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New England Hurricanes Paintball Team Drops out of Pro






From ProPaintball.com:

Queue The Music
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
Jim Morrison, The Doors, The End

It is my duty to report that I am discontinuing the Hurricane pro team. And even though this team has been, and remains, my pride and joy, I report this without remorse. Quite the opposite, really, but I’ll get to that.

The sponsorship game isn’t what it used to be, and the Hurricanes, bereft of a store or field or other ‘inside’ angle, were not able to attract the sponsorship we needed to be a competitive team again. And that started me down the road that led to my decision. It wasn’t all about money, though. In fact, it was more about the long term direction of the team. The Hurricanes were built on the model for pro teams circa 2004, and that model is outdated and likely unsupportable (if not already, then in the near future). Even if I put together the money for 2010, the team would be in the exact same position the next year. We lack the means to control our destiny. Further thought and consideration led me to the realization that the Hurricanes could not be reformed to look like the newer model for pro teams. And once I realized that, I realized that we were like a raft in the ocean – we had no direction and no real hope of getting anywhere. We could just, at best, hopefully keep ourselves from drowning.

And don’t kid yourselves, even if we returned to our 2008 form and started hitting top 4’s, our unsustainability would have remained (and I do believe that we would have come back much stronger, and a potential top 4 team).
So, short and sweet (and so utterly unlike me). PbNation has been gracious enough to allow me to keep the forum open for a bit. And I think if you come back here on Xmas morning, there may be some surprises for you, things that will explain why I am excited and hopefully will get fans of the team excited as well (although, if you need good news from me on Xmas morning to get excited, you probably need to seek professional help).
This is not the end. More to follow.

- Jeff Stein.

Letter from NPPL Commissioner

Letter From NPPL Commissioner
Paintball Athletes, Fans, Sponsors and Supporters;
The National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) has gone through many changes over the past 18 years. We’ve seen this sport come out of the woods, into public arenas where thousands of fans can cheer on their favorite team.  2010 will mark another year of change. With a new company ran by teams and players, the NPPL will once again strive to be a leader in the Sport of Paintball. 
Here are some of the new changes to look forward to in the 2010 NPPL Super 7 World Series:
Veteran player and major paintball industry icon Tom Cole, has signed on to be NPPL Ultimate at every event for 2010. Widely respected by players of all levels, Tom’s wealth of knowledge and paintball experience will be a great asset to the league.  He is also running the Ultimate Woodsball League (UWL) and travels the world representing Kingman.  Tom will be working closely with Dan Perez and the NPPL Rules Committee to ensure incredible reffing this season. 
The NPPL Super 7 Rules Committee will be addressing and making changes to several rules such as the illegal marker penalties and will be considering the use of .50 caliber paintballs. Furthermore, the committee is addressing the color of Paintballs and the staining characteristics that paintballs leave on tents, chairs, equipment and public property. The Rules Committee will be contacting and working with manufacturers to address these issues. You will be receiving updates from the committee through our mailing list and website.  To join our emailing list, visitwww.NPPL.com
The league will be evaluating new divisions, game schedules, prize purses and over-all event management to continuously raise the level of event quality and create a positive experience for players, teams, sponsors and spectators alike.
The NPPL Super 7 World Series will be hosting Live Webcasts of the Huntington Beach and Vegas events. These state of the art Webcasts will once again bring the world of NPPL Super 7 Paintball events, athletes and sponsors to thousands of online viewers from around the world.
Several committees have also been formed to address different aspects of our sport such as Marketing, Sponsorships, Promotions, Licensing, Membership services, etc… If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to us. We are scheduling a sponsors conference call in the next two weeks. If you’re a sponsor, please contact us for more information. 
The NPPL Super 7 is also looking to add new Professional Teams to the 2010 season. This will be exciting as we continue to grow our professional athlete base and expand the reach of tournament paintball across the nation.
The league will also be adding an incredible Feeder League system that will prepare teams for the National competitions and spotlight.  We are looking to award points for teams competing in Sanctioned NPPL Feeder events and will release more details this January.  We are also working on a program where we can share ID Cards from Sanctioned Feeder Series.
The NPPL Super 7 World Series is back – and 2010 could possibly be the greatest season yet.  See www.NPPL.com for a press release with the 2010 dates and venues.  Much more information will be released in the weeks to come.  Thank you for your support and passion for this great sport of Paintball.

