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Round 2 Vic5’s Rego 27/5/18

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Round 2 of Vic5s – Snipers Den Paintball

Please fill out the form below to enter your team in the paintball Tournament.

We will email an invoice to each team. We would like these to be paid prior to the day unless prior arrangements have been made.
Format will be Race to 3 M500 format.

Fees for Round 2 are as follows :

Div 1

$1500 per team. Includes 14 Boxes of paint and an extra box if you make finals.
Teams are limited to this paint for the tournament.

Div 2

$1000 per team. Includes 10 Boxes of paint and an extra box if you make finals.
Teams are limited to this paint for the tournament.

 

Vic5s Rego

Registration form for entry in the 2017 Vic5s event.
  • Pretty self explanatory. The name you all have on your jersey
  • Best person for us to contact if we need to get in touch
  • Best email address to get in touch
  • If Victoria based, how many players are interstate?

 

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Vic5s Paintball Tournament – R1 2018

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Vic5s Paintball Tournament Feb 4 2018 – Round 1

Round 1 of the 2018 season of Vic5s paintball tournament is fast approaching so time to get the registrations in.

The format for the 2018 season will be very different to previous years with a focus on keeping the tournament as accessible as possible to all teams.
The goal for the 2018 tournament series is to maintain a tournament model that is not cost prohibitive for teams and players wanting to play regularly.
Total registration for each team will be $1500. This includes the normal team registration and 14 boxes of paint. Please pay a minimum of $500 deposit to confirm the team so we can confirm the draw etc.

The event will Race to 3 – M500 format. Teams will be also limited to the 14 boxes allocated for the day so this will need to be taken into account as well.
There will be finals for 1st/2nd – There will be additional paint provided for teams that make finals as well.

Please get out and make the event a great one!

Any questions please call Matt or Jill at Snipers Den.

Vic5s Rego

Registration form for entry in the 2017 Vic5s event.
  • Pretty self explanatory. The name you all have on your jersey
  • Best person for us to contact if we need to get in touch
  • Best email address to get in touch
  • If Victoria based, how many players are interstate?

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Registration for Vic5s tournament

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Please fill out the form to register for the upcoming Vic5s paintball tournament.
We will send an invoice to teams shortly.

Vic5s Rego

Registration form for entry in the 2017 Vic5s event.
  • Pretty self explanatory. The name you all have on your jersey
  • Best person for us to contact if we need to get in touch
  • Best email address to get in touch
  • If Victoria based, how many players are interstate?
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Melbourne Paintball League : Round 1 update

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Melbourne Paintball League – Round 1 update

Overview

On the 11/9/16 Snipers Den launched the first round of the Melbourne Paintball League for the first time in Victoria.
The idea was to provide a launchpad for new players getting into the sport and to that end it was more successful than we could have hoped. We ended up with 5 pretty new players joining the day’s activities and a few more fairly new to the sport. On top of that we had 3 people successfully sit their catagory “p” safety course allowing them to begin the process of applying for their paintball licence. If anyone wants more information on how to get a paintball license in Victoria get in contact with Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne on 1800SNIPER.

The day began with drills run by Craig “Flash” McIver and the Hard2Overcome team from about 9.30. Hard2Overcome are a Victorian Paintball team that remain one of the more active teams in Melbourne paintball scene. In November the are off to the USA to compete against some of the best teams in the world. They regularly train at Snipers Den and are incredibly disciplined in the way they go about their training. They always start their training with a fitness component with a strong drills methodology as well.

We were really grateful to all the experienced players who helped the new players get into it all. We tried to create an environment that allowed players of all skill levels to be able to grow and train to their own ability. In the end however, the day became more about building up the newer players thanks to all the teams and players that were so generous with their time. We were extremely proud of all the players who contributed their time and equipment to allow the newer players to get a start in the sport.

After the drills we conducted the Safety course for those wanting to get their licence. The course including the multiple choice test takes a little over an hour including the actual test. We like to go through a few extra elements as well such as compressed air safety.

After the safety course there was time for a quick lunch. Only one person took advantage of the free BBQ facilities. We would like to encourage more paintball teams and players to make use of the BBQ for lunches to bring back the social side of paintball.

After lunch we kicked straight into the first round of the Melbourne Paintball League. We started by separating all the players into 2 teams. We have arranged 2 captains for the 2 teams but they were both unavailable for the first round. The 2 captains will be Oz from the Highrollaz paintball team and Joon from Hustle paintball team.

