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College Paintball THIS WEEKEND!

Who is ready for some college paintball this weekend?

We have 33 teams from 19 different colleges battling this weekend for first place – and bragging rights!

Follow along at https://appascores.com to see the event schedules, and to see how YOUR team is doing!

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Welcome to the 2017 season! We’re very excited to get things started, and the best way to kick things off is to hear from you!

Please let us know what’s going on with your team, and help us plan the best possible schedule, by filling out this survey. It will take about 10 minutes to complete, and will greatly assist us in providing the best league we can.

Fill Out the Survey Today!

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2016 Nationals Update – Hotels, ID Cards, Deadlines, and More!

First Entry Deadline is Today- Friday, March 25!

Sign up for the NCPA National Championships now!

The first entry fee deadline for the 2016 National Championships is 11:59 PM today, March 25, 2016. Sign your team up and pay now to save! Join over 50 teams to compete for the National Championship!

New! Personalized ID Cards for All Players! Upload your Photo!

This year, each player will receive a personalized ID card with your name, your school’s name, and logos! Accordingly, all players are REQUIRED to submit a profile photo for approval ahead of the event. Ensure that each player on your team follows the directions listed on the Nationals website: http://ncpapaintball.com/nationals/pricing.

Entry Fee Waivers

As in past years, Class AA teams earn a $100 entry waiver by having their team and player profiles *completely* filled out, plus an additional waiver for having matching team jerseys meeting NCPA jersey requirements and another for having an article about the team or league published in your school newspaper.

Class AA Finals on the Webcast!

You’ve asked for it, and we’re finally able to deliver – Class AA will have their Finals matches (championship and consolation) shown LIVE on our FREE webcast!

Player Eligibility Waiver Requests

With limited exceptions, all students must be full-time students at the same school at the time of the tournament to be eligible to compete. A player who is not a full time student at the time of the tournament who wishes to compete and meets one of the limited exception requirements MUST RECEIVE ADVANCE WRITTEN APPROVAL from the NCPA prior to competing. The deadline for applying for such an eligibility waiver is April 4.
TEAMS COMPETING WITH INELIGIBLE PLAYERS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND MAY FACE FURTHER SANCTIONS FROM THE LEAGUE AND/OR YOUR SCHOOL.

If you have any question regarding player eligibility, or if you need to apply for an eligibility waiver, please visit our Player Eligibility Information Page.

Nationals Field Layout – NXL Dallas Open

For Nationals, we will be using the 2016 NXL “W” bunker kit with the NXL Dallas Open layout which will be released to the public on Wednesday, April 13.

Don’t miss out on any of the action this year – Sign up for the NCPA National Championships now!

National Championships Media Registration

Are you a photographer / videographer planning on attending the 2016 National Championships? We’d love to have you there! Any interested parties may register for a press pass on the National Championships website: http://ncpapaintball.com/nationals/media.

Upcoming College Events – Play Now!

South Central #4- Fun on the Run Paintball, Fort Worth, TX – March 26 – Schedules and Scores
Midwest North #4- Siege Paintball, Mukwonago, WI – April 2 – Sign Up Now!
Northeast #4- Matts Outback, Coventry, CT – April 2 – Sign Up Now!
NCPA College National Championships- Kissimmee, FL – April 15-17 – Sign Up Now!

Player Eligibility Reminder

A friendly reminder to all players and teams that, in order to play a college event, you must be a full-time, enrolled, degree seeking student at your university, or have a received an eligibility waiver from the NCPA President or CEO. Additionally, each team must only consist of players attending the same university (satellite campuses and statewide systems count as separate schools). Each player, as well as your team captain and president, should verify with each player that they meet the eligibility requirements as set forward in our rules.

If you have any question regarding player eligibility, or if you need to apply for an eligibility waiver, please visit the collegiate eligibility page on our website:
http://ncpapaintball.com/college/eligibility/

Hotel and Rental Car Discounts

The 2016 NCPA National Championships are coming to a NEW venue, the Austin-Tindall Regional Park, just 10 minutes directly south of the Orlando International Airport, in conjunction with the co-ed College D1 Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

As we get closer to the event, details will be updated weekly.

