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2014 Class AA Proposed Dates

In preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 season, we would like to let all of our schools know what dates we are looking to hold events on.  These dates have been proposed based on school breaks, major paintball tournaments (PSP World Cup), weather, and proximity to Nationals.  While it’s not possible to have a schedule to accommodate every single school, we believe the dates listed will maximize the number of events your team can attend throughout the year.

MSCC Conference- West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Maryland
Event #1 – September 27, 2014
Event #2 – November 8, 2014 (outdoor or indoor depending on weather)
Event #3 – February 14, 2015
Event #4 – March 28, 2015

NEIC Conference- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Event #1 – September 27, 2014
Event #2 – October 18, 2014
Event #3 – February 21, 2015 (indoor)
Event #4 – April 4, 2015

MWGL Conference- Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois
Event #1 – October 4, 2014
Event #2 – November 8, 2014 (indoor)
Event #3 – February 7, 2015 (indoor)
Event #4 – April 4, 2015

Midwest Conference- Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas
Event #1 – September 27, 2014
Event #2 – October 25, 2014 (possibly indoor)
Event #3 – February 18, 2015 (indoor)
Event #4 – March 28, 2015

MWN Conference- Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
Event #1 – September 27, 2014
Event #2 – October 18, 2014
Event #3 – February 14, 2015 (indoor)
Event #4 – April 4, 2015

SCCC  Conference- Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado
Event #1 – September 27, 2014
Event #2 – October 18, 2014
Event #3 – November 15, 2014
Event #4 – February 15, 2015
Event #5 – March 29, 2015

West Conference – Nevada, Arizona, California
Event #1 – November 1, 2014
Event #2 – February 14, 2015

We are anticipating that the 2015 National Championships will be held either April 10-12 or April 17-19. We’d love to hear from you about these dates!  Let us know what’s on your mind by visiting our PbNation forum: http://www.pbnation.com/forumdisplay.php?f=185

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NCPA Summer Update – Class AA, Class A, and More!

Hello everyone!
I’d like to start out by thanking everyone for a great 2013-2014 season! Nationals this year was one of the best I’ve attended in recent memory (except for one specific NEIC coach not being in attendance – we all strongly disliked that  ). As a league, I believe that we’ve continued to push forward in some key areas– expanding our relationship within the paintball industry, promoting the National Championship television show by means of broadcasting on premium cable for the second year in a row (and the 10th consecutive year on television).
We’ve also expanded our team internally to help correct some of the backward steps we’ve taken in the past two seasons. Ryan Spierowski joins us in an operations role, and will be primarily responsible for scheduling events and maintaining relationships with teams, host fields, and coordinating sponsorships for the league. Amanda Gruhlke joins us as a league representative, and will be working hand-in-hand with teams as their primary point of contact for day-to-day operations – such as registering teams, working with school finance departments, and having someone that teams can reach, and receive a prompt response, if they have questions. Ryan (Ryan@CPX) and Amanda (Short Stuff) join Rebekah Gast (Rebekah), Rob Ortiz (PSUGhost), Joe Rieger (dymium), and Chris Raehl (raehl) as the NCPA team, along with all of our other volunteers and coordinators.
For the progress that we have made these past few seasons, we’ve fallen short of our own expectations in key areas. The two key areas we are addressing are Class AA scheduling and Class A. I’ll start with Class AA. We have compiled a list of school breaks for all schools who have participated in the NCPA in the past. Primarily spring breaks, but we’ve done our best to identify fall breaks as well. With these in mind, we’ll be generating in the next few weeks a list of dates for each conference that we believe will best serve as a schedule for each region. We will release those target dates both right here on PbNation, our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Once we’ve had an opportunity to review with teams those dates and gather your feedback, we will begin reaching out to fields to schedule those events for the full 2014-2015 season. Our goal is to have the entire season pre-planned before you guys get back to school – allowing you to focus on preparing your budgets, securing funding, practicing, and your studies (of course  ). We would like to continue this trend for future seasons and begin moving the planning process earlier and earlier. If your local field is willing and able to host an NCPA Class AA event, please let us know via e-mail (ncpa@ncpapaintball.com). We will also be doing a better job of preparing schools for the expenses associated with playing. Paint prices and grades will be made clearly available on APPA and the NCPA website, and we will not allow an event to be posted or planned without having a firm commitment from host without that information.The next area we are reviewing is Class A. In three seasons we’ve gone from 10 schools to 5 in our season conferences, and we had fewer Class A teams at Nationals than we did last year. We have not been proactive in planning Class A conferences, speaking with schools that would be interested in playing, or following through with our schools to ensure that their programs are in a healthy state so they can continue growing and playing. Additionally, we also have one of the more expensive formats to play, while at the same time seeing average funding levels from universities cut and paint prices going up. What this ultimately means for us is that there are some changes we feel can be made to the program to energize Class A growth, as well as Class AA growth. After several years of debate and discussion, we are considering making the following changes to the Class A program:

  • The NEIC Class A conference will continue to operate, and we want to add a Florida Class A conference. Note that each conference would have to have 4 paid teams to operate. If we can’t get 4 teams, we would like to switch that region to open events (see below).
  • Nationals will continue to have an open event on Friday, consisting of 3 Full-Format matches.
  • World Cup will continue each year, and will most likely be the open event format.
  • Going forward, we would like to have two formats available: RaceTo-7 and full format (the existing format)
    • All open events (with the possible exception of World Cup) would be RaceTo-7.
    • Conference events would be either full format or RaceTo-7, where paid conference teams will determine which format will be played.
    • Nationals will be full format
  • We would like to hold up to 1 open Class A event in non-season regions each semester. Open events would be the PSP Pro RaceTo-7 format (one half, 20 minute stop-clock, with penalty boxes). Entry would be limited to 6 teams per event for scheduling purposes.
  • Proposed entry fee structure:
    • Full season, full format: $3800 base price, $150 tiered late fees (no price increases here).
    • Open event, Nationals and World Cup: $1900 (Nationals will be full-format, Cup format is TBD).
    • Open event, RaceTo-7: $1300.
      • 4 team minimum per event. Limited exceptions *may* be made to allow 3 team events.
      • Each non-conference, open event team will receive $500 off their 2015 Nationals entry fee and one free Class AA entry fee, redeemable any time during the 2014-2015 season after their open event is completed.
      • Any team participating in 3 or more open events will receive a free 2015 Nationals entry.
  • Seeding for Nationals will be modified. We will keep the usual order of tiebreakers and seeding in place. Average margin would now be computed as the greater of:
    • Regular season average margin (all events played during the regular season, open or conference, including Nationals Friday play).
    • Average margin from Nationals Friday play.
  • We would no longer provide an automatic entry into the Saturday / Sunday National Championships for Cup and Conference winners. Instead, winners would be given extra wins based on their final placement at Class A events (or their conference placement) to be used in determining their seeding.
    • Season-long conference 1st place team: 3 extra wins
    • Season-long conference 2nd place team: 1 extra win
    • Open event winner: 1 extra win. If 6 teams participate, winner would receive 2 extra wins.
    • World Cup 1st place team: 2 extra wins if they are a non-conference team, otherwise 1 extra win
    • World Cup 2nd place team: 1 extra win if they are a non-conference team

With these changes, we hope to be able to provide a sustainable model for Class A play while still encouraging teams to form strong conferences of Class AA. Encouraging growth in both formats allows us to introduce new schools to college paintball (Class AA) and to provide a more feasible growth path for organizations to strive for (Class A) given the projected level of funding provided by schools and team fundraising. For schools who have been playing Class A, and for those interested in trying out Class A, we would love to hear from you! What do you think about these proposed changes? Where can we improve this program to provide more value for you? What don’t you like?

The final area that we will strive to change is in our communication. This starts with you guys! We want to hear what you think, what is going on with your programs, what struggles you are having, and how we can help your organization grow. Adding Amanda and Ryan to the team as points of contact is a start for us. We want to be more active on PbNation, Facebook, and Twitter, where we can reach all of the teams in an efficient way. We will also be updating our website. Those of you that have been around long enough remember the old version of the website, and know that the current website was a dramatic improvement. We also know that information is hard to find, and that we haven’t done a good job of keeping things updated. We will be re-organizing the site this summer to hopefully provide a better means of finding the information you need, as well as keeping things updated as we make changes. We would also like to feature more of you guys! If your program has done something exciting or new, let us know about it! Shoot a video or documentary of your team? Represent your school at another paintball event? Show off to the world! Communication is always a two-way street – we want to hear from you on a frequent basis to know how we’re doing, and how your team is doing. The easiest way for you to get involved is to run for the NCPA Board of Directors! We have many open spots to fill, and we need them filled now! Your responsibilities and time requirements range from minimal (a few conference calls per season) to as much as you want to be involved, and the only requirement is that you are a full-time student for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you’d like to be on the NCPA Board, please send us an e-mail with your name and school, elections@college-paintball.com.