With the Captains unavailable it fell to the vice captains to look after the teams for the first round. Troy from Highrollaz and Sean from HK Reapers took control of the teams. The players present were split into the 2 teams. At stake was the ability to choose from the 2 team names we have chosen to start with. The 2 teams we are starting with are the Knights and Samaurai. We are going to get some jerseys made with the option of purchasing personalised ones coming down the track.

With the teams split, we got into the league games. We played 8 points in total and allowed coaching from the edge of the field for the newer players. This added a different element to the games and assisted in the rapid improvement of the skill level of the newer players in particular. In the end the games fell 5-3 to Troy’s favour and they chose to take the Samaurai mantle.

The games were refereed by Jill from refs inc with help from some of the other players who were willing to help out. This included Goldy and Flash who are both Ref’s inc referees. This is always very much appreciated and makes a big difference to the day.

The day finished with players getting a few games in playing in their normal teams. This is important as the Melbourne Paintball League is not designed to replace the regular team model. Instead we want to keep pushing forward with this alternative training model to compliment the teams that are in the scene already.

Thanks again to everyone for the support so far. It was a great turnout for the first round of the league. Remember that the next round is coming up this weekend on Sunday 2nd Oct. Kicking off at 9.30 and the opportunity to sit a safety course as well. Get in touch with Snipers Den if you want to get involved in paintball as a sport.

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Melbourne Paintball League – Opening Round – 11/9/16

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Melbourne Paintball League

The first round of the Melbourne Paintball League is rapidly approaching on the 11/9/2016. We would like to see as many teams and players take advantage of the League to add a new element and focus to their paintball training.

There are a few things that we are aiming to achieve with the Melbourne Paintball League.

1. Have a focal point for new players to enter the sport.

We really want to fill the gap between new players and the current paintball competitions.
The league is designed to be a pathway from rental player to finding a team and a method for identifying and recruiting fill in and replacement players.
There needs to be a focal point for new players and a road map for them to join teams and enter higher level tournaments.

2. Bring back social paintball to Melbourne.

Historically paintball has been built around “club days” with teams springing up out of the casual game play for more serious competition. Alternatively teams have focused on individual success often leading to solo team training. We will have the BBQ hot on the day, so bring some meat and bread for lunch.

3. More structured training.

We will have drills run by a different team or player every week. We want to add some variation to the skills that teams practice to help lift the skill set for all Victorian paintball teams. We will announce who is running the drills in the lead up to each League day.

4. Ongoing casual competition.

We want to make sure that there is a casual competition for new and existing players. We want to be splitting all the players into 2 teams. These are not going to be your normal team. We want teams to split themselves across the 2 teams to play the league for a bit of fun at the end of the day. We want the Melbourne Paintball League to be the first taste of competition for new players entering the sport. We will looking at organising jerseys for players that need them. If you have spare markers
or gear, please bring them along.

The current game plan is as follows.
9am – Field open
10am – 12.00 – Drills – More to come…
12.00 – 1 Lunch
1 – 2.30 scrims / open play
2.30 – League games. 10 points shared among the players there on the day.

Price is $20 Field fee as normal. Paint at field pricing – No BYO though please.
Includes refereeing for the league.

We will split the league teams up on the day and add to it as new players come along from week to week.

Lets make paintball great again….

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Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne – Paintball league

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Melbourne Paintball League

We have finalised the details of the new Paintball League that we are launching from September.

Our main goal with the league is to have a regular training and competition to allow new players to enter the sport. We also want to make sure that existing players get something out of the competition and are exposed to the newer players that are entering the sport. We aim to link the event to a full day of drills and scrims to help further develop teams and players. Here is what we have in mind…

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The Melbourne Paintball League is a new option for paintball in Victoria

1 day a month, dedicated field access

As most people now know, we at Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne have worked very hard to build what we think is the best tournament paintball field in Australia. We have now decided to open it up to competition players for the full day as part of the new league.

This means that the full day, all players participating will not need to stop playing for the birthday party and bucks party style bookings. This is a first for Snipers Den Paintball and a reinforcement of our commitment to tournament paintball in Victoria.

Structured Scrims and Drills

Prior to the paintball league itself we will be maximising the access to the field to make sure that paintball teams and players are training with the best drills and exercises led by the best paintball players in Victoria and where possible Australia. We are also hoping to include some international players where possible to grow the experience of players competing in Melbourne. The drills and scrims will be going from 9am and throughout the day. The Melbourne Paintball League itself will start from 3pm and continue for an hour or 2.

