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Feb 23, 2010

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I'm starting to get more calls that start out with, "How many players are out there?"

It's a sign of the times, of course. Paintball is in a decline and the weather has been crappy. Players want to be assured there will be plenty of players to join in with. (If that makes you think "target rich environment" I prefer you stay at home.)

Problem is, if you call and ask, what do I say?

If there is no one playing do I say things are slow?  And if the next person calls with the same question with three buddies wanting to play do I say things are slow? And if later a couple of players come in and see that things are slow do I tell them to go home? There might be a group of players just hitting the exit and heading this way.

Before I know it I've turned off a dozen players.

Grab a friend and head out to your local field and play. It might turn out to be a 1 on 1 but it's a start. Who knows who might trickle in and join in.

Paintball will come back.  We have to start some where.


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4 comments:

Illuminati,  Feb 23, 2010, 9:08:00 AM  

I used to have the same problem when I worked as a DJ at a club......nobody wants to be in an empty club; yet someone has to be there so that the other people will stay.

I ended up talking the manager into giving free drinks for the first hour or two of the nights.....that helped to make sure we had people around when other customers started trickling in.

The problem isnt just Paintball related.......people just dont understand that "someone has to start the party".

mick Feb 23, 2010, 9:37:00 AM  

Great point. And great idea. Thanks

Reiner Schafer Feb 23, 2010, 11:28:00 AM  

Mick, DO NOT give out free drinks for the first hour or two! ;)

That's a very bad idea.

mick Feb 23, 2010, 5:18:00 PM  

LMAO. Excellent point, Reiner. At least an hour!

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