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Billy Bernacchia

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How long have you been in paintball and how were you introduced to it?

BB - I have been playing paintball since 2001; I first got a paintball gun as a gift from my father and played behind my house in the woods with the neighborhood kids.

What was the path that led you to pro (i.e. teams and detailed history)?

BB - I played my first national tournament in 2003. While playing with Hogan’s Alley in Division 1, we had a few NE Hurricanes playing with us.  I became good friends with them and they invited me to a practice where I was picked up to play NPPL Tampa in 2005.  After back an forth battles in D1 against Doc’s Raiders, Doc approached me about playing with him and making a pro team call the Miami Raiders.  I accepted and played for Doc until 2008, and then I went back to the Hurricanes with 4 top 4 finishes.  After the `Canes dropped out of 7-man and made the change to Xball, I joined Avalanche to continue playing in the NPPL.  I stayed with them through the 2011 season.

The ‘Canes left Pro in 2011 and I played for San Diego Dynasty, a team I had been looking up to for my whole career, it was an amazing experience and learning opportunity.


What is your favorite paintball memory and your favorite tournament?

BB - 2004 World Cup was my favorite.  Hogan’s Alley and I won the World Cup; a team from Connecticut who I grew up with had worked so hard for this win and achieved it.  It was by far the best feeling to have.

Who do you feel has been the most influential in your paintball career?

BB - All of my friends who I started playing with.

Do you have other players you look up to or admire?

BB - I always liked to watch Angel Fragoza play, I think he was one of the best snake players in the world and I always wanted to play like him when I was a kid.

What do you feel your best season has been to date?

BB - 2008 NPPL with the NE Hurricanes

What do you do during the off-season?

BB - Snowboard, go to school, work out, play paintball for fun.

Do you find it difficult to balance your life in paintball and life and relationships outside paintball?

BB - Not really, I have a pretty awesome girlfriend who supports me and likes paintball, but I know I can’t put paintball first forever, so I plan to do it while I can and continue to go to school and focus on real life things as well.

Aside from paintball, what do you currently do (i.e. work, school, etc.)?

BB - I am going to school now studying business.

How do you prepare for a tournament?  And do you have a regular workout regimen?

BB - I usually try to eat healthy for the week, and drink a lot of water.  I focus on the field layouts and try to get every shot down. I think it’s very important to be prepared and not knowing your shots is no excuse.

A lot of professional players get the opportunity to travel all over the world, what are some of your favorite places you’ve been able to travel to due to paintball and why?

BB - South Africa was amazing I got to see a lot of cool animals and some nice caves.  I have been all over South America, and I must say Brazil is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the beaches are out of this world!

You’re currently playing with XFactor, how do you feel the 2012 season is going so far for the team?

BB - So far it’s going well. Every event we have been improving and I feel as if we are very close to winning an event.

This season XFactor is playing both NPPL and PSP, are you also trying to play any events outside the US?

BB - Yes, I play Millennium with Ramstein Instinct.  We just placed 3d in Germany.  I am also playing the CXBL in Canada with Lockdown.  I’m sure I’ll make a few appearances in South American this year as well.

What is the practice schedule for XFactor and where do you usually practice?

BB - I usually try to practice every weekend at home, and fly to Texas once before an event to practice as a team.

We usually see you playing Snake; do you foresee your position changing in the future?

BB - Well, I like playing the snake now, and even if I tried I don’t think my team would take me out of it haha. So I guess I’ll be in there until my body can’t handle it any more.

Do you ever do clinics?

BB - Yes, I try to do as many as I can to help some players take their games to the next level.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

BB - Beverly Hills

What goals would you like to accomplish in the paintball world?

Win of course, but also to be remembered as one of the players to help take paintball to the next level.

What is the best advice you’ve received regarding paintball and the best advice you’ve received for life in general?

“Don’t get penalties, but put it on Mother F*ckers” Steve Consiglio (Hogan’s Alley coach)

Any advice you would give a young player starting out in paintball?

Practice Practice Practice!

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