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In Topic: Losing the paintball spark need advice :( please help!

27 March 2013 - 12:05 PM

I think your right, I need to step back because I care soo much for this game I dont want to lose it, I want to bring back the smile i used to have when I would show up to the field and leave with the same smile, I dont have that anymore. I want it back, Ive already started taking a break from it I may go to another field for a day of openplay with a friend i still have in the game but rarely get to see but im going to stay away from the cometative side, Im going take as much time as i need hopefully before the weather gets nice here in the midwest lol, But thank you soo much every time I post a question I never get an answer from anyone its always just a few lines, your answer is the answer Im always hoping for you actually helped me greatly and I thank you very much for that, as for purchasing a new gun im going to be waiting for my tax return anyway but if im not ready i wont buy and from reading your post and thinking about it, I need to make paintball fun for me again and playing for that smile is what im going to do so if pump is what i want to do for the next chapter in my paintball life than so be it and the same with a semi, Im just really stressed out with alot of things happening in my personal life and paintballs not helping anymore...not like it used too, but I can feel its still there in my heart and Im determined to get it back. Thank you soo much for this comment it truely has helped me. :) Thank you so much!!! Its nice to know there are players that care about the game and feel the same way about it.. at my home field I dont see that theres no joy, no passion nothing I hate it. Thank you everyone else that commented. Thank you!

I am glad I could help, but don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about a few line responses. When I initially read this post, all I read was the original post made by you, and until just now hadn't took the time to read what anyone else was saying :rolleyes: (oops)

well, I think the common trend others had to offer was very good as well... they hit many of the same issues, be less competitive, change it up, try a new field or big game/scenario game, and take a break... All which I said before ever having read theirs... And I probably could have left that out looking back at it now since others already said it, but oh well! I am not able to summarize a big post like that in merely a few lines... that's not how I roll! I'm glad others here are able to, as we all have our own/different styles of trying to help, and often times my walls of text just aren't necessary B)

Anyways, like I said before, I'm glad I could help out. And as I mentioned in my mega wall of text, there are/may only be a few options for the immediate future. . . but whatever you end up doing, it is important that the next time you go out there, you have a good time. All the other shit is fine and good, but it doesn't mean squat until you start to enjoy paintball again. I wish you the best of luck in your future life and paintball related endeavors, and hope next time you go out you have a fucking blast! That's what it's all about



I hope so too

In Topic: Losing the paintball spark need advice :( please help!

27 March 2013 - 09:23 AM

First things first, I'd like to say, many of us have probably experienced a similar feeling at some time or another.

I feel that making this post, in your heart of hearts, you have not given up on paintball. This is GREAT. You still have what it takes! The desire to want to play is very important, and clearly paintball means a lot to you. This means a lot to me. I am inspired by others who are passionate about things. . . Anything really, not just paintball; but it is nice when the thing that they are passionate about, I also share the passion for. Reading your post, as cheesy as it sounds; really had a big impact on me. As a paintball player, the reality of the matter is, regardless of what we'd wish, the majority of our time is not spent on the field, so we all on here turn to things like forums to spend as much time thinking talking and sharing stories, questions and experiences about the sport/game we all know and love or hope to learn more about. . .

Getting right into it--I have a few things to say, and I am not going to attempt to be brief because, I think paintball needs players like you, and it would be a shame to lose you over something I really think I can help out with.

Reasons you should not quit, or be worried about "losing your spark".

You said you have been in the sport for 7 years now, which is a lot of time invested in something, the average turn around time for a paintball player or what tyger over at webdog refers to as the "burnout" or "dropout" rate for an average player is 5 years I believe. You have already made it past that hump. Now as to your issue with your friends not playing any more. I think this issue has really impacted all of us at sometime or another. . . I know this is one that has impacted me much more often then I ever would have expected and really hit me hard. It is really sad to "lose" the camaraderie that comes along with going out for a weekend adventure with your friends. Every single time you go the experience and the memories you make together can be cherished for your life time. Some of my closest friends are the ones I've gone to big events or just played a lot of paintball with. I must say, I am right there with you. . . This problem sucks, but at the end of the day, if you are lucky enough to still be able to call some/any of those people you used to play with "true friends" then you should chalk that up as a win and be happy that at the very least these people are still in your life. I know this doesn't give much solution to this issue, but read on grass hoppah

Competitiveness of the sport, ruining the fun of the game? This is a problem that will almost definitely occur for anyone who has been in the sport as long as you've been. The more you play, the better you get (theoretically). So in the 7 years your skills have grown most likely monumentally since your walk on or rental days. With this comes the fact that you are no longer going to be treated like a walk on. A good person for paintball will set up teams evenly for the walk-ons so they won't get absolutely stomped, and never want to play again. Having years of experience, there are not really people there to award us this luxury. With the addition of more affordable electronic guns (not to sound like a pump wielding electronic hater) more people are getting bonus balled yadda yadda. With all of this, we are left in your position. Now when ever you go out to play, it is against randoms, chances are they are on a team or want to be, and even if they aren't the level of competitiveness is at a point that it is "too high" for your own personal enjoyment, which is an issue.

