The reason for the Catshack is to supply another media location for paintballers to come and not only read what is written here but to comment and be interactive. The Catshack is to serve as another source for paintball news that is open to all paintball enthusiasts globally. Please note that The Catshack is here for anyone and everyone with newsworthy items that are paintball related they wish to broadcast to the community and this readership. In my personal opinion there is nothing wrong with an individual or team sending along something to be published on the world wide web regarding paintball activities or successes. Also it is our desire to represent paintball here, not just Speedball or Milsim/Scenario paintball…paintball. It is our hope as time progresses that the community appreciates the content found here and makes The Catshack a usual location to surf through on the www. We welcome everyone’s input and again should anyone have anything they would like to submit we would be more than happy to include it in the daily “Catshack Reports” and will include the authors name etc (please note any and all submissions are subject to approval and editing by the administrators of this site)
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Thanks and please stop by oftenSincerely, Tom “Tomcat” Cunningham, Tina “Golden Girl” Ruzzo, Kelly “Pistols” Brennan, Skeletor262, Tyler “Gizmo” Carruthers, Kelly and Matt Wical, Michael Soenning, Marcus See, Brandon Blouin and Tim Green
All submissions and the opinions expressed therein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Catshack Reports Paintball News. The Catshack Reports does wish to see anyone and everyone with positive paintball news take advantage of the exposure to the paintball community that can be had with our publication.
Tom “Tomcat Cunningham – Editor and Chief
Welcome to the Catshack, my name is Tom “Tomcat” Cunningham, avid paintball player for the past 21 years. Over the years I have, with the help of others, founded our own paintball team known as The Glen Morris Mercenaries (now retired from the team).
Since that time we have grown and gone on to work towards ideas that will assist in maintaining the longevity of paintball. We have instituted such things as children’s programs whereby we as a team attend our sponsors field to instruct kids 10-14 years of age how to play paintball as an introduction to the sport and include much discussion on paintball markers and responsibility in each and every session held. Other achievements also include having been recognized by both our local member of parliament and member of provincial parliament for numerous charity work within our community here in Canada.
We have participated in the creation, marketing and implementation of charity games for such charities as The Children’s Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis of Canada, The United Way as well as our local SPCA among others and have participated in raising approximately $32500 since 2007. We are not alone, suffice it to say many other paintball teams/individuals have raised thousands and thousands of dollars across North America all for good causes.
Tina “Golden Girl” Ruzzo – Writer
My journey started a long time ago it seems, 1995 Wayne’s World Finale, first Paintball game I had ever attended. Quite intimidated I must say. Here I was, 115 pounder standing amongst 1,200 players or so with markers, custom jerseys and teams, big teams. Well needless to say I wanted to run and run fast. I had a new Automag only shot twice, by me of course.. Well the compliments came flying in regards to my skill with a Marker therefore my anxiety started to settle. I hit the field and never looked back!
I fell in love with the game, the concept and the adrenaline. So my love for paintball has never died. Today I travel fields and participate in Scenario Events. Whenever and wherever I can. I felt fields needed some help in promoting their events so I took it upon myself to give back and help in anyway that I can. As the writer of the Respecting Paintball Pledge
I have a responsibility to stand by it always. And it goes like this.
- I WILL BE UPFRONT, HONEST AND SHOW INTEGRITY AT ALL TIMES.
- I WILL HAVE COMPLETE RESPECT FOR THE GAME AND ALL PLAYERS.
- I WILL TREAT OTHERS THE WAY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED.
- I WILL NETWORK AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR MY NEIGHBORING TEAMS.
- I WILL HELP PUSH THIS SPORT FORWARD ON A POSITIVE PATH.
- I WILL POST, COMMUNICATE AND SHARE EVENTS FOR ALL PAINTBALLERS.
- I WILL NOT HAVE TO ASK FOR RESPECT ON THE FIELD, I WILL EARN IT.
copyrights Tina Ruzzo/ Golden Girl
It is my pleasure to begin new journeys with The Catshack Reports. I look forward to meeting new faces, speaking with new people and sharing what you have to offer to this community.
I will see you in the Reports!
Golden Girl Respecting Paintball
I have played the glorious game of paintball since 1989 and have seen it grow into the diverse culture it is today. I enjoy attending new fields and events as well as seeing all the outstanding people involved in paintball. I view The Catshack Reports as the encyclopedia of paintball and I am honored to be a part of it. Woooh!
