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Tippmann :: Launches New Interactive Marketing Campaign

by on Jan.30, 2007, under News, Press Releases

Tippmann Sports, a leading manufacturer of high-performance paintball markers and related accessories, is unveiling a new interactive marketing campaign to encourage paintball players to share their Tippmann experiences. The campaign will be initiated with new print advertisements, which will promote the company’s flagship products. All three of the new, two-page ads feature a large photo of either Tippmann’s legendary 98 Custom, popular A-5 or new, highly customizable X7 marker as well as a photo of a real-life paintball player who uses the featured marker. The ads were designed to quickly draw the attention of targeted consumers by focusing on the relationship between players and their Tippmann-branded equipment.

“We’re excited about our new ad campaign because it just resonates so well with our target audience,” said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. “Any serious paintballer knows there’s a certain level of respect, gratitude and pride of ownership between a player and their marker – and this new campaign really captures that emotion. We’re proud of the connection between the Tippmann name and the players who use our equipment and we felt it was important to start drawing attention to these relationships.”

Tippmann’s new print ads will encourage paintball players who use the company’s markers to share memorable product experiences. Those interested in sharing a story can simply visit tippmann.com and tell the company about themselves, their paintball experiences and their favorite marker in a special interactive section of the site. Those who respond could potentially be featured in future Tippmann ads. The company also hopes players will utilize other popular online special networks, such as YouTube and MySpace, to provide their friends with information about Tippmann and its products.

“We appreciate every player who chooses to use Tippmann. And, we really value their opinions and individuality,” Ehren added. “That’s why we’re reaching out to them with our new campaign and why we remain dedicated to offering markers that players can truly make their own. We understand that, for many people, a marker is much more than a marker – it really becomes an extension of their unique personality. There aren’t many companies that are fortunate enough to establish this kind of connection with their consumers – we certainly feel lucky.”

For additional details regarding Tippmann Sports or the company’s new interactive marketing campaign, please call 1-800-533-4831 or visit www.tippmann.com.

Tippmann Sports is dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the growing paintball and Airsoft industries from its corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and accessories can be found at paintball stores and fields as well as mass retail and sporting goods outlets throughout the world.

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Tippmann :: Expands Popular Airsoft Line

by on Jan.30, 2007, under Articles, Markers, News, Press Releases

As a follow up to last year’s successful launch of the company’s first-ever line of Airsoft guns and accessories, Tippmann Sports is introducing a variety of new products for 2007, including an entry level spring-operated pistol, two new CO2-powered pistols, two new “green gas” pistols, four new electric machine guns and two automatic electric rifles (AEG’s). These new guns offer the same heavyweight construction and reliable performance that helped Tippmann’s initial Airsoft products connect with consumers across the country and quickly established the company as a serious player in the increasingly popular category.

“Without question, Airsoft players have responded favorably to the combination of durability, feel and value that can be found in all Tippmann-branded products,” said Patrick Ehren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tippmann Sports. “As anticipated when entering the category last year through a strategic alliance with Palco Sports, Airsoft has provided a wonderful opportunity to extend the unmatched reputation Tippmann has gained as a leader in paintball for more than 20 years.”

Tippmann’s Airsoft products are geared to players at various levels of experience. All of the company’s spring pistols feature a high capacity fast-fill magazine with a lock-down mechanism for trouble free filling, an open breach for easy cleaning, a replaceable Fiber Optic site for improved aiming in an array of light conditions and an easy-to-use safety. New to the line of 2007, the X-200 is an entry-level pistol, which features a realistic look and feel, incorporates a flat line “hop-up” system for longer, straighter shots and comes standard with a bonus speedloader for fast and accurate refilling.

The company’s remaining spring-loaded line includes the heavier K-200 and T-200 pistols as well as the popular SG-200 machine gun and SP-200 pump-action shotgun, which were part of Tippmann’s initial Airsoft offering and can shoot BBs up to 350 feet-per-second.

