Paintball “The Basics” BY: M. Thomas Sanford
Contents • Paintball 101 • History • Equipment • Rules • Safety • Field Requirements • Links
Paintball 101 • Paintball is a team sportwhich can be played with various amounts of players and in many formats. • The basic objective is to eliminate your opponents by marking them.
What’s Marking? • You mark your opponent by hitting them with a paintball fired from a paintball marker (a.k.a. gun). • Players that are marked must leave the field until the next game.
What are the formats? • Capture the Flag • Teams work to gain control of and return a flag to their base • Elimination • Teams play until one teams is completely eliminated • Scenario Games • Teams work toward a certain goal like capturing a base or holding territory • Plus Many More
Why Play Paintball? • It is an exciting game for people of all types • It emphasizes teamwork, good sportsmanship, and strategy • It also allows individuals to shine and gain self confidence
History • Paintball started in 1981 with air powered pistols • First public field was opened in Rochester, N.Y. in 1982 • Advances in safety and firepower gained the sport international recognition in the early 90’s • Is now a 3 billion dollar a year industry with magazines, videos, international tournaments, and thousands of publics fields across the world
Equipment • Markers (Guns) • C02 tanks (norm. 9-20oz) • Hoppers (paintball holder) • Barrel Plugs* (safety device always in barrel when not playing) • Mask / Goggles • Worn at all times on and around the field • For face and eye protection • Gloves and Jerseys optional *Not Pictured
Rules pt.1 • Tape Line: • Boundaries not to be crossed by players • Hits: • Players call themselves out when a hit breaks on them. They raise their hands above their heads and walk to designated area off the field • Time Limits: • Most games have time restrictions • Proximity Rules: • Some fields have restrictions on shooting opponents in a close proximity to the shooter (usually 5 to 10 feet of shooter)
Rules pt.2 • Referees • Patrol the field to watch for rules/safety violations. They hold the power to remove any player from the field • Chrono • Before players begin playing for the day their ball velocity is measured to make sure it doesn’t exceed limits (usually between 250-300 feet per second)
Safety • Paintball prides itself on being an extremely safe sport • Ball speeds are monitored to maintain safety • Goggles, facemasks, long sleeve shirts, and long pants are worn at all times • Barrel plugs are kept in markers when they are not in play to stop any accidental discharge • Optional safety equipment includes gloves and knee pads • Referees control the intensity of the players and make sure all rules are followed
Field Requirements • What Every Field Needs: • Referees • Chrono • Boundary Lines • Bunkers and/or Barriers • Bonus amenities: • Fill station for CO2 tanks • Place to purchase balls • Shaded area • Water / Refreshments
Links • www.paintball.com • www.thepaintballstore.com • www.paintball-online.com • www.pbplanet.com • www.paintball.org