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Pro Paintball Rumor Report

Today’s rumor report highlights Sacramento XSV, Tampa Bay Damage, Seattle Thunder, and Hollywood HK. Read on for the latest pro paintball news and rumors!

Will Pro player Jon Richardson return to XSV?

Rumor has it that the recently retired (but maybe not?) Jon Richardson, formerly of LA Infamous is making a return. ProPaintball insiders suggest that Rich Telford and Sacramento XSV are in talks with JR about joining the team for 2012. You may recall that JR played with Sacramento XSV during the teams hey-day in 2005. It is also worth noting that JR works with former XSV teammate Davey Williamson (retired). It would be cool to see a few of the OG XSV players return to the fold and make a run for it.

Pro paintball team XSV NRG ready to breakout

Seattle Thunder is rumored to have picked up several Naughty Dogs pro players, leaving the NPPL and joining the PSP for 2012.

Bryan Smith of Tampa Bay Damage will be missing the first few events this year due to work. According to ProPaintball insiders, he will continue practicing with the team while he trains with the Fire Department and secures his job.

Rumors continue to roll in regarding Hollywood HK. According to the latest rumors, the team will be filling their roster with a mix of HK Army members that are not competing in the NPPL series.

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Sport Chalet free Paintball demo with Sacramento XSV

We’ve just received word that Sport Chalet, JT Paintball and Sacramento XSV have teamed up to host a free paintball demonstration at the Huntington Beach location this week. This is a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to paintball and or check out the new paintball gear from JT. This event is taking place this Sunday, May 15th, between 12pm to 5pm in Huntington Beach, CA. The address to Sport Chalet (event location) is; 16242 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 and you can reach the store at (714) 848-0988.

Meet XSV at the Sport Chalet in Huntington Beach, CA May 15th. Try out the latest JT Paintball gear in the shooting booth, take pictures with the pro’s Rich Telford and Junior Brown! Or just go see them and have a chat about Paintball.

Free Paintball with XSV at Sport Chalet

This event will be a great opportunity to pick up your free paintball rookie pass. Be sure to follow Sacramento XSV on their road trip via the XSV Facebook page.

Sacramento XSV to shoot the Empire AXE!

A few weeks back we received two cellphone photos of Sacramento XSV field testing the new Empire AXE paintball gun. The photos were captured by a local player/ ProPaintball community member, and featured pro player Eddie Tamao loading and playing with the marker. ProPaintball sent a few questions to XSV inquiring about the photographs and a potential gun change for the 2011 season but no response was provided. Fast forward to today– a report surfaced on BallersCafe that Empire Paintball has officially signed pro paintball team Sacramento XSV to shoot the Empire AXE for the 2011 paintball season.

Via BallersCafe;

“The team has been very impressed with the performance of the gun,” said Rich Telford of Sacramento XSV. “I remember a time when a great, pro-level marker needed to be out of this world expensive! Times have changed and in the twenty-first century, a paintball gun can be both affordable and ready for competition – and Empire Axe is it.”

Thomas Taylor of XSV said,

“The AXE is light, fast, accurate and compact…all the things I need in a paintball gun! For anyone who plays as aggressive and up the field as I do, the new Empire Axe is the perfect choice! I can’t wait to hit the snake with my Axe in 2011!”

Read the full story at BallersCafe here: Sacramento XSV to shoot Empire AXE Marker in 2011. Interested in the AXE? Check out the Empire Paintball website for more information.

NPPL appoints new Board of Directors

Official Press Release:

National Professional Paintball League Board of Directors appoints new positions and structure for 2011:

Dear Players, Sponsors and Fans;

The 2011 Paintball season is about to begin. This year the NPPL will be celebrating its 18th year hosting tournaments, and 2011 is shaping up to be one of the best years yet. The NPPL Board of Directors recently held its annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada where they appointed a President and created a new internal team of professionals who will operate the League with the intention of running the most successful tournament series in the world.

Here is the new NPPL Team who will lead the sport into the future:

The NPPL is proud to announce the appointment of Mike Peverill as President of the NPPL. Mike comes to the NPPL with many years of experience not only as a former NPPL player and promoter of events, but also as a successful industry leader who runs paintball marketing and promotional seminars. Mike owns Pev’s Paintball and his field hosts the NPPL Washington DC Challenge.  Mike is also an owner of the NPPL.

The league has also appointed Tom Cole to be the Commissioner. Tom will be responsible for the enforcement of the NPPL rules and running the PRO referee association. Tom will be present at each of the NPPL events assisted by Dan Perez and Gary Shows as Ultimate Referees.

Chuck Hendsch, former Commissioner and one of the owners of the NPPL will move into a Chief Operating Officer role focused on event logistics.

Bart Yachimec, owner of Edmonton Impact, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will run the Board of Directors.

Frank Connell, owner Saint Louis Avalanche, is Vice President of Sales and will oversee Team Registration and Membership Services.

Dennis Olsen, owner Chicago Legend, is Chief Financial Officer handling accounting and finances.

Eric Crandall of San Diego Dynasty is General Manager and will focused on league contracts and negotiations.

Mike McDonald, owner Vancouver Vendetta, is Vice President of IT and will oversee the website, web cast and social media for the League.

Jeff Trainer, the newest owner of the NPPL, is Vice President of Marketing and will utilize his extensive business background and contacts to focus on non-endemic sponsorship, TV and promotions.

Stephen “Junior” Brown of Team XSV is Director of Sponsorship responsible for paintball industry sponsors and onsite sponsor coordination.

Rich Telford, owner Team XSV, is Director of the Rules Committee and responsible for the creation of new rules and changes to existing rules.