We hope that you are as excited about the upcoming season as we are! Please let us know what you think about the upcoming season and proposed changes. Let us know what your team is doing this summer! We look forward to hearing from you, and we look forward to a successful 2014-2015 season.  If you would like to share your opinions and comment on any of these changes, or to let us know what changes you would like to see, head over to our official forum on PbNation: http://www.pbnation.com/showthread.php?p=81540801

Joe Rieger
CEO

 

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2014 NCPA Sunday Webcast Schedule

Webcast Schedule – Sunday Playoffs

10:00 UConn University of Connecticut Huskies vs Temple University Owls temple
11:00 UCF University of Central Florida vs Florida Atlantic University FAU

Full Schedule

Check out what time YOUR favorite teams are playing. Don’t forget to watch their matches *LIVE* on PaintballAccess.com this Friday (9 AM EST), Saturday(9 AM EST), and Sunday (10 AM EST).

 

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2014 Nationals Sunday Schedules are Live!

Sunday playoff schedules for the 2014 NCPA National Championships are live! See when your team plays:

http://www.paintball-players.org/scores/L2/E3112/Sunday.html

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2014 NCPA Saturday Webcast Schedule

Webcast Schedule – Saturday Playoffs

9:00 Long Beach Cal State Long Beach 49ers vs Cornell University Big Red Cornell
10:00 Liberty Liberty University Flames vs Florida Atlantic University FAU
11:00 Akron University of Akron Zips vs West Point Black Knights West Point
12:00 Fresno Fresno State University Seminoles vs Penn State University Nittany Lions Penn State
2:00 temple Temple University Owls vs

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3:00 Kennesaw Kennesaw State University Owls vs

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FAU
4:00 UCF University of Central Florida vs

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West Point
5:00 UConn University of Connecticut Huskies vs

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Penn State

Full Schedule

Check out what time YOUR favorite teams are playing. Don’t forget to watch their matches *LIVE* on PaintballAccess.com this Friday (9 AM EST), Saturday(9 AM EST), and Sunday (10 AM EST).

 

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2014 National Championships Saturday Schedules Are Released!

Schedules have been released for Class AA Prelims and High School Prelims, as well as Class A playoffs!

http://www.appapb.com/scores/L2/E3112/divSchedules.html

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2014 National Championships Registration Information

Hello all participating NCPA Nationals 2014 teams!

In the next couple days, you will all be arriving to Nationals and we just wanted to send out a few reminders about the event.

Registration Hours 

Thursday April 10: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM; Friday April 11: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday April 12: 6:30 AM – until games end. Please make sure your whole team is present when you come to register. All players will need to bring a school ID and a government issued ID when checking in.

Class AA Registration Information

Team entry for Class AA is $900. Teams have already paid $600 when they registered and will be charged $100 of the remaining balance for each of the entry fee waivers listed below that your team does not have: (Short version: Complete your APPA player profiles, bring your jersey with you, and bring a hard copy of your school newspaper article)

1. College profiles completed on each players APPA profile:

Teams will need to have every player’s College profile complete on their APPA account, including a photo for each player and a team picture/logo. To make sure your player profile is complete, head to your player profile on APPA.
1) Once logged in, ensure you have uploaded a photo that meets the APPA photo criteria via the ‘Picture’ tab.
2) On your ‘Edit Profile’ tab, fill out all the information in the ‘Contact Information’ section and click ‘Update Contact Information’
3) Once you have updated your contact information, ensure that all of the information in the ‘Player Information’ is complete and up to date, and that you have selected ‘Yes’ for ‘Are you on a college team’ if it is not already chosen and that the information in the college section is complete and updated as well. Click ‘Update Profile Information’
4) If you previously had answered ‘No’ for ‘Are you on a college team’, additional questions will appear in the ‘Player Information’ section, including jersey, mask, hopper, and other information. Ensure that this information is completed and click ‘Update Profile Information’ once more.

Note registration staff will NOT be filling out this information for players. If players do not have this complete when they arrive to registration, each player will be assessed a $10 late fee and then players will have to log in and fill out the information on supplied computers at registration.