I have a few solutions to this issue that have helped me in the past. Although this may seem counter intuitive, I feel that one of the best ways to get the "spark" back in paintball, honestly. . . Is to step away from paintball for a bit and stop playing for a short, or extended break. The gear you own isn't costing you money, and hopefully your financial situation isn't one where the gears value is needed for your survival, forcing you to sell it to pay rent, or afford food, or bills etc. Again, if this isn't your situation, just another reason to be happy and thankful. But the reason I think for your situation, stepping away from the game will be very beneficial for you (and has been for me in the past) is that your friends aren't playing, or have quit all together it seems like, and you are just going out either on your own to play, or in a smaller group then you would desire to play in. In this case, you should have little/no pressure on you to feel like you need to go out and play every weekend, or every other weekend. Taking a break will allow you to save up a bit of money hopefully, or even just be away from the sport for a bit. When competitiveness starts to be a factor, in what used to be "a fun game" you have to ask yourself, "what is it that I want out of paintball?". As I have written in bold in the previous paragraph, sometimes the competitiveness of the idea of paintball being a sport that should only be played to "be good, be the best, and win" can really suck the fun out of it. To me (And I am one of the most competitive son of a guns you'll ever meet in your life!) if you start to take paintball too seriously, it is very easy to get burnt out. A lot of people who try to start up a team, and when they start having "practice" instead of "playing" ~~~~ PAUSE FOR A SECOND... let's look at even the language that is used! what sounds more appealing/fun... I am going to practice, or I am going to play??? Let's be honest, play is always going to be more fun... not saying practice can't be enjoyable, but play is purely for the joy of doing it, not stressing the importance of need to get better the more you do it over limited time~~~ (as I was saying) this is the point that many players start the steep descent of quitting forever and never wanting to come back.

I mention this because in the tone of your writing, it seems that you are frustrated because all that is important to you at the moment is being competitive, or playing at the level of your opponents. As a pump player, I aspire to do well even though I am deliberately handicapping my self with the gun I'm using for whatever reasons. But that being said, when the only source of enjoyment in the game comes from doing well, you are extrinsically motivated- or motivated by some external force, other than your own desire (intrinsic motivation). The intrinsic motivation should for all intents and purposes with paintball be "I want to play paintball, because I like paintball, and it's fun-- I am playing to have a good time". But external motivation is "I am playing paintball because I am good, I have fun only when I am doing well, I only play to do well, because doing well is what's fun". I don't know if that is as clear as possible or helps at all, but it's one way of looking at things. I am a big believer in the power of suggestion and I think to make something enjoyable again, some times simply requires a reevaluation of how we think about that particular thing, or maybe a new perspective on the already familiar subject.

To buy, or not to buy? That is the question--- Axe? Empire Sniper? anything at all!?!?

I think at this point in your paintball career, unless you have unlimited funding, it would be almost personally irresponsible to buy any new gun. I feel as if you are sort of in your paintball "mid life crisis" and are looking to buy a new gun, be it the axe, or the sniper (a higher end pump then your current model, or a semi so that you can attempt to drive up the competitiveness even more to play with the guys who are making the game not fun for you-- in an attempt to make it fun again??) I think both are a bad choice RIGHT NOW. Give it 6 months, and if you still feel the same way, go for it... but right now, unless there is something drastically wrong with what you've got right now, there isn't any immediate need to go and spend money on new things that you don't really need!!

So what?? is that it? I read this wall of text and got nothing?!?!

As I write things this long, I always have the apparent fear that the post directly below this is going to be TL;DR! and I will feel morally defeated because I really do want to help, and hope that if the entirety of any of my "mega posts" get's read, and even just 1 teeny tiny little thing sticks, or helps someone (you or any user/guest) on here out, then my time and efforts were worth it.

