“I am extremely excited about this deal as we have now completed the team roster that this industry needs to bring it back to the success of earlier years. The industry has needed a plan to turn it around and I believe this acquisition will be the catalyst in revitalizing the industry I love!” commented Richmond Italia, Chairman and CEO of GI Sportz. “From day one, GI Sportz has been built around its passion for paintball and is vested in the success of the industry. With the addition of the KEE product lines and committed staff, GI Sportz can focus more of its resources on creating a healthier and stronger paintball landscape.”]]>
The CPPS round 1 with nearly 120 teams saw the Sandbaggers field 3 teams. 1 in Elite, 1 in Div 2 and Sandbagger DC in the Breakout Division.
The weather at the CPPS round 1 wasn’t great, a cold snap had hit the UK and overnight temperatures had dropped, luckily for the Sandbaggers, GI Sportz has their Paint in a temperature controlled trailer keeping the paint perfect. We used a mixture of 3, 4 and some 5 star over the weekend and the performance of the Paint was outstanding. It’s the little bits that often make the biggest difference… Thanks GI Sportz.
Quebec, Canada – March 9, 2015 – G.I. Sportz announced today that Badlands Paintball, Canada’s largest paintball distributor, has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute the full line of G.I. Sportz paintballs and products throughout Canada.
The exclusive distribution agreement betweenG.I. Sportz and Badlands Paintball will see Badlands Paintball become the exclusive Canadian distributor for the entire line of G.I. Sportz, DXS and Zap paintballs, VForce Vision Systems and the full line of Tippmann products.
“GI Sportz is excited to announce our new partnership with Badlands Inc, the largest, most successful paintball product distributor within Canada” said Dave “Opie” Thomas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of G.I. Sportz. Thomas continued, “Badlands has been a pillar of the Canadian paintball Market since 1988. G.I. Sportz is known for partnering with the strongest entities offering the best products and service. This partnership will make sure the G.I. Sportz line of products will be delivered to the market with the best service for years to come!”
Trevor Moss of Badlands Paintball echoed Thomas’ enthusiasm as the deal was signed. “The exclusive distributorship between G.I. Sportz and Badlands Paintball brings together the strongest names in Canadian paintball. The G.I. Sportz and Tippmann product lines will greatly enhance our unique ability to bring the very best paintballs and paintball equipment to our dealers across Canada!”
Canadian owned and operated since 1988, Badlands Paintball’s extremely successful wholesale division features such respected industry members as Owen Ronayne of WDP and NPPL fame and, most recently, Louie D’Alesio who has joined the Badlands team from PBL Action Sports bringing over 20 years of Canadian paintball experience and passion for the game with him!
G.I. Sportz was founded by a group of professional paintball players and business owners with the goal of delivering the player, dealer and field owner the most innovative products designed to improve the level of performance, quality and overall playing experience surpassing all other brands and manufacturers in the history of the game! G.I. Sportz manufactures the world’s best paintballs along with a complete portfolio of paintball equipment including the VForce line of Vision Systems and much, much more. In late 2013, G.I. Sportz acquired Tippmann Sports, one of the most innovative and recognizable names in the history of the paintball industry. With a worldwide network of distribution facilities and a remarkable selection of paintball products for every level of the game, G.I Sportz provides pro-shop owners, park operators and players on every level with the equipment, service and dedication necessary to succeed and win!
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Midway through the 2014 PSP paintball season, Baltimore Revo answered the call and stepped up to the professional ranks after two strong divisional finishes, then fought their way through the Challengers’ division to earn a spot at the pinnacle of professional paintball, the Champions’ division, for the home stretch! Revo finished the 2014 season with an impressive 7th place finish at the World Cup propelling them to a 14th overall finish for the year, proving that they truly have what it takes to compete with the best in the world in the incredibly tough PSP Champions’ division, home of the most competitive professional paintball in the world.
While Baltimore Revo was busy earning their spot at the highest level of play for 2015 at the PSP World Cup, their divisional program was having a great event of its own, with Revo taking first place in Division 2 competition and winning the 2014 D2 PSP Series title!
Playing out of Paintball Adventures Park in Taneytown, Maryland, Baltimore Revo wears VForce Grill Vision Systems equipped with amazing HDR lenses along with G.I. Sportz Challeng’r pants and G.I. Sportz Race Harnesses, and the program is powered by G.I. Sportz Imperial Paintballs! G.I. Sportz and VForce Vision Systems are proud to support the entire Baltimore Revo program from the Champions’ field to divisional play, as they leave their mark on tournament paintball for 2015 and beyond!]]>
What started as a passing comment nearly 18 months ago, came to an end this week with most of the team, and their luggage, arriving home after an epic 2 weeks of paintball in Europe.
