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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
Saturday the amateur and rookies played in the morning and the Novice
The Pan Am registration trailer was open early and quickly got players
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
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