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5 Paintball Tips for Beginners

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Paintball is a very exciting hobby, but when you are first getting started playing paintball you want to be aware of some things. Spend a few minutes going over these five paintball tips for beginners, and you and the people playing with you will enjoy the game much more.

One important paintball tip for beginners is to communicate.
Many times a beginning player will quietly play the game and feel it isn’t their place yet to speak up and communicate with the other players on the team. The more you communicate with your fellow players the better you will do.

By communicating with your team you will be in a better position to coordinate attacks on them. Many times opposing teams change the strategy mid-game, and if you don’t let your team know about changes you see, they can be exposed to potential attacks. The more you communicate the better the team will know where on the field all the opposing players are. Communication doesn’t have to only involve radio, if you see something you can shout it out to your team members.

A great tip for beginners is to practice on your own. Take some time and go practice in areas that you are weak at. Take in a game over the weekend and get some time on offense if that is where you are lacking. You can improve the more you play so when you are in a game with your team and they need to call on your for something, you will ready to go. You can also go to a paintball match and observe players and pick up some tricks and techniques that could help your overall game. Remember that practice will only improve your skills.

Get familiar with you equipment.
If you know that your gun can not shoot past 50 feet, then when you are in battle and at a significant distance, save your paint. If your gun isn’t very good at rapid fire, when the battle calls for a high speed shootout you know you should not be at the head of the charge. If you can’t aim and run with your gun at the same time, don’t try it when your team is counting on you. The trick here is to become familiar with all your equipment and then play to your strengths, not your weakness.

What To Wear For Paintball? When you dress for paintball, wear dark clothing.
You will blend in better with the surroundings and give yourself a small advantage. Never wear white to a paintball battle or you will be the first target all day long. Make sure to wear hiking boots or running shoes. You want your feet as comfortable as possible because you may be running, walking or standing around for long periods of time. If the game allows cleats, they make sure you get a pair. Cleats can provide you many little advantages in the game, from being able to maneuver in mud to getting excellent traction in wet grass.

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A final paintball tip for beginners is to always keep your eyes open
. Many beginners get tunnel vision and see a target and go like a jet directly to them without ever looking sideways and get blasted mid-stride. Sometimes beginners get so focused on a potential target they even forget to look behind them. Many opposing players set traps and use decoys to flush out players. Keep your eyes open and always be aware of your surroundings in a complete 360 degree radius.

Sports: Training for Battle

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Traditionally many cultures have trained their new generations of warriors by introducing them to sports. These games were designed to develop skills such as teamwork and strategic thinking. Games like Rugby and American Football really bring home the concept of War-as-Sport. Even soccer/football, arguably the most popular sport in the world is based on this tradition. The teams each have to defend their home base (their goals) and maintain possession of a strategic item that can be used to defeat the opposing team (the ball). Strict rules are enforced to make the game uniform and also to make it so players can be compared in relative skill vs each other more easily.

The ultimate example of War-as-Sport is paintball. Platoons of players armed with pump paintball guns that fire gelatin balls filled with dye at high velocity basically act out real life, modern day combat scenarios. No one dies, but it’s a pretty darned good simulation. The invention of the paintball gun and subsequent invention of the relatively cheap and highly effective safety equipment that is necessary to play the sport safely is perhaps the greatest achievement in sporting history since fencing.

It is perhaps an even greater achievement than fencing since fencing only really simulates one on one combat, and even then it’s on a two-dimensional plane (fencers can move forward and backward, but not right or left to any significant distance). Paintball is literally a battlefield with soldiers on both sides. For players who take the game the most seriously, if the situation were altered drastically, all the paintball guns were real and all the players knew it was life or death, kill or be killed, it would still play out in much the same way. These people are training for war.

That is not to say paintball is warlike or violent any more than someone who is playing a first person shooter video game is. People who blame real violence on video games are silly and don’t know the facts because millions of people play violent video games and there is no statistical connection with actual real life violence whatsoever. This is because even children know the difference between reality and a video game. The same goes for pump action paintball. This is clearly a sport, just a game. In the long tradition of making war non-violently through sport, paintball just stands out. During the cold war many people commented how the U.S. vs U.S.S.R. was a fierce competition, almost as if our countries’ athletes were fighting a non-violent war of proxy. Maybe we could do the same with paintball and resolve international disputes over a tournament instead of with real bloodshed.

Hey, it could happen!

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