I’ve been playing paintball for only a short time – mostly as an activity so that I can spend time with my 13-year-old son, Matt. We have always tried to find fun things to do together – such as 8 years of martial arts where we have become black belts and instructors together. We are now having lots of fun not only playing paintball, but also by writing about our experiences. We get the word out to other parents and kids about the tremendous character benefits that come from the sport. I hope to provide insightful articles about the experiences I have with Matt as we do this together, with a focus around safety and the life values we learn.
Paintball is like a real life video game, only way better because you get to be the character in it. I have made many friends in paintball. I also want to keep learning so that I can not only play but be a general and command the games. Writing articles for Catshack makes playing more fun by helping others learn how to do things I have the opportunity to do. I like to write about how kids can participate more in big games, learn strategy, tactics and how to command. Maybe this will be the real video games someday.
Michael “Onkel” Soenning – Writer
My name is Michael ‚Onkel‘ Soenning from Germany and during 2013 I will be writing for THE CATSHACK REPORTS about the events I am visiting across Europe. In my former life I was a manager at international companies like Honeywell, Nintendo and Sony. This time is over! Now at the age of 45 being a father of 3 kids and a happily married man, I am 100% into paintball, patches and traveling to events almost 12months a year and loving it! How does this work? I don’t know but somehow it does!
Well, besides being the team captain of the official German TIPPMANN team: ”DIE SILBERRUECKEN”, (“THE SILVERBACKS”), I am also owner of patch-werk, the company for exclusive custom-crafted team patches as well as our own creation of 3D rubber patches, available in several countries across the world. Come and visit me on facebook or on www.patch-werk.com
I fell in love with paintball about 8 years ago and it didn’t take long before most of my good friends joined me. We met Paul, Irving and Brent from Tippmann at our “home turf” in Veckring and one thing led to another – the chemistry worked so since that day we are proudly holding up the TIPPMANN-brand. Together with my team I’ve seen a lot of great European paintball-fields in France, England, Poland and Germany, however there are still many fields in Russia, Portugal and even in France and England I want to travel to. We are fans of Shoreline, we love Veckring, can’t wait to visit North vs. South in the UK and also Paintugal in the next years to come!
Besides: It is nice to know Greg Hastings, A TRAIN, Tha Wolf, Col Mustard, Chris Pfeiffer, Steve Stacker Harrison, Todd and Joe from BTB, Sarge and Erin Morin, Tina and so many cool people from Canada and the USA, (most of them through Facebook), however I so much would like to travel across this big blue water to meet all of you in one big “playground”!
Why I love paintball? Great people, great hobby and getting dirty – what’s not to love?
I was 14 years old when I first hit a paintball field. A series of games played with only 3 players, varying from 2 vs 1 “Attack the Fort” to a free for all “Man Hunt”. I was hooked, but it took me another 8 years before I was able to play another game, a private party I decided to book at a local field, to celebrate friends and fun for October Festivities. It was that game when my true passion and love for paintball (an all pneumatic battle sports for that matter) was let out of it’s box, and has been exploding ever since.
I currently manage “Team T.A.C.T.”, born in 2008, dedicated to improving and enhancing every aspect of paintball. I am a self proclaimed “Safety Rep”, and actively carry that role into paintball. “Safety 1st! Then we can have fun!” That’s my motto when it comes to paintball. As a member of “Team T.A.C.T.”, I play my part of improvement, through a focus on respect, teamwork, and mentorship. My goal is to usher young players into the sport, teaching them not only the way of the paintballer, but what it means to RESPECT and HAVE FUN, as well as the true meaning of Team Work.
I will always be dedicated to Paintball, but am not opposed to doing the same thing for any penumatically armed sport (nerf, airsoft, etc). Paintball is priority #2 in my life (as family, especially my padawan, will always be number 1). I look at paintball as not only a sport, but a community and a family of a very different breed of people. My ultimate mission is to help insure that paintball lives on forever, and my ultimate hope is that we will all learn to get along.
-Peace not War. This is Gizmo, Signing Off
Marcus See – Catshack Marketing
Marketing is my area of expertise and paintball is my passion. Growing up in the wilderness of Montana I had the opportunity to experiment with paintball through my High School Years. I ended up moving to Los Angeles, California where I began a career in Body-guarding, Bond Recovery, and High Profile Security and finally landed in Portland, Oregon in 2009 where my career in marketing began to soar.
