Fredericton Aggression Win MXL

Fredericton Aggression win Canadian Championship the NAX Finals at Commando Paintball in Ottawa

Shock Featured in News

Great article about Atlantic NAX team Charlottetown Shock! Who placed third at NAX Championship

Anthraxx Wins ATWL

Team Anthraxx wins the Atlantic Tactical Woodsball League Championsip

Discussion Forum

Join our online discussion forum and talk with other players from around Atlantic Canada

CXBL Elite Jerseys

The CXBL in conjunction with Style Supply is pleased to offer the CXBL Elite teams the possibility to further enhance their 2012 Official league Jersey.

For the 2012 season, similar to other pro sports, all CXBL Elite players will have the opportunity to have their last name displayed on the back of the CXBL Elite Pro Jersey. Furthermore, players will now have the ability to select a number of their choice to follow them throughout the season.

In order to have players’ names and numbers on the 2012 CXBL Elite jerseys, team owners must have contacted brian at and completed the order form online prior to March 1st, 2012. The CXBL has decided to increase the number of Elite custom jerseys to 18 per team, thus giving every rostered player the opportunity to have their own jersey. Players must be officially rostered in the system to their respective team to receive a custom printed jersey.

For more information on the Xtreme Paintball League, visit

PBL Action Sports

New Video From PBL is pleased to give you the second installment of WHERE PAINTBALL TAKES US – PALS Thailand Edition.

Please find below some info about this episode of our web-series. If you can spread the word about this video we would appreciate it.

The BuyPBL YouTube Channel can be seen at : and the link to the video directly is : 

PBL Action Sports

Etha is Evolving

Don’t Dream It, Be It! Win Cool Gear!

RAP4 is proud to celebrate your victories with a bold new contest and an awesome prize. Show the world your best action photo via our Facebook contest page, and while you’re visiting, take a look through the awesome photos posted by other RAP4 players around the world. “Like” us on Facebook, then vote for the pics that grab you…and check back frequently to see how your photos fare. The picture with the most points when we close the contest on April 15th at
11:59pm will win!

The winner will receive an exclusive, clear set of RAP4 Hawkeye Goggles! These goggles cannot be purchased in stores or anywhere online…they can only be
earned by winning one of our contests. That way, you’ll be the only person at your field with a pair of these unique goggles. Everywhere you play, people
will ask about your gear, and recognize your accomplishment.

But you’ve got to earn it.

So when you hit the field with your T68 or Tacamo Mag Fed Conversion Kit this weekend, bring along your camera. Capture your opponents throwing their hands
up as a RAP4 Landmine detonates at their feet, or the splash of color left on your opponents’ goggles as you take them out with one-shot eliminations. Show
us what you’ve got, artistically and tactically, and we’ll reward the best paintball photographer with those clear Hawkeye Goggles!

Here are a few of the rules: Photos must be submitted in JPEG, GIF or PNG format and cannot exceed 8 MB in size. All online entries must be received by
04/15/2012 at 11:59pm PST to be considered. All photos are subject to approval by RAP4 Staff. The full rules can be found online right here.

Real Action Paintball – As Real as it Gets!

Valken Appoints Another One

Swedesboro, NJ – Valken Paintball is proud to announce DJ “Honu” Fox has been installed as the Valken Corps’ Great Lakes Regional Commander (GLRC).

DJ “Honu” Fox, is the Captain of Hellions Paintball Team, based out of CPX in Joliet, IL. and has been with the team for over five years. DJ and his Hellions average 8-10 large events a year, with a majority of those in the Midwest and Great Lakes areas. “My team is a constant award winner at games and myself I have won Victorious Commander for LL3 and I was the MVP of LL4. I would like to thank Valken for the chance to represent them in the Valken corps. Valken’s commitment to scenario and the overall growth of the sport is something I’m proud to be a part of”, stated the newly appointed GLRC, DJ “Honu” Fox. For more details on the Great Lakes Region of the Valken Corps or to coordinate regional games, practices or events with DJ, please visit his Facebook page.

The Valken Corps is a band of paintball players who reach out beyond their own team or group, to unite with other like-minded individuals and come together on a larger scale to enjoy the game of paintball. The goal is to give paintball players what they want – more paintball – by creating a network of players that share advice, support local fields and shops and contribute to the growth of the game. The Valken Corps highlights the fields, stores, events, teams and individuals that help make paintball the obsession we all know and love.

The U.S. Corps is divided in to 10 regions to help players connect with other locals and to help organize fields, teams and events. There are also Canadian Provincial Corps and European Corps countries, as well. Each will have a Regional Commander (RC), whose duties include leading Valken Corps players on the field and organizing Valken Corps players and teams off the field. Valken Corps Regional Commanders are a dedicated group of volunteer players with leadership experience both on and off the paintball field.

