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Who Can Play Paintball?
Because of mandatory safety gear worn in paintball (namely the paintball mask), the sport is enjoyed by many different age groups. However getting hit with a paintball stings a bit! The intensity of the sting from being hit is why the recommended age to play paintball is 18 years or older. However it is not illegal for younger to play. Safety should always be the most important aspect of the game when playing paintball. Paintball markers can cause serious injury if not used in the correct manner for which they are built or handled properly when not in use.
What is Paintball?
Paintballs are non-toxic gelatin capsules filled with washable color fluid (or paint). When a paintball hits a player, the thin gelatin ball splits and leaves a "paint" mark to signify that player is eliminated. Safety equipment is required to insure a safe and fun day for all. The most essential piece of your paintball gear is the mask.
For the most part, paintball guns are safe, however can cause only one serious injury; getting hit directly in the eye can cause blindness. This is why paintball masks are mandatory pieces of paintball equipment that must be worn every single time you shoot.
The paint in a Paintball is washable and biodegradable. It will not stain your clothing. Be sure to rinse the paint off as soon as possible and do not leave it on the article for an extended period of time. Any paint will leave a stain if you leave it on there long enough. It is a good idea to wear clothes that can be stained and possibly even torn. Remember, you will be running, sliding, perhaps falling, or diving about the playing field.
The best advice is to wear a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Gloves will help, and a bandana or wrap of some sort is helpful to avoid getting the paint in your hair from direct hits or splatter. There are also paintball jerseys and pants with added padding that can make rough play more comfortable. You can even wear multiple shirts or a heavy coat. Anything that is going to allow you to run and play freely but does not restrict your movement is best.
OPERATING YOUR PAINTBALL GUN (Marker)
Here Are a Few Game Tips…..
Field position is very important so when the game starts, beginning running immediately. Get up field fast but do not go beyond your lines when the game begins. Make sure you work with your team mates when positioning otherwise you may be too far beyond your lines which will allow the other team to maneuver around you for a clear shot at you.
Do not shoot until you are ready to give away your position. As soon as you begin shooting, everyone on the field will know your location. If you've moved up field fast, you may have a great position. Let your opponent move within range and then take a few quick shots at them. If your paint does not break, bounces don't count. Keep shooting.
If you are hit, don't automatically assume that you are out. Paintballs do bounce sometimes and if you call yourself out, you're out. If you think you have been hit but are unsure of the accuracy, call "Paintcheck!" A referee will then inspect you and determine if you are hit. It is their call if you are “out” or “clean”. If you are clean then you may continue playing.For excellent deals on beginner paintball guns and gear, visit ChoicePaintballGuns.com. This is a huge discount store with tons of package deals designed specifically for people just starting out. They also have a giant library of articles and blogs about every question you could possibly ask about paintball.
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