Best Regards, 
Chuck Hendsch
Commissioner
National Professional Paintball League
www.nppl.com
chuck@nppl.com

Make It Pro TV Interview - Johnny Perchak

NPPL Super 7 World Series

NPPL

PRO PAINTBALL CHAMPION JOHNNY PERCHAK WILL BE AN EASY TARGET DURING LIVE MAKEITPRO TV INTERVIEW DECEMBER 15

Perchak and Fans Will Shoot-From-The-Hip During Exclusive 30-Minute Free MakeItPro TV Online Webcast

Pro paintball superstar Johnny Perchak is no stranger to taking shots at opponents. However, on Tuesday, December 15th Perchak is the target as fans from around the world get him in their sights for an interactive interview exclusive to MakeItPro TV® that is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST/ 5:00 p.m. PST. (www.makeitpro/tv).

The online MakeItPro TV broadcast with Johnny Perchak is free and attendees can interact with the paintball champ by signing-in at www.makeitpro.com/tv. Perchak is owner and player of five-time world champion paintball team, San Diego Dynasty. He is considered one of the top professional paintballers in the world.

MakeItPro (www.makeitpro.com) is the interactive sports destination and social community for athletes, coaches, fans and parents worldwide. Accessible online and on mobile phones, MakeItPro helps everyone find the "pro" inside of them, to be the best that they can be.

MakeItPro TV brings viewers interactive interviews with top professional athletes, in addition to action sports and exclusive sports programming from around the globe. Upcoming interviews with elite athletes will include NBA MVP Steve Nash, U.S. Olympian and champion snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, Oakland A's slugger Ryan Sweeney, Olympic swimmer Kim Vandenberg and others. Check show schedule updates at www.makeitpro.com/tv. MakeItPro TV is powered by Paltalk.

About MakeItPro
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based MakeItPro™ (www.makeitpro.com) is the only all-sport destination, marketplace and sports resource center that is totally interactive and accessible anywhere in the world, online and on mobile phones. The MakeItPro experience unites the world's top professional athletes and athletes of all levels with experts, coaches, parents, teams and fans everywhere in a global community to socialize, participate, manage team events and scheduling, learn and excel. MakeItPro's customizable one-stop sports experience features the tips, scores, action and expert resources that'll let everyone have fun, and be the best that they can be - just like a pro! For more information, please visit www.makeitpro.com.

MakeItPro launched with a full roster of professional athletes that represent the best in sports and in philanthropy, including NBA All-Star and two-time MVP Steve Nash; Gretchen Bleiler, Olympic silver medal snowboarder and three-time X-Games gold medalist; Jessica Mendoza, two-time (gold and silver medalist) Olympic softball player and president of the Women's Sports Foundation; Johnny Perchak, five-time paintball world champion; Jill Kintner, Olympic bronze medalist, world and national champion (BMX), and US and world champion (Mountain Bike); Lauren Perkins, X-Games silver medalist in skateboarding; Ryan Sweeney, outfielder for the Oakland Athletics; Hasheem Thabeet, second overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies; Bernard Berrian, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings; and Patty Mills, member of Australian Olympic Basketball Team and second round pick in the 2009 NBA draft by Portland Trailblazers.

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Mr. Perchak plays Professional Paintball for NPPL Super 7 World Series Team San Diego Dynasty. More information on the NPPL can be found at www.NPPL.com.

Save 10%

Register your team and pay for your team's event entry in full through the mail by January 31, 2010 to receive 10% off of your entire team entry fee to the Huntington Beach NPPL Super 7 World Series Surf City Open. Mail Check or Money Order to: NPPL, 15605 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648. Be sure to include team name, division and contact information. Entry fees will be posted on www.NPPL.com by December 15, 2009.

