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Houston Rookie League
December 8, 2003
Report and Photos by Charles “Sully” Sullivan
The Houston Rookie League (HRL) was back
in Katy, Texas for the third tournament of the series, December 8th, 2002.
teams, 16 youth teams, 18 rookie teams,
and in a new addition eight rookie senior teams, made their way out to
play a great tournament that was the halfway point of the season.
The forecast for the day called for cold,
overcast skies, but it looked as though the tournament would have the same
rain as the last, but as quickly as the rain started, it stopped. Teams
were walking the field early, looking over the changes that were made to
some of the fields from the previous tournament held at Tanks World of
Paintball. There was a full parking lot, as teams set up for the
day’s events. Players and parents crowded around each other to try
and stay warm in the cold December weather. National Paintball Supply
was on hand to provide paint for the tournament.
Four fields were used for this event,
a redesigned tires field, and three pipes hyper-ball fields. Each
field was well designed, with
each bunker placed in great position.
At 8 o’clock a players meeting was held,
going over the rules for the day, a modified NPPL 100 point system, changed
from last year’s 50-point system. Boundaries were explained, reminding
players to watch their step, as some fields had bunkers close to the out
of bounds line.
After everyone was chronoed the first
games of the prelims started off at 9 o’clock, with every team playing
hard. Many parents and teams watched the fierce competition, as every
team tried to max each game. Everyone played great games, trying
to make their way up the rankings for the season.
At the end of the 36 game prelims, each
team playng 6 games, the points were totaled, giving everyone a break.
A raffle prize drawing was held. Competitors were given tickets as
part of their entry, and the tickets couldn’t be bought.
The results of the prelims were ready,
and the players eagerly awaited the announcement, wanting to know if they
made the cut.
Eight teams from Youth and eight from
Rookie took the field, with the four making the cut from the Rookie Senior
division getting a break
until the finals started. The competition
got tougher; every team wanted their shot for the finals.
The Youth finals saw TX Renegades taking
first. 2nd, Team Toasty. 3rd, PBZK. 4th, TX Outlaws.
5th, SSP. The
Youth division allows a player who is under 15 to compete with the same
rules as the Rookie division.
The Rookie finals had Organized Chaos
taking first. 2nd, Team OCS. 3rd, Team Flawless. 4th,
Deadly Wind. 5th, PBZ.
The Rookie Senior division, which is somewhat
like a novice division, saw Command Post taking 1st. 2nd, Alliance.
4th, Glacier Rush. 5th, F8 Black.
New players are always welcome to HRL,
friendly players with a good attitude are the only requirements.
It’s an unlimited,
tournament paint only event. There
are four events left in the season. The HRL will make its way to
Paintball Mania on January 5th for
the next tournament in the series.
The deadline for registrations is January 3rd. More information can
be found at
thanks to National Paintball Supply for their support, and to Paintball
Maxx, JT USA, Worr
Games, Odyssey, Kingman USA, and Redz
for helping sponsor the tourney.