Check Six takes aim at family fun

Published Sep 10, 2017 at 9:00am

Check Six Paintball in Stanwix Heights is offering families a shot at having some good clean fun while making a mess of themselves — and others.

The paintball center, in operation since 2011, last year expanded play options from an individual task-oriented set of rules based in the deep woods on the outskirts of Rome to a tournament-style obstacle course.

“The course has poles and netting that allows family members to watch the action. This helps the entire family participate,” Check Six founder Rob Kryczkowski said.

It also helps ensure the safety of its participants and the referees supervising play. “We make sure everyone here has a fun time, and also a safe time,” Kryczkowski said.

Check Six is located at 6580 Bartlett Road alongside the Stanwix Heights fire station. Its number is 315-335-9978. Information on upcoming tournaments, rules, and the store may be found at The facility also has a Facebook page.

Check Six also offers open play along with its tournaments. Open play hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. Those with their own gear may play all day for $20.

Kryczkowski has taken the love of adventure he learned while serving in the Air Force and applied it to Check Six.

“I was stationed in England with the Air Force and the locals would ask us to join them. I loved it,” he said.

Kryczkowski returned to Rome and worked various jobs with the Air Force, finishing with the Eastern Air Defense Sector before retiring. Now his entire family is involved. This includes his triplets, Kevin, Nathan, and Zachary, 16; Rylan, 10, and Christian, 8. His mother, Deborah, also finds time to play.

“I am more of a strategist than someone who runs around, but I enjoy this,” she said. “One time Kevin hit me in the helmet with a paintball, and he felt bad, but we got over it and I still play.”

Check Six has attracted several groups that enjoy paintball. “We have groups come in from Utica and the Turning Stone Casino. We had a bridal party one time, who played while dressed in their gowns. They loved it,” Kryczkowski said.