That being said, a quick, and easy suggestion for you in the short term. If you don't want to be as extreme as taking a few week or month, or however long is "pretty long" away from paintball for you, then make a plan. I am not sure if you're into scenario paintball. But to me, coming from an outlaw ball background for years of just playing only with buddies in the woods, if there was a down time, where people didn't want to put the cash in for paint and air, the best way to get that spark fired right back up was to look up a big game! For me, my friends and family who played, the money wasn't there to be able to play multiple times a weekend, or even sometimes multiple times a month-- so what we could do, is while people were not up to have a 1 v 1 v 1 in our back yard for 30-40 bucks for one day, we would all abstain from playing for a few weeks, look up a scenario local (or a drive-- Hell make a road trip! some of the best times in my life period, not just in paintball happened on the road to events, or at events 6+ hours away or more!!) and see how much it's going to run you, for travel, paint, entry, air, misc. Save that money up, and if you have any friends still in it, or have a friend in mind who still has a gun, or willing to tag along and use a loaner gun of yours or play rental, get at least 1 person to come along with you for the journey! If this doesn't get the spark back for you, I'm not sure what will--- Just make sure you look into the big game, whatever it is, and make sure it's something that will actually be enjoyable for you before investing time, money and energy into something that isn't done well.

I am really glad you posted this in the pump forum, we are quite a welcoming bunch, and I'm glad we have the reputation of being so. Again, I have nothing against the semi's out thee, tons of great guys! but had you posted anywhere else, I'd never have seen this, as I don't venture out of this forum much. Techpb is awesome, it is the only forum with the limited time I have now, that I can justify spending this much time and energy on a post, because in the past whenever I have, I've gotten such overwhelmingly good feedback, and support from the amazing community here, and been flooded with PM's of people thanking me, or letting me know that something I wrote up years ago helped them to do something they ended up enjoying, and to me that is the ultimate feel good moment on the internet. There is so much bad out there... my years on PBN and seeing people getting flamed and personally being flamed myself for any and everything drives you to not want to stick your neck out and make posts like yours. I hope something in this long epic mega wall of text convinces you that you shouldn't let that spark burnout or flicker to black, I hope you keep your passion and interest and love of the game, and hang around for many more years and are able to inspire others like you have inspired me!


I think your right, I need to step back because I care soo much for this game I dont want to lose it, I want to bring back the smile i used to have when I would show up to the field and leave with the same smile, I dont have that anymore. I want it back, Ive already started taking a break from it I may go to another field for a day of openplay with a friend i still have in the game but rarely get to see but im going to stay away from the cometative side, Im going take as much time as i need hopefully before the weather gets nice here in the midwest lol, But thank you soo much every time I post a question I never get an answer from anyone its always just a few lines, your answer is the answer Im always hoping for you actually helped me greatly and I thank you very much for that, as for purchasing a new gun im going to be waiting for my tax return anyway but if im not ready i wont buy and from reading your post and thinking about it, I need to make paintball fun for me again and playing for that smile is what im going to do so if pump is what i want to do for the next chapter in my paintball life than so be it and the same with a semi, Im just really stressed out with alot of things happening in my personal life and paintballs not helping anymore...not like it used too, but I can feel its still there in my heart and Im determined to get it back. Thank you soo much for this comment it truely has helped me. :) Thank you so much!!! Its nice to know there are players that care about the game and feel the same way about it.. at my home field I dont see that theres no joy, no passion nothing I hate it. Thank you everyone else that commented. Thank you!

In Topic: Losing the paintball spark need advice :( please help!

26 March 2013 - 12:32 PM

Sorry man, tough situation. If all that's around are scrim teams it's fair for them to feel that a pump player could be adding an unfamiliar tempo to their game. If it's open play though, that shouldn't really matter. I get that it can be tough to swim against the current. How effective are you with that pump?



I have my moments a gog shot here and there but only in open play or a big game.

In Topic: Losing the paintball spark! :( Need Help

20 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

First off, holy wall of text.

Secondly, ask your local field if they wouldn't mind advertising their field more and have starter specials to lure new players. If all else fails, ask if they would mind if you put up home made flyers with their info (correct info) for them.

Thirdly, the axe is amazing, I didn't know how nice they really were until laying some paint down at my new local field 2 weeks ago.
The sniper might help with being able to set up outlaw ball on some farm land with some new people too.

I dove into paintball like you with quite a group of friends (18) and I'm the very last one that seems to be in it anymore, you just have to make some more friends at the field or travel to another field sometimes, rinse, and repeat.



Yea I know sorry about that lol,
Well the thing is everyone that plays paintball knows about this field its just between Missouri and Illinois, paintball is alot more popular on the missouri side against illinois where its not too popular and my home field the owner has never even played paintball hes in it for the money and he sees hundreds of airsofters giving him his money so he promotes airsoft, people have talked to him about making the paintball scene bigger and he sais its not worth his time. We dont even have refs when we play, theres a fight about every weekend, and everybody hates eachother. Should I just take a break from the competative side and play open play at another field, maybe buy the sniper and play pump more often?

In Topic: Pump or Speedball.. What should I do?

27 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

If people would hate you for getting out earlier, they are bad people. Especially if you are trying something out to better yourself as a player.



Im guessing youve never played in the midwest lol