Thursday, January 27, 2011

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DXS Master Sponsor for PSP

Posted: 26 Jan 2011 11:43 AM PST

NPPL Surf City Open

Posted: 26 Jan 2011 11:37 AM PST

NPPL Huntington Beach is April 1-3, 2011. Registration opened this morning at 8am.

Take advantage of the NPPL’s early bird special stimulus package. Teams that pay in full for the year will receive $200 off entry fee for each event, a $800 value. Teams will also receive; 7 passes for grandstand for the entire season, 2 VIP passes for Huntington Beach and Las Vegas, first initial ID cards, 7 Huntington Beach T-shirts, and 4 pit passes for each event. This is over a $900 value! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing deal!!!! Limited time only.


Pump Division – $1000

Division 4 5 Man – $1200

Division 3 7 Man – $1825

Division 2 7 Man – $2100

Division 1 7 Man – $2275

Pro Division – $3500

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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APPA Classification Update

Posted: 25 Jan 2011 08:48 AM PST

After carefully examining the performance of the Universal Classification system following last season’s major revamp, we are pleased to announce a few adjustments to the system for 2011 that will build on the previous revamp to make the system perform even better. The adjustments focus on two areas: Recognizing when players may not be competing at as high a level as they may have been previously and allowing their classification to fall sooner, and providing RaceTo-4/5/7 teams additional flexibility with their rosters to include players of slightly higher ratings than they were able to previously. These changes will provide more opportunities for players to compete without compromising on the fair competition players and teams demand.

- As in 2010, 3-man events will not count towards your PSP Classification
- As in 2010, a player can not be promoted to Division 2 or higher unless they earn enough points from either playing in higher divisions or playing in PSP tournaments. (Exception: Regional leagues offering Division 2 may promote players to that division for their league.)
- As in 2010, two point promotion thresholds will be in place, one for promotion based on a player’s classification rating on 12/31/2010, and a higher threshold that applies throughout the 2011 season. For the 2011 season, the points needed to be promoted to a classification are:

Promotoed to At End of 2010 Season (12/31/2010) Anytime during Season
1968 pts
2400 pts
984 pts
1200 pts
492 pts
600 pts
100 pts
300 pts
50 pts
150 pts

- The Semi-Pro division will be eliminated. Semi-Pro will remain a classification, however, but it will be “parallel” to the Pro classification. A player who earns enough points to be promoted to Pro/Semi-Pro will be Pro if they have played at least 2 Pro events within the current or previous two seasons (2011, 2010, 2009) and Semi-Pro otherwise.
– Players will continue to earn 100 points for 1st place finishes, and 10 points for last place finishes, except that players on Pro teams will earn 45.5 points for a last place finish. Points for finishes between 1st and last place will be evenly spread between the top and bottom scores.

As in 2010, scores will be multiplied based on the division in which they were earned to determine the number of points they are worth.

Division Multiplier

Older scores will be reduced in value compared to newer scores, based on the season the score was earned and the number of events played since the score was earned.

Season Score was earned # of events since score earned score value
2011, 2010, 2009
11 or less
2006 and 3 events since
2k5, 2k4, 2k3, and 5 events since

The lower score value counts, so if a score was earned in 2009, but the player has played 14 events since the score was earned, the score counts at 70%, not 100%. Note that scores do not drop to 35% value unless at least 3 events have been played since the score was earned, and scores do not drop to 25% value unless at least 5 events have been played since the score was earned.

A player’s total ranking is the sum of their best three scores, except that players with at least 4 scores drop their top score, and players with three scores count their top score at 50%.

Roster Rules:

For RaceTo-2 rosters, a team may have up to one player classified up to one division higher than the division the team is competing in.

For RaceTo-4/5 rosters, a team may have up to two players who are classified higher than the division the team is competing in.

- A RaceTo-4/5 team may always have two players who are classified one division higher than the division the team is competing in.
- Division 1 teams may have any number of Semi-Pro players, and up to 2 Pro players.
- No Pro players may compete on Division 2 or lower teams.
- To provide additional roster flexibility RaceTo-4/5 teams and additional opportunities for players just over a classification threshold, a RaceTo-4/5 team may have one player who is two classes higher than the division the team is competing in, provided the player’s rating is no higher than 3x the end-of-season limit for the division the team is competing in, and the total points for the top two players on the team do not exceed 4x the end-of-season limit for that division.

Division Top Player’s Rating Limit Sum of top 2 player’s rating limit
D2 Race to 5
D3 Race to 4
D4 Race to 4

Basically, you can have up to 2 players one class higher, but one player can “borrow” points from the other player. So for a D3 team, you could have two players rated 1968, or one player at 2168 and one at 1768, or one at 2868 and another at 1068. You can not, however, ever have a player rated over 2952 points on a D3 RaceTo-4 team.

Registration for PSP Galveston is Open

Posted: 25 Jan 2011 07:31 AM PST

PSP Galveston is March 11 – 13, 2011. Registration for the event is now open, it actually has been open since Sunday evening.

The field layout will be released 1 week before the event, March 3, 2011.


Pro – $2800
D1 – $2800
D2 – $2800
D3 – $2600
D4 – $2600

D3 5-man – $900
D4 5-man – $900

Prizes *Free Entry and 1/2 Entries must be used at a future PSP event in the 2011 season.

