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The United States Paintball League (USPL) today announced that it has merged with the North American Amateur Paintball Sports Association (NAAPSA), the nations largest paintball tournament league, as well as, the Central Paintball League (CPL) and the Rocky Mountain Championship Series (RMCS). "Combined with our national marketing agreement with Paintball News Network, we now have a wealth of motivated , experienced staff and a national base of players who are all working together to help move paintball sports promotions to the next level"., said Steve Davidson, President of USPL. "A large part of the reason we were attracted to these tournaments is the people running it, and USPL doesn’t believe in messing with a good thing"., said Biff Thiele, COO of USPL. "Their management teams have been out in the trenches making things happen. As far as the teams are concerned, nothing has changed. These events are only going to get bigger and better, not different"., he said.  Under the terms of the agreement, the current management of the individual leagues will remain in place for a minimum period of three years and will continue to conduct all tournament operations and promotions. Schedules and game formats will remain un-touched, which will create a seamless transition for tournament players and NAAPSA affiliated events.

"We are very pleased"., said Joe Stayback, president of NAAPSA. "We believe we can work together to greatly increase the value and impact of paintball sporting events across the country. We couldn't be working with a better group of people"., he said. The La Porte Indiana organization has a national base of affiliated leagues, like the Indiana Captains Council, Arkansas Paintball Council, Chicago Paintball Sports Association, Mid-South Paintball Sports Association, Atlantic Coast Tournament Series and others, and is also
managed by Bob Bean and Wayne Stayback. Joe and Wayne are co-owners of Sherwood Forest Paintball Field and Joe and Bob are co-captains of Team Thunderstruck. They are collectively credited with conducting over 80 amateur tournaments throughout the United States during the 1999 season which culminated in a national championship attended by over 60 teams.

The Central Paintball League, based in Austin, Texas, a legacy of the Texas Council of Captains and one of The Lone Star States; premiere competition series, is managed by Jack Withers of Constant Action Paintball field and team ,and John Kirkpatrick of Adventure Expeditions Paintball field and the Black Diamonds team. Like the NAAPSA agreement, the CPL agreement will also leave CPL's current management team in place. "CPL is a player friendly organization that embodies the positive side of tournament paintball"., explains Withers. "CPL events will continue, on schedule and will provide the same excellent services we always have. Except, now they'll be bigger"., he said.

The Rocky Maintain Championship Series based in Parker, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, conducted seven (7) events in 1999 throughout the state of Colorado. RMCS is managed by Scottie Flint of Adrenaline Sports, Inc., which also operates Adrenaline Paintball Park and owns the professional paintball team, Fury, and the nations #2 ranked amateur team, Villain. "I'm excited about this relationship with USPL and PNN, because it provides the best thing for paintball I’ve seen in the 15 years I've been involved in the sport.", said Flint.

Scheduling coordination and the roll-out of player and team membership programs are currently being prepared. Plans are also underway to develop a series of USPL Regional Championships, based on affiliate league
championship games.

For more information, please contact the USPL at (904) 439-6712 or (847) 998-0312.

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