National Xball League (NXL) Introduces Tom Cole as President

10405404_640327362739827_2363521182821267527_nMarch 18, 2015 – Yesterday’s announcement of a new national circuit, the National Xball League (NXL), rocked tournament paintball. Today, the league is pleased to introduce Tom Cole, one of paintball’s most experienced and respected tournament operators, as President of the NXL.

Cole is known within the industry from his years running the Bad Company paintball team and store, as Director of Sales for Kingman International, former President of the National Professional Paintball League, former General Manager of the PSP and current Commissioner of the Ultimate Woodsball League. Highly respected within the paintball world, Cole was an easy choice as President given his comprehension of what the players want, what the industry needs and how to run a successful circuit.

Bart Yachimec of Edmonton Impact whole-heartedly endorses Tom Cole as President of the NXL. Yachimec described Cole as “a class act” and added that “in my years of working with Tom Cole, I have always been impressed by his character and integrity. The players and coaches respect his judgement and trust that he keeps the best of our interests in mind with each decision he makes. He brings great value to and is the perfect leader for this new professional league, the NXL.”

Cole has already began building a team of paintball’s most qualified leaders to join him in operating the NXL. If you would like to connect with Tom regarding joining the NXL, please email NXLinfo@gmail.com.

What a Day in Tournament Paintball

Dave “Youngblood” Dehaan stepped down from the PSP and the NXL is back.

National XBall League – It’s time for a new day in tournament paintball.

55089b894d42dFor the past several weeks, the industry has been working together to develop a league where the players will have a voice. With the mindset that it is time to get back to what the players want and what is right for the industry, a group of respected paintball professionals have built a team to create a national tournament circuit that will send teams to places they want to play paintball, at an affordable rate in an exciting environment where the entire industry is welcome.

This industry backed, team supported and promoter ran circuit is the National Xball League (NXL).

In the days ahead, you will learn how the NXL will operate, how the games will be played, and most importantly, how you can be a part of it. It’s time. Time to successfully come together, celebrate the best in our sport, and show the world outside the netting how intense and amazing paintball is. It’s time for you to have a voice. It’s time for a new day. Join us for a fresh game of paintball.

From the PSP – PSP CEO to Become Full Time Position

Lawrenceville, Georgia – March 17, 2015.

Paintball Sports Promotions is pleased to announce the expansion of the PSP Chief Executive Officer position from a part-time to full-time position. With the position changing to full-time, Dave “Youngblood” DeHaan, longtime paintball player and founder and CEO of pioneering DYE Paintball as well as DYE Precision and recently acquired protective equipment manufacturer ProTec, is retiring as PSP CEO. Dave will be focusing full time on DYE & ProTec going forward.

PSP has been evaluating several full-time CEO candidates from within and outside the paintball industry and expects to expeditiously announce the final candidate. As a full-time employee, the new CEO will be solely focused on continuing the development of national-level paintball competition.

Lane Wright current COO of the PSP will take over current day-to-day operations until a new CEO is chosen.

PSP thanks Dave DeHaan for his years of leadership and service as CEO that have propelled Paintball Sports Promotions to becoming the most successful paintball league in paintball history, delivering both players and fans worldwide the best paintball competition available. While opening up the CEO position for a full-time candidate, PSP will continue to benefit from his insights as one of the members of the PSP Board of Directors.

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What’s Going On PSP?

john in PortlandMake no mistake about it, Paintball Sports Promotions (PSP) runs the best national/international level paintball tournaments in the U.S., if not the world. The competition at PSP events is second to none, their webcasts are first class, their stat-keeping and reporting is everything you’d want out of a pro league and their events are run professionally. PSP puts on world class paintball tournaments and they do it consistently year after year. You knew there was a “but” coming, right?

Here’s the “but.” Too frequently something PSP-related inevitably leaks (purposefully or not) on a paintball forum or social media page that makes you shake your head. Why can’t the world’s largest and arguably best paintball league keep their negotiations, ideas and plans out of the media until they are ready to release it as official news?  All this does is create speculation, doubt, assumptions and negative will towards the PSP and its leadership.

This past week a rumor was leaked HERE that the PSP was only going to allow gear used by league sponsors in their 2015 events. In other words, if a paintball company did not pay a very hefty fee, players would not be allowed to use that company’s gear at PSP events. This created more than 2,000 posts on PbNation and thousands of speculative posts and comments on our Facebook page and other social media sites. A week of absolutely negative light shined on the league and the game itself as players–and paintball company representatives–weighed in on unofficial information about the PSP and this leaked information.

While players piled on in every way, creating degrading memes, threatening to boycott the league, and personally attacking members of the PSP, the league took seven days to respond.   Seven days.  What they did put on their own Facebook page was a PSP link promoting a tournament video from last year.  This is all their fans got—even after another 50 people literally begged them to respond to the rumors on their own Facebook page.

Okay, I get that you PSP may have been caught off guard by the leak (although I doubt that). Could you have at least posted on your own social media page, “We’ll have a response to the rumors in a few days” or something similar? The non-response reminded me of an “actual” response I got from Jerry Braun (in his PSP promotion days) after I criticized the Gettysburg tournament.  Jerry replied, “It doesn’t matter. We’re the only game in town and players have to play in our league.” In other words, “we’ll do whatever we want and nobody can do anything about it.” Saying nothing for seven days says a lot.

The game of paintball is in desperate need of leadership at every level. PSP, it’s time to lead with dignity. Nearly all of you at PSP were founding members of the NPPL, a league you started because the promoter at that time was doing exactly what you are doing at this time. You’re becoming everything you disliked about tournament paintball when you were members of the Ironmen, Bad Company and Team Image.

Lead with dignity, PSP. You do an amazing job five weeks out of the year. It’s time five becomes fifty two.