– 1st – $10, 000, Medals, Trophy
– 2nd – $4,000, Medals, Trophy
- 1st – $3,000 & ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – $2,000 & ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 1st – $2,500 & ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – $1,000 & ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry, Trophy and Medals
- 1st – Free Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 1st – Free Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
D3 5-man:
- 1st – Free Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
D4 5-man:
- 1st – Free Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 2nd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals
- 3rd – ½ Entry Fee, Trophy and Medals

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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AXBL is a New PSP Affiliate

Posted: 22 Jan 2011 03:53 PM PST

I’ll definitely try and make it to all the Texas events. Houston and San Marcos for sure.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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KEE Action Sports Recalls BT SA-17 Paintball Marker Due To Injury Hazard

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:53 AM PST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: BT SA-17 Paintball Gun/Marker
Units: About 1,400
Importer: KEE Action Sports LLC, of Sewell, N.J.
Hazard: When users attempt to pierce the CO2 cartridge by closing the lever to the cartridge chamber, the cartridge can fly out of the marker, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: No incidents or injuries have been reported.
Description: The marker is made of aluminum and resembles a pistol. It is black with model number BT SA-17 printed on both sides. It uses a horizontally-fed magazine and requires a 12g CO2 cartridge.
Sold at: Paintball fields/arenas, stores and retailers from May 2010 through August 2010 for about $130.
Manufactured in Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled paintball markers. Consumers can return the markers to KEE or the retailer from which the product was purchased for a free repair or contact KEE for the repair parts and installation instructions.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact KEE Action Sports at (800) 220-3222 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, or visit KEE's customer service website at

BT SA-17 paintball maker with lever to CO2 cartridge chamber open.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

G.I. Sportz Now a Paint Sponsor for PSP

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 10:47 AM PST

G.I. Sportz will be at each event with the World Cup Winning 4-STAR Imperial Paintballs supplied to the players from the G.I. Sportz climate controlled paint trailer! For more information email info (at) gisportz (dot) com or GISPORTZ

Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Sample PSP Layout

Posted: 14 Jan 2011 11:51 AM PST

This sample layout from PSP gives you the idea of what to expect from the 2011 field changes. There is a new bunker that resembles the center “A” but has the bottom filled in and is smaller; much like the mini X from 2006(I think). Based on this layout alone, 2011 layouts have a different pen grouping, the mini A has replaced the juice box, a bunker has been brought back to slightly block the opening under the center A (if I remember past layouts correctly, this hasn’t been done a few years), and I find it odd that there is an odd amount of pens (7 as opposed to the usual 8).

Thursday, January 13, 2011

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NPPL Board of Directors appoints new positions and structure for 2011

Posted: 12 Jan 2011 05:30 PM PST

Here is the new NPPL Team who will lead the sport into the future:

The NPPL is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Peverill as President of the NPPL. Mike comes to the NPPL with many years of experience not only as a former NPPL player and promoter of events, but also as a successful industry leader who runs paintball marketing and promotional seminars. Mike owns Pev’s Paintball and his field hosts the NPPL Washington DC Challenge. Mike is also an owner of the NPPL.

The league has also appointed Tom Cole to be the Commissioner. Tom will be responsible for the enforcement of the NPPL rules and running the PRO referee association. Tom will be present at each of the NPPL events assisted by Dan Perez and Gary Shows as Ultimate Referees.

Chuck Hendsch, former Commissioner and one of the owners of the NPPL will move into a Chief Operating Officer role focused on event logistics.

Bart Yachimec, owner of Edmonton Impact, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will run the Board of Directors.

Frank Connell, owner Saint Louis Avalanche, is Vice President of Sales and will oversee Team Registration and Membership Services.

Dennis Olsen, owner Chicago Legend, is Chief Financial Officer handling accounting and finances.

Eric Crandall of San Diego Dynasty is General Manager and will focused on league contracts and negotiations.

Mike McDonald, owner Vancouver Vendetta, is Vice President of IT and will oversee the website, web cast and social media for the League.

Jeff Trainer, the newest owner of the NPPL, is Vice President of Marketing and will utilize his extensive business background and contacts to focus on non-endemic sponsorship, TV and promotions.

Stephen “Junior” Brown of Team XSV is Director of Sponsorship responsible for paintball industry sponsors and onsite sponsor coordination.

Rich Telford, owner Team XSV, is Director of the Rules Committee and responsible for the creation of new rules and changes to existing rules.

Valerie Evans is the League’s office manager and in charge of membership services. Jung Hong from Three on Designs handles graphic design and Chris Iaquinta form Splat Magazine handles media relations.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Newish Company – Talonmark 2011 Playing Apparel Designs

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 02:52 PM PST

Talonmark started up in 2009. I believe they are based out in Taiwan so these products might be a little pricey for Americans until they get some American distributors.

Here’s their press release for their Conqueror Line.

We would like to kick off the new year by presenting our latest designs of jerseys and pants for paintball sports, the CONQUEROR Series. We will be introducing additional products throughout the year.

Our CONQUEROR JERSEY is fashioned for maximum protection as well as superior comfort in a versatile and stylish design. Ventilation in critical heat zones and extra padding in high impact areas of the upper body keeps you cool and protected while diving, crawling and sliding.

In addition to our basic style and design, we also offer custom jersey design services.

There are three ways to create your unique jersey:

a ) Select from a large collection of stock patterns and colors offered on our website at no extra cost.

It is just so easy now to create your own jersey, check out the pattern select page at:

b ) Create a jersey design from your own favorite colors and patterns. (Extra charges may apply)

c ) For an additional fee, our professional designers can assist you in custom designing a jersey with that distinctive look for you.

Our CONQUEROR PANTS were developed with versatility in mind as well. Besides providing protection, our multi-functionality design will enhance your paintball experience.

Conquerer pants incorporate specially designed poly/nylon blend fabric for durability and heat reduction.

With removable padding for Knees, hip side, belly, you can now have exactly the level of protection and comfort you desire.

With our removable pants leg design, CONQUEROR PANTS can be use as casual shorts or to cool down after competition.

We are looking for dealers to assist us to promote the brand and products.

We are also looking to sponsor teams.

Check out more info on our website at

Some additional pictures