Offer Expires: January 31, 2010

Paintball Team Ton Ton's new website.




The paintball team Ton Ton Flingeurs is from France and has been competing in the paintball scene for many years. The team became most famous when it was playing the NPPL Super 7 World Series and had it's own custom shocker built. The team has become a powerhouse in the millenium series. Feel free to check out their new website for more information.

This is the Tournament history of the team:

2008:

- Centurio Champions

- 1 Centurio Turkey - Istanbul

- 1 Centurio Bulgaria - Sofia

- 1 Centurio Poland - Warsaw

- 1 Centurio Czech Rep. - Prague

- 3rd Centurio Russia - Moscow

- 3rd Centurio Latvia - Riga

- 4th Centurio Hungary - Budapest

2007:

- 1 Centurio Moscow

- 2nd Centurio Lviv

- 3rd Millennium Nurburgring

- 7th Millennium Toulouse

- 7th Millennium London

- 6th Millennium Paris

- 9th Millennium Charleroi

2006:

- European Champion PLC

- 1st Open Catalonia

- Snap Shoot 1st trophy in Belgium

- Vice Champion of France

- 2nd Millennium Bitburg

- 2nd Millennium London

- 2nd Millennium Marseille

- 3rd Millennium Paris

- 3rd Millennium Madrid


The current roster consists of:

  • Frank Mouren
  • Fabrice Colombo
  • Axel Gaudin
  • Seb Duvivier
  • Loic Voulot
  • Fred Halmone
  • Nicolas Attanasio
  • Pascal Hausser
  • Olivier Gaudin
  • JJ Farlet
  • Maurice
During your next trip to Europe feel free to cheer the Ton Ton's on at a Millenium Paintball event.

Bob Long & John Amodea Form New Media Partnership

Bob Long, winner of six professional paintball world titles, the most famous coach in paintball's history and the manufacturer of high-tech paintball guns like the Intimidator, Marq series and Victory as used by Oakland Blast and the Boston Red Legion, leads two lives. When not innovating for or playing in the world of paintball at its highest levels, Bob Long also happens to be a world-class bow hunter with numerous world record animals to his credit, who travels the world to hunt the most challenging animals in the most extreme environments like Alaska and Australia! Bob's latest venture? Partnering with Paintball X3's John Amodea, Bob's new venture, HuntX3 Magazine, is the world's first all-digital, truly interactive, multimedia hunting magazine. Joining Bob and John is writer, photographer and long-time paintball industry leader Josh Silverman, who is taking on the headship role as editor of the magazine.

HuntX3 Magazine takes the digital flip-book magazine concept that has proven wildly successful at PaintballX3 Magazine and brings a rich, interactive experience to the world of hunting and outdoor life. From Bob Long, John Amodea, Joshua D. Silverman and some of the best talent in the hunting world come not only in-depth articles, interviews and product reviews with outstanding photography, but the ability to listen to the text of every feature article, rather than read it, with the click of a button and look at not only pictures, but video illustrating each story as well! Readers can now do much more than simply read about the experience of floating a river in the wilds of Alaska on a moose hunt or the terror of a charging lion in Africa, they can now watch these amazing experiences unfold while reading their magazine from the convenience of their personal computers! No magazine has ever brought the sights and sounds of the world of hunting and outdoor living to its readers like HuntX3! Best of all, following in the footsteps of PaintballX3 Magazine, HuntX3 Magazine is available to readers around the world, absolutely FREE!

Paintball players, when you're done reading the latest digital issue of PaintballX3 Magazine or flipping through the new PaintballX3 Holiday Gift Guide and 2010 Gear Preview PRINT magazine that is now shipping, visit www.HuntX3.com and see what Bob Long, John Amodea and Josh Silverman are doing when they're not shooting paintballs!



HuntX3 Magazine
www.HuntX3.com

2010 NPPL Schedule USPL Super 7 Man Schedule

2010 NPPL Super 7 World Series

NPPL

Paintball Athletes, Fans, Sponsors and Supporters;

The National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) has gone through many changes over the past 18 years. We've seen this sport come out of the woods, into public arenas where thousands of fans can cheer on their favorite team. 2010 will mark another year of change. With a new company ran by teams and players, the NPPL will once again strive to be a leader in the Sport of Paintball.

