UW-Platteville Paintball ClubBy Randall Stricklin • October 30, 2008 • Category: Uncategorized
The UW-Platteville Paintball Club is one of the campus’ most successful athletic clubs. They provide a fun outlet for paintballers to compete on a regional and national level, as well as earning the status as one of the top-ranked collegiate teams in the nation.
The club is divided into multiple teams, each of which compete individually in the season’s six tournaments, but the score of each team just reflects UW-P as a whole. The club belongs to the National Collegiate Paintball Association, a league of over 400 teams across the nation.
The club practices every weekend at Steeple Paintball in Dubuque, Iowa between four and six hours to help keep the players’ skills sharp for upcoming tournaments.
The club finished last season ranked sixth in the nation and has been putting forward a strong effort so far this year. The club has already played in two tournaments this year. The first tournament was held in Faribault, Minn. where they took first place out of 19 competing schools. The second tournament was held in McLean, Ill. where they took third place out of 21 competing teams.
A driving factor in the teams success has been each player’s passion for the club and the sport itself.
“I pretty much came to Platteville because they had a paintball club,” Alex Kornely, president of the club, said.
One student, freshman Kevin Banks, even took out an additional student loan just so he could play on the team.
“I love paintball. All my money goes towards paintball,” Banks said.
Anyone is welcome to join the club, but equipment and money to practice has to be supplied by the members themselves, and the tournaments are only partially covered by the funds awarded to the club from SUFAC. The initial start-up cost is around $400 for someone without any equipment club, vice president Lance Schuman said.
Students interested in the UW-P Paintball Club can attend a club meeting held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Mississippi Room of the Pioneer Student Center.