Valerie Evans is the League’s office manager and in charge of membership services. Jung Hong from Three on Designs handles graphic design and Chris Iaquinta form Splat Magazine handles media relations.

This team of individuals is the most experienced groups ever assembled in the sport of paintball, and is committed to running a professional tournament series. It is important to know that the majority of these positions are held by owner/members or individuals of the NPPL who do not take a salary but donate their time, as they are players who are passionate about our sport and want to see it grow. The NPPL is excited about the new team assembled and looks forward to a stellar 2011 season. Stay tuned towww.nppl.com for more 2011 changes and updates.<

PRO Paintball Team Rumors, Part 2

PRO Paintball Team Rumors, Part 2

PRO Paintball teams across the country are working on deals for the 2011 season. Read on as we share the latest paintball news & gossip surrounding Sacramento XSV and the Philadelphia All Americans.

Sacramento XSV

PRO Paintball insiders report that Shawn Walker (of NPPL and RPL fame) is in negotiations with Rich Telford. Word is Shawn & DGX paintball would like to buy an ownership position in Sacramento XSV. Rich Telford would continue to Captain and field the pro team and all final team-oriented decision making would remain with him. Sources suggest Shawn is interested in leveraging the Sacramento XSV brand to draw outside sponsors into paintball to support his league and XSV. DGX Paintball is Planet Eclipse West Coast Service Center. DGX’s involvement signifies that a deal with Planet Eclipse is a possibility for the 2011 season. Shawn Walker runs the RPL paintball league and has partnered with Sacramento XSV to reff his events and provide clinics for players. We expect that with Shawn involved in ownership and potentially funding the team that the players would continue to work with his RPL paintball series.

Sacramento XSV skipped PSP World Cup due to lack of funds. The team has indicated that they will be competing in one of the two pro paintball series in the 2011 season but as of writing no decision has been reached. In Monday’s NPPL Rumor report, we mentioned that the RPL would be a feeder series to the NPPL. Based on the above information, our guess is that XSV will be competing in the NPPL in 2010.

Pittsburg All Americans

Adam and Billy Gardner were spotted at PSP World Cup making their rounds and talking to several big players in the paintball industry. According to sources, the Gardners are interested in bringing back the Pittsburg All Americans. After the Smart Parts bankruptcy the Gardners went off the radar, presumably to focus on rebuilding their paintball business. World Cup 2010 saw the re-introduction of the Luxe paintball gun with several improvements. Long time All American player Darryl Trent has been a major player behind the scenes at DLX. He has been hard at work developing a Luxe 2.0 and another DLX marker and we anticipate that he will be very much involved should a revival of the All Americans come to fruition.

Stay tuned for part 3 of our PRO Paintball Rumor Report as we share the latest rumors and news surrounding Chicago Aftershock, San Diego Dynasty, Tampa Bay Damage, San Antonio X-Factor and many more.

Tyler Harmon to Impact


Rumors have been circulating that Tyler Harmon and an unnamed pro team had been in negotiations. The Planet Eclipse blog set the record straight this morning with an announcement that he would be leaving his friends on pro paintball team Sacramento XSV and moving on.

From the Eclipse Blog;

Bart Yachimec has this to say: ‘We are very excited to make arrangements with Rich Telford’s Team, XSV, at this time of the year in order to sign a player like Tyler Harmon. I remember him being one of the youngest players to ever make Pro thru Bob Long and to bring his Calibre of play to Edmonton Impact could make the last half of the season the best yet. Edmonton Impact and all its Fans welcome Tyler Harmon.’

You can catch the full news release here at the Eclipse blog. For more information on Tyler Harmon, be sure to check out his recent interview with Pro Paintball‘s very own Arthur Chan.

NPPL Interview part 2 of 2

Today we are proud to present the second part of our NPPL interview with board members and pro paintball players Frank Connell, Alex Fraige, Rich Telford, Bart Yacimec and Chuck Hendsch. In case you missed it, check out NPPL Interview Part 1. Read on for more information regarding Shawn Walker, Sand Bagging, the NPPL ID Card System, Semi Auto vs Ramping and more. Continue reading

NPPL interview with Rich, Frank, Bart and Chuck & Alex – Part 1 of 2

Today we are proud to present an interview with the NPPL board of directors. A few weeks back we opened our interview up to you, our faithful readers, to let us know what questions you would like answered. However, due to time constraints of the webcast we didn’t have a chance to ask all the questions that we had prepared. With that in mind, several members of the NPPL board made themselves available to an exclusive interview with ProPaintball.com. Read on as Chuck Hendsch, Frank Connell, Rich Telford, Bart Yacimec, and Alex Fraige bring the paintball community up to speed regarding the latest from the NPPL. Continue reading

Sacramento XSV to shoot Aliens!

Pro Paintball team Sacramento XSV has been part of the Eclipse stable of teams since the inception of the Ego paintball marker back in 2005. With that being said, we were a wee-bit curious when Pro Paintball.com insiders informed us that the team may be switching to the Alien Paintball markers in 2010. Rumors had circulated that Rich Telford has been testing the Alien Independence paintball gun throughout the off season and according to the paintball news release below, Rich is very happy with the guns performance.
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Understood Paintball re-signs Sacramento XSV

Our friends over at Understood Paintball let us know that they have extended their sponsorship agreement with pro paintball team Sacramento XSV through 2010. Understood makes the GatWrap XL, a protective case for your paintball gun, and we highly recommend you check one out when you have a chance. As the old adage goes, “dont be a fool, wrap your tool!” Continue reading