Here are some of the new changes to look forward to in the 2010 NPPL Super 7 World Series:

Veteran player and major paintball industry icon Tom Cole, has signed on to be NPPL Ultimate at every event for 2010. Widely respected by players of all levels, Tom's wealth of knowledge and paintball experience will be a great asset to the league. He is also running the Ultimate Woodsball League (UWL) and travels the world representing Kingman. Tom will be working closely with Dan Perez and the NPPL Rules Committee to ensure incredible reffing this season.

The NPPL Super 7 Rules Committee will be addressing and making changes to several rules such as the illegal marker penalties and will be considering the use of .50 caliber paintballs. Furthermore, the committee is addressing the color of Paintballs and the staining characteristics that paintballs leave on tents, chairs, equipment and public property. The Rules Committee will be contacting and working with manufacturers to address these issues. You will be receiving updates from the committee through our mailing list and website. To join our emailing list, visit www.NPPL.com.

The league will be evaluating new divisions, game schedules, prize purses and over-all event management to continuously raise the level of event quality and create a positive experience for players, teams, sponsors and spectators alike.

The NPPL Super 7 World Series will be hosting Live Webcasts of the Huntington Beach and Vegas events. These state of the art Webcasts will once again bring the world of NPPL Super 7 Paintball events, athletes and sponsors to thousands of online viewers from around the world.

Several committees have also been formed to address different aspects of our sport such as Marketing, Sponsorships, Promotions, Licensing, Membership services, etc... If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to us. We are scheduling a sponsors conference call in the next two weeks. If you're a sponsor, please contact us for more information.

The NPPL Super 7 is also looking to add new Professional Teams to the 2010 season. This will be exciting as we continue to grow our professional athlete base and expand the reach of tournament paintball across the nation.

The league will also be adding an incredible Feeder League system that will prepare teams for the National competitions and spotlight. We are looking to award points for teams competing in Sanctioned NPPL Feeder events and will release more details this January. We are also working on a program where we can share ID Cards from Sanctioned Feeder Series.

See the following Press Release for 2010 Dates and Venues...

NPPL

2010 NPPL Super 7 World Series Dates and Venues


The National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) is pleased to announce the full schedule for the 2010 NPPL Super 7 World Series. Teams can now reserve their spot to compete in any of these events through the mail with a check or money order and receive an early bird discount if paid by January 31st. Online registration will open at the end of January. See www.NPPL.com for more details. Note: There will be a limit on the number of teams per division so reserve your spot now!



Huntington Beach, CA April 9 - 11, 2010
Spring Break, On the Beach

Kicking off the season once again on the beach of Huntington Beach, California - during Spring Break - the NPPL Surf City Open will be along the south side of the famous HB Pier with 100,000 spring breakers hanging out on the beach, watching you play paintball on April 9 - 11, 2010. This event has been voted year after year as the most popular paintball event in the world. Tens of thousands of spectators fill the busy tradeshow and cheer from the packed stands as they watch their favorite teams from around the world compete on the greatest stage in Paintball history. This is the event you don't want to miss. Paintball does not get any better than this with the insane trade show, parties, shopping, sunny Southern California weather and Disneyland is only a 30 minute drive away. Teams can register through the mail at any time with a check or money order. See www.NPPL.com for more details.



