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Houston Rookie League (HRL)
December 8, 2003
Katy, TX

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.  44 three-player 
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.  3rd, 187. 
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  Special 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.

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