UPDATE 2/21/17: NPPL Cancel First Tournament

For nearly 20 years, the NPPL was the biggest paintball league in the world; it had the best players and the best teams. But in late 2008, the league filed for bankruptcy; from 2009 to 2013, events were held branded as the USPL and later as the NPPL. Participation dropped every year until the league ceased operations entirely in 2014.

Chris Cole, the current head of the NPPL, has officially announced that the NPPL will be coming back in 2017. Cole had this to say,

We are trying to bring back the great old days, the glory of the past. I believe that there is change needed in the sport, to bring more people into the sport and bring back some of the players who felt like they were shunned.

The new NPPL will have a seven-man format and will not limit the airball and speedball fields. Cole didn’t definitively say what the playing fields would be like, but there may be woodsball, airball, hyperball, or spools styles fields. The upcoming tournaments will be held at current paintball fields, using the in-place playing fields.

The oddest thing about the league is that Cole says it won’t use a typical ranking system. There will be at least three divisions: pro, amateur A, and amateur B. Ranking will be based on a combination of what division you think you should play and what division the league thinks you should play, harkening back to the days of the old NPPL.

Marker rules at this point will be semi-auto. Electronic guns will be capped at 12 BPS, while true mechanical guns will be uncapped.

The NPPL is also working on a feeder series, much as the NXL is trying to do with the PCPL and MSXL. The feeder series events will be held as local events allowing players to play the format, but at a reduced entry and far less travel expense.

As of now, the rules are not set in stone and could change in the coming months.

Event locations, dates, sponsors, and more info should come by November.

Chris Cole is a paintball legend who helped found some of paintball’s most notorious teams, including GZ (Ground Zero), Image, and Avalanche.

Mark Knop is the owner of the NPPL name and its intellectual property; it is unknown at what level he will be involved at this point.

All info came from the AFPL Show

14 Responses

    • Brad Johnson

      I would be shocked if they didn’t go to Souther California, but it is paintball so you never know….

  1. sloppy scott and the hot boyz

    the beauty of 7 man paintball it allowed players of all shapes and sizes to compete. Athletic ability did not play such a huge role.

  2. Leo

    So cal and Vagas
    If you notice one event keeps going to the same state that always rain like clockwork every year. And they still go back their!! Wtf! Don’t Do the Same .. It’s paintball not a Michael Philps swim event.

  3. Elias

    the reason the old nppl and the uspl didn’t get a good turn out is cause the ranking system,they should use the appa for ranking system,please don’t make the same mistake again..

  4. Dirk

    The old NPPL did just fine! Managed by Player’s for Players, Not industry owners lobbing and influencing our sport with only there bottom line in mind. Chris, Mark
    do the sport a favor! give it back!

    1. 10 and 5 man Pro Am format, They all play together until finals
    2. Cap eclectic marker rate of fire! they should not shoot any faster than Mechanical markers.
    3. Shoot what you bring! Electrical, mechanical, Pump, Hooper fed, Mag feed , Air or Co2, What ever!
    4. Bring back the woods! This sport will never be a spectator sport! Only paintball players watch paintball ! ( GET OVER IT)

    Its not rocket science! lets have a format for all ages and levels of play. This sport should be more than just holding down a lane at 12 bps!

  5. Bobby

    Don’t go to Sacramento event the owner of field it’s being held at is a con artist thief so stay away and I recommend staying away from the whole nppl series since they were told about the owner Anthony portillo Google the name obviously nppl organization is dirty as well if they work with him knowing he’s a thief

  6. Josh

    This 12bps cap is bullshit you say you wanna get back to the way we used to play, well the way I remember it was semi-uncapped run what you brung and if you got fast fingers you sling paint and if your good you can dodge that shit! Whatever happebed to being as fast and as accurate as possible?


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