The four new electric machine guns being launched by the company this year incorporate a variety of standard features. The M4-700 offers a retractable stock and numerous add-on accessories, including a red-dot site, flashlight, silencer and shoulder sling. It also incorporates an easy load, vertical feed system that can hold as many as 600 BBs for uninterrupted firing. Tippmann’s new M5-700 offers a magazine-feed system, a variety of realistic add-on accessories and a fixed stock for a solid feel.

For players seeking additional firepower, Tippmann is introducing two new electric machine guns, which can fire up to 300 feet-per-second. The G6-700 incorporates a folding stock and numerous add-on accessories, while the new F9-700 features a magazine-feed system that can fire up to 350 feet-per-second. The new XT-800 is an all black full-size XM style machine gun with a high capacity 250-round magazine. The company’s new M4-400 also features a 250 round, high-capacity magazine and can compete against other machine guns that retail for twice the price.

To round out its expanded Airsoft line, Tippmann is also introducing two new CO2 pistols and two green gas pistols. The company’s CO2 additions include the R-400 and the I-400. Both models mimic the look of popular pistols and allow players to shoot as many as 150 BBs with a single CO2 cannister. Tippmann’s new green gas pistols represent an incredible value – both the K-600 and T-600 will retail for almost half the cost of the company’s existing green gas line and feature interchangeable magazines that can accept either green gas or CO2.

“Before expanding our Airsoft line for 2007, we took a close look at the market and listened carefully to our customers,” Ehren added. “By doing so, we were able to introduce new guns that position us to serve a larger percentage of the Airsoft market – from those just seeking a little backyard fun, to more serious players who regularly participate in organized games at fields around the world.”

Tippmann’s newest Airsoft products will be available at paintball specialty and sporting goods outlets at a variety of price points. For additional details, please call the company at 1-800-533-4831 or simply visit www.tippmann.com.

Tippmann Sports, a leading manufacturer of high-performance paintball markers, is dedicated to quality manufacturing and the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and design. The company serves the growing paintball and Airsoft industries from its corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tippmann Sports’ complete line of paintball markers and accessories can be found at mass retail and sporting goods outlets as well as paintball stores and fields throughout the world.

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PSP :: Welcomes Geoff Waterman to the team

by on Jan.29, 2007, under News, Press Releases, Tournaments

Paintball Sports Promotions is pleased to announce the addition of Geoff Waterman to our team. Highly experienced, Geoff has worked as the site planner for the NPPL for the past three and a half seasons. Starting this season, Geoff will serve as PSP’s site manager. We believe his hire will improve the league in ways that benefit everyone from the players to the vendors.

“This is going to be a great year for tournament paintball with the PSP leading the way. I’m very excited about joining the PSP family and am looking forward to helping provide the players, sponsors, and spectators with the best possible product.” ~Geoff Waterman

“I can’t say how very excited I actually am about the addition of Geoff to our team. There is not a single vendor or sponsor that won’t recognize the value he adds to our
events.” ~Lane Wright

Geoff comes highly recommended. Anyone who has worked with Geoff is quick to praise his knowledge and abilities:

“It’s great to see that Geoff Waterman has made the decision to bring his expertise
to the PSP. Geoff does a fantastic job of creating an event setting that works well for everybody. He has been a pleasure to work with from a vendor’s standpoint!” ~Brian Fow, Empire

“The best man for the best job!!! The work Geoff did for the NPPLs was instrumental to their past success. He knows what manufacturers and vendors are looking for and I appreciate how easy he is to work with. He will add another level of professionalism to the PSP and will help bring the total package to the events.” ~Gary Shows, Legacy

All of us here at the PSP are dedicated to being the undisputed leader in tournament paintball and the benchmark that all other events are judged by. We are confident the addition of Geoff Waterman as an integral part of our team is the next step in achieving that goal.

Paintball Sports Promotions– Advancing the SPORT of Paintball.

For more information about the 2007 PSP season, please visit www.pspevents.com. Stay tuned throughout the year as we continue to add more information about each of our world-class events.

