Not everything is as it appears at Backyard Boyz Battlegroundz. The Valken Village marketplace, for instance, is really a front for a faux military stronghold, from which paintball players fend off opponents sneaking among the village's dirt roads and buildings. On the prohibition-themed Bootleg field, teams playing the role of federal agents must see through a backwoods building's ordinary veneer in order to locate batches of "White Lighting" hidden inside.
Of course, not all of the fields at Backyard Boyz Battlegroundz require such flights of imagination. On the regulation speedball field, players duck behind gray inflatable obstacles and into bunkers, firing rainbow-hued rounds during daytime or nighttime bouts. A digital scoreboard tracks each team's progress for spectators, who watch from bleachers or a shaded seating area closer to the field.
One of the hostage takers adjusts his protective mask nervously as the dull thuds of the police team's fire hits outside the makeshift house. He and his four allies protect a VIP they kidnapped while the rescue team waits outside. Moments later, the door bursts open as the rescue team breaches through and unleashes a fury of paintballs at the villains. After a few tense minutes and paint-spatter casualties on both sides, the battle is over, the hostage rescued, and the teams reversed. This is a regular scene at Indy Acres Paintball, a field that takes pride in the variety of scenarios available on its six fields.
From hostage rescue to large-scale woodsball and fast-paced speedball, the outdoor fields accommodate every type of play, and Indy Acres equips players with .50-caliber paintball guns that hurt more than a rubber-band snap but less than knowing that the sun has a shelf life. Additionally, the field?s rules of conduct maintain fair play and fun for every participant.
Every now and then, snow enthusiast Tiberius the Siberian husky can be found roaming through aisles of skis, snowboards, skateboards, and wakeboards at Skier's Edge. Though the friendly store dog may not be able to lend any advice on how or where to use the equipment, his owners and friends are more than happy to help.
At Skier's Edge, the water, snow, and skate specialists are eager to help customers with advice and equipment for enjoying the outdoors. They carry gear for snowboarding and downhill skiing, as well as skateboards, longboards, wakeboards, hoverboards, and waterskis. They also stock a range of helmets, gloves, boots, and jackets.
Feet are in good hands at The Runners Forum. The entire staff is composed of specially trained athletes who hold degrees in wellness-related fields such as exercise physiology and nutrition. When it comes to footwear, the team strives for a perfect fit, assessing customers' gaits in-store and testing out different styles and brands before settling on a shoe. Shelves display the latest wares from renowned footwear brands including Asics, Mizuno, and Adidas, as well as Runners Forum–brand apparel and running accessories. In addition to running gear, the shop also offers swimwear and bike maintenance, repair, and fittings.
The crack-team of instructors at Divers' Supply Indy hold a staggering roster of certifications to train folks for nearly any sub-aquatic ambitions they might have. People looking to get a taste of breathing underwater can pop in for a three-hour intro, and get in some dive-time before the end of the afternoon. More advanced aquanauts can get certifications in everything from oxygen first aid provider to underwater photography or underwater hunting.
Mathews Bicycles' proprietor, Nancy Parent, and her crew of experienced cyclists outfit pedestrians with bikes befitting their needs and outfits befitting their bikes. Whether preparing to dirt jump, cruise the neighborhood, or share a double-body bike with a body double, customers can easily match their leg paws to an appropriate pair of pedals thanks to the shop's large stock of styles, including BMX, mountain, road, and tandem. Stop by to ogle catwalk-ready models such as the Trek 3500 mountain bike ($359), Raleigh Route 3.0 hybrid bicycle ($399), Specialized Allez Sport road bike ($929), and Trek Madone 4.5 carbon-fiber road bike ($2,099). To look the part of a bicycle owner while protecting sensitive skin from suicidal balcony gnomes, individuals can pick up a Bontrager circuit helmet ($99.99), a pair of specialized Primo spinning shoes ($64.99), Tifosi Logic photo-chromatic sunglasses ($69.99), and Endura eight-panel cycling shorts ($49.99).