From a Sponsor's perspective, here's food for thought:
The team details and all the tournaments that you've place really means very little unless you're Team Dynasty. But nonetheless you still have to provide this information. As a sponsor, I will only glance over this stuff. What I'll be looking for is how you can possibly help my business in both it's marketing and it's day-to-day operation.
Don't think about what you can take, think about what you can give. For example, provide them with some tangible idea to promote their business such as creating a buzz over the web with your people. Perhaps you may want to volunteer your time reffing or assisting in some form of fashion.
Additionally, present yourself, both in person and on paper, as professionally as you can. Your image counts. Looking dissheveled when you make your pitch works against you. The sponsor has to be assured that you will not be a potential embarassment in any shape or form. Looking presentable is your critical "first impression" and you shouldn't drop the ball on that one. The last thing you would want your potential sponsor to think is that you can be a liability by not caring how you're perceived. Have your most articulate and affable person on your team make the presentation.
Lastly, you have to accept the FACT that you are neither the first one nor the last one to ask for a sponsorship. Everyone wants to cut the cost of playing, that's a fact. But don't think of just yourselves (or your team). If a sponsor decides to support you, they're taking resources away from something and putting it somewhere else. If they're cool and totally sypathetic paintballers, sometimes the place where they take that resource from is THEIR OWN FAMILY DINING TABLE. Be cognizant of that.
If your mentality is all about TAKE TAKE TAKE, you've already lost the battle.
Good luck to you in your pursuit of a sponsorship.
/s/ Mel C. Maravilla
PBX Paintball Station Inc.
PBX Ballistix Lab