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NPPL :: Registration for Huntington Beach 2007 opens

by on Jan.29, 2007, under Events, Press Releases, Tournaments

Registration for the 2007 NPPL Super 7 World Series Huntington Beach event opens Monday, January 29th at 8:00 am Eastern/5:00 am Pacific. Spots for this event sell out faster than Super Bowl tickets, so teams need to act fast if they want to be a part of the action. Teams can register on-line at www.NPPL.tv (no passwords are required).

The event, taking place March 23rd, 24th and 25th, will once again be held on the gorgeous beach in Surf City USA (Huntington Beach, California). The playing surface will be ActionTurf placed over the sand. There will be six playing fields, six different divisions of play, 220 teams, 60 plus vendors, celebrities, television crews, palm trees, blue skies, clear water and plenty of hot Center Court paintball action!

Voted the World’s Most Popular Paintball Series and the World’s Most Popular Paintball Event by Paintball Games International magazine; it is no surprise that the NPPL Super 7 Huntington Beach event team registration sells out in a matter of hours. To get your team into this event, visit www.NPPL.tv and complete the registration form with your team and credit card information. ID Cards do not need to be ordered at the time of registration. These will be available for purchase though the website prior to the event.

Teams must register through the website, but they can reach Registration Support for assistance by calling (714) 536 ? 9050 or (714) 719 ? 9011. Registration Support will be open from 8:00 am Pacific Time (11:00 am Eastern Standard Time) to 6:00 pm Pacific (9:00 pm Eastern).

2007 NPPL Super 7 World Series Entry Fees and Event Prizes

Professional $2950.00
Semi-Professional $2750.00
Division I $2450.00
Division II $2250.00
Division III $1950.00
Young Guns $350.00

There is a $60.00 Processing Fee in addition to the entry fee.

Teams wanting to pay for the entire season up front will receive a 5% discount. Please call our office at (714) 536-9050 to take advantage of this offer. Your team will then have a guaranteed spot and will be automatically registered for all 2007 events.

2007 Prize Package

Professional
1st Trophy, 12 medals and $25,000.00
2nd Trophy, 12 medals and $10,000.00
3rd Trophy, 12 medals and $5,000.00
4th Trophy, 12 medals and $2,500.00
Total Prize Package: $42,500.00

Semi-Professional
1st Trophy, 12 medals and $10,000
2nd Trophy, 12 medals and $5,000
3rd Trophy, 12 medals and $2,500
4th Trophy, 12 medals and $1,250
Total Prize Package: $18,750

Division I
1st Trophy, 10 medals and $8,000
2nd Trophy, 10 medals and $4,000
3rd Trophy, 10 medals and $2,000
4th Trophy, 10 medals and $1,000
Total Prize Package: $15,000

Division II
1st Trophy, 10 medals and $6,000
2nd Trophy, 10 medals and $3,000
3rd Trophy, 10 medals and $1,500
4th Trophy, 10 medals and $750
Total Prize Package: $11,250

Division III
1st Trophy, 10 medals and $4,000
2nd Trophy, 10 medals and $2,000
3rd Trophy, 10 medals and $1,000
4th Trophy, 10 medals and $500
Total Prize Package: $7,500

Young Guns
1st Trophy and medals
2nd Trophy and medals
3rd Trophy and medals
4th Trophy and medals

All prizes must be collected at the event’s Award Ceremony.

Young Guns
The entry fee is $350 for the entire team. This does not include the ID Cards which are $35 each (unless they have a 2007 XPSL ID Card, the fee is less). This division is for boys and girls 10 – 15 years old (if the player turns 16 in 2007, they are not eligible for play in this division).

Paying by Check
Make checks payable to “NPPL” and include team name, division, name of event, contact information for team including captain name, email address and phone number. Teams are registered on a first come, first serve basis per each division. Please note that entries mailed in will not be accepted until the check has been received.

