the perks that comes with paying the annual fee at the Splatmandu Paintball Club is that it goes towards field props!

7. Battlezone and Supply

Located in Plant City, Florida , Battlezone and Supply has a reputation for catering more towards the non-competitive player and has an Urban, Hyperball, and Airball paintball field.

8. Splat Paintball

Splat Paintball in Canal Fulton, Ohio offers three wooded and three speedball fields (highly recommended) designed to deliver a comfortable atmosphere for experienced and less experienced players to explore.

9. Hollywood Sports

Hollywood Sports Park is one of the only places that is open at night, so paintball field enthusiasts do not have to wake up early in fear of missing out on the action. Because the paintball fields are small, the park feels more relaxed when there is less then 100 people there. Hollywood Sports offer the best rates for groups, and have six different mazes that paintballers can play on with each one being different and challenging.

Top 5 Paintball Reads for Any Avid Player

Old books on a wooden shelf. No labels, blank spine.

If you’re looking to take your game to the next level and be ahead of the other players than you may want to study up on the game some while you’re not out there shooting. This helps to get good ideas for new strategies and tactics. It also helps prime your brain so that you’re subconsciously ruminating on it even while asleep. Here are some of the best books available.

1. Paintball Warrior Tactics: Secrets of Serious Bushball Players

by Zack Wickes

Paintball Warrior Tactics is a comprehensive guide that contains all of the secrets to the game. Within these pages you will find a number of tactical secrets, high level techniques and tricks that are guaranteed to up your game to the next level. This book takes an in-depth look at the “micro-skills” that move into more advanced gameplay.

2. 501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics

by Dave Norman

501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics is a great book for those who currently play paintball and for those looking to get into the sport. Each chapter contains information which then is built upon in following chapters, creating a cohesive synergistic and comprehensive system for understanding the fundamentals of good game play. It is great for getting the solids down, and is even helpful to experience players as a brush up on the mechanics of the game that they may have taken for granted. These strategies are straight from the professionals.

3. The Complete Guide to Paintball, Fourth Edition: Completely Updated and Revised

by Jerry Braun, Rob Rubin and Peter Field Peck<

Now updated and revised, The Complete Guide is a seminal body of work designed to disseminate the most advanced strategic and pragmatic information available on the game to date. It includes information on the practical and overarching elements of the sport to create a holistic guide for every aspect. This revised edition has gone back and updated each chapter and section to provide a definitive guide that includes new tips, tricks, strategies and techniques utilized by the pros themselves. It includes a history of the sport and some of the leading figures that have emerged.

4. Paintballer

by Rich Telford, Roman Maniere, and Fabien Cuviliez 

This book looks into the game in a way that no other has. It explores aspects of gameplay that you will find covered in no other books. It covers the origins of the sport, from Bob Guersney to the national game and the forming of the NPPL. It covers in depth tactics on how teams invade stadiums and includes a dissection of every moment in the game. It takes a look at the top twenty players in the history of the game that have changed the way the game has been played to this day.

5. Paintball Digest: The Complete Guide to Games, Gear & Tactics

by Richard Sapp

If you’re looking for an authoritative guide that covers all the aspects of gameplay then look no further. This book covers it all, from tips, to tournament information, game strategies, equipment and outfit guides, accessory information, reviews of various products, a manufacturing directory, safety/first aid tips and more.

After reading these books, you’ll never look at the game the same way again.

 

Celebrities on the Paintball Field

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I always see celebrities as the glitz-and-glamour, the fame-and-the fortune type of people. Their job description probably requires them to look perfect from head to toe, anytime, anywhere, and anyplace. But then again, celebrities are actually just like us. They too also want to loosen up and enjoy what we common people enjoy; including paintball.

Did you ever wonder if there are celebrities who play paintball?

Do they have someone who keeps on following them to make sure they still look picture perfect even when they are on the field?

Well, YES there are celebrity paintballers; and NO they don’t bring their personal assistants on the field.

I did a bit of research and apparently, there is quite a list of celebrity paintballers. Here are some of them:

  1. The Pitt-Jolie Clan – These A-list couple relieved their Mr. and Mrs. Smith moments when they were sighted in a paintball game-field in Surrey, UK back in 2011. They brought the whole gang with them but only Maddox was big enough to play. Brad and Angelina sure know how to keep their babies happy.
  2. Keanu Reeves – Mr. Matrix might have got his iconic bullet-dodging moves from dodging paintballs first. He’s been seen on the field from time to time.
  3. Britney Spears – “Hit me baby one more time” may not be the best song when Britney goes paintballing, but who wouldn’t still want to share a bunker with her?

There are many more paintballing celebs – Adam Sandler, Maurice Gibbs of the Bee Gees which is a tournament level player, the Spice girls, Tom Hanks, and many more.

Who would you want to play paintball with?

 

Make your Own Paintball Field

Paintball Players Took The Defense In The Shelter

Ever dreamed of having your own private paintball battlefield? Having the ability to host your own paintball games without having to deal with wait times or extra costs to use a field are definitely some major perks to creating your own field. Here we will list some fast and easy steps that you can take to fashion your own paintball field.

Find a Location

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Location, location, location?” Well creating your own paintball field is no different. Your paintball field will be most efficient if you have a spacious backyard, own a piece of private land, or have been given prior permission on a plot to use. Do not go out and assume you can occupy any random space that you have found for your own use. Be wary of your intended field’s surroundings and be smart about your location; make sure that it is in an area that is safe and secure. Remember to check with local laws and be 100% sure that you are complying with all regulations; the last thing you want is to get fined for disregarding something so easily avoidable.

Create Obstacles

Aside from actually playing; building structures and fortifications for your field is probably going to be the most creative part of crafting your own playing ground. If you want to speed up the process, you can use any available items such as old furniture, mattresses, cardboard boxes, and scrap wood to use as small bunkers for your field. If it is big enough for you to hide behind and you don’t care about getting some paint on it, it will likely be a perfect fit. If they are accessible to you: empty barrels, wooden planks, camouflage netting, and sandbags also make for some amazing makeshift cover. If you are feeling a bit more inspired and you have the resources, you can build some bunkers out of raw materials such as creating small pillbox style fortifications out of cement and concrete bricks or even dig some trenches for people to lay in for cover. This step allows for imagination as it is all about giving your field that special touch. Be sure to double check your work for anything that could be hazardous to the players on your field, such as rusty metal edges, exposed nails, etc.

Get your Gear Ready

If you have not purchased all of your gear yet, then now is the time. Paintball guns, modifications, safety gear, C02 tanks, and paintballs are all essential items needed to play a quality game of paintball. The importance of the use of safety gear on your paintball field cannot be stressed enough and it is highly encouraged to take the necessary precautions to purchase what you need in order to have an awesome, yet safe time.

Invite your Friends

Of course; no paintball games on your newly created field would be complete without players. Send out those texts, emails, phone calls, and online messages to your friends and rally the troops for battle. You and your friends can plan tournaments, create game scenarios like capture the flag, or duke it out with whichever competitions appeal to you.