The League Itself

The idea of the Melbourne Paintball League is to start a different type of competition in Victoria.
There will be 2 teams at the start and if the idea grows we will expand it. We hope that the teams that support it will split their existing players between teams. We want this to be a separate type of competition to the team based ones. This will go a long way to allow new players to find a place in teams as they develop.

To begin with we will split the existing pool of tournament players which will form a base for us to direct new players coming into the sport. We will establish Captains which will help foster the new recruits and run the the team. You don’t need to attend every event but when you do you will play for the same league side each time.

For the league we will play 10 points, one day per month. Single point rather than race or mercy and teams will rotate players through to make sure that all players play an even number of points. The idea here is to make sure that newer players have an equal game time to the better, more experienced paintball players.

New players will be drafted to one of the teams depending on the players in the current roster. We will be providing jerseys free to borrow for players although players can wear existing jerseys to assist with sponsorship clashes if needed.

We have small prizes that we are looking at from a number of businesses to make it interesting but it will be far from sheep stations. The cost will be included in the standard field fee and paint will be charged at the normal field price.

The refereeing will be looked after by Jill Henty of Refs inc and will be supplemented by Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne staff as well. People who don’t wish to play can also volunteer to help referee if they would like to help. We will talk about the team side of things in more details but wanted to go over the broader strokes first.

When?

We will be running the Melbourne Paintball League on the first Sunday of the month starting September. We are planning on starting one week late to avoid Fathers Day. So we are looking at (for the rest of 2016) the following.

11 Sep
2 Oct
6 Nov
4 Dec

Same will go for 2017.

We are hoping to launch a separate website for the event – coming soon….
Please fbook or email any thoughts. If you want to read about the thought process that led us to this model click here Building Paintball Melbourne

Mathew – Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne
mathew@snipersden.com.au

Rebuilding Paintball in Victoria – Paintball Melbourne

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Competition Paintball is a great sport. Once people enter the Australian Paintball and get established onto a team they tend to be around the sport for a relatively long time. With that said – the sport has some problems that are blocking new players from getting involved, playing a team and developing into a player that can actively compete at a high level.

I actually started this blog post as a lead in to the paintball league that we were looking to run but the more I looked at the structure of the sport of paintball overall in Victoria, the more holes in the current structure became a little more evident. I want to say early that this is not a reflection on any individual, paintball business or paintball event in Victoria but an assessment of how I see the sport at moment – in particular the transition into the sport of paintball in Melbourne. There are many people working hard to build the sport and the industry in general but I think we need to look at the lifecycle of a player in the sport from introduction to the sport to exit. We need to look at the roadblocks to entering the sport and look at some of the factors that push players out of the sport.

Here are a few of the things I have come up with….

1. No Starting point

I think in Victoria we have put a lot of the onus onto the players to handle new paintball players coming into the sport, but this can be a lot to ask – especially without a structure to back it up. Many people that have been playing paintball for 7+ years got their start at Extreme Indoor Paintball in Geelong. Although they have been closed for a while now the structured competition fostered new players much better than we are doing now. Since then focus for a long time in Victorian paintball is on the delivery of the higher level competition and as a result there have been less avenues to get in at a lower level.

While Vic5s (formally the Paintball Association of Victoria) did develop into the current WPBO rules, it did fill that function better in the early stages. Within a few years of the first round in 2010 at Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne, the original round robin series had 28 teams register for the event and many were new players and new teams. The round robin format was a lot easier for newer players to get involved with compared to the “Race to” or “Mercy” model. While it is important to have the more elite formats there needs to be something in between the casual birthday or bucks party paintball session and high level competition.

2. The current team focus

If you commit the time and money it takes to be good at a sport like paintball you want to be competing at the highest level you can. But this is slowly cannibalizing the Melbourne paintball scene. This might seem like an over emphasis but I see this as a massive contributing factor to the reduction in active players and active paintball teams. The current recruiting, is in most cases, coming from a shrinking pool of active players with new players struggling to find a start somewhere.

As often happens in paintball teams, a 5man team will have 7-8 on a roster and be rotating through for different tournaments to make sure that they are competitive. This works well when the roster is maintained but when you lose a player or 2 from the team for lifestyle or other reasons the team has a dilemma… They can either recruit from the new players that they have seen start training or try to attract another experienced player.

There are problems with both options. If they recruit a newer player they are limiting their ability to compete at a high level and play at the level that they are capable of. If they recruit from the pool of existing players they take experienced paintball players from Melbourne paintball teams and negatively affect the competitive level, often leaving bad blood.

