World Premiere of
Nations Cup Invitational event at Diablo IAO 2002
This August 7th-11th, the "Diablo IAO"
2002 will host the World
Premiere of the annual "Nation's Cup Invitational",
a prestigious new International Paintball Title Event. The Nation's Cup
TM will bring hand picked "All Star Teams" from eight Nations, to represent
their Country in the "Olympics of Paintball", playing a unique Paintball
Tournament format called "X Ball".
One Captain per Country:
A single Captain from each Country, selected
by the "Nation's Cup"
officiating committee, will select their
own All Star Team rosters, from
their own Countrymen. Each Country's Team
will travel to the Diablo
International Amateur Open in Pittsburgh,
to make their bid for the
highest national honor in Paintball: Bring
Home the "Nation's Cup" Title! The Captains will be announced as
soon as each Captain confirms their acceptance of this prestigious challenge.
USA Captain, "Ironman" Bob Long, is expected to complete his special "Team
USA" roster choices soon, to be announced in the coming weeks.
"X Ball" Format:
"The Nation's Cup "X Ball" games will
be the most exciting Paintball
Games you've ever seen", says Richmond
Italia of Diablo Paintball. "From high atop the command tower, a digital
ScoreBoard will display the score, the remaining game-time and penalty-box
times, it will even display Players' chrony-speeds, transmitted from on-field
chronys!" Italia went on to say, " Just like hockey, Football,
and Soccer, the games will be played in four quarters. Teams will be motivated
to hang the flag as many times as possible before the buzzer marks the
end of each quarter. Teams will face each other, game after game, hang
after hang, until the period is over". Each Flag-hang will bring
a brief 3-minute re-set period for Players to get ready again. You'll see
Teams with Pit-Crews, racing to get Players re-set between games. Imagine
Pit-Crew uniforms, Pit-Carts with
Paint coolers, goggle and barrel cleaning
stations, Speed-Pod re-fillers, and all kinds of special gear being created
by each Team, in their frantic effort to get every Player ready for each
re-start. As fast as physically possible, the Pit crew must handle every
Player; hits cleaned, tanks re-aired, packs re-filled, barrels cleaned,
thirsts quenched, all in three minutes, to be back on-field in time for
the re-start. The Nation's Cup will be played on a Custom "Ultimate AirBall"
field, emblazoned with Flags of each represented country, including unique
custom bunkers, created just for "X Ball" tournaments.
Just like the world-famous "America's
Cup" Yachting race and the
"Indianapolis 500", each year's winner
will have their Team Name and Country engraved onto the prestigious "Nation's
Cup" traveling Trophy, which will be proudly exhibited at various major
Paintball events, for all to admire. National Flags will adorn the perimeter
of the gleaming Nation's Cup trophy, representing every Country in which
Paintball is played around the world. Each year, the growing list of annual
winners will be added to the engraved brass panels around the solid mahogany
base. The spectacular "Nation's Cup"
Trophy was created by "Sparta Pewter",
one of the most respected award designers in North America.
Eight Countries compete: Rumors about this
exciting event have already begun, resulting in early Team commitments
from Canada, France, Portugal, England, and the USA. Who will rise to the
challenge to fill the remaining three positions? Expect commitments soon
from any of the following Paintball countries: Argentina, Aruba, Australia,
Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Japan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, or Venezuela.
Stay tuned to these websites for updates: