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SPENT Paintball - Paintball SchoolPainbtball School at SPENT Paintball
by Bill Mills - Photos by Dawn Mills May 9-10, 2009

SPENT Paintball - X-Ball FieldPaintball players in South Florida had the opportunity to improve their game at SPENT Paintball's second pro-player clinic, produced as a part of the Paintball School.

Open for about a year and a half, SPENT Paintball is owned and operated by “Fast Mike” Ivancevic. An experienced pro player in his own right, Ivancevic worked his way up the ranks, playing amateur with Strange, and later pro with Strange and Aftershock.

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PaintballThe SPENT field and store are located in West Palm Beach, less than two miles from the West Palm Beach airport. A compact retail store compliments a pair of groomed speedball fields surrounded by both netting and a 10 foot concrete block wall. One field has wooden barricades and palm trees, while the other is equipped with Sup'Air bunkers and professionally laid stadium turf.

Mike Paxson, LA Ironmen Paintball TeamThe May class marks the second clinic at SPENT, the first being taught by “Dirty Dave” Pastore, one of Ivancevic's fellow teammates from Strange. The May clinic was a part of Paintball School, taught by Mike Paxson, and Rocky Cagnoni. Paxson plays professionally with the Ironmen from Southern California, and has the experience of back to back NXL championships as a solid background for teaching. While not as much in the spotlight today, Cagnoni was a power player in the days when Avalanche was a top ranked team, and he hasn't lost his game, or the ability to explain the techniques that drive it. Rocky's superman dive across the snake at the Paintball World Cup was immortalized in the film PUSH, and set new standards for aggressive movement on Sup'Air fields.

Professional Paintball Player Rocky CagnoniThe weekend long workshop consisted of Paxson and Cagnoni explaining the basic skills that come together in tournament paintball, such as movement, snap shooting and reading the field. These skills were then put to use on SPENT's airball field, followed by more instruction. Paxson's wife, Paintball Sports International editor, Bea Youngs was also helped with the clinic, and rallied players at the end of the day for raffle prizes provided by Paintball School's sponsors which included a marker from Proto, custom laser engraving from Kohn Sports, Pinokio Hoppers and tech mats and Ironmen gear from DYE.

With 20 participants on Saturday, both Cagnoni and Paxson were afforded quite a bit of one-on-one instruction time with their students, and an even better ratio on Sunday as some were with family for Mother's day. A follow-up clinic from Paintball School and SPENT is already being planned for later in the year with Oliver Lang of the Ironmen as the lead instructor.

Rocky Cagnoni at Paintball School       Mike Paxson of Ironmen signs the SPENT wall of fame.

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