Hello and welcome to my latest airsoft biog. Now as many of you know I am a squad leader of the ICAC Lincolnshire team. Yesterday the Lincolnshire team had a training day for all members of the Lincolnshire team and the Wraiths who are the under 18’s team based at Lincolnshire air soft Club. The event was based at Combat Zone in Lincolnshire.
Let me tell you the story of what happened at yesterdays event.
First of all let me say that I was very excited for this event, yes I know like most of you guys and girls we are all excited for an airsoft match but this one was different. Not only was it to be a match event under the ICAC banner but we were going to have training in how to attack and defend buildings and normal matches. We would also be getting training in communication and movement. These are all very important aspects of an airsoft match and I knew that these lessons would come in very important for ICAC matches and normal matches.
I knew that as the squad leader in charge of the recon section that I would have to have a recon kit. So I decided to bring my KJW KC02 rifle that I have converted to run on h pa (high pressured air) I have the regulator set at just under 400fps on .2's which is the rules for a DMR. I had got my kit ready the night before but if I am honest I had been looking forward to this match for weeks. Now I know that with it being December that the weather could go against the event but I couldn't believe my eyes when it was actually warm, even in the early hours of the morning when I got the site.
I had been on site for about an hour when I realised that something was wrong. Now here in the ICAC Lincolnshire team, we actually do have a command structure of sorts. We have a captain, a 2IC (second in charge) and three squad leaders. The squad leaders were here but no captain and 2IC. Now it took me a while to find out that there were some non airsoft issues that had stopped our captain form turning up. Nothing could be done about that but the facts were that there were only us squad leaders here on site and now the rest of the teams was turning up expecting there usual slick and fun airsoft matches that they normally get at Combat Zone and all they had was three squad leaders who were starting to look a bit lost.
Now I would like to say right now that the two other squad leaders and you know who you are, did a great job with the under 18's team. However, I was to struggle in my newly promoted role as acting ICAC team captain.
I had to stop thinking like a player and sorting my own kit out and start organizing matches, something that I have not done for years. Now once a long time ago I was a martial at LAC, this was before the Craftspersons stuff that I do now. I had to stop doing the organizing for the club and go back to being a normal player. I must admit that throughout the day I was beginning to feel like that person who had given up the LAC martial role all those years ago.
Without a leader and a plan, I decided on the only plan I could go by and that was to keep things simple. I was going to run simple attack and defend matches and I was going to watch the ICAC team as they attacked and defended structures. I worked out that the best way for me to do this was for me not to actually play, this way I could keep an eye on what was going on. Things seemed to roll on okay, there were no major issues and the team did well at attacking and defending these buildings.
However, I quickly realised that I was like the rabbit in the headlights of a car. I had all these seasoned veterans who were looking at me to organize there day, and I started to freeze. I needed help. I asked an ex-marshal for LAC to help me out. He does not martial anymore but I needed his help to organize the matches, he was to be on one team and I would be dare I say in charge. By lunchtime, I was mentally tired (I know that sounds silly) but I had had enough. My excitement for this match that I had for weeks before now seemed like a distant memory.
I felt like I had been put on the pedestal and I had failed. Please remember that it had been many tears since I had run my own matches, I was much more used to being just a normal player dealing with small issues. If it wasn't for a few words from a very good hobnob eating friend that I would have really failed both myself and the team.
Now it’s a new day, I have time to think back on my experience as an acting captain and it will take me a long time to sort out what I have learned. In the future I will be in a better position to take charge should a situation like this one happen again.
I will take this time to say I am sorry to any member of the ICAC Lincolnshire team. If you were expecting your usual slick and professional airsoft experience and instead you got me in charge. For all those out there in airsoft land and you are thinking that running an airsoft match is easy and you think your marshals have an easy life please let this blog tell you it is not that easy. There are a lot of very good marshal teams that make it look easy.