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Pan Am Los Angeles 2002
April 19-21, 2002
SC Village - Corona, CA

Commentary and Scores provided by Mama Duck.  Thanks!


Pan Am ten man opened this season with 45 teams a record number of
entries.  Young Guns the under 15 competition had 21 entries. Stock on Sunday will bring the total over 100. This indicates a good season for the ten man competition in 2002.

Saturday the amateur and rookies played in the morning and the Novice
played in the afternnoon. The Young guns were assigned three fields and played through out the day finishing finals in plenty of light. The vendors tent was sided with clear plastic which allowed more light and gave a more open air look. The vendors tent included names like CP Products, Dan Bonebrake Airsmith giving tech service for gun problems. JMJ concepts with Ultimate Air bunkers, Indian Creek Design, Paintguns Int, AKA with the Excalibur, Airgun design, Check It Products, Equation, Paintball Junkies with some new popular products for 2002. Big Daddies with young girls clothing line. 

The Pan Am registration trailer was open early and quickly got players who 
needed ID cards taken care of . The organization level of the staff kept everthing on time and smooth running. The addition of stadium seating made the viewing of the Diablo field very popular. The bright red and black bunkers waving in the wind with fast and furious  action kept you clinging to the edge of your seat.  Three hyperball fields in various arrangements completed the fields for the ten man competition. The rain the night before gave the fields a little more coushion for sliding and action more intense.  The first half of prelims were completed on Saturday and the next half Sunday. Stayed tuned for the rest of the story. 

Stock guns is played during the 10 man semi finals. This is a second chance for many players to still take home the trophy. The stock play is a slower pace than the semi-auto guns. It is fun to watch and fun to play. The winners of this event Wicked junkies played stock for the first time in Phoenix and learned the way of the game.  They must have leared a lot after thier first try. They used the guns provided by the Pan Am and took first place. They won their own guns and if they don't make semis in the future, they plan on taking part in the stock competion. It is the most fun they ever had, they said, win or lose it is a blast. This style of play is enjoyed by spectators as well and the noisy respond to bunker outs is heard over the games next door. Anyone can play stock, it is a three man competition you sign up for the day of and it is fun. 

The competion was on a high level as many teams were bringing in the same scores in both the novice and the amatuer level. There were some players pulled for bad language. The Pan Am is strict on this rule and keeps the paintball sport spectator friendly even for small ears. Some players in the amatuer level knew better but had picked up bad habits in the other leagues where they are more lapse with this rule. 

It cost one team three players in the finals so it was a hard lesson when the game  was intense. The players did not say it loud  enough for the spectators to hear and many  spectators did not understand the refs pulling the players. The players were talking to themselves and did not direct it to another player or ref. The ref could have chose to give a warning but did not. The players were pulled off the fifty one, two three right in a row and this cost their team the game. Pan Am enforces the rule and sets the example that this simply will not be tolarated. The cost is high enough that it will simply stop. 

Two Rookie teams lost their first four scores when it was discovered they had more than two novice on thier teams. Another costly eroor in judgement. The Pan Am has an expanded data base and sand bagging is almost impossible. When the Rookies enter Pan Am events they play only against first year players like themselves. This is why Pan Am is a popular starting place for Rookie teams. The unlimited paint also makes it affordable. 

The weather was hot and humid. Many northern  players got heat sick and sat out a game or two. This is not going to be anything but a warm up for the next tournament in Sacramento where the temps are expected to be 90 to 100 on the average.  The  desert teams said  they rather enjoyed the cooler weather at SC Village, it's all a matter of perspective.  The locals thought it was just an average day at the field. 
 


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