Valken Paintball will be announcing more Regional Commanders in the coming days. For more information on Valken, visit and follow them on Facebook at or Twitter at

Your Paintball College Scholarship Awaits

Old Hickory, Tennessee – March 20, 2012 – The Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Foundation has announced deadlines for players and industry to get involved for this first annual award program. The foundation is an organization dedicated to providing America’s paintball-playing young adults with opportunities for higher education. Deadlines have been set:

- April 15 for player scholarship applications

- May 1st for donation checks from the industry at large

According to Foundation president Jim Lively, “we’ve had an overwhelming favorable response to this program, now we just need everyone to make their contributions for 2012 so we can kick off this program in style! Everyone should let their customers know about these fabulous scholarships – being granted in May! “

Field and Store Owners simply have to contact the office to get a poster for your location. A $500 donation also gets you a link to the website.

Jim went on to say, “The NPPL has been an awesome supporter with proceeds from poker tournaments coming in our direction. Fields like Three Rivers Paintball are scheduling a “Pay it Forward Day” and donating the admission fees. Lots of field are thinking of ways to run fundraisers for the future!”

Supporters of the Bob Gurnsey Paintball Scholarship Awards include Tippmann Sports, Procaps, CPX Sports, Three Rivers PB, Xtreme PB Park, Stiffi Barrels and the National Professional Paintball League, with many more influential companies and brands signing on daily! For more information please visit the official website of the Scholarship Awards at

New Photography Policy Places Strict Limitations on Photographers

Originally Posted - By Byron Woodfork

It’s a sad day for freelance photographers within the paintball industry. Due to a recent quarrel between PSP’s Chief Operating Officer, Lane Wright and freelance photographer Skip Hickey; there will be strict limitations on photographers at all future PSP events.

For several years, photographers have been allowed to photograph players during tournament matches. The only requirement to photograph divisional and professional games was a Press Badge, which was easy to come by for freelancers. Now, the PSP organization looks to make the opportunity to film/photograph their events more exclusive. Lane Wright had this to say, “We will hold the copyrights to all photos of the events. We will license the photographers to sell these photos on their websites. But we will maintain the right to use the photos of our events in any manner we choose.”

Without the possibility of paying a freelance photographer to take pictures, this of course sheds a dark cloud over divisional teams that do not receive top notch media coverage from official PSP photographers, as professional players do.

The full quoted statement from Lane Wright:

This is to let all photographers know there will be a new policy released very soon regarding how PSP will handle photograhers at our tournaments.

Today we were threatened with legal action over a photo taken by a photographer and supplied to a players Facebook page. The player gave us the photo to use in an article about his team. The photographer claims we “took” it, owe him for “damages”, and started quoting copyright laws and threatening court dates.

That’s just too much for me.

We will now be allowing far fewer photographers at the events. Far fewer!! We will hold the copyrights to all photos of the events. We will license the photographers to sell these photos on their websites. But we will maintain the right to use the photos of our events in any manner we choose.

For the few photographers who are given access, you will have a very captive client base. It will be much easier for you to get good shots. It will be much easier for you to recoup your expenses. The sidelines will be less chaotic. The photographers will be less likely to interfere with players, referees, and the running of the games.

For the magazines and websites that cover the events. PSP will now provide you with all the pictures you will need of the events. We will provide them to the genuine promotional outlets for free or at most for a nominal amount to cover our cost of providing them.

For the teams – Do not book any photographer for the event until they appear on the PSP approved photographer list. You do so at your own risk. No matter what they may tell you, they are not granted access until they are on the PSP Approved Access list that we will generate prior to the events.

I have tried to put aside my disdain for the self righteous and cavalier attitude of amateur photographers posing as the “media” in paintball. Most only take pictures and sell them on their website. Once they start to threaten legal action for our using a photo of a player provided to us by this player, things have to change.

To the few photo guys out there with genuine interests in the sport, I apologize. I tried to maintain the silliness for as long as I could. But when these PhotoMob guys start to threaten lawsuits and court dates over a photo on a website promoting a team on a webcast that I’ve spent $350,000+ on and give to the community for free, and his photo buddies want to champion his litigious behavior, I have to go another direction.

It will take a week to sort out the details. When the details are sort WE will get in touch with the people we WANT on the fields. There is no need to start sending emails. They won’t be responded to.

I hate that it has come to this. But I have more important things to deal with than being threatened with civil action by a damn photographer. Again, I apologize to the few of you that are good guys. We’ll try to include you in the new access policy.


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MSXL 2012 Season Sponsors

The MSXL is proud to announce the 2012 season sponsors. The MSXL has grown to be one of the nation’s top regional championship series as a PSP Affiliate. Our ability to provide top caliber events, with some of the best divisional competition anywhere, and keep the teams cost of participation remarkably low is a direct result of industry sponsorship and support.

Registration is over capacity for the season opener, though spots still remain, as all teams have not paid. Get your entry paid to assure your teams participation. Registration closes Monday, March 19, 2012.

Our Strategic Partners for 2012

RaceTo X Divisional Sponsor
Planet Eclipse

2012 Approved Paint Vendors*
RPS, Empire, DXS and G.I. Sportz
*Only paint allowed at MSXL events for sale or use

Thank you for playing the MSXL

Storm Hits PSP Galveston, Paintball Delayed

The PSP Galveston paintball event was hit by a bad storm. Yesterday afternoons webcast was cut short by a rain and wind storm delaying and in some cases cutting games short. This morning PSP event staff and paintball teams arrived to complete a damage assessment. The fields were flooded, the polls damaged and the ez-up’s destroyed. Check out this video taken earlier this morning.