Chicago, IL May 29 - 31, 2010
CPX Sports, Living Legends plus NPPL

The NPPL Super 7 World Series will be returning to Chicago, Illinois Memorial Day Weekend! What's even better is that this event will be held in conjunction with one of the greatest Scenario Big Games in Paintball - Living Legends at CPX Sports. To run fluidly along with the Living Legends event, and to make the most of the holiday weekend, the NPPL Super 7 event will take place on Saturday and Sunday with all final games being played on Monday, Memorial Day. This is a change from the traditional Friday through Sunday format, but we know that students will appreciate not having to miss School to compete in this event! This will truly be an event for the history books with over 3,000 players expected to compete. For more information on Chicago's Premier Paintball Field, visit www.cpxsports.com



Washington D.C. August 6 - 8, 2010
Pevs Paintball Park

Being labeled as the top tournament paintball park and practice training facility in the Nation, Pevs Paintball Park boasts nothing but state of the art facilities and amenities that, when coupled with their fantastic staff, make NPPL events at Pev's a great experience. Being located just minutes from all the historic sites of Washington D.C. makes this a great event for friends and family to attend as well. Frank Connell of Professional team St. Louis Avalanche put it best by stating "The D.C. Challenge presented by the NPPL and Pev's Paintball was by far the best run paintball tournament I have ever attended in my 15 years of playing Professional Paintball. The venue was superb and the playing turf was pristine. I was impressed with the support from the county and local companies in Virginia that was given for the event." Huge statewide support including sponsorship from Land Rover and many other businesses can be expected once again at Pevs. This year will also include an All Star Event matching East Coast vs West Coast. Visit www.NPPL.com for all the exciting details! For more information on Pev's Paintball Park, or to set up a team practice, visit www.pevs.com.


Las Vegas, NV October 2010
World Championships On the Vegas Strip

The surprise of the 2009 season was the league landing the greatest venue for exposing our sport to the masses - and we are excited to return to the world-famous Las Vegas strip in 2010! All teams are welcome to compete in this World Championship event to see how they fair against teams from around the world. Come and shop the tradeshow with all of the 2011 gear straight from the manufacturers! Come and watch the top teams from around the world face off for the World Championship Title! Player parties, industry parties, celebrity poker tournament... the NPPL Super 7 World Championship in Las Vegas is the party of the year! Don't miss out!

The NPPL Super 7 World Series is back - and 2010 could possibly be the greatest season yet. Much more information will be released in the weeks to come. Thank you for your support and passion for this great sport of Paintball.

Best Regards,

Chuck Hendsch
Commissioner
National Professional Paintball League
www.nppl.com
chuck@nppl.com

Save 10%

Register your team and pay for your team's event entry in full through the mail by January 31, 2010 to receive 10% off of your entire team entry fee to the Huntington Beach NPPL Super 7 World Series Surf City Open. Mail Check or Money Order to: NPPL, 15605 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648. Be sure to include team name, division and contact information. Entry fees will be posted on www.NPPL.com by December 15, 2009.

Offer Expires: January 31, 2010

Tadao Ego 9 and Ego 10 board, 09 ego, 2010 ego

The Yakuza Series USB board for the Ego 9 and Ego 10 includes a graphical OLED based display system and full USB support. Unlike any other aftermarket Ego board, it features both an optical sensor and microswitch for the trigger, which the user can select from within the menu system. A mini-B USB port is built right into the board, allowing you to plug it into a computer running Windows 7, Vista, or XP, so you can utilize the Tengu USB interface. Tengu offers the ability to do secure firmware updates from the comfort of your home or office, create custom boot screen images, and modify settings. Boot screens can be imported and exported as bitmap image files, allowing you to create them in image editing software like Photoshop and easily share them with friends or teammates. Settings profiles are treated in a similar fashion, and can be read off your board, saved to a file, and loaded back into any of your board's profiles or active settings.

OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays have numerous advantages over traditional LCDs. They have lower power consumption, higher contrast, and, due to the manufacturing process, are sealed, making them highly resistant to vibration and moisture. Unlike LCDs, each pixel of an OLED screen is a light emitting diode and emits its own light. Power consumption is directly proportional to how many pixels are lit, making it easy to view, even in direct sunlight.