2. Matching Team Jerseys:

Each player will need to bring their Jersey with them to registration for staff to check that they meet all the requirements as listed below to receive the $100 discount:
As of May 2012, padding is prohibited in jerseys.
School Logo: Front center of the jersey minimum 8′ tall X 12′ wide.
Last Names: Back top center 4′ high (first names optional in any size, as long as last name is present in 4′ lettering.)
Numbers on back: 8′ high- 1 or 2 digit player numbers only
Player numbers on the top of each shoulder
NCPA Logo on top of arm on shoulders: 4.5′ diameter circle minimum
All Sponsor Logos are on the sleeves, except two 3′X5′ sponsor logos may appear on the front of the jersey above the school logo, one on each side. Unlimited sponsor logos on the back below the player numbers.

3. School News Article

Bring a hard copy of your school newspaper with an article on the front page that mentions the National Collegiate Paintball Championship to receive the $100 discount. (Must bring hard copy when checking in. NO EXCEPTIONS. If your school only has an online newspaper, you must bring a printed copy. Printers will NOT be provided at registration for this purpose.) (Also note, if school has multiple teams participating, one article will cover all teams)

Class A Registration Information

Class A Teams have two requirements, if teams do not meet these requirements fines will be applied.
Teams are required to have their Player Profiles completed. For each player that does not have their profile completed when arriving to registration there will be a $10 fine per player.
Teams are required to have Matching Team Jerseys that meet all the NCPA jersey requirements. All players must bring their jerseys to registration for inspection. If your team’s jerseys fail to meet requirements, a $500 fine will be assessed.

Enrollment Verification:

All Class A teams should have already mailed in their enrollment verification in the prior weeks leading up to Nationals. If your team did not mail in their enrollment verification and your school provides the ability to request and print transcripts online, computers and a printer will be provided for this at registration. All teams that mailed in their enrollment verification will also need to bring a second, unopened copy with them when they arrive to registration.

Additional Information

Schedules:
The Class A schedule will be released today, Wednesday April 9th. The Class AA schedule will be released Friday evening April 11th.

Vendors:
We are happy to announce the following vendors will be attending Nationals this year: Exalt, HK Army, Trade My Gun and Social Paintball. While here, please check out these vendors who support the NCPA.

Paint:
Paint will be available for purchase on-site from Empire and G.I. Sportz. Only Empire or G.I. Sportz branded paint may be used at the NCPA National Championships.

Webcast:
The Class A webcast will air on Paintballaccess.com starting Friday at 9AM with Matty Marshall and Todd Martinez returning to commentate so make sure to tell all your friends and family to tune in all weekend! And for 10th year on TV, The finals Class A game will be aired on CBS Sports Network at Noon eastern on Saturday, May 17th!

If there are any questions or concerns about the above information, please feel free to email us atNCPA@college-paintball.com. We are looking forward to seeing all the teams and the great competition they bring this weekend.

Thank you and safe travels,

NCPA, Inc

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NCPA College Paintball- “Stand Your Ground” with Cal State Long Beach

Every Spring, the best college paintball club teams in the U.S. travel to Florida to compete in the NCPA College Paintball National Championships. This year it is April 11-13, 2014 at Central Florida Paintball in Lakeland, FL.

Planet Eclipse sent its ETV to follow Cal State Long Beach 49ers as they attempt to STAND THEIR GROUND, and defend their NCPA Class A Championship title. Be sure to tune in for this year’s event webcast, and in the meantime, enjoy.

NCPA College Paintball- “Stand Your Ground” with Cal State Long Beach

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NC State Wins MSCC Event #4

Congratulations to North Carolina State for winning MSCC Event #4.

Look for some of these faces playing for the NCPA All-Stars at Event #2: PSP Mid-Atlantic Open, May 2-4, 2014!

NC State Wins MSCC Event #4

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Congratulations to High School Regional Championship Winners!

Congratulations for our winning schools, who will all receive a trip to Nationals on April 12-13, 2014!

Mid-Atlantic: Matoaca Paintball
Midwest – Fenton High School
Northeast – McQuaid Jesuit High School
South – Creekview High School
Southeast – Atlanta Vengeance (by default, only paid team)
Southwest – Cooper City High
West – Terra Nova Edge
Great work teams!

 

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2014 National Championships is Coming!

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Get all of the details and sign your team up NOW at the Nationals Website:

http://www.ncpapaintball.com/nationals/

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2013-2014 Official NCPA Layouts Released

Six brand-new 2013 NCPA official layouts have been released! See the Official NCPA Layouts Page for more versions of each layout and for all of our past layouts!

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NCPA Nationals to Re-Air this Monday May 28th!

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Find CBS Sports Network on the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder.

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NCPA Paintball On TV! Saturday May 18th At Noon EST!

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Use the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder to find your channel!

Check out Prelim matches on YouTube!

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