The paintball teams that don’t take either of these 2 paths tend to fold which can cause players to become free agents or leave the sport as well. This means that there is no good option when it comes to topping up a paintball team, particularly one with any ambition. We need to make sure that the players have the opportunity to develop in such a way that that they can fill this gap.

They need to be able to train, compete at a lower level and be exposed to teams. This will help plug the cycle of poaching players and the downward spiral of participating paintball teams across Melbourne and Victoria. Support at this level will go a long long way to prop up the upper level of competition paintball in Melbourne.

We recognise our role and responsibility in helping Melbourne paintball players move into the sport. We have thought about and discussed at length how to provide an environment that helps this process and think we have an idea that will help a lot in building the paintball scene back up to the heights of 5 years ago. We hope that existing paintball players support us in this, as it will be an important part of the process.

3.Paintball is expensive

Paintball has a significant cost hurdle in the early stages of entry into the sport. New players can part with a lot of cash by the time they buy a paintball marker (paintball gun), tank, mask, jersey, pants and any padding. While this is certainly comparable if not cheaper than some other activities like motocross, cycling, golf etc. The difference is that stacked on top of the initial entry cost is often a high cost of competition. When you try to make the leap in a short period of time the costs can be harder to manage.

We need to make sure that the initial training and early competition is at a price point that allows the players to gradually build up the equipment necessary to compete at a high level. We need to be able to engage new players and give them a good taste of the sport prior to the cost of a full blown paintball tournament. We are hoping what we will put together will accomplish this.

4. The need to have a team before you start

The teams that have entered the sport have come in as a unit. The issue though is that this is very rare occurrence and more common is for a hopeful player to look to enter the sport solo. The current team model does not make it easy for new players to enter the team bast competitions solo. When they do end up getting a spot on a paintball team at a Melbourne paintball event, it tends to be more of a guest appearance. These roadblocks to entering paintball are not the most conducive to growing the sport. In the last 2 months Snipers Den paintball has already had 12 people successfully complete the P class safety course. In most of these cases the person is not coming as part of a team already but flying solo or close to it to get into the sport.

The Game Plan….

We have come up with an idea that we think will make it much easier on players to transition from casual paintball with rental gear to someone who can be an active member of a team. This has been done well in the past and in a lot of cases, I think everyone connected to tournament paintball in Melbourne and Victoria in general assumed would continue. Before we spell out how the paintball league would look, I was hoping to let current Victorian paintball players have a think about the how the current process works before putting up a potential solution. Anything that addresses the holes in the current model will need to have have the support of the current core group of players and teams to be effective. Would welcome any feedback on the above and any ideas are welcome. I will put up the game plan for the league as a separate post and hope that players will see the game plan and support it.

Mathew – Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne

For the League details – Melbourne Paintball League

Local food options near Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne

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At Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne we often get asked for food options in the local area.

At Snipers Den, there is always the in house food options. We have a fantastic BBQ onsite that is free to use. We even provide the gas and get it hot 10min before you need it. We have Tasman Meats and Aldi right near Moorabbin airport as well as Crisp’N’Fresh for bread and salad… assuming you want salad.

The good thing about Snipers Den Moorabbin is its proximity to some great takeaway and catering options. Keep in mind that when you are running around playing paintball – you will work up a fair appetite.

Pizza Lioni in Dingley – If you are looking to cater your event and like the idea of Pizza this is a great option. They have some great options as far as toppings go and lets face it – you cant beat wood fired. The only catch here is that they are officially not open During the day on Saturday or Sunday. If you let them know that Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne sent you and order 10 or more Pizzas they will open up early just for you. And being that Dingley is only a minute away by car – they will still be piping hot when you get them.

Nearby paintball in Dingley is also Flakey Jakes Fish and Chips. Can recommend the burger options and if you go the fish – get it battered.

Subway is always a great option. Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne is close to Dingley Subway as well as the Braeside Subway. They do great platters with a lot options as well. Let us know if you need us to arrange delivery.

Last but not least is Molly Dene’s pies around the corner. Located in Braeside – about a minute away they do a heap of pie, pasty and sausage rolls options. It is worth getting the menu and ordering in advance. They will have them hot and boxed when you pull in. Try the lasagne sausage roll. Let them know Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne sent you.

Please get in touch with us if you need food for paintball in Dingley, Braeside or Heatherton. We are more than happy to help find options if you have something specific in mind – we can try to help. Call Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne if you would like to place a booking.

How Snipers Den chose their Melbourne Paintball location

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Prior to establishing Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne at the current Moorabbin location we looked at a number of options.