This is not the first time that the PSP has suffered environmental damage. Those previous events have proven that thte PSP is very skilled in making quick repairs and getting back on schedule. However, weather forecast for the area show 15-20mph winds and more rain are on the way. This might make field repairs difficult. Neither time or weather seem to be on paintball’s side this time around.

As of writing the PSP webcast has been delayed as the event crew works through the storm. Stay tuned for further updates.

Originally Posted -

Stick Tech - Planet Eclipse Etek3 vs Dangerous Power FX

In this installment, sticktodrum puts the Planet Eclipse Etek3 and the Dangerous Power FX paintball markers (guns) side by side to see the features and aesthetics of each.


Blue Sponsors Red

BLUE’S CREW, LLC has just entered into an incredibly unique marketing partnership to cover all things “GREG HASTINGS”. BCTV will be managing and producing a multitude of Hi-Def Multi-Media covering Greg’s 2012 TOUR OF DUTY, the R7 REPLAY XD/HD, GREG HASTINGS PAINTBALL VIDEO GAME Series, and anything and everything GREG HASTINGS.

Together, they open up an exciting new view of the world of Paintball and other sports and adventure activities, utilizing Point of View(POV) video, Live Streaming, Photography, and lots of Pure Sports Action.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on Facebook pages and plus view all broadcasts and videos at .

“This is an incredible way for me to get fans excited about playing paintball, and entertain them with action and shenanigans from events all around the world. Maybe even get a few to start traveling to events they may not have known much about.” Says Greg Hastings. More about Greg at and

“It was perfect timing with Greg’s projects coming on line, just as our super high tech media team headlined by Chris Hanse and Anthony Bove, came on line. Wait till you see what we produce and especially how we deliver this kind of entertainment to Greg’s and our fans. We are excited about our ability to generate professional innovative media for Greg and his Sponsors, such as Tippmann, where we’ll be highlighting their new products in all the action we shoot!” Says Michael “BLUE” Hanse”

Behind the Scenes: Galveston Island Paintball

What did it take to build the the host venue for the PSP Galveston Island Open? Stacy Young (Owner) tells his story.

Follow along as we dive into the story behind Galveston Island Paintball as owner and opperator Stacy Young tells us what it took to put togther this field…

1 Year

“The Story of Galveston”

By Stacy Young

March 13, 2010, my 37th birthday, and I decided I wanted to play paintball. It had been over two years since I had last played; I was ready to shake the rust off and shoot people. I talked my older brother into coming with me and playing. My brother had never played organized paintball, just a renegade game or two with me in the local woods.

After driving off the Island, we arrived at one of the local fields. First appearance, I was impressed. I could see people everywhere; I noticed they had an Airball field and woodsball. “Not bad”, I said to myself.

After dropping over $120 for two people entry and a case of paint, I was not as impressed, but I was ready to shoot people. After reporting to the Staging Area to form up teams we waited almost 30 minutes until somebody finally showed up and we finally got started.

This turned out to be the worst day of paintball play in my life. We spent around four hours at this field and played only four games. To me paying around $20 a game is a horrible experience. As we left the field and headed back to the Island I called the wife. “Let’s open a Paintball Field”.

The following Monday I drove around Galveston looking for a suitable piece of property. Tuesday, I found my current location on the airport. By the following Monday I had signed the lease with the city and by the end of the month, with Federal and State Tax ID’s in hand, I was receiving goods.

Galveston Island Paintball(GIP) officially opened its doors on May 28th 2010, Memorial Day weekend. GIP had many soft openings the month prior to work out any problems that might arise. The opening was riddled with problems from City Permitting, and still is, but the doors did open, on time.

Three months after opening GIP announced its first tournament dubbed, “Warm-up for World-Cup”. Offering prize packages of cash and trophies served as a great incentive. The tournament field 12 teams, from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. This was just seven months after opening and the city’s Convention Visitor’s Bureau(GCVB) recognized me as an attraction and cut GIP a check for bringing business to the Island.

The Original Bunker Set

In November, two months later, GIP received a phone call from my contact at the GCVB and she asks, “What is Paintball Sports Promotion(PSP)”? She goes on to inform me that they contacted the city and wanted to know if I would take the lead since I was the “Subject Matter Expert”. My response? “Absolutely”. Ten minutes later GIP was in negotiations with the Chief Operations Officer(COO) of PSP for him to make Galveston a stop during the 2011 PSP Season.

Numerous Phone calls and E-mails later Lane Wright, COO of PSP, arrives in Galveston for negotiations. Little did I know I was in direct competition with the University Of Phoenix. Lane wanted to come to Galveston if we could come to terms. This is the largest league in the world, and here I am with the boss having a drink on the front porch of my paintball field. A few drinks later, hands were shook and Galveston was the host of the 2011 PSP Season Opener. Mickenzy Trexler, GIP team member replied, “Are you serious, we got the event? We got the event? WE GOT THE EVENT!”

