Paintball Rules, History, Tips & Equipment

A history of Paintball, how to play, tips for improvement & necessary equipment

How to Play Paintball

Paintball is a war game, where teams or individuals shoot each other with paintball guns in order to eliminate their opponent. Paintball is commonly combined with capture the flag.

Paintball History

Paintball was created by Hayes Noel, Bob Gurnsey, and Charles Gaines, in an attempt to recreate the excitement of Gaines recent hunting trip to Africa and his experiences hunting buffalo. Inspired by Richard Connell's The Dangerous Game, the two friends invented a game in which they could chase and hunt each other. The came up with the plan to use guns that shot plastic balls full of paint that would explode on impact, with little pain to the target. Their ideas lead to the first paintball game on June 27, 1981. The twelve friends that competed in that game devised the first rules for paintball. Due to the limited paintball technology these first few games were very different then the ones today. There was only one kind of paintball gun at the time, it could not hold a lot of ammo, and it was hard to load. Sometimes players would throw the paintballs at each other. Today, paintball technology has evolved to where there are hundreds of different kinds of paintball guns, with rapid loading, and even automatic shooting. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association over 5.4 million people currently play paintball in the United States.

National and international paintball leagues offer organized tournaments that attract professional, semi-professional, and amateur teams, crowds of spectators, and prizes.

Paintball Rules

The number of players and teams varies depending on game format. Seven man teams are common in tournaments. Games can be played indoor or outdoor, on fields of varying size, depending on the venue. Common paintball games include capture the flag and elimination. In capture the flag teams try to capture their opponent's flag, and defend their own. When a player gets shot they can be taken to jail or be out of the game all together. The object of elimination is to shoot everyone on the opposing team. The winning team can be the last one standing or the team with the most players at the end of regulation time. Game time can vary. Both capture the flag and elimination can be played with multiple teams.

Due to the pain caused by being hit by a paintball many commercial venues enforce a minimum distance rule, where players can not shoot their opponents if they are within that distance.

Paintball Tips

Like in capture the flag, teams should assign players to defend the flag and players to capture the opposing team's flag. In elimination teammates should work together to cover each other.

Paintball Equipment

To play paintball one needs a paintball gun, paintballs, and goggles or a mask to protect their eyes and their face. Paintball players are required to wear goggles or a mask on the paintball field at all times. It is recommended to wear jeans and long sleeve shirts to protect against paintball bruises.

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