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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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AXBL 2009 All Star Game & Event 3 Results

ThisISPaintball.ca Article Written By Kyle Muffty

Finally, a mix of hand-picked AXBL players from both Eastern and Western conferences were chosen to compete in the All-Star match of the season. The event took place at Paintball Quest in Sodus, New York, a field that the players where already familiar with from the previous event. It was quite the start to a weekend of paintball. Each team started by having their names called out, lining-up in order. Following this was a get-it-up chant to see which team was in favor, the outcome was clearly Eastern. Then just minutes before the first point of the match, a pod-toss was thrown out to all the players and spectators in the crowd. Intensity and excitement was in the air, along with both teams fired-up and ready to play.

The first point was taken by Western. Surprisingly, the next three were also scored before Eastern even scored their first. The crowds were second-guessing their final score picks at this point by a lot. By half-time the score was 7-2 for Western. Buddy Baur was bringing his team towards the win, unfortunately for Dan Zaleski, captain of Eastern. Back and forth, points were taken and lost. Eastern finally had a minor comeback in the match, scoring a few back-to-back points. It just wasn’t enough with Westerns 5 point lead, leaving the final score of the match 11-6 for Western. Nonetheless, both conferences proved to have some truly talented paintball players. Good job guys!

More big news was released from Bronx Hate in the MXL division. After both their wins against Team No Name and Baltimore Inflict, they were now guaranteed the AXBL spot for next season. It was a difficult season of hard work and grinding through the trenches, but clearly their efforts brought them on top. Congratulations to a job well done!

Sunday brought out more amazing matches. Attica Intent laid a beat down on Somerville Crisis with a final score 16-5. The same went for Philadelphia All American Heroes as they made a statement with their 17-3 score on Binghamton Blackout.  Binghamton Blackout managed to squeeze in a win later that day against Wellsville Express with a final score of 9-8. Rockland Hustle was able to win their only match of the day against Sodus Predators with a final score of 11-6.  These matches will be making or breaking a few teams and their standings. Hopefully it’s something enough for them to make back at the All American Paintball Park just a month away.

The weekend of paintball couldn’t have been better. Even the weather that was calling for showers of rain, turned out to be clear, sunny skies. Thanks go out to BuyPBL, DXS, VForce, Smart Parts, Sup Airball, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and FantasyPB for making this event what it was. Good-luck to everybody and see you at E4!

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Zephyr Sports 2009 Tanked Sponsorship Program

Zephyr Sports is happy to announce our new active sponsorship program. In combination with Tanked, we have put together a team package that will help divisional players save money and get their hands on the best gear. Any and all tournament level teams are welcome to apply for sponsorship. Currently the Tanked Sponsorship Program is offered solely to teams, individual player applications will not be accepted at this time.

What is Included:

Matching Jersey, Pants, Headband, and Casual Apparel.

Who May Apply:

Any and all teams regardless of division, series, or format. Restricted to teams who reside in the US.

How Do I Apply:

Email Your Response to the following questions to sponsorship@zephyrpaintball.com
Please only send one application per team.

1)Team name.
2)Team history, location, and affiliation with any other sponsors or groups.
3)Roster: Include names & age of each team member.
4)Current tournament affiliation.
5)Past Accomplishments for this team.
6)Team practice schedule.
7)Team goals and future plans.
8)Include any information you would like us to know about your team.
9)CONTACT INFORMATION!

We will actively review every application we receive. Please do not attempt to spam our inbox as to the status of your team’s application. You will be contacted once your application has been reviewed.

Check out the 2009 Tanked Collection HERE!

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Beatdown City Tour 2009

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