Find a comfy chair and a beverage, here is a huge wrap up off the Millennium tournament experience mainly for those that might not get a chance to speak to one of our guys in the next little while.
One thing we were warned, and a little worried about, was the reffing at World Cup. I think we had 3 or 4 penalties thrown at us in the 21 points we played at Chantilly. The refs watch players (mostly) like hawks, no game watching. Ask for a paint check, and you had a ref on you in seconds. No calls that were questionable (Against us or that we saw) and full explanations if you asked.
Talking to the boys about it, another thing we were looking forward to probably caused those penalties; the paint. There were 3 manufacturers of paint at Chantilly; GI Sportz had 4 and 5 star/Imperial paint available, Draxxus had Hellfire and Empire had Evil. We shot Hellfire and GI 4 star. Both had different grades of paint within their temperature controlled semi trailers available; medium brittle, very brittle and extremely brittle. We shot medium brittle paint. Did the paint shoot straighter than a good batch of Plague? Not really. What this paint did, though, was bounce a whole lot less. Dropping medium from a height of about a metre, 7 of 10 broke. We were checking ourselves far more often just to be sure, and a lot of times the paint broke in places that at a 7s tournament it probably would have bounced.
How much paint did we shoot? Another question we, and others, were interested to see answered. Millennium, if you didnt know, shoots 10.5bps vsSuper 7’s Paintball Series.15bps. We got 24 boxes ourselves, plus were given some from the awesome ladies from Fat Ladies Charms. After our loss to Redball, we probably gave away 2 or 3 boxes worth. So I’d say we shot 22ish boxes in 21 points over 4 rounds. We shoot about 42 boxes at a Super 7s event over 9 rounds. Doing that math we probably shot slightly more at World Cup compared to a 7s event. But not by much.
How much was paint? Just walking up, from memory, you would pay €49.95 for GI 5 star, and €42.95 for 4 star, or maybe $75au and $65au respectively.
The games ran hyper efficiently. As most of you have seen, Millennium runs 2 games at a time. Between the prior point being called good, and the next point starting for the next 2 teams, there is 30 seconds (Unless you use a time out, or if the other point is over in which case you get 2 minutes). Your pod bitch better be on point! The pod economy does well at these events
There is a cool little system for towel or time out. You place a metal ‘key’ on a switch; if its during game time it towels, if its between points it calls a time out.
Running down the clock after clearing the field doesn’t seem to be a thing at Millennium. A number of games we ran down the clock a good period longer than we would have gotten away with at 7s. One memorable point, Karl pumped faked a buzzer push, netting a good 60 seconds off the clock before the other team realised.
Dorito side coaching, especially by a big crowd, was new and interesting. Some teams had a number of people spaced up the D side relaying calls, field positions and g counts. Snake side, the players pits, had to be totally silent. Get it right, and it works well. Something that I think could work quite nicely in 7s! Counter coaching, and yelling in a different language over the top of other coaches, did occur.
So where does Aussie paintball stack up in comparison to Millennium? Any Aussie pro team could compete in SPL2, maybe nudge the top end for a promotion to SPL1. We played OD1, the highest “open” division. The only way to get in to SPL2 is to get promoted from OD1.
The what ifs are easy to talk about in hind sight. We would have beaten Low Life had we not got those 2 penalties. I think we could have gone top 4. Redball Paris 2 finished 5th, and our game vs them was super close. We made some small mistakes vs Redball, and they pounced on them, similar to how an STK Australia or nVs would.
There are a bunch of folks we need to thank from the trip;
First and foremost, we have to thank James, Bourke and Dianne fromMacDev Paintball (Official). Their strong links in Europe underpinned this trip actually coming together the way it did, and their guns that we got shot flawlessly for the duration.
Which leads to the next thanks, to Manfred, Tom, Sebastian and Patrick frommaxs-sport.com, and Dennis and the team from Paintball Solms. They loaned us guns, organised local DPL teams for us to train with, helped with the Millennium Series board, had awesome Draxxus paint to shoot both at Solms and Chantilly and were just all round good people.
The next big thanks goes to Mike Argento and all the folks from GI Sportz Paintball. The support while in Chantilly was awesome, as is their local support for us, thanks so much.
Also a huge shout out to Mervyn Leung and Jerseys Clinic for our awesome new jerseys, hoodies and other assorted softgoods! We had a lot of interest from people about buying one of our jerseys, especially with the different flags on the left arm! Watch this space for pricing information soon!
