It's Tuesday so it must be idiotic post title day. Yay! (For the new kids the MLP weekly update was called MLP Held Hostage last year. See a pattern?) It may not always be sunshine and lollipops but the purpose of this recurring post is to keep tabs on the status on all the major leagues (leagues that feature a pro division) and for those who haven't been paying attention--competitive paintball is in flux and successfully navigating this difficult period is a demanding challenge. VFTD's contribution is to call shens when necessary and otherwise use mockery and ridicule to highlight the various leagues foibles--and because it's amusing. To work--
Not much to report on the not so Grand Tour. Their website (link down on sidebar) has some new info on the first event of their season in Venice and there is one team registered so far. On the bright side there's still two months to go.
UPDATE: GT kids have announced a 3-man xball lite (race to 3) division at a significantly lower entry. Does 3-man have a place as an xball format? Does 3-man have a place on an international stage?
Likewise in the Millennium Series--VFTD is now stalking them via Twitter and I can report the league is consistent in their general lack of communications. (Just the way I like it when it comes to Twitter.) Malaga is around 6 - 7 weeks out so numbers aren't overly important yet but there are still no locked division teams posted as registered while the open divisions have ticked up a team or two over the last week. How long can the league keep teams and sponsors in the dark with respect to their premier divisions? Additionally while more 50 cal gear appears to be available in Euroland VFTD has yet to hear of either a 50 cal sponsored team or word that any team plans to compete using 50 cal exclusively.
This past week the NPPL put out a press release announcing a live webcast press conference during which they announced they'd have a bunch more information available soon. Okay, it wasn't quite that bad but it was short on specifics and details including things like how many actual teams are actually registered in which actual divisions--but that information should be available soon. Regarding registered teams the "official" word is around 60 and Chuck added that most were paid or had put down a deposit or something. One bit of info that didn't make the webcast recap post is that the venue will be a bit closer to the pier this year while remaining on the south side and there should be room for up to 3 fields. The other thing I found of interest was Chuck's mention of feeder leagues. As noted in the recap post the RPL is a 5-man league but the other two leagues mentioned (I think--Chuck seemed a bit uncertain himself) were the NEPL and the GPL. Both have 7-man divisions. Last year GPL ran a truncated season of 2 events with 8 teams playing both and 5 teams playing one. NEPL runs a closed league that will max at 18 and currently has 13 teams signed up for 2010. If the NPPL survives how long will it be before there are more 5-man teams competing than 7-man?
PSP's second deadline for entry has come and gone and the final deadline of March 5th is less than two weeks away. 5-man registrations remain soft compared to last year. However, if everyone registered also paid total participation would nearly match last year. That's not the way it has worked in the past with some percentage of hopeful or frivolous registrations always swelling the numbers but seldom actually competing. The word has trickled out there will be no Phoenix webcast and while not official it is confirmed. Rumor has it there may be a Chicago and WC webcast but this has not been confirmed as far as VFTD knows. With respect to a post last week the league will take steps to address the issues raised. No final decision has been made but the tentative solution meets with my approval. I won't comment on details until I hear the final decision.