The NPPL office has moved, please mail any correspondence to our new address:

National Professional Paintball League
4295 Jurupa Street Suite 107
Ontario, California 91761

The NPPL’s Mission is to be the World Wide Governing body of the sport of paintball, to run and promote the highest quality events, to ensure safe, fair, competitive play for members, teams and spectators, while showcasing Paintball as a major sport with integrity and professionalism. The NPPL is committed to setting rules, standards and guidelines for safe, competitive and fair Paintball competitions worldwide. For more information on the National Professional Paintball League, please visit www.NPPL.tv.

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PSP :: LA Open Registration

by on Jan.26, 2007, under Events, News, Press Releases, Tournaments

With just over a month to go, the first event of the season is quickly approaching. The PSP LA Open debuts at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA March 1st-4th.

Don’t miss out on your chance to take part in the first event of the year. Register your team today to take advantage of the first price break and secure you spot in this great event. Starting on Monday, January 29th entry fees will increase to the following:

D4 5-man – $950
D3 5-man – $1150

Masters Xball – $1900
D3 Xball – $2400
D2 Xball – $2500
Open Xball – $2850
NXL – $5100

Don’t forget to purchase your PSP ID card online prior to the event. Not only will it save you time from standing in line during the event, but it will also save you money!

Stay tuned to www.pspevents.com as we continue to add more information about the 2007 LA Open including great hotel deals, updated event schedules, and much much more!

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Spyder to sponsor the CFOA for 2007

by on Jan.24, 2007, under News, Press Releases

In an agreement reached today, Spyder has become a major sponsor of the CFOA Tournament Series for 2007. While specific terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, Spyder will support CFOA and its players across every format offered by the league, from five-man airball to the new and much-anticipated ten-man scenario competition to be offered by the league for the first time in 2007.

“I’m ecstatic to welcome Spyder to the CFOA family,” league Marketing and Sponsorship Director Joshua D. Silverman said after the agreement was reached. “Spyder is an industry-leading brand offering affordable products for the full spectrum of the game. To have a name as respected as theirs associated with the CFOA is an honor and we look forward to seeing them at league events in 2007 and beyond!”

An industry leader who revolutionized the game of paintball by making semi-automatic performance affordable for every level of player, Spyder manufactures an extensive line of paintball equipment for any style of play from recreational games to tournament competition. The Spyder VS series has redefined the performance and appearance of the Spyder line, while the MR line of military-style paintball markers make the woods a dangerous place for any player not equipped with a Spyder. The new Fasta series of performance paintball loaders provides top-level tournament performance and feed rates of up to thirty balls per second at an affordable price. The complete line of Spyder products including markers, loaders, bunkers, packs, paintballs and protective gear may be viewed on www.Spyder.tv or purchased from local paintball retailers.

“For years we have received positive reports about events run by the CFOA,” said Spyder Marketing Coordinator Dan Weber, “therefore it is our pleasure to provide support for such an upstanding and professionally managed organization! Very few paintball tournament circuits have even come close to reaching the level of success that Josh and the CFOA have attained on the East coast and we wish them all the best this coming season!”

The world’s largest producer of five-man paintball tournaments, the CFOA has offered players in the Southeastern United States a highly competitive tournament experience at an affordable price since 1999. Offering classic center-flag five-man, divisional X-Ball and now even tactical ten-man scenario competitions throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee at world-class paintball parks, the CFOA has built a framework of high-value regional competition paintball on a firm foundation of customer service. For a complete list of events, registration information, prizes, sponsors and more, visit the official website of the CFOA online at www.thecfoa.com

Spyder :: www.spyder.tv 888-KINGMAN

The CFOA :: www.thecfoa.com

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NPPL :: Aquired by Pacific Paintball LLC

by on Jan.23, 2007, under News, Press Releases

Pacific Paintball LLC has acquired both the National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) and the Xtreme Paintball Sports League (XPSL), the leading national and regional paintball tournament operators in the United States. Shawn Walker, current owner and President of XPSL, will be President of Pacific Paintball.