We considered opening an indoor venue but quickly decided that outdoor paintball was the better option. I explored outdoor vs indoor paintball in this previous blog post.

We decided that we wanted to be as close to the actual geographic center of Melbourne as possible. In Melbourne like many cities, the CBD is not actually the centre of Greater Melbourne. In Melbourne the CBD is closer to the Western side of the city meaning that the majority of people live in the suburbs to the East of the Melbourne CBD.

Choosing a Melbourne paintball location

Melbourne Geographic spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This led us to start in the Eastern Suburbs – as close to the middle of the population as possible. We managed to refine it to an area shown in this map…

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Snipers Den Paintball Melbourne – potential Melbourne locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We essentially decided that we would go no further than Springvale road and no further North than Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway around Blackburn. We looked closely around Clayton, Oakleigh, Bentley and Murrumbeena but was unable to find any suitable space and widened the search to the open areas through the market garden areas. These encompassed Heatherton, Dingley, Moorabbin, Braeside, and Mordialloc. We did not want to push any further out than Mordialloc. We originally discussed building a paintball field slightly North of the current paintball site that we operate.

When we stumbled across the land for lease at the current site we operate in Moorabbin we knew we had discovered the best location for Melbourne Paintball. It Still took 6 months of council applications and a further 6 months of site works to complete the site but we opened in August 2009 – ahead of schedule by a month.

The location has proved successful being the closest outdoor paintball venue to Melbourne CBD from both a distance and travel time perspective. We are amazed to have found a 7 acre site suitable for a paintball facility this central and it has lead to more and more customers enjoying the fields year on year.

 

 

Safety of Air and CO2 paintball tanks.

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An Unfortunate accident in the US is a timely reminder for all paintballers to respect air tanks and be very careful in how they are handled and repaired.

In the last week a Cherryville man died after an accident in his own home whilst trying to repair his CO2 Cylinder.
All paintballers in Australia should use this unfortunate incident to think about how they approach safety around compressed air and the potential risks involved.

According to the Charlotte observer, Neman Bated died whilst trying to apply tape to a leaking CO2 bottle in his kitchen. He suffered severe neck and chest injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later. Another person in the room also suffered minor injuries according to reports.

Whilst there are very few paintballers that still run CO2 this sort of issue could still occur if people fail to respect compressed air.

A warning went out to the scuba diving community a number of years ago when a wide range of scuba cylinders were found to be at risk of breaking and or exploding. This certainly has proven correct with several exploding since. There are many structural similarities between scuba and the air tanks used for paintball.

Exploding scuba tank

Example of exploding scuba tank

In most of these cases the flaw starts around the thread where the bottle meets the regulator. Once this area starts to fail the resulting explosion can occur at any time. Reading the articles on this unfortunate – it is quite possible that something similar happened to Neman Bates. If he was attempting to stop a leak with tape as reported the most likely place for this to occur is around the neck of the bottle.

 

There are some important rules when it comes to staying safe around Compressed air.

 

1. Respect it. It has been often said that a standard paintball tank has similar stored energy to a grenade. I am not sure if this is true or not but I certainly would not want to be around when somebody finds out. If something feels wrong – speak up and proceed with extreme caution. Repairing or maintaining compressed air equipment is not something to “have a crack at”.

2. If you are working on an air tank…. Depressurize it completely. I tend to assume that the gauge is also faulty and remove a burst disk to ensure that all is above board.

3. Do not modify any component of an air system outside the manufacturers instructions or guidelines. I am sure that people have been tempted to use a higher grade burst disk when it blows repeatedly but this could be the last line of defense against total failure of the bottle. When something goes wrong in a gas bottle the burst disk is designed to fail. If a burst disk continues o blow – chances are that there is something more serious going on.

4. Be careful what chemicals come into contact with your air tank. Most people are aware that you should not put oil near the air tank but this is only part of the problem. As a rule we refuse to have any petroleum based lubricants onsite – just in case. We only use innox on our rental markers as there is no petroleum base to the spray. WD40 – whilst great for home use should stay a long way from any compressed air device.

5. Check that your tanks are “in date”. As well as being a legal requirement in Victoria, it is also the best defense against unexpected failure. If you need a tank tested – give us a call and we will help arrange it. There have been several air tanks detected out of the required testing dates.

6. Watch our for your mates. Education is the absolute key here. If you see someone coming into the sport – make sure that they are aware of the danger posed by incorrect handling compressed air and CO2.

 

Please make sure that you take the time to pass this information on if you feel that it would be helpful.

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