We can call this the home stretch. The NXL is headed back to Chicago for event number four. In some divisions, the fates are all but sealed but in most divisions this will be one of the most important events of the year so far. This is the chance to get a leg up or fortify your team’s position in the standings. The 2017 NXL Chicago Open layout looks crazy, going back in time with the diamond layout on the snake side. This is actually an iconic type of layout as Chicago is home to one of the oldest hyperball fields in the world. Badlandz paintball hosted the NXL for years and helped to bring paintball out of the woods and into the spotlight where we play now. Looking at this layout, however, it is not exactly the old stomping grounds of Badlandz, but the diamond on the snake side does pay homage to the old days. There is no real way of knowing what is going to happen on this field layout until you get some solid field time in and you practice. But as we know, preparation is key, and it is a crucial element in your team and personal success. Be prepared to fight against your opponents by taking every necessary step. Taking the necessary steps goes far beyond just the hours on the practice field. As some of the teams who I coach will agree, game planning is one of their major keys to success. With that said, our fearless leader, Rusty Glaze has made some adjustments to the normal field layout map that is a staple in everyone’s field planning. I would recommend following his lead, it has paid serious dividends to Dynasty and to other local teams who he coaches!
The gridded field map is great for setting up the layout at your local field. However, it is not the best when it comes to game planning. As a result, I am sharing with you, how coach Rusty Glaze lays out Dynasty’s field maps. The gridded field plans can make game plans cluttered and all the lines can cause confusion. Therefore, these maps have been cleaned up to allow you to create a clearer, more efficient game plan. We generally print out about 10 maps for each member of the team. A couple for each guy to come up with their own game plan and then a few extras for scouting reports of other teams and when the guys “misplace” them here and there. We also keep a large cache of the maps ready to keep track of wins and losses throughout our practice weekends.
“It may seem nonchalant and trivial to get rid of all the lines, but as I always say when I am teaching my clinics, we are trying to be as effective and efficient on the field as possible. With that, there goes the saying, ‘Trim the fat.’ “
The idea behind cleaning up the maps is to get a concise plan that is easy to view (See image to the left for a “worst case scenario” of what a spider web of confusion may look like). As many players know, there is enough to worry about in the pits, during and before games. It may seem nonchalant and trivial to get rid of all the lines, but as I always say when I am teaching my clinics, we are trying to be as effective and efficient on the field as possible. With that, there goes the saying, “Trim the fat.” Anyone who has taken a clinic with me has more than likely heard me use that phrase. Think of the clutter on the map as fat, where any little bit to make you more efficient will help you become a better weapon on the field.
So, please enjoy and use either or both of these field layouts with your team in color or black and white.