Mr. Walker stated: “We are very excited to bring a level of professionalism, consistency and coordination to all tournament and league events from the national to the regional and to the local level. With the financial backing of Pacific Merchant Capital, we intend to bring significant investment to upgrade all aspects of our product offering. This will bring substantial value to our players, sponsors and spectators.”

“The experienced professionals at Pacific Merchant Capital have a long list of successes to their credit and are dedicated to add another success through the paintball industry. The combination of the largest regional league with the most recognized national level league is a perfect alignment of goals to achieve optimum success.”

Mr. Walker has managed the XPSL tournament series for the past 3 years and has worked with numerous paintball tournaments across the US. He has been involved in all aspects of the paintball industry for the past 15 years, and is co-host and consultant for the television show Inside Paintball, broadcast on the Outdoor Channel.

Bart Walkerdine, current CEO of NPPL and Pure Promotions, will consult for the league and tournament series. Mr. Walkerdine stated: “We have been approached by many people over the last several years seeking to become involved in the NPPL. Pacific Paintball is the first group to come along which combines significant paintball industry experience, meaningful growth capital and a dedicated focus to league and tournament operations.” Camille Baker, Director of Marketing for the NPPL, will be a key executive of Pacific Paintball.

The National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) has continually set the standard for high quality tournaments. Its innovations include: use of specialty turf, holding events at large well known arenas like Raymond James Stadium and Gillette Stadium, and offering a professional referee organization. The first NPPL event of the 2007 season, at Huntington Beach, California on March 23rd-25th, will feature over 200 teams hitting the beach for an unprecedented fifth straight year. Registration opens January 29th and more information can be found at www.NPPL.tv.

Chuck Hendsch, former President and owner of NPPL, will serve on an advisory board to the NPPL. Mr. Hendsch stated: “I have known Shawn Walker and the principals at Pacific Merchant Capital for over three years. They have been interested in growing paintball participation and this provides a solid platform as the largest and only independent paintball tournament and event operation in the United States. Their efforts should help to grow overall paintball participation as well as the number of core players in our sport.”

Xtreme Paintball Sports League (XPSL) is the largest regional event series in the United States. In 2006, over 120 teams attended each event and thousands of spectators continued to call the high quality, affordably priced circuit home. The first XPSL tournament of the season is February 16th-18th at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, California. Registration is now open with more information available at www.XPSL.com.

Pacific Paintball has been formed by Pacific Merchant Capital (“PMC”), a Santa Barbara, California based investment group. The principals at PMC have owned/operated middle market radio stations as well as built several niche media companies, including the largest taxi top advertising company in the United States which is currently an integral part of Clear Channel Communications’ outdoor division. In addition to Pacific Paintball, PMC is currently building Brite Media Group, a leading alternative media business.

The NPPL’s Mission is to be the World Wide Governing body of the sport of paintball, to run and promote the highest quality events, to ensure safe, fair, competitive play for members, teams and spectators, while showcasing Paintball as a major sport with integrity and professionalism. The NPPL is committed to setting rules, standards and guidelines for safe, competitive and fair Paintball competitions worldwide. For more information on the National Professional Paintball League, please visit www.nppl.tv

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RAP4 :: Reusable Hand Grenade

by on Jan.23, 2007, under Articles, Other Gear, Tactical Gear

Real Action Paintball is proud to announce the release of the NEW, reusable, Hand Grenade. The RAP4 Hand Grenade is a safe replica of the military “pineapple” style grenades. It weighs .5lbs, and is the same width, height, and dimensions of the real thing!

RAP4 Hand Grenade

The New RAP4 Hand Grenade is designed to enhance scenario games and take them to the next level of realism. The RAP4 Hand Grenade will also serve as an excellent training tool for both the military and law enforcement.

The RAP4 Hand Grenade is designed to function similarly to the real grenade—pull the pin, throw, and it detonates a few seconds later. The detonation time is adjustable from 1 to 8 seconds, and propels airsoft BBs or discharges simulated smoke. To detonate the RAP4 Hand Grenade, hold the grenade in the throwing hand, thumb over the safety lever, pull the safety pin (pull force of 5–10 pounds), and throw! When the spoon flips up the countdown begins!

