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Shout out to Staff

A little shout out to the Staff who traveled to Nationals, 3 of which are on the Purdue Team as well (Tyler, Chris and I.) They traveled far and worked hard to support the team!

Coach: Bob Cavazos

Coach/Pit: Chris Reed

Pit/Pods: Tyler Fields

Photographer: Me : ) Not surprisingly, the only picture I’m in from the entire weekend.

Pit: Nile Seward and Megan Ruder


Nationals: Purdue v. Temple

Our first match of the day on Friday was against Temple. 7 of us flew down, and the rest made the 18+ hour drive from Indiana to Florida along with the gear bags. Thank you very much to the Leamers whose son played on the team a number of years ago, yet remain a strong supporter of the team. Our first match was slotted for 8am on Friday. Shockingly our team was not only on time, but early and ready to play. However, the field was working on normal “paintball time” and we began after 10am.

In comparison to World Cup, we had a varied set of guys play at Nationals. The roster is below:


Ryan Jasper
Nick Burchard
Dan Norcross
Alex Bilse
Rob Trinkle
Jake Loiben
Ade Dillon
Shelby Foster
Joe Bedree
James Allen
Ben Evans

Staff and Coaching:

Heather Owens
Chris Reed
Tyler Fields
Bob Cavazos
Nile Seward
Megan Ruder

Interestingly, RJ, Nick and Rob were part of the 2009 team that won Nationals. Coming out of “retirement” with the Purdue team, they decided to play together for one last time, as all 3 are graduating this spring (RJ and Rob from grad school and Nick from undergrad.) Additionally, Alex Bilse was also part of the 2009 Nationals team. They, along with Dan Norcross played as the primary line 1. Purdue’s strategy for the competition was not to underestimate any team we played for the day. Line 1 and 2 interchangeably played points to keep energy up and time to pod. We came out of the gate a bit slow with getting used to the field. I don’t think it helped that there was a long time of sitting around, but ready to play. However, Purdue after the first 5 minutes really hit their stride coming from behind. The final score was 6-5.

Pictures from Purdue v. Temple: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10101242303710250.3085241.4902843&type=1

Team before the first match:

Rob Trinkle:

Alex Bilse:

Nick Burchard:

Ryan Jasper:

Dan Norcross:

Jake Loiben:

Ade Dillon:

Joe Bedree:

James Allen:

Shelby Foster:

Ben Evans: (Sorry Ben, it was too good not to post.)

End of match:

I will post about the other 3 matches following.

Player Profile: Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Nickname: Jorts
Full-time Student, Junior, Network Engineering Technology
Hometown:  Beaverton, OR

Team:  Purdue, random teams when a tournament comes calling

Sponsors: Paintball BarnPaintball PlexHammerheadCrossfireNCL WorldwideRockstar Energy Drinks

Position: I say I play mid, but I am an aggressive player and almost always am in the front, but never on snake side. I’ve been known to play back when needed during a game, but I prefer mid/front.

How long you have been playing: About 6 years

Favorite field:  Proving Grounds back in the day. Great atmosphere and great fields, always people to play with.

How did you first become interested in the sport:  My friend asked me one Thursday at lunch If I wanted to play in a woodsball paintball tournament on Saturday. I said sure and was hooked ever since.

Why do you play:  For the thrill, I love playing tournaments because there’s more excitement and it’s more intense, but just shooting around and messing around with friends is fun.

Equipment: 2010 Planet Eclipse Ego, Purdue Crossfire Tank, Dye Rotor, Dye Ultralite/Hammerhead Barrel Kit, XSV Clutch Pants, Eclipse Elbow pads, Empire Events, Nike Cleats, Planet Eclipse Barrel Condom.

Notable wins or tournaments: MPPL Event 3, Second Place with Chi-town Fury. Paintball Plex 3 man, 4th Place. A bunch of smaller tournaments with places in top 5.

Things you are looking forward to  in the upcoming year:  NCPA Nationals with Purdue

Favorite paintball memory: I feel like after every event there’s something I’ll remember such as: that one game where if we would have gotten a call our way we would have won, or that one move that won us the game. Basically every event I have a favorite memory. Most recently it was a two on one for my team my player died and it was a one on one. I had say 20-40 paintballs, but I only needed one. It was the game that advanced us into semi-finals. I did a quick one shot snap shot and won the game for us.

