About Cousins Paintball
From humble beginnings in 1987, Cousins Paintball has grown into the largest paintball field operator it is today. With 10 locations around the New York area we serve more paintball players than anyone else in the world. However, it's not our size but our commitment to our customer that sets us apart.
Dean Del Prete and Paul Sattler, owners of Cousins Paintball and actual cousins, started playing paintball in 1986. It didn’t take long after there first game for both Cousins to realize paintball was a great sport. Paintball was fun, exciting and safe but there were not many places to play and nowhere to get equipment.
Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs. It didn’t take long for them to see an opportunity. Let’s open a store where people can buy paintball supplies. They converted there existing business on Udall Rd. in West Islip, NY into one of the first paintball stores in the country. As avid paintball players, Dean and Paul quickly gained a reputation for knowledgeable and friendly service. There first store was a huge success.
One of the biggest challenges in the early days was that there weren’t any professionally run paintball fields in the area. Many customers that played at organized fields would simple stop playing. Again, Dean & Paul saw a void. They knew that to have a successful store you needed to provide a great place to play. A place that was friendly, safe and most of all was fun. Five-years later they took over the only field on Long Island.
The field business was great. People played and had fun. As more people played, more people shopped at there stores. A business idea was created. Provide a fun, friendly, safe place for people to have fun. Then add some retails stores with professional and knowledge staff. A simple plan that has created 10 locations in the New York area.