Lastly are the shoutouts to the people and teams we met throughout the trip, trained against, or helped us in the pits and on the sidelines at Chantilly:
– Sebastian and the guys from Destination Wetzlar. We had 2 solid days against these guys at Solms. They then went 4-0 at DPL Div 1 on the Sunday, including their first ever win over Frankfurt Syndicate. Coincidence? Great bunch of guys that said they are happy to train with any Aussies that head over.
– Patrick, Nic, Dennis F, Martin and the rest of the guys from Frankfurt Syndicate for having a hit out against us at Solms, giving us pointers on improving our play and talking through the field with us.
– Robbie O’Dwyer (From Reloaded Naughty Bullets) for coming over to Paris with us and helping for the whole weekend, as well as Arunas and the guys from Reloaded for our big session at Capital paintball. It put us in a great position for Chantilly!
– Freddie and all the FL Charms girls. Thank you for loaning us a gun, and giving us your left over paint. You’re all awesome, and drinking alcohol that has the emergency services number on the label should be seen as a warning, not a challenge!
– Chaz Waters for his pod running and pit help on Friday and Saturday, and the Assala Paintball family overall. Damn you guys can drink, and that jungle juice was epic. Hope to see you all in Aussie in the future!
– Rody from RSHmedia and Ore from Photomonkey for being our photographers! You’ve already seen some of Ore’s work, can’t wait to see Rody’s!
– Gael and the crew from 141paintball.com for filming us! We’ve seen some of the footage, and its awesome! Watch this space…
– Nick Slowiak from Houston Heat. Super nice guy, just dropping in on Saturday and Sunday to help us in the pits. Awesome!
– Kiwi Mat Lewis from Copenhagen Ducks Paintball and Aussie Jon Hunter from London Nexus 2 for helping us out with tips on the field and pit support too.
– The crew from Montreal Image that loaned us 2 pit helpers on Sunday morning without hesitation at a moments notice. Thank you and congrats on your win!
Thanks for all of your words of support and encouragement while we were over in Europe flying the Aussie (And kiwi!) flag.
Finally. to my guys. Epic as bro’s. We crushed it, fucking mint.
See you all soon.
By Josh Silverman
PHOTO CREDIT – Jarred Knorr and Lucky Shotz
So let me start with a little introduction – I’m the new guy. I’m Josh Silverman and I was recently hired by G.I. Sportz to lend a hand in Marketing and PR. Though I’ve worked with G.I. Sportz in the past, it’s been a while and there’s plenty of new equipment in the company lineup and to properly do my job, I need to learn it all. There’s no better way to learn about paintball equipment than to get out there and play, so when I heard OXCC Paintball in Maryland was hosting a scenario, I packed up the truck and headed that way. This was to be my first event using HDR lenses and while I’ve worn VForce goggles for years, thanks to the HDR lens this was an almost entirely new experience I just had to tell everyone about!
The scenario game I played last weekend, produced by TSSOC, was well-run and drew around 300 players to the outstanding OXCC facility. This place has everything, from bunkers and forts to some excellent “old school” wooded playing fields that have played host to Tom Cole’s UWL events. Then there are the Chinook helicopters (yes real ones), the firebases, trenches and a complete “airport” with a control tower and planes! I could talk about the flat, groomed-grass tournament fields too, but this is about woods ball so I’ll hold that back for another time. I love this place! The weather for the game was cool in the morning with a heavy blanket of clouds holding back the sun. Perfect weather for paintball in the morning turned to somewhat less ideal conditions when the rain finally let go around midday, but luckily I got my playing time in before the raindrops.
The cloudy, cool and slightly muggy weather may have made creeping, crawling and shooting it out in the woods much more comfortable than a day in hundred-degree heat, but OXCC’s woods offer lots of old-growth trees with large canopies, and that means that what little daylight there was for the morning’s festivities didn’t quite make it into the woods. What am I saying? It was dark in there. Dark enough that if you held still and found a stacked log bunker, some thicker underbrush or even a dip in the ground and stayed still, a smart player in darker clothing or camo could almost disappear into the shadows and hammer unsuspecting opponents. This didn’t happen to me at this game, though it did happen to plenty of others at the game. Why? My VForce HDR lens.
