THE GREEN MACHINE
INTERNATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AND
The Green Machine has been the world's predominant traveling
and demonstration paintball team since the game was invented. Officially formed
in 1984, "The Machine" attended it's first "National" level
tournament when it won admittance to the 1985 National Survival Game
National Championships in Houston, Texas. At the time conquering a
"Regional" event was a prerequisite to National Championship
attendance, and "The Machine" had won both the Maryland State, and
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. Since that time, "The Machine"
has been a regular at National events, but has also endeavored to promote the
sport, and it's own enjoyment of it, by staging "Traveling Paintball
Shows" and events worldwide.
Among the members, past and present, are the
"International Coordinator" for the IPPA, the Director of NAPRA, the
Director of the IPPA's Tournament Division, the legal counsel for NPPL, the
owner of one of the DC area's prominent playing fields, and owners of several
other paintball related companies. Most members are either IPPA members, NAPRA
certified, Lively Referee certified, CPR/First Aid/EMT certified, or some
combination, and all have had tournament play and referee experience.
The following is a chronology of the Demonstration events
produced by "The Machine". Tournaments attended are too numerous to
list here but "The Machine" has participated as a team in dozens of
events all over the USA and in (so far) seven foreign countries. Industry sponsors for our travel events have
included R.P. Scherer, Bushlan Camo, Tiger Stripe Products,
AirGun Designs, Bullseye Paintball, Worr Game Products, Scott
Goggles, Adventure Sports, Vent Goggles, Smart Parts
Products, Unique Sporting, Palmer's Pursuit Shop, and Lively Productions.
Please feel free to call us with any ideas or suggestions, and particularly
sponsor partnerships, as, despite managing to arrange some discounts here and
there, we all pay our own way for the vast majority of this. Please also feel
free to call any of the above listed sponsors for feedback on the value of their
partnership with the Green Machine.
Demonstration and Travel Event Chronology
October, 1985 Montreal - Canada. "The
Machine" organizes the first International event ever, by taking 3 American
teams totaling 68 people to Ontario for a showdown with the "Commando
Game" folks. Baltimore TV Channel 13 (NBC) sent anchor Al Sanders, and a
news team along, and the event became a 3-part mini-series on the sport.
"The Machine" emerged victorious.
April, 1986 Daytona Beach - Florida.
After altogether too much bragging by the regional paintball supplier in Florida
about their sponsored team, the "Black Sheep", "The Machine"
sent a full page flyer down, stapled to an old glove, challenging them to a
duel. The team captain of the "Sheep" was slapped in the face with the
glove by the distributor at a team meeting and challenged to a "duel"
complete with a monetary wager. Another first, "The Machine" flew a
team of 20 to Florida to stage a one-on-one challenge. "The Machine"
emerged victorious once again.
November, 1986 Sacred Falls - Hawaii. Another
first. "The Machine" travels with one other stateside team to Hawaii
and stages an event with the locals. One of the attendees even took the
opportunity to get married out there. We were, again, victorious.
May, 1987 Leesburg - Virginia. "The
Machine" organizes and conducts the "1991 Spring Invitational".
Team members refereed, manned the concessions, worked the air-fills and paint
sales, and put on a professional event for a dozen area teams.
September, 1987 Manassas - Virginia. "The
Machine" sets up a booth at the "Outdoor Adventure Fair" between
the fly-casting and trout pond booths. This "booth" is actually the
size of a small barn, and target shooting, live one-on-one shootouts, and all
day videos attract the biggest crowd on the grounds. Paintball in the DC area is
suddenly being talked about on the local radio stations.
May, 1988 Johannesburg, Durban, Capetown -
Republic of South Africa. A significant amount of wheeling and dealing went
into procuring the sponsorship necessary to underwrite a trip to this continent.
In a whole team visit to the South African Embassy, the ambassador expressed the
hope that his country would soon come around in the eyes of the world and
encouraged our trip to his country with our mixed-race team as a tacit political
statement. In a two week dervish, the entire country was toured, and no less
than 4 tournaments held. We were victorious in all four, and left our hosts with
a two year head start on their local competitors, and all of our equipment.
June, 1989 Quantico - Virginia. "The
Machine" and several other teams put on a massive demonstration event on
the Marine base. As the Colonels looked on (occasionally throwing in a smoke
grenade for effect), Marines fought paintballers, paintballers fought
paintballers, and in the end, everyone fought everyone in a last blast chaotic
rumble. The Colonels loved it and a few even joined in.
Spring, 1990 The entire team signs up with the "International
Paintball Player's Association" as a show of support for the volunteer
efforts of that organization.
Summer, 1991 Most of the team goes through "North
American Paintball Referee Association" training, and in so doing also
get First Aid and CPR certified.
November, 1991 Newcastle - Australia. Halfway
around the world we go again, to attend the first ever International tournament
to be held in that country, fully orchestrated by "The Machine".
Largely illegal Australian paintball gets a shot in the arm, as local
politicians begin to cave in to what now is clearly international support for
paintball's cause. "The Machine" comes in second against Australia's
best, and promises are made (and subsequently kept) by the Australians to travel
to the US the following year.
September, 1992 Bolling AFB - Washington DC.
Another first, "The Machine" conducts an all day demonstration of
paintball at the joint military's "Country Fair" on the grounds of the
base inside the city limits of our nation's capital. Live demonstrations,
audience participation, free magazines, and all-day videos kept the amazed
May, 1993 Paris - France. After having hosted
the president of the "Association du Jeu de Paintball" of Paris the
previous September to participate with us in the National Amateur Open in
Pittsburgh, the Machine travels to Paris to co-produce a benefit event for a
local children's hospital. Visits are conducted with the Cultural Attaché's of
both the French embassy in Washington and the U.S. embassy in Paris to introduce
the respective governments to the nature of our sport and our trip. The Machine
split into two 5-man squads and took first and third in a hard fought tournament
against France's well-armed best (the only pump gun in the event was on the
Machine's "A" squad). After the smoke cleared, about $7500 was donated
to the local Children's hospital, and paintball got yet another positive
representation, courtesy of the Green Machine.
May, 1994 Moscow - Russia. This was one for
the record books. Another first, the Green Machine traveled to Moscow for Russia