New Pro Team Emerges for 2012
With a number of time constraints slowing down their progression as a team, the Oakland Assassins, led by father/son duo Bob and Zack Long, announced that their pro squad would be taking a break from tournament play for 2012. As a result, Bob personally called the boys over at Critical Wrecking Crew, one of the best amateur team on the West Coast, and asked if they would like to take their place. They accepted and then became Los Angeles Critical, the latest NPPL pro team.
Edwin Dolgopyat, team captain of Critical, recently did an interview with our content partner, SocialPaintball.com
. Here's a clip from that:
SocialPB: What does the move up to the professional division mean to the team?
Edwin: When Bob Long approached us with the
opportunity of going professional we initially had some reservations.
Since we had only won Huntington Beach and placed 4th in Chicago as well
as the season overall, we understood that we had not dominated Division
1 by any means. However the chance to go professional is what every kid
who plays paintball dreams about. This opportunity is rarely given so
for us not to capitalize on it would have been idiotic. We know that we
are the low man on the totem pole right now, but we are dedicated. With
some new roster changes and hard work we will prove that our bump to the
professional division was not premature.
SocialPB: What are you guys doing to prepare yourself for the highest caliber play?
Edwin: Last season we had almost an entirely new
squad and we had to adjust to that. After doing relatively well last
season we have recognized both our strengths and weaknesses. Now that we
are more cohesive we have been able to work on those aspects of our
game that were less than perfect while further strengthening those that
have been the source of our success. Since we practice six times a
month, and with the help of our new coach Eric Felix, we are confident
that we will prepare for our bump to professional.