After installing my new HDR lens in my VForce Profiler, I certainly noticed things brighten-up a bit on this dark Saturday, but where this thing really shined was in the woods. Once I got inside the canopy, though it was still dark, I was able to easily pick out opponents near and far, even those well-hidden and holding still, well before other players around me ever saw these same opponents, if they saw them at all. Naturally, thanks to their anti-fog construction, even when creeping low and slow in muggy conditions or while holding still with little to no air moving through my facemask except for my moisture-laden breath, I never had to worry about fog. If there’s one thing I know about paintball, it’s much easier to eliminate opponents you can see, especially if you see them first. These new HDR lenses truly gave me an edge in the woods at OXCC last Saturday, and it was even more noticeable when, after a forty-five minute run from one end of the field to the other shooting it out, I put a barrel cover on, exited the field and pulled my goggles off, only to look around, surprised, and say “wow, it’s dark out here!” So I say, to those of you I put paint on last weekend, I’m sorry: I had an almost unfair advantage. I could see you before you saw me. Wait…I’m actually not sorry about that at all!]]>
We’re in the middle of the “grind” for Chicago and a break is more than welcome by the whole team. The term grind is always tossed around in the paintball lingo. But inreality, what does it actually mean? I used to think it was playing every weekend until the team ran out of paint or driving 90 miles per hour on the turnpike to catch your third flight in three weeks. I suppose that those are all parts of the grind, but after starting this season with Houston Heat, my personal definition of the term has been broadened.
Two weeks ago the team flew to Pittsburgh and practiced on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday conducting drills and scrimmages. Thursday night most of the team flew back to their homes (only the sweet dudes could stay and handle the awesomeness that is a weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh). The following Tuesday, the team relocated to our home base in Houston and practiced Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s now Monday afternoon and we’re taking our scheduled day off to run some errands and let a few nagging injuries heal up. But tomorrow morning, we will be up bright and early for practice again in hopes of beating some of the midday scorching sun that comes out everyday in Houston. Wednesday the team will all travel to Chicago and arrive later that evening. Thursday we have a scheduled practice session with the LA Ironmen to work out any small kinks and hiccups in our preparation. Friday, Saturday and Sunday is game time for the PSP Chicago Open and the ultimate test to see if our hard work has truly paid off.
The high temperatures and good, hard practices aren’t the sole factors that have helped to redefine the term grind for me. It’s everything else that goes into a Professional Paintball lifestyle. And so on Monday after the Chicago PSP, we will fly home to put our personal lives back together….but only for a few days. On that same Friday, after only being home for three and a half days, the team will fly to Ottawa to practice for the CXBL and then compete in the regular season matches on Saturday an Sunday. The next day (Monday), four of the members of the team will fly home. However, the remaining seven will fly from Ottawa to London, England and arrive on Tuesday morning to compete in the third leg of the Millennium Series. Battling jetlag and a little exhaustion, practice will be on Wednesday and Thursday. All of that leads up to the tournament that is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Getting to Europe is a little bit of an inconvenience because of the long flights and high travel costs. Therefore, I usually prefer to stay a few extra days and enjoy the culture before I jet back home. As much as I enjoy being at the Millennium tournament sites, getting the true feel of Europe doesn’t really happen until you venture out from beneath the paintball haven. This year, most of us have decided to stay a few extra days and fly to Spain and travel to Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls. I’m sure it’ll be an exciting adventure and hopefully we all come back whole. After we dodge the potential death and destruction that is a three thousand pound horned and angry bull, the boys and I will finally be on our ways home for a five-day rest. And then it starts all over again.
To me, this entire schedule is now known as the grind and that’s what being a Professional Paintball player is all about.
Now coming into the event from MAO, where we earned our way back into the Champions bracket, we, Houston Heat, I’d have to say I felt very confident in our chances on taking the event. We had won the event last year and coming back to CPX and looking around, seeing the layout of the event as almost identical as 2013, made it feel as though we were still at the 2013 event. A nostalgia you could say. Coming up from the Challengers bracket we really wanted to make a point that we belonged at the top.
We began 2 weeks prior to the event in hot, muggy, humid, Houston Texas. Now I won’t get into the specifics of our practice, I’ll leave that for another blog, but we played hard, really hard. The biggest driving force behind our play was never, ever wanting to be in the position we were in Dallas, playing for relegation and being sent there. I do not know if I can put into words the feeling going down to the Challengers. It is something I never want to experience ever again.
If you payed any attention to the PSP Chicago event you know about the rain and the mud. Now I will say a couple of things about the weather situation. 1, nothing could be done, I don’t care where the event was being held, if you get that much rain with that many people walking around you get mud and muck and puddles. 2, the PSP staff, CPX staff as well, did a fantastic job making the event run as smooth as possible with the resources they had. 3rd and finally, most teams got lucky and did not have to play in consistent rain for the majority of the event. That is huge. Yes, it rained a lot, and there was mud, all of these things I can handle and so can everyone else. Playing in a downpour on the other hand is horrible and we got lucky that was not the case. I wish that on no one.