At this Point Galveston Island Paintball had been open 10 months and had achieved something that most field owners would love to have- a PSP Event. When the news hit the Internet my website went from an average of 100 hits a day to 3000 an hour after the Press Release went out, and 25,000 hits, for the week. The same thing was happening on my social media outlets Facebook, and Twitter. I knew at that moment my little paintball field had made it to the International stage.

I loved the fact that Sunday, the final day of the event was my birthday. I looked around and couldn’t believe what had been accomplished in one year. GIP was started up with a $9,000 tax refund check, volunteers, and savvy negotiations. In “after-action” meetings with the GCVB it was estimated that around $2M of revenue was brought to the Island. Not bad for the first year.

Review: Tippmann Crossover

For over 25 years Tippmann has produced high quality paintball markers like the 98, SL68 and Pro Carbine that are the most rugged and reliable on the market. Over the last 10 years Tippmann has produced the benchmark scenario and military simulation markers with the A5, X7 and Phenom. Now Tippmann ruggedness, reliability and quality have been put into the first paintball marker designed for any style of play with the Crossover.

The Tippmann Crossover is a sleek, lightweight, center fed marker that embodies woodsball durability with tournament speed and agility. The marker is smaller than any other made by Tippmann and is of comparable size to other tournament markers. As they have done so many times in the past Tippmann is set to redefine the gold standard in paintball markers again, with the Crossover.

At the core of the Crossover is the proven FlexValve. FlexValve Technology makes the Crossover the first electro-pneumatic speedball style marker to offer the winning combination of improved air efficiency, superior accuracy due to the spool valve design, manual or electronic mode firing, and the flexibility of CO2 or High Pressure Air (HPA). Although the Crossover will work on CO2 it needs to be setup properly, such as using a remote line and using a low rate of fire so marker internals do not freeze.

The ruggedness of the FlexValve and the ability to operate below 300 PSI will give all players the competitive edge on the woodsball or speedball field. The low operating pressure greatly improves air efficiency allowing you to get up to 1,400 shots from a 68 cubic inch 4500 psi tank.

The Crossover’s searless trigger design incorporates fewer parts to wear, making maintenance easier than ever. Because this new marker is built around the existing Phenom internals and can accept an A5 threaded barrel the look may be a little foreign to die hard Tippmann users but the feel, reliability and performance are undoubtedly Tippmann.

Like the Phenom the Crossover has a lightweight aluminum body with internal gas line and no cocking handle. Unlike the Phenom the Crossover has sleek lines with custom body milling and all excess metal shaved back.

Like other tournament markers the Crossover is a center feed and comes with a clamping feed neck that will adjust to fit any loader without tools. The center feed system also uses beam break style eyes to prevent ball chopping and dual ball detents to hold the most brittle paint without barrel breaks.

One thing players will immediately notice about the Crossover that makes it different than any other tournament marker is a manual thumb safety on the left side of the receiver body with three settings; Safe, Semi, Electro. As the name implies Safe prevents the marker from firing. Semi means the marker will fire one shot with each pull of the trigger, because of the FlexValve Semi will work without a battery in the marker. Electro setting activates the markers electronics. The stock board will fire up to 15 balls per second, full auto, PSP, NXL, response and three round burst. A single button on the back of the grip is used to program the board or turn the eyes on and off.

In the past, Tippmann markers have angled the Air Source Adapter (ASA – the thing the tank screw into) at an angle so liquid CO2 would not be drawn into marker when fired. The Crossover is the first Tippmann marker to have a 90 degree ASA that brings the marker down to eye level and in closer to the body when shouldered.

The Crossover will run on CO2 or HPA. Most HPA tanks put out 800 pounds per square inch (PSI) pressure, because the Crossover operates at 300 psi Tippmann has designed an ASA that regulates the pressure from the tank down to a useable level for the marker. To lighten the marker the regulator for the Crossover is built into the ASA with a velocity adjustment on the front of the regulator.

The engineers at Tippmann have thought of players who want to degas the marker when not playing but not remove the tank. With the Crossover players have the option to remove the factory installed regulator ASA and front grip and install a vertical regulator and on / off ASA. In only minutes with a few off the shelf parts and a macro line the unique appearance of the Crossover can be changed to look like more traditional tournament markers.

Unlike other high end tournament markers the Crossover has kept woodsball players in mind. The gap between the front grip and trigger guard is wider to leave room for gloved hands. The same is true of the oversized trigger guard that allows players to easily roll the trigger while wearing bulky milsim gloves.

Tippmann has created the perfect marker for which the Tippinators have been searching.” said Tippinators Super-tech Mark ‘Tinman’ Miller. “The Crossover is fast and light enough for tournament play yet tough enough for woodsball and reliable enough for league xball.”

True to the name this new marker can crossover from woodsball to speedball to xball and back again. “This is the marker I have wanted for years,” said Tippinator Captain Bruce ‘Charon’ Johnston, “Tippmann has really listened to players; the Crossover is an incredible marker for any style of play.”

Johnston continued, “The Tippmann Crossover is the perfect choice for players of any experience level, it is the only marker you will ever need.”

