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Throw Back to 2000 & The start of Xball

Step Back Into Time Nine Year Ago

The begining of Xball started with the Nations Cup 2002

Nation’s Cup Invitational
NEWS RELEASE

This August 7th-11th, the “Diablo IAO” 2002 will host the World Premiere of the annual “Nation’s Cup Invitational”, a prestigious new International Paintball Title Event. The Nation’s Cup will bring hand picked “All Star Teams” from eight Nations, to represent their Country in the “Olympics of Paintball”, playing a unique Paintball Tournament format called “X Ball”.

One Captain per Country:
A single Captain from each Country, selected by the “Nation’s Cup” officiating committee, will select their own All Star Team rosters, from their own Countrymen. Each Country’s Team will travel to the Diablo International Amateur Open in Pittsburgh, to make their bid for the highest national honor in Paintball:
Bring Home the “Nation’s Cup” Title!

The Captains will be announced as soon as each Captain confirms their acceptance of this prestigious challenge. USA Captain, Bob Long, is expected to complete his special “Team USA” roster choices soon, to be announced in the coming weeks.

“X Ball” Format:
“The Nation’s Cup “X Ball” games will be the most exciting Paintball Games you’ve ever seen”, says developer Richmond Italia of Diablo Paintball. “From high atop the command tower, a digital ScoreBoard will display the score, the remaining game-time and penalty-box times, it will even display Players’ chrony-speeds, transmitted from on- field chronys!”

Italia went on to say, “ Just like hockey, Football, and Soccer, the games will be played in four quarters. Teams will be motivated to hang the flag as many times as possible before the buzzer marks the end of each quarter. Teams will face each other, game after game, hang after hang, until the period is over”. Each Flag-hang will bring a brief 3-minute re-set period for Players to get ready again. You’ll see Teams with Pit- Crews, racing to get Players re-set between games. Imagine Pit-Crew uniforms, Pit-Carts with Paint coolers, goggle and barrel cleaning stations, Speed-Pod re-fillers, and all kinds of special gear being created by each Team, in their frantic effort to get every Player ready for each re-start. As fast as physically possible, the Pit crew must handle every Player; hits cleaned, tanks re-aired, packs re-filled, barrels cleaned, thirsts quenched, all in three minutes, to be back on-field in time for the re-start. The Nation’s Cup will be played on a Custom “Ultimate AirBall” field, emblazoned with Flags of each represented country, including unique custom bunkers, created just for “X Ball” tournaments.

Traveling Trophy:
Just like the world-famous “America’s Cup” Yachting race and the “Indianapolis 500”, each year’s winner will have their Team Name and Country engraved onto the prestigious “Nation’s Cup” traveling Trophy, which will be proudly exhibited at various major Paintball events, for all to admire. National Flags will adorn the perimeter of the gleaming Nation’s Cup trophy, representing every Country in which Paintball is played around the world. Each year, the growing list of annual winners will be added to the engraved brass panels around the solid mahogany base. The spectacular “Nation’s Cup” Trophy was created by “Sparta Pewter”, one of the most respected award designers in North America.

Eight Countries compete: Rumors about this exciting event have already begun, resulting in early Team commitments from Canada, France, Portugal, England, and the USA. Who will rise to the challenge to fill the remaining three positions? Expect commitments soon from any of the following Paintball countries: Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, or Venezuela.

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