Millennium Series confirms the WPBO 500 format for the 2016 season
Following the WPBO’s lead on introducing a limited paint format in 2017, The Millennium Series along with The EPBF and many other major European leagues, has decided to adopt the WPBO 500 Format for the 2016 season, in order to make tournament paintball more affordable for everybody sooner, rather than later.
In 2015 extensive testing of the format was carried out by the EPBF and a number of leagues in Europe, which received very positive feedback. Following this, teams asked the Millennium Series to adopt the format for this season. It was decided to firstly conduct an opinion poll of our Millennium customers in order to receive our customers views. The opinions obtained from over 200 teams were carefully analyzed and the result was conclusive with a vast majority of teams supporting a move to the WPBO 500 format. Even more convincing was the unexpected result from the CPL teams, of which 100% replied with 68% in favour of the change.
This is a very significant move in our sport, one which we believe will help improve the growth and health of participants and the industry alike. Players will be able to play and train more often and the skill level will rise with a greater emphasis on quality over quantity.
Players will now be able to budget more accurately with a lower cost of playing, more people will be attracted to our sport and not scared off by the high costs, existing players will be able to train more and attend more events.
Over time, this will lead to more teams forming, leading to improved business for all; manufacturers, fields and leagues.
Several national leagues will follow the changes introduced by the WPBO. The countries which have signaled their approval in general and will announce their participation shortly are:
We expect the main leagues from France, Spain and Portugal to officially confirm shortly.
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WPBO introducing the 500 paint limit format
One of the key governing principles of the WPBO is to constantly look for ways to grow the participation of paintball worldwide and to make it as affordable as possible while keeping the excitement and individuality of the game.
We are all aware that one of the most limiting factors to our sport is the increasing need to use large quantities of paintballs, making it difficult for some to compete without a large purse or generous sponsors.
Over the past year a number of events have been experimenting and testing a limited paint format. These include a number of test events by the EBPF and Millennium in Europe and the NXL in north America to name but a few.
The Results have been very interesting and a limit of approximately 500 paintballs per player per point appears to be the best compromise to retain the essence of the game whilst also allowing teams to accurately budget and plan for a season of play without putting themselves at a disadvantage.
The experiment has shown reductions of between 45 – 51% in consumption of paint per event.
As these same savings are made in training as well, the overall saving on a team's annual budget can result in an overall reduction of 30%+ enabling teams to play more and budget more precisely for each event.
What happen in the games?
The Character of the game doesn’t change. In polling both players and spectators the results were clear - from a spectator’s point of view the action was much more interesting, with more movement, players making more challenging and exciting moves and plays and an increase in 1 on 1 points. This can only be a positive outcome to make our sport more enjoyable to watch and therefore promote.
The Players themselves, in particular those that were quick to adapt, were very positive as it enabled them to use their skills of snap shooting, left hand shooting etc. which become much more important and required skills. The ability to move makes the players with these skills much more relevant and the teams that use their field craft of reading and planning a field layout will undoubtedly benefit.
After a very short period of testing the vast majority of players would be happy to play the format in the future if leagues adopted it.
So did the game slow down as predicted by some? No far from it; it was dramatically faster flowing and so much more exciting to watch.
So what did paint manufacturers have to say? After polling them the vast majority are in favor as they see the benefits not only to the players but also to the industry as a whole. If the number of players expands due to greater affordability then of course they are happy, it also helps fix budgets to support teams. We would hope that rather than cut their budgets they will spread the same budget wider so more teams benefit.
Mediterranean Cup 2016 – Venue Release
In a change to our calendar of past seasons, the first event of the 2016 season takes place at a brand new venue on the sunshine coast of the Costa Dorada, Spain on 8th to 10th April.
Prepare to play on the best surface ever at the high class sporting facility of "Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou", a state of the art recreational facility, boasting 3G pitches, floodlights and a variety of top class facilities.
Situated just 15 minutes from Reus airport and 1 hour from Barcelona’s, the venue is conveniently located and accessible by train, car and bus.
We are excited to confirm that accommodation for this event will be provided by one of the most impressive European holiday resorts, situated just 200m away from site. “Cambrils Park Resort” offers a quality of accommodations and facilities not often seen at paintball events! No need to hire cars and travel out, the resort offers everything you may need to make this event one not to miss – swimming pools, beach access, shops, Wi-Fi, and a variety of 4* accommodations to choose from including apartments which can sleep up to 8 and villas.
As always, MS Entertainment will get the party going on site each day, and in a change to the normal daily schedule we can confirm that they will also be carrying on the entertainment throughout the night at the resort! Why go elsewhere?!
Just a 10 minute drive from the venue and resort is Port Aventura, the most visited theme park in Spain and a thrill seekers paradise! Highlights include Europe’s highest rollercoaster, "The Shambhala".
Grab the opportunity to play high class paintball amongst the best teams and players in the world, enjoy the sun, enjoy the Sangria and most of all enjoy the Millennium experience..... all day every day!
Full information on the venue and accommodation can be found at www.millennium-series.com/events.php?event=T1
* Registration will be open shortly for the Open Divisions. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. *
Millennium Series 2016 Divisional Info
The Millennium is pleased to confirm pricing and details for all 6 divisions for the 2016 season. Please pay attention to the game format information as this is new for the 2016 season.
Division 2, Division 3 and Division 4 are our open divisions. Teams do not have to commit to the full season in these division and can play the events of their choice. Teams do receive ranking points and divisional trophies are awarded at the end of the season.
2016 REGISTRATION – Registration will open as soon as possible. Full details and dates of opening will be published online once confirmed.
WPBO Rule Book Released
In 2016 the Millennium Series will be using the new WPBO rules as standard. From now on the EPBF rules and those of other major leagues such as the NXL and PALS are all harmonised in one worldwide recognised format. This is a ground breaking and long awaited advancement for Paintball. For the first time, all the major leagues of the world will play Paintball in a united and harmonised format, something which the Millennium Series has long strived to achieve.
For the Rule Book please visit: www.wpbo.info/rules
Summary of changes which apply to the Millennium Series can be found here: [millennium-changes-2016-v2.pdf] at page www.millennium-series.com/rules.php?rules=last_changes.
Unified Paintball Rules
January 15, 2016
We are glad to introduce a result of the cooperation & discussions between the world’s major leagues - the Unified Paintball Rules and Standards!
You will be able to consult and download the Rule book from the following link: wpbo.info/rules
We strongly believe that the unification of the paintball tournament world will lead to the growth of our sport!
If you have any questions or suggestions about the Rule book, pbease contact the Rules Committe at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the WPBO please visit www.wpbo.info