Biggest piece of advice: Just remember gear isn’t everything. When I first started I wanted the nice clothes and best upgrades on my gun. Yet now five years later I play with a falling apart mask, pants that are 5 years old, an xxl black long sleeve from Walmart, a sandana that is just black. I usually never wash my clothes either (unless absolutely needed). Some of the best players I’ve known shot 4 or 5 year old guns and revvy loaders. Just saying, it’s a sport not a style.

Favorite pro team or player: Thomas “Troll” Taylor, #77 (XSV)

Fun fact: I have a separated shoulder which kept me out from playing my freshman year. I have a brother and sister that also attend(ed) Purdue.

Other comments: Always have fun, even in a tournament, you may hate one of your teammates for one game, but they will redeem themselves in another, even if they don’t they’re your teammate, remember that.

Please vote for my photo!

As seen in my previous post, I have submitted a picture of Purdue player, Bob Kulick, for a photo contest with Social Paintball. Please go their facebook page and vote for mine. It is titled “Boiler Up”. You have to like the page to vote, but you can unlike it immediately following if you so choose. If I win, I will get a new Planet Eclipse marker. Thank you!!


World Cup

A healthy dose of reality at World Cup. Purdue did not fair as well as they could have. It was the kick in the behind we needed for Nationals I believe. I have been out playing most weekends, but what is there to update on that? I have made my facebook albums of World Cup public, so I hope you’ll take a look. I got a new lens for my Nikon and I am pretty pleased how they turned out. And feel free to use the pics, but please let me know and I ask that I get credit. It’s all for fun for me, so I certainly don’t mind spreading the paintball love. Enjoy!

Album 1: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100778650559880.3006451.4902843&type=3

Album 2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100779542342740.3006690.4902843&type=3

Album 3: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100779987750140.3006845.4902843&type=3

Album 4: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100780167080760.3006896.4902843&type=3

Player Profile: Jake Loiben

Jake is the President of the Purdue Paintball Club and an awesome leader for the team! In addition to his profile, he answers some questions about Purdue’s upcoming season.

Jake Loiben

Nickname: Loibsauce
Restaurant (jack of all trades), Junior at Purdue majoring in Multidisciplinary Engineering
Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Team:  Purdue, Project Mayhem, Joyride

Sponsors: Paintball Barn, Paintball Plex, Hammerhead, Crossfire, NCL Worldwide, Rockstar Energy Drinks

Position: I usually play the back line or doritos

How long you have been playing:  8 years

Favorite field:  The Paintball Barn, because the owner Micah has taken such amazing care of us throughout the years and it’s close to campus.

How did you first become interested in the sport:  I played for the first time at my friend’s 12th birthday party. We went to a woodsball field in Gurnee, IL called Paintball Blitz. Both of us got hooked and quickly bought our own guns, but I stuck with it throughout high school and eventually started playing PSP events. The rush you get at a national event is incredible.

Why do you play:  I’ve played hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and just about every other mainstream sport out there. Nothing comes close to the intensity of tournament paintball and no sport has as strong an emphasis on both individual skills and teamwork as paintball does.

Equipment: I shoot an 07 Ego with a Dye Rotor, Hammerhead carbon fiber barrel kit, Crossfire 68/45, and Dye i3 Pros are my mask of choice.

Notable wins or tournaments: My team finished in the top 4 at the 2010 PSP Chicago Open.

Things you are looking forward to  in the upcoming year:  PSP World Cup and NCPA Nationals. Oh, and getting my girlfriend to play. I’m sure she’d love to shoot me after all the phone calls I get about paintball whenever she comes over.

Favorite paintball memory: Making it to the finals at the 2010 PSP Chicago Open playing with my friends. We had a great time, plenty of hilarious bloopers throughout prelims, and the 6 inches of mud on every field made for an interesting playing experience to say the least.