RAP4 Hand Grenade

The RAP4 Hand Grenade is powered by 134A green gas, and can also be operated with CO2 or compressed air at 75-80psi by using the AG1 grenade charger and regulator. The RAP4 Hand Grenade can be loaded with powder and 6mm airsoft BBs for different effects. The powder leaves a noticeable residue and the BBs work like the fragmentation effect of a real hand grenade.

The RAP4 Hand Grenade provides the ultimate realism in war game sports for both paintball and airsoft. It also provides the military and law enforcement a new training tool. Use it to set up booby traps, throw it, or roll it under a wall in their base—you can create realistic conditions and tactical concerns without the danger!

Real Action Paintball takes realism to the next level!

RAP4 Hand Grenade User Manual ( more info )

Package includes:
– 1 x Hand Grenade
– 4 x Powder Disks
– 10 x Rubber Seals

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PSP :: 2007 Referee Certification Clinics

by on Jan.22, 2007, under Press Releases, Tournaments

During 2006, the PSP hosted 17 clinics around the country from New Jersey to California and Florida to Minnesota. Over 400 people attended these clinics to learn just what it takes to be a qualified PSP referee. From these clinics, we were able to build a core group of certified and experienced referees for our fields, for our events, and for you, the players.

Now we’re doing it all again. Throughout the 2007 season, the PSP will be offering clinics around the nation for referee certification. Individuals and teams will be able to attend these clinics in order to learn the ins and outs of reffing the various formats offered by the PSP.

Each clinic will feature both classroom instruction and on-field experience in order to continuing building our core group of qualified referees. Many of these will be invited to officiate at PSP events throughout the year.

The next Referee Certification Clinic of the year will be held at SprayPaint Paintball in Miami, FL February 3rd & 4th. Space is limited so make sure to register early. Registration for this clinic will open on Monday, January 22nd.

For more information about the clinic or the Referee Certification Program please visit www.pspevents.com. Check back often as we continue to add more clinic dates and locations for the 2007 Season.

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PSP :: Miami Referee Certfication Clinic

by on Jan.22, 2007, under Events, News, Press Releases, Tournaments

Now’s your chance to become part of the PSP’s elite reffing corps. The Miami PSP Referee Certification Clinic has been confirmed for February 3rd-4th at SprayPaint Paintball in Miami, Florida.

What: PSP Official Referee Certification, 2 day Clinic
When: February 3rd and 4th, 2007
Where: SprayPaint Paintball – www.sppaintball.com
Register: ALL attendees must pre-register online @ www.pspevents.com
Cost: $85.00
Class Limit: 40 people
Suggested minimum age: 16

Clinic includes:
– Classroom training
– Topics covered to include, but not limited to: rules, positioning, safety,
presentation, & attitude.
– Written test on PSP rules & in-game situations
– On field training!
– Performance evaluation in key areas
– PSP rulebook, including Divisional X-Ball, 5-Man
– Certificate of clinic completion*

Agenda: (Bring your gear and be prepared to ref games on Sunday)

Saturday
– Check-in begins at 9:30 AM, classroom training to begin at 10:00 AM, clinic ends at 4:00 PM

Sunday
– Classroom begins at 10:00 AM, Live scrimmage reffing, clinic ends at 3:00 PM

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE!!

Registration for the Miami, Florida PSP Referee Certification Clinic will open online at www.pspevents.com at 6pm central time on Monday, January 22nd, 2007.

If all spots are not filled before the clinic, limited walkup registration MAY be available. (Walkup registration fees must be paid in cash on the first day of the clinic.)

For more information about the clinic or for questions, please contact Tim Schroepfer atclinics@pspevents.com

*Attendance/participation in a PSP certification clinic does not guarantee that you will be called upon to judge a national event for the PSP.

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