Get Ready for the New Season
The new season is fast approaching and all the exciting things happening in our local paintball community has got me itching to get some trigger time...
Today I had a look at my paintball gear and went through a few things, to ensure everything was in working order.
In a couple weeks my home field will be kicking off the season with a mini-scenario - "Red Dawn II". The game will be about 6 hours, with two set breaks. You can re-spawn whenever you are eliminated at your own entry point.
We get one point for each flag station our team controls at each time check. Time checks are done frequently, but at secret times. Team at the end of the day with the most points wins the game.
These games are always lots of fun, especially if our crew is put together well. However, the weather will probably scare off lots of players. We have had close to 4 feet of snow in the last couple weeks. The rain has started in earnest, and its melting fast, but its hard to say what the field will be like on January 18th. No matter what, it should be a great game.
This will be my first game of the year and probably my last game before my knee surgery in the first part of February to remove some damaged cartilage as a result of a bad bunker slide in early 2007. I will be out of the game for 4 to 8 weeks. Which is a drag, but I will probably come to the field whenever our team makes a showing just to give support and hang out with the team. I am hitting the gym hard right now to get my leg ready for the surgery and speed recovery time afterward. Hopefully I will be able to play again by early to mid March. Lesson: Always warm up and stretch a bit before your first game. (That's how I did it, forgot to warm up and first game boom - came out sprinting full-tilt, and jammed my knee on a slide in the first 60 seconds of the game).
Make sure you check all your gear before your first game day.
- Check your batteries in your hopper, marker, and mask fan.
- Check to make sure you ahve spare batteries for teammates who forget.
- Check the hydro date on your CO2 and HPA tanks.
- Check to make sure you cleaned all your gear properly after your last game. (you did this of course right?)
- Air up your marker and test fire it to make sure its all ready to go and nothing has seized up.
See you at the field!