Hotel Discounts:

Teams are welcome to use any accommodations they desire, but the NCPA has also arranged some discount rates:

Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area
25 Minutes to Field
5711 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL
Two Queen Beds or One Queen and Bunk Beds
$89 + 13% tax
Click to Book Online
Holiday Inn and Suites Lake Buena Vista South
25 Minutes to Field
3484 Polynesian Isle Blvd, Kissimmee, FL
Two Queen Beds
Breakfast Included
$89 + 13% tax
Click to Book Online
Clarion Suites Maingate
34 Minutes to Field
7888 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL
Suite with Two Queen beds and one Sofabed
Breakfast Included
$69 + $10 resort fee + 13% tax per night.
Call hotel after March 15 to book. (Code available 3/15 on the NCPA Nationals Travel and Hotel Page)
Dream Orlando Vacation Rentals
Various Kissimmee Locations
3 Bedroom Condo – $79/night + $80 cleaning fee for stays less than 6 days
3 Bedroom Pool Home – $99/night + $80 cleaning fee for stays less than 6 days
4 Bedroom Pool Home – $109/night + $90 cleaning fee for stays less than 6 days
Email dreamorlandovacationrentals@gmail.com to book.

Rental Car Discounts:

Advantage Rent A Car – Save 10%, Use Code CD034C6848
Budget Rental Car – Use Code Z051156

Don’t miss out on any of the action this year – Sign up for the NCPA National Championships now!

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2016 National Championships Update – Spectacular New Venue in Kissimmee, FL!

2016 NCPA National Championships Update – Spectacular New Venue in Kissimmee, FL!

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The 2016 NCPA National Championships are coming to a NEW venue, the Austin-Tindall Regional Park, just 10 minutes directly south of the Orlando International Airport, in conjunction with the co-ed College D1 Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

The event will be held on April 15-17, 2016! Mark your calendars now!

The facility is a premiere sports park designed to host national-level athletic competitions, featuring level grass playing fields, ample parking, permanent rest rooms, and on-site concessions.

Players and teams will have access to tons of affordable lodging across Osceola county, and enjoy close proximity to one of the nation’s most-connected airports and all of Central Florida’s tourist hot spots.

We will be announcing partner hotels and rates shortly.  Feel free to book your airfare into Orlando International Airport.  More details to follow in the next week.

Sign up for the NCPA National Championships now!

Upcoming College Events – Play Now!

Midwest Great Lakes #3- CRU Paintball, Flint, MI – February 20 –  Schedules and Scores
South Central #3- XFactor Paintball, San Antonio, TX – February 20 – Schedules and Scores
Midwest North #3- O’Hare Paintball, Palatine, IL – February 20 –

Schedules and Scores

Mid-South #3- Nitro Paintball, Canton, GA – February 27 – Sign Up Now!
South Central #4- Fun on the Run Paintball, Fort Worth, TX – March 26 – Sign Up Now!
Mid-South #4- Location TBA – April 2
Northeast #4- Location TBA, April 2
Midwest North #4- Location TBA, April 2
Midwest Great Lakes #4- Location TBA, April 2
NCPA College National Championships- Kissimmee, FL – April 15-17 – Sign Up Now!

Player Eligibility Reminder

A friendly reminder to all players and teams that, in order to play a college event, you must be a full-time, enrolled, degree seeking student at your university, or have a received an eligibility waiver from the NCPA President or CEO.  Additionally, each team must only consist of players attending the same university (satellite campuses and statewide systems count as separate schools).  Each player, as well as your team captain and president, should verify with each player that they meet the eligibility requirements as set forward in our rules.

If you have any question regarding player eligibility, or if you need to apply for an eligibility waiver, please visit the collegiate eligibility page on our website:

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2016 NCPA Season Has Begun!

Upcoming College Events – Play Now!

