SPNS 2009 Leg 1 - announcement is out
With 3 weeks left on the clock, some details for Leg 1 is finally out.
1st Leg - 1 Feb 2009
2nd Leg - 17 May 2009
3rd Leg - 26 Jul 2009
4th Leg - 18 Oct 2009
4 men team
assumption is 2 reserves
early bird registration: $220 ($55 pax)
normal registration: $270 ($67.5 pax)
extra paintballs: unknown, historically $85 / bag
ID tags: historically $10 pax
This is a bold move indeed. Not only are the number of players bumped up to 4, so are the number of legs.
More in tune with the MPOC, who require 5 players to play 5 legs
More entertaining games, as 3 men teams collapse very quickly once they lose a player
It raises the costs. 33.3%. per match and 44.4% per year. This has not factored in that the matches will last longer and more rounds will be shot.
Lesser teams participating. Attrition is part of a team's life cycle. Most teams have 4-5 men. Some of them might have gone inactive. Some teams might merge or give some of the legs a miss.
[rough estimate of balls needed, of a team that entered the Quarter-Finals]
Qualifying: 8 rounds
Quarters: 3 rounds
Assuming no starting paint given (no details yet but was suggested)
Assuming front men fires 150 rounds while backmen fires 350 rounds, one team will expend 1000 balls / match
11 rounds x 1000 balls = 11,000 rounds
-assuming no starting balls given
11,000 rounds => 22 bags
22 bags => $1870 per team, per leg ($467.5 pax)
Total costs: $532.5 ($55 +$10 +$467.5)
-assuming 2000 balls given (based on past)
(11,000 - 2,000) rounds => 18 bags
18 bags => $1530 per team, per leg ($382.5 pax)
Total costs: $447.5 ($55 +$10 +$382.5)
As at now, playing competitively seems to be getting expensive.
However, everything is still too early to say. Let's see what the future holds.