All the necessary information is shown on the OLED screen, including eye status, battery life, current fire mode and max rate of fire, and a game timer. The settings are also easily adjusted through the full text-based menu system.
The Yakuza Series USB boards offer many enhanced capabilities. A new, faster microcontroller runs at up to 48 Mhz, and provides integrated USB 2.0 support with standard off-the-shelf mini-B USB cables. The drivers are built into Windows, making installation very easy. The asynchronous interrupt-based trigger scan is monitored at up to 12 million times per second. Additional adjustibility includes finer, more accurate rate of fire, debounce, and dwell increments, plus specific PSP/Millennium fire mode parameters to change the semi-start shots and semi-reset times. 5 customizable user profiles are now standard, and can be edited through the OLED screen or with the Tengu USB interface on your computer. The rate of fire range has been expanded to 5-30 balls per second to ensure compliance with any future changes to league rules.
Included is Tadao's industry first anti-breech bounce software, which helps to eliminate chops when a loader is running low on paint and can't provide a steady feed rate. A dedicated transmitter socket and wiring harness provide RF support.
The circuit board is the most important part of any electronic paintball marker, and upgrading it can enhance all the performance characteristics. Tadao's leading edge Yakuza Series USB boards provide the user with the ultimate in adjustability and speed, plus the ease-of-use of the Tengu USB interface so you can update your board's firmware and modify settings/graphics from home or office.

Note: USB cable is included. Additional cables are sold separately here. The cable in use is a mini-B to A type, and is commonly found with digital cameras, Blackberry phones, and other USB accessories, so you may already have one.
  • Yakuza Series OLED graphical display system shows eye status, battery life, current fire mode and max rate of fire, game timer, and menu system
  • Fully legal in all tournament series (10 bps compatible for 2009 PSP/Millennium season rules!)
  • Microchip PIC18F2550 microcontroller runs at up to 48 Mhz and provides Full Speed USB 2.0 (12 Mbit/s)
  • Tengu USB interface for Windows 7, Vista, and XP provides secure and free firmware updates, custom boot screens, settings adjustments, and more
  • Includes both an optical sensor and microswitch for the trigger
  • Zero power drain while turned off (less than 0.0001 mA)
  • Industry first anti-breech bounce software reduces chopping when a loader is running out of paintballs
  • RF socket and wiring harness included to support Magna, Pulse, and other RF transmitters
  • Multiple modes of fire
    • Unlimited semi-automatic
    • Adjustable semi-automatic
    • PSP ramping
    • PSP 3-round burst
    • NXL full-automatic
    • Millennium
    • Custom ramping
    • Auto-response
    • 3-round burst
    • Full-automatic
  • Select fire functionality allows up to 3 separate fire modes that can be accessed on the fly while playing
  • Tadao trigger logic asynchronously monitors the trigger switch, using an interrupt-based scan at up to 12 million times per second for the quickest response time and fastest semi-automatic
  • Tadao dynamic eye logic watches for the bolt to return every shot, cycling the marker as fast as possible
  • Rate of fire adjustable from 5 to 30 bps in 0.1 bps increments, plus unlimited rate of fire
  • 5 custom user profiles allow you to save settings for specific tournament series or performance tuning
  • Adjustable ABS programming eliminates first shot drop-off
  • AMB (anti-mechanical bounce) and CPF (cycle percentage filter) algorithms help to prevent mechanical and switch bounce without missing real trigger pulls
  • G-mode setting allows 3 different options for every firemode
  • More than 1 billion unique ways to adjust settings
  • Extremely easy to use graphical and text-based menu system for changing settings for nearly any variable, including debounce, dwell, loader delay, AMB, anti-bolt stick, fire mode, max rate of fire, fine rate of fire adjustment, eye mode, CPF, g-mode breakout, ramp start, ramp percentage, screen settings, settings profiles, and more
  • All settings are stored in non-volatile memory so they are not lost when the battery is disconnected
  • Power efficient software and hardware lengthen battery life
  • Adjustable automatic idle power down saves batteries
  • One-touch startup enables the marker to fire almost instantly
  • Uses spring battery contacts so there’s no wiring harness to break or wear out
  • 80-gram trigger microswitch
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Free Yakuza software updates via Tengu USB interface
  • Standard OLED color is blue
  • USB cable included
Manual and installation instructions:
The downloadable firmware listing, compatible Tengu versions, and Tengu instructions can be found on the Tengu page.