Paintball for me is a stress release and an opportunity for me to see what types of positive impact I can have on the sport and on local players and team. I am the Captain of TAP and I understand the struggles and hardships that come with running a team. If you have a question regarding marketing for your paintball team, how to apply for sponsors, or just need paintball marketing advice please feel free to shoot me an email at Marcus.See@TapTeamPaintball.com
I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. That’s right, a Florida native and a dying breed among the hordes of tourists and snowbirds that flock here to the warmer weather. I started playing paintball at age 14 in the woods with the family that lived next door to me. On a summer Sunday in 2001 I had discovered these peculiar looking balls full of paint and heard popping sounds off in the distance, so I questioned my neighbors about what they were doing. I got invited to play with them and their friends the following weekend and I have been absolutely hooked on paintball ever since!
Paintball is now my lifestyle. By 2004, it had become more than a hobby for me; I wanted to compete and started playing tournaments. I have played in major tournaments of the NPPL and the PSP circuits, as well as countless regional tournaments like the Central Florida Paintball Series and the old PMI series. In 2009 I was out of a job, and got the opportunity to work at my local field, and by the following year I was able to open a gun repair shop onsite. Paintball has given me everything that I hold dear. It’s why I have traveled the country, it’s how I’ve made so many friends, and now it is why I have started to write about my experiences.
I have been playing paintball on and off because of my deployments overseas while I was serving my country in the U.S. Army. I am a footballer by trade and love the outdoors. I recently have been playing rec ball at a small field in Saginaw MI, I go and play as often as I can. Most of the times there are renters there so I let them borrow my better markers and hoppers so they can enjoy it a bit more. First time player’s are important to me that they have a great experience with the sport, They are the ones that are going to keep the sport alive. I am also seen with Team Defiant, it is a disabled veterans paintball team.
I remember my first time paintball it was in High school and wow did it hurt, We where using Tippmann 98′s with no chrono and no Refs, we all had mask’s and shake and bake hoppers. I still fell in love with the sport, The rush it gave me was addicting, I then soon left for boot camp and had to stop for a few years then stationed at FT.Bragg NC played out on the training areas with some other fellow soldiers and a few ref’s we had meet through asking about paintball around the area. I then began to use paintball as a training tool for my soldiers and graduated myself to the Tippmann A5. it was awesome I put about $500.00 worth of add on’s to it and loved how real it looked, I got transferred to FT. Stewart GA, where I once again used paintball as a training tool. Fellow soldiers loved the action and realism of it. Here I had a break for a while due to deploying to Iraq. Once back I linked with Low Country Paintball in Ludowici GA becoming a member of the LPC, It was a great experience I was saddened to leave when I my time in service was over. I moved back to Michigan and back to my home town, Playing paintball only a few times. In 2011 picked out a team to join and played for a year with Shadow Recon Tactical at Hells Survivors. I then migrated over to Team Defiant after seeing all the good that they do for my fellow wounded soldiers in 2012. I met with some great hero’s last year. The 2013 I look forward to playing along side of some great American hero’s again and traveling to new fields and playing along side some new friends and family
Justin “Shades” Bowen – Web Security Consultant
I have been playing paintball since my sophomore year in High School. My first game was a style of play known as “Surrender Ball.” Essentially this is a game where you shoot the other teammate till they surrender once you see them. I have a high pain tolerance, especially during adrenaline rushes… so the game ended for me ugly, having been shot 15 times and the other guy 10 times (to include one up the mask for both of us). I then played on and off till I joined the military and was stationed in Alaska. There I helped setup and start a paintball field, and eventually took over running it. I also started a semi-professional team, Secret Squirrels Tactics Team, and an all military paintball club, Anchorage Military Paintball Club. When I left Active Duty service for the reserves in Colorado Springs, I decided to do something similar as I had there, but take it to a whole new level. I came up with the idea of Local Paintball Network from something a friend in Alaska had done, and took it on a much larger scale. I also headed up another semi-professional team, Fire Storm Company, until recently. I primarily enjoy going to new fields, meeting new people, and helping anyone I can out with anything I can help out with. My current full time job is Network Security Engineering, and Threat Analysis, with a background in pen-testing as a hobby.