For more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports has been dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

RAP4 Wows ‘Em At Extravaganza!

Real Action Paintball just returned from the Paintball Extravaganza 2012, where our hot new gear was the talk of the industry! It will take weeks to clean all the fingerprints from our new mag-fed Barrett M82A1 marker – which is officially licensed by Barrett, so we can reproduce it for paintball as an exact replica – and all of the Tacamo Mag-Fed Conversion Kits. People couldn’t get enough of this new gear, and dreaming of all the possibilities our latest mag-fed technology will bring to life this year!

Our 100 round, spring-fed drum magazine was especially popular. Designed to work with any of our mag-fed markers by simply installing it like a magazine, it can hold 100 conventional paintballs, or accept First Strike and other shaped projectiles.

We displayed some extremely popular paintball squad machineguns, like the RAP4 M60, RAP4 M240, and RAP4 M249 markers, and outfitted them with the hot RAP4 Box Magazine! This motorized magazine replicates the ammunition box found on many squad machineguns in the field, but contains internals that are specifically suited to paintball: a Nautilus Drive motor that pushes paint from the 250 round reservoir into your marker via the magazine well. This gives players the true-to-life ammunition capacity to feed these paintball squad machineguns, while also giving the reliability, dependability, and anti-chop protection only found with force-feed technology!

That same idea – of pushing a stack of paintballs into your marker and holding them under consistent tension so they don’t roll out of the chamber or get chopped by the bolt – is part of what is powering our industry’s magazine-fed revolution. Even more excitement comes from the thrill of playing with the most realistic paintball guns available, which we make possible through our extensive product line of mag-fed markers that reproduce the look, feel, natural point of aim, and controls of military-spec arms.

Which is why we were flooded with people at Paintball Extravaganza who came to check out the Tacamo MKP markers and see how we utilize RAP4 Flexi-Air technology to get rid of external steel braided hoses, get air tanks off of markers and safely onto your back (connected via a remote line discretely interfacing with the mil-sim stocks), and create the most realistic mag-fed experience possible…

…while retaining the internal parts of trusted markers like the Tippmann X7 Phenom and Tippmann A5.

We even unveiled the new direction for mag-fed paintball: the D-Mag, which is designed to interchangeably accept First Strike and other shaped rounds, as well as standard paintballs…in an all-new magazine that holds paint in a vertical column for utmost reliability. The D-Mag has a unique activation mechanism that means you won’t accidentally spill any more magazines while tucking them into your vest…and you won’t feel as bad dropping them on the field as you charge, with how little this new technology costs per magazine!

How’d we make a better product that’s a fraction of the cost of the established technology? Our engineers are awesome…and they’re players, too!

Check out the latest news, product releases, and giveaways at That’s also where you’ll hear even more about our new products for 2012!

Real Action Paintball – As Real as it Gets!

Tippmann Unveils a Bevy of New Product – Crossover, Flip-Top Rental Marker & Googles

Unique .68 caliber electro-pneumatic marker combines new lightweight design with company’s legendary durability

Fort Wayne, Ind. The leader in paintball marker durability and reliability is taking its game to a whole new level – introducing the Crossover from Tippmann Sports. This new lightweight, high performance electro-pneumatic marker is designed to perform for players regardless of conditions or style of play. At the heart of the Crossover beats the latest iteration of Tippmann’s FlexValve – the exclusive industry technology that allows players to switch from electronic to mechanical mode on the fly, with just the flip of a switch. A variety of other key features are also integrated into the Crossover to give players the ability to go harder than before, while traveling lighter than ever.

“We’re excited about the new Crossover because – in many ways – we’re covering new ground and reaching out to an expanded group of players with this product advancement,” said Denny Tippmann, Jr., chief technology officer for Tippmann Sports. “The Crossover was designed for the hybrid player, someone who needs a durable and reliable marker that will deliver – regardless of the style of game. As implied by its name, it’s a marker that will successfully cross over to any game, anywhere, any time. While our existing modifiable and easy-to-upgrade markers remain extremely popular, we also wanted to reach out to those players seeking legendary Tippmann durability in a sleek, lightweight and bold new design.”

Some of the features incorporated into the new Crossover marker include the following:

  • New, compact design with a total weight of less than 2.5 lbs.
  • Integrated break beam anti-chop eyes
  • Tournament lock switch
  • Internal gasline
  • Bottom regulator with the ability to convert to a front regulator
  • Adjustable clamping feedneck with vertical feed
  • Magnetic hall effect trigger switch
  • Multiple adjustable firing modes, including: semi-auto; auto-response; 3-shot burst; PSP; NPPL; and Millennium
  • Ability to work in both electronic and mechanical modes
  • Machine-milled upper body

· Low pressure operation under 300 PSI

“We believe player interest in the new Crossover marker will be very strong,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “It’s the only marker of its kind that combines the benefits of FlexValve Technology – including low recoil, low pressure operation, and the ability to switch from electronic to mechanical operation – with Tippmann durability. Throughout our 25 plus years of paintball leadership, we’ve proven that our products are designed to stand up to the rigors of woodsball and scenario play while providing dependable performance over the long-term.”

