31 of January, 2011
ML Kings from Prague join Millennium Series Div1
The roots of the ML Kings go back to the city of Melnik 30 km north of Prague, Czech Republic The area in and around Melnik is famous for its wine vineyards and wineries and hosts an annual winefest in May every year. Three of the original players for the ML Kings come originally from the city, Michal Cech, Martin Onderkys, and Viktor "Wiky". They started out playing together military style paintball in Melnik and Prague, but it took just one taste of speedball to find out that there really was only one kind of paintball for them. Like for so many, paintball quickly became a passion. In 2008 the ML Kings were quickly moving up the ranks in the Czech paintball leagues and in that same year added top players from two other teams, Michal Kverka from Ketchup who was also originally from Melnik and Charlie Givens from the PIP Devils who is the lone American import on the team. In 2008, in the first season with its current core five players, the ML Kings finished 6th in the Czech National Championships and won and took top places in tournaments in the Czech and Prague Paintball Leagues. By 2009 and 2010 the ML Kings began moving to tournaments outside of the Czech Republic, most notably the Austrian Winter Paintball League (AWPL) playing the full 2009/2010 season and again in the 2010/2011 season taking 3rd place in the first of three tournaments.
2011 will be a busy season for the "Kings". This year will find them playing in the Czech X-ball league, Prague paintball league, AWPL, 2011 MAXS German Indoor Masters Championships, and of course the best of all, in Europe's top paintball league - The Millennium Series. The passion only grows stronger and stronger, and the end goal seems possible - CPL in the Millennium Series.
21 of January, 2011
PRESS RELEASE: 2011 OPENING EVENT – PARIS
We are very pleased to confirm that our 2011 opening event will be held in Paris at the world famous Longchamp Racecourse (Hippodrome de Longchamp).
Based in the west of central Paris, Longchamp racecourse is set in 57 hectares of beautiful Paris land between the Seine and the Bois de Bolougne. Home to such classics as the “Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe”, It is the most famous racecourse in France and one of the most famous in the world. This is truly a Premiere venue that will attract massive media interest showcasing our sport to a vast audience. At a time when the sport and industry are experiencing the realities of the economy, this should be a much needed boost for us all.
The geography of the venue lends itself to a near perfect set up for a Millennium event, with everything being laid out in the centre of the racetrack, including on site parking. This will allow for a fantastic atmosphere for all attending, teams, vendors, sponsors and spectators alike. This will only be enhanced with the backdrop including some of the world’s most famous landmarks and an abundance of bars, restaurants and clubs close at hand.
Being in Paris there is no shortage of accommodation to suit all budgets. We are currently finalising discounted deals on a number of hotels nearby and will send the full list out shortly. We are confident that the rates we will be able to get will beat on line booking agencies.
The venue is easily accessible by car, train, Metro & in easy reach of both major Paris airports.
Registration is now open for Longchamp, we fully expect to be sold out quickly, so we suggest to avoid missing out on what will be an historic event you don’t delay your booking.
21 of January, 2011
Paris Camp Carnage to play Champions League in 2011
Following a very successful previous year in Semi Pro League, the French top team Camp Carnage is proud to announce their participation in the Millennnium Series CPL 2011. Having recently acquired a licence for the highest division, they will battle it out with Europe's finest teams. Powered by well-known brands like Camp pro shop, Eclipse markers and Carnage paint, they will use the unique opportunity of two home events this coming season to put a mark on European paintball. Stay tuned for more news from Paris Camp Carnage coming soon!
19 of January, 2011
Campaign Cup venue details and hotel recommendations now online!
07 of January, 2011PRESS RELEASE: MILLENNIUM 2011 CALENDAR & 2011 CHANGES
The Millennium Series is very pleased to announce its full calendar for 2011 and after much consultation with teams, sponsors and industry consultants, some changes that we believe are needed to help improve and increase the growth of our series and sport.
When choosing venues we have to balance the needs and interests of the teams, sponsors, industry & costs plus our continual desire to increase the profile of the sport to the wider world as fully as possible. For 2011 we also felt it important to try to keep the travelling costs and days of work to a minimum for Teams & Sponsors and so have concentrated our venues in the centre of Europe.
