11887560_934273196638880_244212286165710859_oHey Ryan, have you been up to lately?

What have I not been up to lately, would be the better question. Keeping busy with work as always. On top of that, been spending a lot of time in paintball again, rebuilding Scottsdale Elevation and the AZPPL.

How does it feel to be back?

It feels great to be back. When we sold NXe, I took a step away from paintball. Wanted to spend time building our other businesses and focusing on me a little. Being back, and being involved again has been a rewarding experience.  Couldn’t be happier to be back in the scene.

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How’s Scottsdale Elevation doing?

Elevation is doing good. In a short time span, we’ve built one of the largest paintball programs in the country. We got a late start this season, and our main focus has been building a strong foundation going into next year. I’m real excited with the people we have involved. We have over 50 players competing across most  of the divisions, as well as a youth team.

What are some things you’ve been working on coming into the final stretch of the season?
We’ve been focusing on putting a good structure in place on our individual teams. It’s been no easy task, but we’re headed in the right direction. We will have three teams competing at WCPPL Vegas. Our goal now is to put each of them in a position where they’re capable of winning.

 

12067148_759026014224497_1168606734_nThe AZPPL is back, can you tell us a little bit about the league?

When I got back involved, the first thing I noticed was the lack of opportunities in Arizona for its players. While the WCPPL has done a fantastic job creating a strong regional league. We had nothing at the local level. Our goal is to build a foundation for Arizona players to compete, while growing our player base at the same time. We offer full match videos, statistics, and a whole lot more. We’ve created an atmosphere that rivals any local league, and in many ways offers more than most regional and national events.  You can find out more at www.azppl.org

What prompted the decision to do statistics?
We were sad to see the NXL decide not to move forward with stats. In saying that we think statistics is important in any sport and needs to be a focus in paintball. With being a team sport, this is the first time nonpro players can see how they stack up on an individual basis. We’re spending a lot of time and money on improving what was out there. We have data scientists working on new stats and improving the use of old ones. It’s a major project. Our hope is we can use the AZPPL as a model for other leagues to follow. We know we’re providing a service the players want, but more importantly we think we’re building something that’s valuable to paintball as a whole.  I’m looking forward to sharing our progress as the year winds down.

Where and when is the next event? 

Fort Adobe Paintball Complex hosts all of the AZPPL events. Our next event is Saturday, October 10th and our final event of the season is December 5th and 6th. All of the info is on www.azppl.org