Biggest piece of advice:I’ve always found that no matter how thoroughly you plan out an event in paintball, things will never go as expected. If I were to give one piece of advice to a new player, it would be to treat every event as a learning experience and make the most out of it even if things don’t go your way. There’s always another tournament and there’s always another adventure to be had. There’s no reason to hold grudges or get yourself worked up about that one bad call. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

Favorite pro team or player: My favorite pro team is San Diego Dynasty. I’ve been watching them since the day I started playing and I get to staff for them at PSP events. I learn so much from them and can apply many of the things they do to my own playing skills or my team. My favorite player on Dynasty is Alex “Mouse” Goldman, who is a great snake player and even walked the fields with my Purdue teammates at the most recent PSP event just to give them pointers and suggestions. He’s a stand up guy.

Big plans for the Purdue Team: When I began to plan out the 2011-12 season, I had four specific goals in mind. I want to take podium at any local event we play, win the college world cup, dramatically expand our recreational player base, and of course, win the national championship.

Planned Tournaments: Our two largest events of the year will be PSP World Cup and NCPA National Championships. We also plan on competing in the MWXL and Plex series.

If someone is interested in playing for Purdue, what are the qualifications/process for making the team? The only qualification to make the team is that you’re a full time Purdue student. The process for making the team involves trying out, making the cut, and being a good fit in our team; our family. We hold tryouts in September every year and usually take ~15 players for xball and the rest are invited to play 5-man until they’re ready for xball. Every player, including past Purdue players, must try out every year. For students that transfer mid-year or miss tryouts, we’d have to handle that on a case by case basis.

Fun fact: Heather Owens is an awesome photographer, but I can’t say the same for her hugs. (My response to that Jake: You guys are all like 12 years old. Don’t want to walk that fine line of sexual harassment of a minor. I’ll step it up next time.)

Other comments: Thank you for coming out to all our events Heather! (This year I’m actually going to play… and of course keep photographing and blogging!)

Chicago PSP

First off, sorry for not posting sooner as I have had internet problems this week. Second, I was walking down one of the busiest downtown streets in Madison after work still in my work attire: purple stilettos and a dress, rolling my duffel with my mask clipped to the outside carrying a box of pods. Let me tell you the odd looks I received… Gotta love the unexpected.

Next, I attended Chicago PSP this weekend and am certainly glad I did. I originally planned to only go on Saturday but ended up going both days when all the teams with people I know made finals. So initial thoughts on PSP: Well-organized and run event. It was at CPX Sports in Joilet, IL. It is a nice facility that looked to have some awesome rec fields I would like to try. Surprising to see something with this many people keep to schedule so well and even ahead of schedule in some instances. Also, it certainly draws an eclectic group: people with lots of tattoos, some odd piercings and hair, small children and even cute little Grandmas. It was nice to see all of these people (for the most part) be respectful to each other. Every now and then you will find there is a bozo who wants to yell for no reason other than to start a fuss, but any issues I was witness to came from coaches/spectators and not from the players themselves. I was also impressed with the Refs. That’s a tough job. People are never going to 100% agree with your calls but there were only a few instances where I completely disagreed and it was more whether something should be a minor instead of major penalty. The one dude in a kilt was awesome. (I will post some pictures between paragraphs to break it up a bit but I will preface with photographing outside the net is relatively disastrous. I took none the first day and only took about 100 the second day because I was asked to.)

Biggest surprise of the day: coaching. I did not realize how important coaching is during these games. The tournaments Purdue went to did not allow coaching so this was the first time I saw it in action. There is only coaching from the Snake side (hence all the pictures from that angle, poor Dorito side never gets any love). The players prep area is on the opposite side, which makes sense but kind of sucks as far as actual interaction and seeing people goes. Teams without coaching were at a serious disadvantage and I even saw a team I was hoping would make it further (no names here) get tripped up by a coach who said 1 player was left when there was 2. Serious downfall to the team and you might say it did them in. It is funny to see people get SO into the coaching: screaming at the top of their lungs until they lose their voices, using code names for the different bunkers, quite a sight. Worse than 1 bad coach though is 3 or 4 bad coaches. I think the saying there are too many cooks in the kitchen applies here. Players are trying their best to be alert and listen and when multiple people are yelling different things at the same time it turns into a bit of a CF. Coaching proved crucial to the pro players as well, with the Russians receiving direction in (shockingly) Russian, and Dynasty using huge signs to track where opposing players moved.

