Here are some tips to get you off to a good start:
- Never ever take your mask off, unless you're off the field and in a designated safe
- Know your marker and how it works before you play. Make sure to ask any questions you may have
before you make it onto the field. During a game is the wrong time to discover a problem.
- Do'nt worry, being shot by a paintball doesnt really hurt that bad. You'll be to busy plotting
to get that guy that just got you in the next game.
What to wear? Alot of players wear cammos and thats great if you have them but otherwise dark colors
work fine too. You should wear something comfortable and easy to move around in. Wrapping up in layers of clothes
to try and protect yourself when hit by a paintball will only slow you down and make you an easier target.
Wear some type of boots or comfortable hiking/running shoes. Football or Soccer cleates work the best. They
are comfortable, light, quick, and provide excellent traction in grass and mud.
Always be honest. If you get hit and see the splat on yourself, raise your hand and exit the game. Whatever
you do, don't call yourself out if you runout of paint or air! Be a target for your team, help your buddies.
Don't be afraid to ask and learn. Most of the more experienced players enjoy sharing their knowledge with
players new to the sport.
Play as part of the team and follow the teams game plan no matter what. It's not all about you, don't
be a "JohnWayne" out remember your team. Watch, Listen, and Communicate, that's what it takes to be succesful.
Keep your eyes open. So many players are eliminated because they were not looking around. This is a mistake
many players make. It's not easy. You must train yourself to be aware as you run, hide and attack. Be alert and never focus
too much on one thing.
Don't keep shooting at the same guy behind the bunker over and over again. Move around and surprise him from
another angle. Don't stay in the same spot too long. If you are in a bunker, don't keep shooting from the same spot, move
to the other side, shoot from over the top or move to another bunker. Don't be a sitting target!
Never give up. Even if you run out of air or paint. Don't ever stop or quit. You can still be a great asset
to your teammates. No one on the other team has to know that you've run out. Use yourself as a decoy to draw the opposing
players fire or make yourself seen to force the opposing players into an uncomfortable position so that your teammates can
advance on them. Often the most selfless Hero is the one with nothing more to lose.
Never call yourself dead if you are unsure. If you're not sure whether a ball broke or not, call for a paintcheck
and have the referee check if you are dead or not. Don't call yourself out just because you felt a hit, wait for the referee
to confirm it.
- Last, but not least. HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tips for your first game
What to do before and during your first game
by Randal Greenwood
[The following article originally appeared in Action Pursuit Games magazine, and I&I Sports' catalog. It is appears here through permission of I&I Sports']
One of the most important things to do is to check out the fields where you intend to play. Ask questions, and insist on
answers. If you are on your own and don't have a buddy to take you under his wing, aks if the field has games for just rookies
or players using stricly rental paintguns. This helps because you will probably be playing against other new players of roughly
your own experience level. By talking to a field operator or some of the players that frequet a particular field you will
find out what the general policy is toward rookies.
When you have found a field that you feel will help you have a good game experience, the next step is to think about
equipment. Ask if you can rent camouflage clothes, or if you need your own. Camos help you last longer by letting you hide
better. It can also give you more confidence because you at least like like a regular player. Footwear is a personal consideration,
but you need something that will give good ankle support and protection from thorns, rocks, and stickers. They must be comfortable
enough to do a lot of running. Take time to break in new shoes since blisters can ruin your day. Army boots in the regular
or gungle styles are lpopular and reasonable in price. Be aware that running shoes do not give adequate support for your ankles
when you are running over rocks, fallen trees, and heavy brush.
If you have knee pads, wear them. They make life so much easier when you're kneeling in goat head stickers or sandburs.
Some players that like to do a lot of crawling through the brush, also like elbow pads. If you have an athletic cup it is
a good idea to wear it. Women players need chest protectors, they are not expensive. Also, I have found that gloves are a
real help. They help take the sting out of hand hits and help you stay camouflaged.
Next, check to see what the field offers in the way of face protection and goggles. All fiels should have some kind
of approved eye wear for you to use, if they don't, DO NOT PLAY THERE! If you are serious about trying the game and they don't
ahve some good head protection to rent, ensure your fun, spend some bucks and buy some. Try them on, especially if you wear
glasses because not all eye or face protectors will fit with glasses. The first peice of equipment you should buy is not a
paintgun but proper head gear. Try to buy a squeegee as soon as possible. Then you can clean out your own gun on the field.
This will ensure continued accurate shots.
If you are renting, go to the field early enought to check in and get all your equipment. You'll need additional
time to try out your gun and get used to it. Make sure they show you how to load the CO2, the paintballs and how to tell if
the safety is on and how to disengage it. Take the paintgun to the designated target area and shoot ten paintballs at a slow
pace while aiming carefully. This allows you to see where the paintgun is shooting and allows you to get used to efeel of
the cocking motion. Then fire ten more paintball. Aim the first five and shoot as fast as you can. This will show you how
fast you can shoot, and if you are going to have problems with double feeding or pinching balls. Change the CO2 before you
leave the target area so you'll have practice loading and unloading it and to make sure there's a full charge for the first
game. Be sure you clean your gun before the game starts and remember to put a full load of paintballs in.
Most fields have an orientation meeting before the first game to explain field rules and select teams. Do not be
afraid to ask questions if you don't understand. Be sure to find out what the local custom is on how you call yourself out
and how to call for a paintcheck.
After you have been assigned to a team for the game, let the team captain or the other players know that you are
a new lplayer and will take suggestions and work with the team. If they know you want to learn or that you will work with
them things will go better. Buddy up with at least one other player so you can cover each other while changing CO2 or loading
paintballs. Take a tip from veteran lplayers, load anytime you have a chance just to keep you weapon as full as possible.
If you feel you have time and there is any doubt about the amount of CO2 you have, change it. Try to carry more paint and
CO2 than ytou will need so you don't run out during a fire-fight.
Try to avoid typical rookie mistakes. When moving through open ground with no cover, have someone on your team give
you cover fire. Move quickly, and never stop in the open. Try to run a zig-zag pattern. Scan ahead for suitable cover that
will hide your whole body. When you get good cover, look around, and when you are prepared to give cover fire, have your teammates
advance in leap-frog fashion. Rookies usually stay in one place too long. If you stay put too long, the other team will find
you and shoot you. Do not let your fear of being shot for the first time make you lplay too cautiously. If you have a fear
of being shot, you need to force yourself to be aggressive. Usually after the first couple of times the fear of getting hit
leaves you. Another good habit to develop is to check behind your back every so often. It will prevent your getting shot in
the back and allows you to keep tabs on your teammates' locations.
After the first couple of games you will get to know some of the better players on your team. You can learn a lot
by watching them play. Ask them questions between games because most will be glad to give you reasons why they do certain
things. Use what you feel will work for you and forget the rest.
These guidelinews will give you a considerable edge on most new players and even some experienced players. Don't
forget you are playing paintball to have some adventure and fun. Keep your sense of humor, expect to be shot some and have
a great time!