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CSP 2006 Season Finale To Be Held In Venezuela

Photos from 2006 CSP Sao Paulo Courtesy Tania Huamani

The 2006 season has seen more continent wide paintball action in South America than ever before. The Circuito Sudamericano de Paintball (CSP – or South American Paintball Circuit) has brought together players from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela and beyond to compete regionally in 5-man format tournaments. Typical event draw has been about 15 teams competing in each tournament’s Division I level (CSP currently supports play up to D-I) and 600 to 1200 spectators daily, depending on the venue.

paintballThe 2006 series kicked off with games in Guayaquil in Ecuador, before heading to Santiago, Chile, Sao Paulo in Brazil,  Lima in Peru, Buenos Aires in Argentina and will come to a close with the final event in Caracas Venezuela. While paintball has been in South America for over a decade, it has taken time and effort to get a series going across national boundaries, and to develop sponsorships with out of country sponsors who may not readily know where their support is going.

In 2005, the United Paintball Federation (UPBF) was formed as a unification of paintball organizations in various countries, with the goals of promoting paintball globally, developing and maintaining international standard rules and to do so in a structure that avoids, “methods or practices which might jeopardize the integrity of matches or competitions or give rise to the abuse of paintball associations.”

The CSP was founded by Tania Huamani of Mercenarios Paintball Store in Brazil, and is operating under the umbrella of the UPBF. Although the series has a 5-player format, it utilizes a slightly modified version of the PSP equipment rules – paintguns are allowed to use ramping modes, but must be limited to 15 balls per second or less in rate of fire. Teams play round robin preliminaries after which total score ranking sends the top four to the semifinals.

paintballWhile each CSP tournament features its own prize package – usually cash in addition to prizes, the series championship for the year will include a set of 5 Smart Parts Shockers. The series is broken into 3 groups by region - Argentina-Chile, Brazil-Ecuador and Peru–Venezuela. With 6 tournaments, teams must only compete in three to make a shot at the championships, with travel to two away tournaments and one home country tournament being more economical than being required to make every event.

On the weekend of October 21st and 22nd, the final tournament will be held in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, which is located in a narrow mountain valley about 3,000 feet above sea level. The tournament itself will be held in one of the city’s baseball stadiums, on Sup’Air fields and manicured grass.

Circuito Sudamericano de Paintball is already looking ahead to the 2007 season, expecting that the successfull 2006 year will lead to expanded support from North American manufacturer sponsors, and paintball players stepping into tournament play from other South American nations which have to date only fostered recreational play.

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