Going into the day, I had primarily come to watch Fury not realizing so many people I knew would be playing for various teams. That was a nice bonus and luckily none of them played each other so there was never a conflict of interest. Fury did amazing the first day. I only cheered for them because they wear black and green though… JUST KIDDING. Although their jerseys do look slick. They went in to Finals ranked first in D4. I believe they only lost 1 game up to that point. They were moving quickly and they seemed to conquer the other teams with ease. More than once I was left going, “Well that was quick.” Fury Gold, which is the second team, also made it to finals in 5th place. They seemed to be a bit more equally matched with the teams they played but were able to hold on in every game and out strategize their way to finals. What an awesome start to the weekend!

Sunday didn’t go quite as well as Saturday. There were some strong teams in D4 who definitely stepped it up during finals. I would not say either team played poorly, they simply got outplayed which is certainly the better way to lose. Fury placed 9th and Fury Gold placed 11th. Both teams making finals is a huge accomplishment though and I know they have a taste for blood and have no doubt they will place even higher at the next PSP event.

An additional disappointment was Team Betrayal. Those boys played hard for sure. The start of finals they essentially had no coaching which did not help their cause. Then they kept getting hit with penalties which I think made the Refs more strict looking for penalties moving forward. They were down 1, tied the next game, then in the final game ended up with a major penalty that appeared simultaneous with the flag capture. Without the benefit of the doubt on their side, the Refs gave the point to the opposing team leaving Betrayal playing for 3rd or 4th instead of 1st or 2nd. They finished strong in 3rd but it was disappointing to see them come so close to an overall win. Finally, Rapture and Hustle did not move on past the first round of Finals. I got to watch Rapture play and again this was another instance of being outplayed. Still loved to see my friends make it that far.

A few random thoughts throughout the day: First everyone assumed I was someone’s girlfriend and didn’t play. Valid I suppose seeing as I think I saw 2 girls play the entire day and I clearly wasn’t playing myself. I was hit with a rogue paintball when the net blew up (very windy day), and my black tank was quickly turned yellow and I swear everyone thought I was a delicate little flower who was going to cry. No, it was no big deal and didn’t even hurt. More comical looking than anything. I even called myself out from outside the nets (no accusations of wiping here, harhar). Also there seemed to be some issues with the buzzer and timer on the fields. The clock would hit 0 but there was a 1 second delay until the buzzer went off. The beginning of the day, this definitely threw people off, and then it seemed by the afternoon people were delaying too long expecting the discrepancy.

I enjoyed watching the professionals play, but less so than I assumed. I guess I have been spoiled by watching some really good players because while the pros were definitely a bit quicker, a bit better in strategizing and certainly knew how to shoot with amazing accuracy, I was not SO in awe. Still fun though to see the crowd rally behind one team or another, especially when it came down to Boston and Dynasty. Coming up on the 4th of July weekend, I could say I felt the need to support Dynasty, but really the decision was arbitrary (isn’t the quote “America F- yeah!” or something like that?). Most of the crowd seemed in support of the Russians. It was a very exciting last few minutes for sure when it was all tied up. Another surprising thing to me is that pros cheat. Maybe I don’t have the eyes for it, but I didn’t see it happen. Someone told me a player is known for wiping and did it on the field. You would think at this level of play that wouldn’t happen but I suppose that’s a strategy… I want to know how I can get the job of the Ref who lays in the middle of the field with a walkie talkie the whole time. Seems pretty sweet.

I am proud to say that the Purdue guys (both current players and alum) were all over the place this weekend.

Windy City Rapture: Zach
Chi Town Fury: Joe, Mark (who we’ll adopt as Purdue for all intents and purposes)
Team Betrayal: Alex, Rob, and 1 more person who I don’t know. A video by Social Paintball of them playing can be found here.
St. Louis Hustle: Andy
Assisting with Dynasty: Jake, Elliott, Javi
Moral support: Pan and I

Well hopefully this super long post has made up for my delay in writing. If you actually read the whole thing, you get a personal kudos from me!