Midwest North #1 – Vintage Paintball, September 27Sign Up Now!
Mid-South #1 – Liberty University Paintball, October 3Sign Up Now!
Northeast #1 – Top Gun Paintball, October 3Sign Up Now!
Great Lakes #1 – Paintball Plex, October 3Sign Up Now!
Collegiate World Cup – October 17/18Sign Up Now!
South Central #2 – Legends Paintball, October 24Sign Up Now!
Northeast #2 – Lainway Sports, October 24Sign Up Now!
Midwest #2 – Location TBA (Chicago area), October 24

Play College World Cup! New LOW Entry Fee!

NCPA will once again be offering a Class A, full format event at World Cup onOctober 17-18!  We’ve also reduced the entry fee for this season – only $1350!
Play Collegiate World Cup – October 17/18 – Sign Up Now!

SCCC Season Kickoff – Congrats to our Winners!

The NCPA kicked off the season last weekend with the first Class AA SCCC event held at Outlaw Paintball in Austin Texas.
We would like to congratulate Texas A&M Aggies – Maroon for taking the first 1st place win of the season!
Texas A&M Aggies – Maroon 1st Place Winners
Texas Tech University Red Raiders- Black 2nd place winners
Photo Credit: SeeUs Films
University of Texas Longhorns- Orange 3rd place winners
Photo Credit: Burrdurr Photography

Going to College?  Meet the Teams!

Are you in high school and are interested in college paintball? Head out to one of our NCPA events and talk to some of the teams! They can provide valuable information on playing in the NCPA during college.
Also, be sure to email us if you have a high school team interested in having a high school event near you!

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2016 Season Rule Changes

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 ncpa@college-paintball.com 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!

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NCPA Job Board – Graphic Artist & Video Editor Internship

Graphic Artist & Video Editor Internship

Are you passionate about college paintball and motivated to work within the sports or paintball industry?  Are you interested in combining your knowledge of and interest in paintball with your graphics and video editing skills?  Are you a current college student looking for valuable experience to help you continue your education?

If you answered YES to these questions, you would be a perfect candidate for our Graphic Artist & Video Editor Internship!

Please click below to read more, or click here to download the job description..

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2016 Board of Directors

2015-2016 Board of Directors Announced!

The NCPA would like to congratulate the following individuals on their election to the Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 season:

At-Large:
Matt Jones, UW-Platteville
Nick Melaragno, Northeastern University

Midwest: Joe Lynch, Michigan State University
Northeast: David Patlut, University of Massachusetts
Southeast: Marston Conti, Clemson University
West: Brandon Ramirez, Arizona State University

The board seat for the North region is vacant, as there were no individuals who ran for that position.

Your Voice Counts! 2015-2016 Season Survey

As we approach the 2015-2016 season, please feel free to contact both your region’s board member, as well as the NCPA, if you have any questions or input regarding this season!  Each member club has been contacted with a short survey requesting your input for the upcoming season – if your team has not received this correspondence, please contact Amanda Gruhlke, team liaison, at ncpa@college-paintball.com to ensure your club contact information is up to date.

 

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2015 National Championships Re-Airs On CBS Sports Network! Saturday June 6 at 1PM

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The 2015 NCPA College Paintball National Championship presented by Empire and DYE re-airs Saturday, June 6th at 1 PM Eastern on CBS Sports Network!

First-time Class A competitors Texas A&M Aggies face off against homestate Florida Atlantic University Owls for the title of National Champion, with expert commentary by paintball veterans Matty Marshall and Todd Martinez with sideline reporting from PaintballAccess.com’s Lauren Kelley.

Don’t miss your chance to watch paintball on a full HD big screen!  Swing by your favorite local sports bar for lunch or set your DVR and watch with friends!

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More 2015 National Championships Videos – Watch Now on YouTube!

Coming to you this Saturday, we have TWO MORE Prelim Matches from the 2015 NCPA Nationals for you to watch on YouTube! Check out these awesome match ups!

Kennesaw State vs. Northeastern

East Carolina vs Texas A&M

Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to catch all the Nationals action, as well as share and like all of the videos from this year’s webcast!  Also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram!