Making the finals anytime is a huge deal. I have been lucky enough to do so quiet a bit the last 3 years and each time I get the same feelings. Pure excitement probably sums it up best. There have been a few times other emotions have come into play but for the most part it is just excitement, for me that is. Going up against Impact made things way more intense. We have not beat Impact this year and having grabbed 3 of their former players we really wanted to prove coming off MAO, Challengers, and general lackluster performances that we could beat them and win the event all in one.
As it turned out, save for the first 3 points, which I felt we dominated, we ended up losing terribly. Now I say terribly because we received what…3 major penalties and a couple minors? Now I’m not going to dissect whether or not we deserved the penalties or not. Our fans did not, our families did not, our sponsors, and most of all everyone that supported us at the event. We handed that win over to Impact. Just gave it to them. Now a win is a win but man it felt like we never had a chance to really play, no excuses, we got penalties and that’s the way it works sometimes. It was a sorry excuse for a finals match.
To take something away from the event is to go from Challengers to the Champions finals in a 2 event swing is huge. It sucks to be the first place loser but you have to have a way to measure your success and know that sometimes things do not always go your way. A big thanks to Randy, the owner of the team, for pointing that out to us at the end of the event. The next thing to do is to focus on the next event and make preparations to achieve your goal, winning.
I’d like to give a shout out to D1 Distortion for winning and also to D1 Outlaws. I have played with and come up with a lot of the guys on those 2 teams and it was great to see them play each other in the finals. 2 local teams making it to the finals, battling it out to over time 1 vs 1 was awesome. I’m really happy for both of them!]]>
The CXBL started 10 years ago, happy 10 year anniversary guys, and is not only the name of the league but the CXBL is the top division in it as well. The league has 4 divisions, the CXBL, known now as Elite (PRO), the MXL, RXL and RT5. Each of these divisions has something a little different to offer but all work there way up to the top, gradually making you comfortable with the format. What I mean is that, and I’m not 100% sure which is which but one division has a semi capped rate of fire and less game time, as you move up the rate of fire goes up and the games get longer.
The league, as far as I know, is one of the first if not the first to have individual statistics based of your jersey. The idea, which is simple and genius, used to be that the teams would receive all 15 of there players jerseys before the season starts. You pick or are assigned your jersey and #, from that point on you cannot change or lose your jersey, if you do…no more playing in the league. Now with your assigned # the league would document every time you were on the field which gave you a +/-, penalties, flag hangs, games played, and NAX points, a series of points awarded at the end of each match to players who made great moves or were basically the MVP for their team. The player who has the highest amount of NAX points at the end of the year wins a prize, some prizes have been trips to Mexico/Cancun, a new Luxe, and other various paintball awards. Pretty cool stuff.
The last 3 years Houston Heat has went up, as a full team for the most part, and played in the league under another franchise. Oh right that is how the league works too! Teams are owned and sold. There is fee that is payed during the off season to retain and maintain your team. These fees cover jersey, some paint, ID cards, and other league related items for the up coming season. Teams are given town names to go along with their respective location. We are Montreal Heat, there is London Vicious, Omaha Vicious who also competes in the league as well, and other Canadian city and towns to go along with every team in every division.
This year, as Montreal Heat, we have played at one event and had 4 matches. The events work as a regular season with teams having to win a certain amount of games to get to the playoffs or Richmond Cup at the end of the season. Teams who fail to do so and are at the bottom of their division face relegation to the next lowest level and teams who win or place in the top 2 or 4 spots get moved up. I really like how the league has implemented this and I’d have to say that it has worked out very well the last 10 years.
Playing at 15 balls a second is something, I believe, everyone should try. You ever feel like you’ve ever been over shot? Try being the last guy alive when the other team has all 5. It takes a lot to get an over shooting penalty in the league, not to say that it doesn’t happen but man you get shot a lot. Add two 25 minute halves to the game and you have got one hell of an experience. When I first started playing in the league there were some games where the score would be 22-3. Things have leveled out and I can easily say that there are quite a few Canadian players who can easily play Pro in the PSP, US.
The CXBL, has the old DXS show truck, so they have a giant truck full of gear and paintball equipment on hand. Not only is there a show truck but Planet Eclipse and DLX has techs there to help any teams in need. There is a VIP booth with free food and drinks, chairs with a great view of the CXBL field, and amazing slushies….so tasty.
I can say that the CXBL, Canadian Extreme Paintball League,is one of the best run leagues in the world. If anyone has the chance to play or go to any of there events, do it.
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