From the Coach's Line
We get a lot of people here at the park that have never heard of Friday Night Fights (FNF), or just don’t know what it is or what to expect. So I thought I’d take a little time and fill everyone in. Simply put; Friday Night Fights is a chance for players to come out and interact with other players in their sport and get to know each other!
All too often we have individuals or groups that come up and play and go home without ever talking with players outside of their circle of friends. Players become more active in their sport when they know there are others out there that share their same interests and passions. FNF gives players that opportunity to meet new people and share those interests.
“Great, but what exactly goes on at a FNF event?” you might ask. FNF starts around 7:00pm, come in get registered and then head to the warehouse. There you’ll find other players in your sport getting ready for some indoor games. The whole thing is very laid back, get your gear ready, or hang out and talk to others. When you are ready, put your safety gear on and walk out into the warehouse, chrono, and wait for the ref to get you onto a team. It’s that simple! There’s only one “game” running, so everyone plays together.
Aside from meeting others in your sport, it’s also an opportunity to see other players gear, get ideas for your own, and get advice on what works and what doesn’t. FNF is also a great place to sharpen skills for newer players, and teach your own skills as an experienced player. This is also a great place to get interest started for other forms of play! Looking for paintballers for a MagFed only game, or an Airsoft CQB team? This is the place to talk it up and get that interest!
Friday Night Fights happens the second Friday of every month for Airsoft, and the Fourth Friday for Paintball. Have additional Questions? You can always call or email us here at the park!
Yesterday we learned of the unfortunate fire at the Paintball Arkansas facility in Mayflower. Our hearts and prayers goes out to Andy and his team. While our paths rarely cross, we understand the hard work and dedication that goes into operating a paintball field. Owners and employees of these field spend a lot of time and effort in bring this amazing sport to the communities in which they live and serve. To have an accident of any sort destroy your work and threaten your livelihood can be devastating. I encourage those who call PBA their home to do all that they can to help them get their field back up and running as soon as possible.
We’ve all done it at one point or another; sat around talking with our friends about a hobby or sport, and someone says “Would it be nice to have some place local…”. This could be a bicycle shop, comic book store, Motocross, or any other hobby from a long list. That’s how Timberline came to be; a group of friends sitting around having that same conversation. No one likes to have to travel hours away to get news or information about their favorite past time activity, or to see the latest equipment, or purchase parts, upgrades or new products. The worse is needing technical help getting your equipment back up and running!
Hundreds of small businesses across the country open up every year because of situations just like this! But all too often these businesses struggle because their customer base either doesn’t know that they offer these services, or their customers look elsewhere to fill their needs.
This is both the fault of the business for not getting the message out, and the fault of the consumer for not supporting the business.
Not many may be aware that in the spring of 2015 the Little Rock and metro area had five (yes, FIVE) paintball fields to choose from. These included Paintball Arkansas (Conway), T-Square (Jacksonville), Battle Field 89 (Cabot), Hometown Paintball (Pine Bluff), and Timberline Adventure Park (Bryant). Jump ahead just six months and three of these fields have shut their doors including 20-year veteran T-Square!
While the individual stories of each of these fields is not my story to tell, I can shed some light on one of the most common struggles; customer loyalty. I’m not referring to picking one field and only frequenting that one. I think having multiple fields to choose from is a great thing, even I get bored of playing my own fields and need to shake things up. I’m talking about supporting the retail sales of your local field. As the weekends come and go, I can’t tell you how many times a frequent player has come through the door with a brand new paintball gun or airsoft rifle that he’s “just” picked up at large retail chain or online. While I’m thrilled to see the sport grow with the addition of another player, the business side of me sees another missed sale. Small, specialized businesses like ours depend on every dime that comes through the door, we work hard to bring you, the customer, the best price on products and services that we possible can while still keeping our door open. So the next time you’re online and tempted to pick up that new gun or mask, consider the place you go to play, where you’re going to take it to get it serviced or upgraded and spend your money with a face you know. The alternative is; eventually these specialty shops are going to close down and one day you’ll have that conversation all over again; “I wish there was a place locally…”
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