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Houston Rookie League (HRL)
October 6, 2003
Katy, TX

Report and Photos by Charles “Sully” Sullivan

The Houston Rookie League (HRL) kicked off its fourth season on October 6, 2002, in Katy, TX.  47 three-player teams made it out for 
the first game of the 2002-2003 season, 18 Youth teams and 29 Rookie teams.

The day started foggy and humid, but as the early morning sun began to rise, the fog burned off as teams were checking in and 
walking the fields at Tanks World of Paintball.  The staging area was packed with teams getting ready for the event, many of which were 
new to tournament play.  From the road, the parking lot could be seen filled with cars and trucks, where some teams set up their own tents and began to get ready for the days events.  A concession tent was up and running with breakfast tacos and juice for the morning, and barbecue in the afternoon.  National Paintball was there with a trailer for players to get their paint and anything else they could want.  The Code Red van showed up later in the afternoon, giving out free cans of Mountain Dew Code Red to parents and players.

Four fields were used for this event; three pipes hyper-ball fields and a tires field.  Each field was designed very well, with bunkers placed in great positions.  Patches of grass popped up here and there on the mostly dirt fields.

At 8 o’clock a players meeting was held, going over the rules for the day, a modified NPPL 100 point system, changed from last year’s 50-point system.  Boundaries were explained as some fields had bunkers pretty close to the tape line, which might catch players off guard.

After everyone was chronoed the first games of the prelims started off at 9 o’clock, with every team playing hard.  Many parents and teams watched the fierce competition, as every team tried to max each game.  Everyone loved to see the bunkering moves made in the flurry of paint being laid down by backers as players made their move to a key bunker or for the flag.

At the end of the 36 game prelims, each team playing 6 games, the points were totaled, giving everyone a break from the day’s heat and sun.  A raffle prize drawing was held.  Competitors were given tickets as part of their entry, and the tickets couldn’t be bought.

The results of the prelims were ready, and the players eagerly awaited the announcement, wanting to know if they made the cut. 
Eight teams from Youth and 12 from Rookie took the field.  The competition got tougher; every team wanted their shot for the finals.  In the end Bad Karma edged out Warlord X in tiebreaker rules for a spot in the finals.

The Youth finals saw PBZK taking first.  2nd, Team Will Calegari (Texas Revolution).  3rd, Mirage.  4th, Wipeout.  5th,  Guys on 
The Couch.  The Youth division allows a player who is under 15 to compete with the same rules as the Rookie division.

The Rookie finals had F8 3 taking first.  2nd, Alliance. 
3rd, Command Post.  4th, Bad Karma.  5th, Warlord X.

New players are always welcome to HRL, friendly players with a good attitude are the only requirements.  It’s an unlimited, tournament paint only event.  There are five events left in the season.  Brazos Survival Games will host the next tournament on November 3rd.  The deadline for registrations is November 1st.  More information can be found at www.houstonrookieleague.com.  Special thanks to National Paintball Supply for their support, and Pepsi for showing their support of paintball, and to Paintball Maxx, JT USA, Worr Games, Odyssey, and Redz for helping sponsor the tourney.
 


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