Although it is not possible to make all venues "High Profile", we continuously look for opportunities to improve on what we are doing. During 2010 we started negotiating with a very high profile venue in Paris which we believe will attract large outside interest whilst also provides us all with a near perfect site to launch the 2011 series. To our great delight these negotiations have now been successfully completed allowing us to confirm the entire season.
The exact details of the new venue can only be announced next week together with hotel & booking information for contractual reasons. What we can tell you is that the venue is one of the best we have ever been at, there is a massive choice of hotels, bars, restaurants, clubs, nightlife etc. etc.. very nearby. Although we are in Paris, it is a very easy venue to get to by road, plane or train and should provide a fantastic event with tons of Parisian atmosphere.
The 2011 calendar is now therefore;
March 25th to March 27th - Millennium Cup
- Paris, France
May 20th to May 22nd - MAXS European Masters
- Bitburg, Germany
July 1st to July 3rd - Campaign Cup
- London, U.K.
September 30th to October 2nd - World Cup
- Disney, France
At the Millennium we have always been advocates & supporters of a strong EPBF and of National Federations as we understand and believe that they are imperative for the growth of paintball at all levels. In 2011 we will be launching three additional cups to be held at our venues in collaboration with these organisations. These will be;
- At The MAXS European Masters
- At The Campaign Cup
- At The World Cup
These events are designed to introduce paintball to a broader market both in terms of new demographics but also courtesy of Federations broaden National participations of new players. We will also be helping increase the sports profile and make for entertaining new competition within the Millennium events. It is our aim and intention to improve the atmosphere at our events by bringing more spectators, media and by having more entertainment.
Full information will be made available via The Millennium, EPBF & National federations over the coming weeks.
There have been many new developments, ideas & points of view in Tournament Paintball recently which we have followed closely and discussed the various implications and effects on Teams and industry both positive and negative. Despite some pressure to comment or come to decisions earlier, we decided to look at the many differing views and have consulted heavily in order to ensure we are offering the best possible package to all our participants whilst not damaging what has already been achieved and not making change for the sake of change. We have looked at each and every idea in terms of the enjoyment of the sport, the cost implications for players, viability and implications for the sport & players on a broader level.
For 2011 we are pleased to announce the following alterations to be in effect at Millennium events.
- Revoking Spotter Privileges / No spectator side "Coaching".
- Improved Game Format for Division 3
- Field Size Adjustment
- Extra Competitions for Nation Teams in Three Categories
Paintball in Europe has matured in the last 20 years from a mere leisure activity to a competitive sport, which has the potential to attract new players even in times of economic downturn. This development from an exotic hobby to a serious team sport is crucial in making sure paintball is affordable to us all.
We see the role of a coach in paintball as an integral part of the team, as in other sports such as Football or Basketball. The coach has the job of selecting players, to train and educate them & to provide guidance and leadership. During games they issue match plans and analyse movement of opponents. They are the only people to be able to ask for a time out or to surrender a point for tactical reasons. The impact on the game of a coach shouting positions & orders to the nearest player are often much overrated. The majority of the time this type of "coaching" is neutralised by the opponents coach. So actually it's just a side show and can be left to Pit Crew and spare players, with the coach more focused on the overall strategy. It is only natural for the rest of the team, (spare players & pit crew), to try to help their teammates on the field by giving advice, like in other team sports. In reality the impact is limited because of the noisy environment. This also addresses the near impossible task of policing the pit area. Nevertheless, to reduce the impact from outside the field, we will revoke spotter privileges from the spectator side, no longer allowing people to stand between the barrier and the netting. We believe this is a fitting compromise as it keeps the coach and pit crew in touch with their players, the spectators immersed in the game and the fans supporting their teams, whilst minimising outside impact on the point currently being played.
Last season we introduced a new format for Division 3 which was a kind of hybrid between 5-man and the Race To format. The intention was to bridge the gap for teams that had played 5-man regularly but wanted to try the Race To format. The hybrid format used all the normal Race To rules, including scoring and coaching, but avoided back to back games. From customer feedback we have learned that our teams see no problem with 2 minute breaks between points. So for 2011 Division 3 will play in full R:2 (Race To 2 points) format, with 8 minute maximum game time.
