Farside Win Amateur
at WPF Great Lakes 5 Man
Futureball Paintball, owned and operated by James Zander was host to
the World Paintball Federation's 5-Man regional tournament near Detroit,
Michigan on September 22nd, 2001. The event was part of the Zap Tour,
a series of tournaments across the United States in which teams earn points
towards the World Paintball Federation Ace championship titles. Farside
from Chicago, Illinois took 1st place in the amateur class, Headhunters
from Colorado took 1st in the novice class, and Split from Michigan took
1st in the rookie class. Over $15,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to
the top three finishers in each of the rookie, novice, and amateur classes.
Rookie, novice and amateur teams in attendance were treated to a full
day of WPF style 5-Man competition complete with 5 man referee squads,
arena style fields, and classification-based scheduling. Rookie and novice
teams played on a field that consisted of drainage pipes and spools, while
the amateur teams played on a Sup'Air field. Spectators were allowed to
observe the games from netted viewing areas along the sidelines.
While many of the teams in attendance were from the Detroit area, several
WPF member teams came from out of state trying to improve their standing
the WPF Ace circuit. The New York Dogs arrived with 300 points and
left with 340, Missouri Magic Black arrived with 310 points and left with
Colorado Headhunters arrived with 320 points and left with 380, and
Juveniles arrived with 240 points and left with 310.
In addition to earning WPF Ace points, competing teams played hard for
portion of the generous prize purse. In the amateur class, Farside
$2,500 cash, 5-Warp Feeds from Airgun Design, 5-$25 gift certificates
ACI Sports, and 1 team entry into the 2001 WPF/Zap International Masters
for their 1st place finish. In the novice class, Colorado Headhunters received
5-Warp Feeds from Airgun Design, 5-Fifty-One cu Bottles from Crossfire,
Inc., 5-Ricochet 2K Hoppers, 1-team entry into the 2001 WPF/Zap International
Masters, and 5-$25 gift certificates from ACI Sports. Split, the rookie
winner, received 5-Ricochet 2K hoppers, 5-Gear Bags certificates
from PB Planet, 5-Team Jerseys from REDZ Comfort Gear, and 1-team entry
into the 2001 WPF/Zap International Masters. All players who attended
received barrel plugs compliments of Allen Paintball Products.
Title sponsor Zap Paintball supplied their High Octeal Performance Plus
paintballs for the tournament. Zap Paintball of Canada, one of the
manufacturers for the sport, supplies factory fresh paintballs for
Paintball Federation events for the 2001 season. Performance Plus,
the result of years of development, is their premium paintball.
Officials for the WPF Great Lakes 5 Man Challenge were hand picked by
Bryant, ultimate for the WPF and designer of the WPF Referee Corps.
Sponsored by Raven USA, the WPF Referee Corps teaches an extremely
proactive method of officiating, as well as, interpersonal and communication
skills. The day before competition began, the referees participated
in 8 hours of intense training to prepare them for the tournament.
Response from attending teams was overwhelmingly "thumbs up". They enjoyed
the separate classification format, the well-paced game schedule, the
quick and intense five-minute games, the unlimited paint, and the considerations
given to them by the staff.
Sponsors for the event and the Zap Tour include: ACI Sports, Airgun
Allen Paintball, Crossfire, Inc., Crossfire Paintball Digest, Custom
Products, Indian Creek Design, JT USA, Kingman International, Paintball
Planet, Raven USA, Redz Comfort Gear, Ricochet, Scott USA, Tippmann Pneumatics,
Unique Pro Gear, and Zap Paintballs.
For more information on the Great Lakes 5 Man Challenge, contact Sam
Caldwell at 615-383-6533, or by email at sam@wpfonline. To learn more
about the WPF Referee Corps, contact Bill Bryant at 615-383-6533 or
email at email@example.com.
Finishing Positions - Amateur Class
1st Farside - John Rathbun
2nd Aces Wild - Dan Brandi
3rd Redline - Shane Gustafson
4th NY Dogs - Al Pennino
5th Mayhem - Tim Montressor
6th Xtreme Impact Black - Alec Hunt
7th Xtreme Impact Blue - Kent Currie
8th Missouri Magic Black - Steve Short
Finishing Positions - Novice Class
1st Colorado Headhunters - Anthony Manzanares
2nd Bizzaro - Jason Nelson
3rd Team Juveniles - Jason Ramsey
Finishing Positions - Rookie Class
1st Split - Josh Lewis
2nd GDL - Scott Breitmoser
3rd Disposable Heros - Jason Berube
4th Blood Lust - David Kazanowski