You’re all packed and ready to go play paintball for the first time. Before you go, here are some things to keep in mind.
- SAFETY. I cannot stress this enough. Paintball is a safe sport when played with some common sense.
- Paintballers are very friendly to new players. They were all newbs once, and are more than happy to help you out.
- If you aren’t sure what to do, just ask someone.
- If you are nervous about getting shot, don’t be. It is similar to getting snapped with a rubber band. It stings, then you forget about it, and run to get back in line.
- DON’T BE A LEECH. No, I don’t mean don’t suck someones blood, just don’t be clingy. It is incredibly annoying to get to a great bunker to find that 10 other people also found your hideout useful, and because of the lack of angles, you quickly get flanked and lose. No fun.
- Take a friend. Stick with said friend. If said friend is very good, watch friend to see when to fire, how to move, how to use angles. It is a lot less awkward and confusing if someone else is there.
- Be flexible. It is amazing, if at a big game with reinsertions, how fast you will lose your partner (if you don’t have radios). Don’t spend the game looking for him/her. Just hook up with another squad heading in the same direction as you.
What is Woodsball?
- The short and sweet of it is: Woodsball is a type of paintball. It’s usually characterized by the fact that it is played in a natural or “Wooded” environment. Not all woodsball is played in the woods. Any form of paintball that is played in an outdoors “natural” environment could be considered woodsball.
Paintball – General
What’s a barrel tap?
- When a player is in such close proximity to an opponent that shooting them would be too dangerous, a barrel tap could serve as a safer substitute. Just like the name says, you can either tap an opponent with your barrel, or give a verbal warning like “You’re out” or “Surrender”. Certain fields have different rules concerning these methods but most fields have a 10-15′ “Surrender Radius”, where if you’re within 10-15′ of an opponent you must first offer a surrender before firing upon them. A barrel tap most often happens when you are within 1-2′ of an opponent that has no idea you’re there.