As the NCPA, teams, and players are gearing up for the 2015-2016 season, we wanted to share with you some much-requested information regarding potential rule changes.
The league will not be making any significant changes to the game formats. Class AA and High School will still be RaceTo-2 formats, with High School retaining its limited paint format. Class A open events (excluding World Cup and Nationals) will still run the RaceTo-7 format, while World Cup, Nationals, and full-season conferences will still run the same Class A format as we have for years – two 10-minute halves, stop-clock, no point limits.
Based on responses to the summer NCPA Team Survey, and considering arranging practices with non-college teams, the firing mode for electronic guns for the 2016 season will be the NXL / (Millennium) mode capped at 10.5 BPS. This is the same mode used in the NXL national circuit.
For Class AA and High School formats, we will also be adopting no coaching/no spectator participation for this season. A large number of survey respondents preferred no coaching, and the Board of Directors unanimously approved switching to no coaching as well.
Finally, for the 2016 season and beyond, we are making changes to the league jersey requirements. As it has been in the past, during the regular season, teams may wear any jersey they wish, provided it does not contain padding and meets the other requirements as established in the rulebook (long-sleeved, not excessively baggy, etc).
Beginning this year, all team jerseys must not only meet the existing NCPA jersey requirements, but must come from an NCPA Official Jersey Manufacturer. This requirement will allow us to ensure a quality product is produced for our players, which meets our jersey specifications prior to manufacture, and save teams from potential fees at Nationals, or any other event where legal jerseys might be required. Becoming an Official Jersey Manufacturer is a simple, no-cost process for any jersey manufacturer – simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Presently, HK Army, Raza, and Social Paintball are all certified Official Jersey Manufacturers. Any additional companies will be updated on the NCPA Jersey Requirements page.
We look forward to seeing you on the field this year!
With one event left to go for each region, the season is drawing to a close, and the 2015 National Championships is upon us!
In Class AA, the Texas A&M Aggies are at the top of the heap, having won an impressive 4 out of 4 events this season! Nipping at their heels are the Liberty University Flames, Kennesaw State Owls, University of Texas Longhorns, and Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals. It’s going to be a very close race going into Nationals to see who will be the 2015 Class AA Season Champions. Will Liberty be able to successfully defend their 2014 title? We can’t wait to see!
The 2015 NCPA National Championships, featuring both college and high school divisions, will return to Central Florida Paintball on April 17-19, 2015.
As we have done in the past, a FREE, live webcast will broadcast Class A matches Friday, Saturday, and the Semi-finals matches on Sunday. Each Class A team will be webcast for at least one match.
Base entry fees will remain the same as the past 5 seasons:
Class A: $1900 – free for Class A conference teams!
Class AA: $600, after 3 earned $100 entry waivers
High School: $300, including 2 cases paint plus a half case per playoff round played.
NCPA will not be making any mid-season rule changes. As usual, NCPA will evaluate whether any potential tweaks to game rules will enhance the competitive environment for our teams during the summer off-season.
While we are anxiously awaiting Nationals, we thought you might enjoy some previously unreleased action from the 2014 National Championships – Semifinals action between the University of Central Florida Knights and the Florida Atlantic University Owls!
From all of the NCPA volunteers, we wish everyone a Happy Holidays, and we can’t wait to see all of you next semester and at the National Championships!
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