The Crossover is expected to be available to players in spring 2012. For additional details, please call 1-800-533-4831or visit today.

Tippmann Introduces Revolutionary “Flip-Top” Rental Marker

Innovative new design integrates modular internals to significantly reduce maintenance time

Fort Wayne, Ind. For more than 25 years, Tippmann has dominated the paintball rental market. Today, the company is advancing its leadership position with the introduction of its FT-12 Flip-Top Rental, a groundbreaking new marker with modular internals that can be serviced in less than 60 seconds without tools. The FT-12 is the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-maintain rental marker ever created. Developed based on feedback from paintball field owners around the world, this new-look marker has been specially engineered to reduce maintenance time by as much 75 percent.

“Our markers have always been designed to be reliable and durable to minimize necessary maintenance,” said Denny Tippmann, Jr., chief technology officer for Tippmann Sports. “But, over the years, we have heard from field owners looking for a rental marker that further reduces maintenance time. We listened closely, and then went to work on developing a marker that not only accomplished this goal, but also incorporated other features that will ultimately create a better rental experience for the players. And, today, we’re excited to introduce the new FT-12 Flip-Top Rental.”

The FT-12 is a compact marker with an ergonomically-positioned front vertical grip, which is ideal for players of all ages. The marker’s patent-pending design makes gaining access to the modular internals significantly easier – simply remove the barrel, unscrew the collar and flip open the top. No tools are required. Once inside, the modular layout of the FT-12 allows for incredibly fast and worry-free access to all key parts.

Other significant features incorporated into the FT-12 include the following:

  • An easy-to-remove modular trigger assembly that is designed to help reduce pin wear
  • A top non-cycling A-5 style cocking handle with built-in cover to keep dirt and debris out of the marker
  • A new lockdown feedneck, which keeps moisture from entering the breech
  • A 1.5 inch blade trigger with a short pull for faster firing and a more responsive feel
  • An 8.5 inch high-performance barrel for greater accuracy
  • A built-in sight and offset feedneck for easier targeting
  • An internal gasline, offering an enhanced look while minimizing the potential for gasline damage
  • A recessed safety, which is easier for first-time time players to engage
  • A riveted-on nameplate
  • An ergonomic grip for enhanced comfort
  • Yellow grip cheeks for quick visual identification

“Just by looking at this new marker, you can see that we’ve literally reinvented the rental to deliver a more positive experience for field owners and players alike – it’s an exciting advancement for us,” said Patrick Ehren, vice president of sales and marketing for Tippmann Sports. “As an industry leader, we remain dedicated to incorporating the ideas we get from our loyal customers and consumers into innovative product and marketing solutions that help drive the evolution of the industry, which is certainly illustrated by the introduction of the FT-12.”

The new marker has already been endorsed by more than 20 major paintball fields around the world and will be utilized in the rental fleet of USA’s Skirmish, CPX Sports, Cousins and Hollywood’s Sports; Canada’s Mirabel, Flag Raiders and Wasaga Paintball; and Veckring and Mega Campo.

For additional information about the time-saving new FT-12 Flip-Top Rental, paintball fields are encouraged to contact their Tippmann sales representative today. Of course, more product details are also available online at

Tippmann Introduces High-Performance Goggle Line

New design with C-Max Technology offers players enhanced clarity, comfort, and coverage

Fort Wayne, Ind. As part of the company’s ongoing effort to enhance paintball play, Tippmann Sports is proud to introduce its new Valor goggle. The redesigned goggle was developed around three key performance upgrades – improved visual clarity, greater coverage, and enhanced comfort. The most notable feature is the high performance toroidal scratch and fog resistant lens and quick release system. The toroidal lens focuses more light directly onto the eye to provide better clarity in a variety of light conditions, while the quick release system allows for fast and easy lens removal and attachment.

Other features incorporated into Tippmann’s new goggle design, include: extended coverage to protect the chin, jaw and ear; additional ventilation to optimize airflow and reduce fogging; a premium woven strap for ultimate comfort and fit; an adjustable, fitted visor; and the use of compression-molded comfort foam wherever the goggle touches the face. On the rental version, the foam will be incredibly easy to replace, so field owners can simply switch out the foam insert instead of replacing the entire goggle.

The goggle will come in several versions, including: black, U.S. Army camo, Tippmann camo, and a rental version – all sold under the Tippmann and U.S. Army Paintball brands. In addition, this newly-designed goggle will also soon be available in all Tippmann and U.S. Army Paintball PowerPacks, providing a better performing goggle to those players purchasing kits.

“We’re very pleased with our new goggle and how the enhancements will ultimately help players have a better overall paintball experience,” said Ron Goldblatt, director of marketing for Tippmann Sports.

The goggles sold at retail will have a MAP of $24.95 and $39.95 for the black and camo versions, respectively.

For additional details about the new goggle design from Tippmann Sports, field owners and paintball dealers should connect with their Tippmann sales representative today. Players, on the other hand, are encouraged to call the company at 1-800-533-4831or visit to learn more.