For the sake of a unified format, in 2011 we will adjust the width of the field to 36m, like the PSP is using already. However, we will not increase the field length. We have seen over the last seasons that the combination of lower rates of fire and current field size makes for fast paced, exciting games, with lots of movement with the best team usually winning. Going back to the old style, long drawn out battles with player sitting behind big bunkers at the far end, wasting tons of paint for just holding lanes is not a viable option. Larger fields are not only more expensive for players due to higher paint consumption but would hurt the whole paintball infrastructure in Europe. In the last years we have seen many new fields, both indoor and outdoor, coming online, many of which are fully equipped with Millennium Series fields and bunkers. Also many are on turf which will not be easy to adjust to an increased length without destroying a nice even surface, not to mention the costs involved. For most it would be impossible to increase field size due to lack of space and money. The Millennium Series sees both Teams & Field operators as partners in the promotion of the sport and we don't want to force them to waste money, particularly in today's environment.
2011 Field layout will be published 4-5 weeks before each event allowing National Leagues to use the same at their events.
Currently the Millennium Series is offering International Competitions for club teams, like UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in football. As in other mainstream sports, it is now time for paintball to host a competition for National teams as well. In conjunction with the EPBF and National Federations the Millennium Series will now host competitions for Male, Female & Youth National teams as previously explained in this release.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2011 Series which we believe has all the elements to prove to be an enjoyable and successful series for all and for European paintball.
06 of January, 2011Epidemy HPS Lille play Division 1 in 2011
Team Epidemy HPS Lille
is pleased to announce to play in season 2011 all events in the Millennium Series Div1, having had a very successful season before in Div2 with two tournament wins in Malaga and Paris!
Our players are young, eager and fresh, ranging from very young to 25 years. For the new season the team aims for another sequence of victories on the courts of Europe's premier tournament circle, the Millennium Series, this time in an even higher division. While completing its roster end of last year the team has already made several transitions and will add new players.
The team is currently reviewing its arrangements with potential sponsors, such sponsors are still welcome! If your company is interested, please contact email@example.com
19 of October, 2010
The Millennium Series would like to send our thanks to all the teams, sponsors and fans that have supported us throughout the 2010 season!
On October 1st - 3rd The Millennium Cup took place in Paris and Series Champions were crowned across 5 divisions! Congratulations to the following teams who placed in their respective divisions:
Champions Paintball League
The US team, San Diego Dynasty Impact
, were crowned winners of the 2010 Champions Paintball League following an extremely impressive season in which they won both The Fuengirola Beach Cup and The Maxs European Masters.
2nd Place went to last year's champions, SK Moscow
from Russia who finished the season in style by taking 1st place in Paris. The German team, Frankfurt Syndicate
, took overall 3rd place, just missing out on 2nd place!
Semi Professional Paintball League
1st place honours in the Semi Pro League went to the Russian team Art Chaos Moscow
who won 2 events along the way to help them secure the top spot for the 2010 season and promotion to the CPL for 2011!
Joining them in the CPL next year will be Outrage Valence
from France, after narrowly missing out on promotion in 2009. 3rd Place was taken by a fellow French team, Vision PPC Grenoble
Five Star Lleida
, from Spain, finished in the top spot following an impressive season which included two 1st places at the Fuengirola Beach Cup and The Campaign Cup.
2nd place was awarded to Marseille Taz
from France. The Greek team Dogs D'Amour Thessaloniki
took overall 3rd place for the division.
A very closely contested league saw the Swedish team of DOW Warberg
take the top spot by the smallest of margins from Desperados Moscow
of Russia! Both teams gained top 3 places at three of the 2010 events, DOW Warberg take the title by 1 point following the final event.
3rd place is taken by EXK
from France who did not finish out of the top 5 spots throughout the season.
The first winners of this new Division 3 format are Cologne Hurricanes
The French team, Truands
, finished in 2nd place with Russian team Volgograd Flying Circus
taking 3rd place after competing in just 2 events; finishing 1st in both!!
03 of October, 2010
Series Ranking is actual now!
03 of October, 2010
We're online with the actual temporary ranking before the finals. Division M5 results are complete already.
The PDF-schedule below is updated frequently as well.
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