PSP is Now Bring Your Own Paint

PSP logoIn the past the PSP had limited the amount of paint sponsors at our events in order to preserve the quality of the product being sold to our customers. Knowing how difficult and capital extensive it is to produce quality paint, we put policies in place that ensured the paint available was of proven quality and consistency. After listening to the concerns of the players who feel they should have more choices with paint suppliers, and based on a situation that was brought to our attention at the Dallas Open, we now feel it is necessary to allow as many paint options as possible at our events and to give players absolute freedom to pick the product they want to shoot.

Making paintballs is an art, and the manufacturers always try to bring the very best product to our events, but inevitably there is a varying level of break-ability between the brands given certain climate conditions, which are impossible to control. Since the PSP’s highest priority is to maintain the competitive balance, it makes sense to enable our players and teams to have more choices when it comes to paint. Moving forward we will not only be accepting more paint companies, but our players and teams will be able to bring their own paint as long as that paint meets the rule requirements (non staining, yellow fill).

Lane Wright, Interim CEO, says, “With a new management perspective, and after hearing of a situation in Dallas between a competitor and a paint vendor, we will make the change back to being a BYOP series.

Obviously there will be some restrictions on paint colors, sizes, etc., but essentially we are allowing teams to bring the paint of their choice to the events regardless of sponsorship. Vendors will absolutely still be allowed to sell paint on site and a new paint sponsorship package will be put together and sent out to prospective sponsors.

I would hope that teams and players would respect the support that future paint sponsors are showing when they choose to sponsor our tournament paintball events, but, as a rule, we will allow teams to bring in paint from off site sources if that is their choice.”

2015 PSP BYOP Paint Requirements:

*Yellow Fill Required

*Non-Staining Fill Required

*Must meet ASTM Standards – .68 Caliber, Weight less than 3.5 grams

Millennium Series REVOLUTION

10996522_914053488624912_108074359379271041_nRevolution is evolution and all things must go through continuous evolution to survive, this is as true in our sport as in all things. It has been clear to all at The Millennium and the entire wider industry that the sport of paintball needs to adapt to bring back a greater skill element and more enjoyable playing experience.

Our solution will be exhibited on the CPL field in Puget as a tournament between four of the World’s top teams. The rest of the event will remain on the traditional format until 2016.

Why change? What’s wrong with Tournament Paintball?

The game has evolved to a point where the need to fire vast amounts of paint is becoming the norm. This is leading to a lower reward for skilful play, increasing team budgets at a time where recover from the financial crisis is slow & an experience which is often becoming a negative to attract new players.

The Millennium has been listening to player comments and feedback as well as those of the industry & has wrestled with finding a simple & effective solution without taking anything away from what’s great about our sport

Many parts of the current format are very good with the Millennium’s original Race 2 concept being adopted world-wide. One of the reasons that Race2 was a success is the ability to easily adapt the format to players with different skill levels & budgets by simply changing the number of points played. We see no point or reason in changing this successful format, which has also made this an exciting sport to watch as a spectator, which has not been the case for many years.

Like other sports that involve continuous participation costs & equipment evolution, we must all remain relevant to the vast majority of grass roots players and the real world.

The Solution: M(500)

Using the current Race2 format but adding a limited number of paintballs per player per point. This number can be changed over time or by the player level/budget to achieve the best results for all. Our initial research leads us to believe that for The Millennium, this number works best at 500 balls/player/point.

How does it work?

Each player can access the field for each point with 1 loader (220 paint loaders) and 2 140 round paintballs pods.
Before starting each point at the start base, players can switch pods between teammates. The game is then played using the normal Race2 format.

It’s as simple as that.

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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.