About Tippmann Sports:

As a paintball leader for more than 25 years, Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing as well as advancing paintball technology and design. The company serves the global paintball industry from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as its warehouse near Tournai, Belgium. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and related accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world

Valken Sponsors Longest Acronym in Paintball History

TSSOC is proud to announce a sponsorship deal with Valken Paintball, makers of legendary paintballs including Redemption and Graffiti as well as an amazing line of V-Tac tactical scenario gear and apparel.

Will Bourgault, Valken Brand Manager stated, “After meeting these players and seeing their style of play, enthusiasm and willingness to be an extension of the Valken Corps, we were proud to bring them on as part of the Valken Corps family of teams.”

“We could not be happier with this deal,” said Chris “Topher” Matsinger, TSSOC’s team captain. “The V-Tac line of tactical gear is perfect for our team and Valken makes the best paint out there so we’re looking forward to an amazing year with Valken backing us.”

TSSOC will be outfitted in the V-Tac line of scenario gear, including Sierra and Zulu jerseys and pants, as well as Tango and Echo vests. In addition to sponsoring the team, Valken will also be providing Graffiti paintballs at our upcoming scenario TSSOC Presents ROME : 2045 on 3/17/2012 at Poco Loco Paintball.

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NPPL cancels Vancouver, moves to 4 paintball events in 2012

According to an announcement released moments ago, the National Professional Paintball League will be making several adjustments to the 2012 season schedule. Read on for the official scoop.

We report the latest on the NPPL’s decision to delay the Vancouver event. Moments ago the NPPL released the following statement:

“The NPPL Board of Directors after speaking to players, teams and sponsors has decided to reschedule Vancouver. The main reasons for dropping Vancouver from the 2012 schedule is the economy is still tight and teams, sponsors have expressed they can only afford to go to 4 events this season. Furthermore, there were concerns about getting supplies and equipment across the boarder. We are looking at the possibility of hosting the event in 2013 which will allow the league, teams and sponsors more time to plan, promote and take care of logistics for running a successful tournament. The NPPL views Canada as a growing paintball tournament market and looks to promote more feeders and teams in Canada this year. The League hopes players; teams and sponsors will respect and support our decision to postpone Vancouver for one year.”

Tampa Bay Times Features Alex Spence

The paintball world has proudly stood behind Alex is his fight against Leukemia. The Tampa Bay Times recently featured Spence in this human interest piece and with good reason. Alex has been fighting Leukemia while staying true to the competitive spirit we’ve seen him showcase on the field. Follow his story as the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith highlights and recalls the personal fight Spence had been going through.

