Thursday, February 9, 2012

Clinics Aren't Just For Players Anymore

It seems FOV (Friend of VFTD) and renowned paintball photog Gary B. is gonna be participating in a paintball photography clinic in Thailand. (Is that what you're really doing in Bangkok, Gary?) At first blush I confess I thought maybe this was a bit over the top--but then it occurred to me we already have player clinics and referee clinics--so why not? (Except of course we already have too many photographers gracing our fields but that may be a North America thing. I look forward to your angry comments. For all I know our friends around the globe despair because they don't have access to vanity paintball photography.) So best of luck on this latest venture--but I'm thinking there may be more opportunities here.
I am fortunate to have a world class pit manager and pod bitches extraordinaire. I have no doubt there's lots of poor pit crewing and pod bitching going on out there. The obvious answer is pit crew & pod bitch clinics. If photogs can sign up teams before events why couldn't certified pit crew offer their services? Does chaos reign in your pit? Sign up bitches trained by the best.
There's more. I don't mean to be critical but how 'bout sideline coaching? Not always a strength. And how many sad players have you seen desperately seeking aggness--and failing? Agg clinics could be the answer. Maybe a bonus balling clinic too. Lot of players talk big but fail to deliver in the clutch. I'm thinking there could be some big bucks in counter-coaching clinics as well. We need to think outside the box too. Everybody has heard the shrieking mom and cringed. There's a real need for a spectators clinic. How to be loud and supportive without inviting a parking lot beating. The sky is the limit!
Who says there's no money in paintball?

13 comments:

J-Bird said...

i know you attempted this before, dont know if it worked - i'd love to attend a coaching clinic taught by you.

Anonymous said...

Gary Baum hosting a photography clinic makes about as much sense as Missy hosting a dieting clinic.

Baca Loco said...

J-Bird
Come to a tourney and I'll save you a bar stool. :)

Anon
You know Missy then.

J-Bird said...

sending you an email in a moment!

Anonymous said...

Gary is a stand-up guy, he is always happy to help out those who show him respect with some friendly advice, those that don't, he's specially sharpened his elbows for!

Baca Loco said...

Last Anon
Gary is indeed a congenial fellow but I wouldn't know about sharpened elbows. PB photogs play rough I guess.

L4F said...

I will love to take (some day)a paintball photography clinic by Gary.

Missy Q said...

I'm big boned.

I'd like to see an 'announcer clinic', but due to recent posts I also see a need for a 'smoking weed while remaining undetected clinic'. There are too many unskilled stoners who make it more difficult for the pro's to enjoy their reefer without undue attention.

J-Bird said...

I can do the announcer clinic, here it is: "Repeat after me: Feast. Feasting. Feasted. Congrats! You're ready to be an official PSP announcer!"

Done.

Baca Loco said...

Missy
Good call on the announcer clinic. It's not a very strong field is it? ;)
Are you sure you didn't mean boned big?
Not an issue of undetected, an issue of institutional control.

Reiner Schafer said...

Is there a clinic for how to play the Millennium series? Rumour has it Damage could use a crash course?

Nick Brockdorff said...

Yeah, but not sure Damage has the budget for me :D

Nick Brockdorff said...

One thing is for sure, some of those boys are going to be pretty surprised by the reffing - it is WAY tougher over here :D