Stay tuned as we release more videos from this year’s National Championship!

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2015 National Championships Videos – Watch Now on YouTube!

The first three Prelim Matches from the 2015 NCPA Nationals are now available to watch on YouTube! Check out these awesome match ups!

The Paintball Club at The University of Akron vs. Saginaw Valley State University

UConn Paintball vs. Navy Paintball

Fresno State Paintball vs. UW-Milwaukee Panthers Paintball Club

Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to catch all the Nationals action.  Stay tuned as we release more videos from this year’s National Championship!

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Live Webcast Update

We have cobbled together a backup backup solution to our webcast technical difficulties, and the webcast is now live. We are also uploading matches from earlier in the day to YouTube. The current solution is not ideal and you may experience slow frame rates but we are working on a better solution for tomorrow. We appreciate everyone’s patience.

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Friday Webcast Technical Issues

Due to unforeseen technical issues, we will be unable to live stream the webcast on Friday, April 17th.  We will, as quickly as possible, be uploading the matches and making them available on YouTube.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to resolve our technical issues.

Thanks,
NCPA

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2015 NCPA Nationals – Registration, T-Shirts, and Director Positions

NATIONALS REGISTRATION
DON’T MISS OUT! 
We’re only 10 days away from the final registration deadline for the 2015 NCPA National Championships!  The next payment discount date is next Tuesday, April 7th – save $50 by paying before midnight Eastern!

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – FULL TIME STUDENTS
Are all players FULL TIME students at your school?

As a friendly reminder, all students competing in the NCPA must be eligible students! Ineligible students will not be allowed to play, and any team found playing with ineligible players will be disqualified and face further sanctions.

High school players must be enrolled in the same high school, or must meet one of a few limited exceptions. More High School Eligibility Information

College players must be admitted degree-seeking full-time students at the same school, however students in some limited circumstances may apply for a waiver of the full-time requirement.  ALL WAIVERS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE IN WRITING BY THE NCPA.

If you are not a full-time student this semester and you believe you qualify for one of these exceptions, you may apply for an eligibility waiver.

2015 NATIONALS T-SHIRTS
Order now for pick-up at or delivery after Nationals!

2015 Nationals Event T-Shirts Are Available for purchase now!  Pick your shirt up at the event, or have them mailed to you for a small fee.

T-Shirts start at $19.95, and are available in Men’s Small through 3XL and Women’s Small to Large.  Order your Shirts Now!

 
SAVE TIME AT NATIONALS!
Tips To Make Your Registration Experience Smooth

Here are some tips and reminders to get your team through registration as quickly and smoothly as possible!

  • Please have your entire team come to registration at the same time.
  • Your team’s coach or captain should be the first person in line with your team, with the following items gathered and ready:
    • Class A:
      • Sealed official transcripts, or pre-approved electronic official transcripts
      • Matching jerseys for visual inspection
      • Student ID
      • Government-issued photo ID
    • Class AA:
      • Newspaper article (for publicity waiver)
      • Matching jerseys for visual inspection
      • Student ID
      • Government-issued photo ID
    • High School:
      • Proof of eligibility
  • If any player on your college team has received a written eligibility waiver from the NCPA, please print and have a copy of our official response out and ready.
  • Registration hours:
    • Thursday: 2 PM – 7 PM
    • Friday: 7 AM – 5:30 PM
    • Saturday: 7 AM – 5:30 PM
    • Sunday: 7 AM – End of Games

COLLEGE CHECK-IN FEES and WAIVERS
Save Your Team Hundreds!

