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Houston Rookie League (HRL)
January 5, 2003
Conroe, TX

Report and Photos by Charles “Sully” Sullivan

The Houston Rookie League (HRL) was out in Conroe, Texas for the fourth tournament of the series, January 5th, 2003.  39three-player 
teams, 16 youth teams, 18 rookie teams, and five rookie senior teams, made their way out for the first tournament of the new year, 
many of which making their first tournament appearance.
The day began cold, with a slight breeze, but as the sun began to rise, so did the temperature.  Teams walked the field, looking them over, while others were checking their gear, making sure everything was ready for when the tournament kicked off.  The parking lot filled steadily as teams set up for the day’s events at Mikes Paintball Mania.  National Paintball Supply was on hand to provide paint for the tournament.
Four fields were used for this event, three pipes hyper-ball fields and a mounds feild.  Each field was well designed, with each bunker in great position.
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, reminding players to watch their step, as some fields had bunkers close to the out of bounds line.
After everyone was chronoed the first games of the prelims started off at about 8:30 am, with every team playing hard.  The fields were close enough to each other, that players could watch the competition on more than one field at a time while they waited on deck for their chance to get in their and throw some paint.  Everyone played great games, trying to make their way up the rankings for the season.  Two new records were set for the HRL, in one game; the shortest game, at six seconds, and four of six players on the field, not having a marker.  Needles to say, it was very interesting to watch.
At the end of the 36 game prelims, each team playing 6 games, the points were totaled, giving everyone a break.  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 eight from Rookie took the field, with the four making the cut from the Rookie Senior division getting a break 
until the finals started.  The competition got tougher; every team wanted their shot for the finals. 
The Youth finals saw PBZK taking first.  2nd, Wipeout.  3rd, Bad Habit.  4th, Kamikze.  The Youth division allows a player who is 
under 15 to compete with the same rules as the Rookie division.
The Rookie finals had Deadly Wind taking first.  2nd, 2Nu4u.  3rd, Organized Chaos.  4th, Warlord.
The Rookie Senior division, which is somewhat like a novice division, saw Alliance taking 1st.  2nd, F8 Black.  3rd, Glacier Rush. 
4th, TX Mayhem.
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 four events left in the season.  The HRL will make its way to Paintball Bonanza on February 2nd 
for the next tournament in the series.  The deadline for registrations is January 31st.  More information can be found at  Special thanks to National Paintball Supply for their support, and to Paintball Maxx, JT USA, Worr 
Games, Odyssey, Kingman USA, and Redz for helping sponsor the tourney.


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