This is an article you don’t want to miss- We wish Alex the best this year and look forward to his unshakable spirit and presence on the field as he returns to professional paintball.
BELLEAIR — The moment Alex Spence got a paintball gun for his 12th birthday, he was hooked.
An “adrenaline junkie,” the Clearwater native has wakeboarded and raced dirt bikes, but paintball became his passion. He played every weekend he could, and, with some buddies, helped start the Tampa Bay Damage, a professional team coming off a world cup victory last season.
Spence, 24, has traveled around the country, as well as overseas, to compete in tournaments. His picture is in trade magazines, and a showcase in his Belleair home is filled with medals and trophies.
Paintball is his life.
“It’s his driving force,” his father, Bob Spence, said. “It’s what keeps him going.”
And paintball is partly what drove Spence to stay alive last year during a recovery from acute myeloid leukemia, a very aggressive form of cancer with a bleak mortality rate. Even with a successful bone marrow transplant in May, Spence had two infections that forced him to learn to walk again.
“Three different times, they gave me less than 10 percent chance of survival,” Spence said. “It was a wild ride. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong.”
But thanks to the support of doctors, family and girlfriend Alexandra Fuller, Spence is back doing what he loves.
This weekend, in Galveston, Texas, he will participate in his first paintball tournament since being declared cancer-free.
“It’s unbelievable,” Bob Spence said. “He had two close brushes with death, and to see him get out, and reach the level he’s reached and dedication he’s shown, it’s inspirational.”
• • •
The warning signs showed up in November 2010. Spence always seemed fatigued and sore but thought it was because of paintball season and his classes at St. Petersburg College.
But when an infection led Spence to get his wisdom teeth taken out in December, and he continued to feel worse, he got checked out at Mease Dunedin Hospital. Lab results revealed he had 96 percent cancer cells.
“We didn’t know anything about (acute myeloid leukemia) at the time, I didn’t know a single person who had cancer or anything,” Spence said. “I had no idea what it was. I was like, ‘Okay, well I’ll stay in the hospital for a few days, get rid of this and get back to life.’ We were in for a shock.”
Dr. Ernesto Ayala, from Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, said Spence’s leukemia was more aggressive because of a chromosome abnormality. “It’s a very poor prognosis,” he said. “The chance of long-term survival is very low, probably 15-20 percent.”
Spence went through two rounds of chemotherapy in the hospital, and his cancer cells decreased to 7 percent. His body took care of the rest, as he was cancer free by February 2011. Fuller, Spence’s girlfriend of four years, never left his side, compiling a book of medical records and pill schedules, communicating with doctors, and often sleeping in his hospital bed.
“Out of the entire ordeal, she probably wasn’t there maybe four nights,” Spence said. “She definitely saved my life.”
• • •
In early March 2011, Spence woke up with a 103-degree fever due to an infection, which temporarily paralyzed him from the waist down. Fuller called Moffitt, which had no beds available, so she drove him to Mease Dunedin Hospital. By the time he got there, Spence’s temperature was 106.1.
Doctors told Fuller that if she had driven the extra 30 miles to Moffitt, he would have died.
“Everything happens for a reason,” she said.
Spence wasn’t out of the woods. Nurses and doctors told Fuller to prepare for the worst, start making arrangements.
All around after Spence moved back to Moffitt, there were reminders of tragedy. Several other patients on his floor — his new friends — had died.
“It was very scary,” Spence said.
Doctors told Fuller one of five things would happen. He could be paralyzed from the neck down. He would have organ failure. He’d suffer brain damage. He could die. Or, as it was put, a miracle could happen.
“Thankfully, it was the miracle,” Fuller said.
Spence was hospitalized for a month, slowly learning how to walk. When he was released, he cleared his mind by taking strolls with his dog, a playful 90-pound Doberman called Dozer, his “pride and joy.”
“He wouldn’t let me die,” Spence said. “Because who else would pet him?”
With no family members a bone marrow match, an out-of-state donor was found for a transplant May 17 at Moffitt. It succeeded — but 20 days later, Spence suffered veno-occlusive disease, a blockage in some small veins in the liver. His liver was failing.
But through weeks of treatment, Spence got better, with Ayala sensing a fighting spirit.
“He has a will,” Ayala said. “He really is a persistent type of person. He would do everything I told him to do. And he has something else, a wonderful person by his side, his girlfriend, she would always be by his side. She is a very special person, and was critical for his recovery.”
• • •
Spence had to spend 100 days in an adjacent hotel after the transplant before going home. The day doctors said Dozer could visit, Fuller rushed home to bathe the brown, boyish Doberman, and brought him back.
When they were five minutes away, Dozer began to bark, and bounced in the backseat. Spence, wearing a surgical mask and hat, was immediately recognized by Dozer, who jumped on him.
“It was the most amazing thing ever,” Fuller said.
In August, Spence was allowed to come home. The leukemia could return, but after being in remission for 14 months there’s a good chance it’s gone, Ayala said.
When Spence was cleared to practice paintball again a couple months ago, he was so happy, he couldn’t sleep the night before. “He had the biggest smile on his face,” Fuller said.
“I felt like I was a kid going to Disney World,” Spence said. “Getting back to paintball is a huge milestone for me. It gives me something to look forward to.”
Spence is thinking about going back to school, possibly studying accounting, like his dad. He’s looking forward to May, when he can find out the identity of the marrow donor. All they know is it’s a woman, and she sent a letter to Spence at the hospital.
“It says, not only did she save his life, he also saved hers in a way,” Fuller said.
But first comes paintball, with Spence joining the Damage’s semipro team for a while until he gets his strength and skills back. Sponsors pay for his team’s equipment and travel, and Spence supplemented his income by running a T-shirt printing business out of his house. Winning teams split cash prizes at tournaments like October’s Paintball Sports Promotion world cup. Back then, Spence could only coach. Now he can play.
“I have to earn my spot back,” he said. “But I think I’ll be okay.”
After what Spence has been through, it’s hard to doubt him.
Joe Smith can be reached at

WCPPL Open Event 1 Results

Event #1 Results- Who came out on top? We provide the latest scoop on the WCPPL!

Camp Pendleton played host to the first WCPPL Event of the 2012 season- the WCPPL Open. Last weekend, teams from all around the West Coast were ready to grind in this Race-To format.

The WCPPL caters to division ranked teams. Thanks to the efforts of Mike Hinman and staff, the WCPPL provides a strong program for players looking to progressivly compete. Hinman was sure to step it up this year by including the new PSP Scoreboard. Players loved the new scoreboard as it was featured high above on Camp Pendleton’s towers.

As an added bonus the LA Ironmen and Golden State Pirates were practicing along side the division oriented tournament. We can’t think of a better way to help expose such talent to new players.

Premiere Race-To-X: Denver Fury and SD Pirates would not fare well in the preliminary round. San Diego Mob win four straight preliminary games with Royalty and Notorious battling it out in the Semi-Finals. Notorious wins against San Deigo Mob to take home the Premiere Race-To-X WCPPL Open title.

Division 3: The Race-To-4 format would host such teams as IE Unseen, HaVoK, Royalty (2) and LA Hitmen in the Quarter Finals. The Fuzion 916 squad would propel themselves into the Finals after strong wins in the Quarter and Semi-Final rounds. Fuzion 916 would win against LA Hitmen to take home first place in Division 3.

Division 4: Genesis and Fuzion 707 would highlight 4 straight wins in their repsective brackets. The SD Pirates II would edge out their Quarter Finals match against Fuzion 415 and move on to the Semi-Finals. Finishing strong, Fuzion 415 would come back against Ka Funf, take the finals and win Race-To-3 in D4.

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