Class A: Class A teams must have matching NCPA-approved jerseys including each player’s name and number and present them at team check-in.  There is a $500 fee if a Class A team does not have approved jerseys.  NCPA Jersey Requirements

Class AA: The Class AA entry fee is $900 – but your team can waive the remaining $300 of your entry fee with up to three fee waivers worth $100 each:1) Profile Waiver:  Complete your team and each player profile, including player photo and Player Information (in the Edit Profile tab of your APPA Player Profile.)
2) Jersey Waiver: Have matching team jerseys meeting the NCPA Jersey Requirements
3) Publicity Waiver:  Bring a front-page school newspaper article mentioning the 2015 National Championships.  One article is good for all lines from the same school.Remember, the entry fee that your school has paid assumes that your school will have all three waivers.  The remaining entry fee for any unmet waivers will be collected at registration.  Publicity waivers may be earned after the event and the $100 will be refunded to the original form of payment.High School: Each player MUST bring proof of eligibility, preferably a photo student ID card or a copy of the player’s yearbook with a photo of the player.  Other forms of eligibility documentation should be cleared with the NCPA in advance by emailing ncpa@college-paintball.com.

2015-2016 BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES
Volunteer now!
 
Last week we sent out a notice seeking volunteers for the 2015-2016 season for the NCPA Board of Directors.  Thus far we’ve had a good response!  If you would like to run for a position on the Board of Directors please let us know by Friday, April 10.  We’re especially still looking for directors from a few regions: North (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming), West (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington), and an At-Large position.If necessary, elections for contested positions will be held from April 11 to 24.Please consider volunteering! Send an e-mail to elections@ncpapaintball.com to volunteer today and be the voice of your region.

AIR TANKS WITH EXPIRED HYDROTEST DATES
Don’t bring them!
 
At Nationals this year, we WILL BE ACTIVELY ENFORCING air tank hydrostatic test dates.  Any tank found to be outside of it’s hydro date will be confiscated, the player WILL BE FINED $100, and the player will be immediately suspended until the fine is paid.  There will be no exceptions to this policy – it’s here for your safety and ours.

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2015 Nationals Layout Release Poll | 2016 Board of Directors

2015 National Championships Field Layout Release Date Preference
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For 2015, PSP changed their field release schedule so that the Pro field layout is released the day before play, and then used the following event as the layout for the Divisional fields.  This change was well-received by teams and contributed to some exciting play at Dallas, but also prevents us from using the Dallas Pro / Nashville Divisional layout for the 2015 National Champs as we had to order our custom field prior to Dallas.
As such, NCPA will be using a new, unique layout for Nationals.  We can release the layout in advance on March 27, or wait until the event to release it, likely April 15 or 16.
If your team is attending the 2015 National Championship, please visit your team profile on APPA at http://www.appapb.com/cgi-bin/teamprofile.cgi?page=NCPAVoting and indicate your layout release date preference between:
  • Layout released the week of Nationals
  • Layout released Friday, March 27

We will review the votes on Thursday afternoon and announce the results and possibly layout on Friday.  Preferences of paid teams (money received or payment pending) will be given strongest consideration, so make sure you get your National Championship entry paid, or invoice submitted to your school.

2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

The NCPA is holding elections for the Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 school year. Board member responsibilities include attending board meetings (held online), keeping in touch with schools in your region and bringing concerns to the attention of the Board and NCPA officers, and appointing officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary).
There are seven total seats on the NCPA Board of Directors; two At-Large seats plus five seats representing a particular region:
Midwest – Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin
North – Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming
Northeast – Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Southeast – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
West – Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington

Each school may vote for one candidate representing their region and for one At-Large candidate. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, you may apply for a position on the ballot by sending an email including your name, school, year in school, and your “stump speech” to election@ncpapaintball.com. Candidates must be full-time students for the duration of the 2015-2016 academic school year.

Candidate applications will be accepted through Friday, April 10.  Elections will run from Saturday, April 11th through Sunday, April 19th.

Instructions for voting:
Voting is done through the NCPA College Club List. Each member school should visit the NCPA College Club List . From here, find your school’s state in the upper list, then click on it. This will take you to a list of schools in your state; click on your school. Next, click on the ‘Edit Club Information’ link, and log in with your APPA login information. If you cannot find your team’s information, please e-mail us and we will get it for you.

Once logged in, visit the ‘NCPA Voting’ tab. You will be shown the list of current nominees; select your school’s vote and click ‘Submit Club Vote’. If no options are displayed to vote for, that means there are currently no people running for board members for your region. You should consider running!

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