Three years ago, when my dad and I first started playing paintball, our first game was down in Florida, where we met Tina “Golden Girl” Ruzzo. Golden Girl asked me what I did besides paintball, and I told her about my Tae Kwon Do. So after a while of talking and playing paintball, she decided to give me a t-shirt that said … Respecting Paintball … I liked this t-shirt, first because it was black, and secondly because it had the same characteristics as my Tae Kwon Do. She then wrote an article for Catshack Reports comparing paintball and martial arts. I just got back from “Sheriff’s Summer Boot Camp”, and realized that there are not only a lot of similarities between paintball and Tae Kwon Do, but they really helped me out in the boot camp.
There are few things more powerful than a group of dedicated paintballers. Banding together with the intent to accomplish their collective goal, they are nearly unstoppable. We here at The Catshack Reports have seen it time and time again. When paintballers work together as a team their resources and opportunities expand exponentially, their resolve is hardened when they have their comrades at their side and behind them. Whether it’s a day at the local field, or a cross country trip to a big event, things are more fun when you work with a team. Recently we have been made aware of a truly remarkable paintball alliance, one that brings over 50 players of different countries, language, and creeds to play, party, and fight together. We have seen few if any that have done all that as well as The Northern Alliance.
The third stop on the PSP circuit was held in Joliet, just outside of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. This four day event has been held at this location for a number of years and as usual, the forecast was promising for bad weather. Just days before the tournament started, the skies were thick with rain, wind, and the piercing sound of the tornado alarms. Thankfully, no cyclones came to visit during the event, but the thunderstorms sure did. The grounds didn’t stand a chance, turning from grassy on Thursday to sloppy, muddy slush by Sunday. Though these conditions added to the difficulty of the overall competition, the teams stepped up to the challenge. No matter what colors they wore when they arrived on Thursday, those who made it onto past the first two days left brown and dirty!
The Catshack Reports AND as a member of the board is very pleased to announce this years winners of the Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship awards. These scholarships help offset the high cost of education for first year students attending post secondary institutions here in North America… all in the name of paintball and one of its founders, how cool is that!
Over all these years I have played a lot of paintball and attended tons of events. None were quite the same as my first command at a Viper event. I have certainly filmed several Viper games from the sidelines but to really wrap your head around a true scenario game such as this … I realize now one MUST sit in the command chair.