Almost Time for HB

It’s almost time for the first USPL event ever, Surf City Open at Huntington Beach.

The Good:

* New staging layout where teams stage at their field. Watch every game between your games from your very own team tent.
* The new event location makes games visible from the pier and the deck off of Sparks

* 200 ft. wide Grandstands on Center Court topped off with a massive VIP deck brought to you by the Pro Teams (tickets available at the event).

* Sunshine – forecast is 74 degrees with sunny skies

* Crowds – Just in time for Spring Break, the beach will be flooded with people checking out the games and tradeshow.

* Player Parties – The Pros have planned something special each night for all the teams and sponsors to enjoy (age restrictions may apply)

* Pro/Am – Each 7man team gets to choose one Pro Player to spend an hour on Thursday going over game plans and to help support their team on Saturday

* Support from key industry figures – President of the Adrenaline Force Tournament Series, Randy Bocelli, will be running the 5man portion of the event, industry sweetheart Stephanie Gray (2007 NPPL/XPSL Director of Membership Services) will be running registration along with Chris Raehl of APPA, Gary Baum of will be liaising with the Media, and the “Queen of Pump” Kristin Kleist will be running Sunday’s Pump tournament. All of the above are coming on board to support the US Paintball League and make sure this event is successful and enjoyed by all.

* Tradeshow – Massive compound from Spyder, NXe, BLAST, Custom Products, Planet Eclipse, the US Army, Sunday Clothing, Blackstar Paintball, Khrome, Facefull, Insane Paintballs, Energy Paintball, KM, Guerilla Air, Alien, Trinity, Azodin, Virtue Paintball, Ninja Paintball… full list coming soon!

* Excitement – the buzz is really building here in the OC. Large banners are draped across Main Street in Huntington and at the front of the Pier at famous Pier Plaza. Over ten thousand flyers have been passed around and calls are pouring in.

* Competition – Over 100 teams have signed up for this event from all over the World. They will be competing for the event title, points in their Eastern or Western Conference and overall points for the National Series. Not to mention the cash, trophy or bragging rights of course… 😉

The Bad: All good things must come to an end

* Team Registration closes this week! March 25, 2009 is the final day to get your team registered and paid in full.

* The event ends Sunday April 5, 2009 and everyone will need to return to work and school. Well, for a few weeks anyway until the DC Challenge kicks off in May!!

More Updates from USPL

Register before Monday, March 9th and Save up to $100!
Team Entries for the Surf City Open will increase by $100 per 7-man team and $50 per 5-man team on Monday, March 9th. Pay for your team in full before Monday to avoid paying this price hike!

Pay with a Credit Card
You can now use a major credit card to pay for your Team Entry and ID Cards. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Cards are now all accepted methods of payment as well as the PayPal method.

Track the Team Sign-Ups
Want to know who you’re competing against? Over 80 teams from around the world have signed up for the April 3 – 5 event on the famous beach. To view the teams registered so far, click here and select “Huntington Beach”. This season opener will be capped off at 130 teams, so teams will need to register as soon as possible to secure a spot in this highly anticipated event!

We will be selling all major paintball brands at the tournament. All Paintballs will be kept in a climate controlled environment. Paintballs will be sold at the event at a price between $35.00 and $55.00 depending on brand of balls. If your team has a paintball sponsorship the League will work with sponsored team and sponsor to ensure you get your deal at the event.

We are implementing a new area in the player paddocks where you can pick up your paintballs on a case by case basis. This system in combination with the new schedule should make it easier to keep your paintballs fresh and available.

Upon on-line registration, the league will contact you to find out what brand your team will use and how many cases of Paintballs your team will require for the preliminary games.

National Paintball Scene: No More?

These are just some rumors I heard but if they turn out to be right then national tournaments in paintball could be no more.

The first rumor is that PSP could possibly be going under after MAO, as MAO could be the last PSP event. My source told me that PSP has a $300,000 debt and has not been able to pay it. PSP was hoping, since NPPL went bankrupt, that the Phoenix open and MAO would bring in more teams and help pay off their debt but the Phoenix open only brought in the average amount of teams and MAO will probably do the same.

The second rumor is that USPL Surf City Open in Huntington Beach may not happen either because not that many divisional teams have registered and paid. The fact that the event is held on the beach makes renting the venue expensive and with not enough teams, USPL can’t pay for it, so….