Going Paintballing for the first time is a thrilling experience that you’re unlikely to ever forget. But newer players can find themselves at a disadvantage when pitted against those who have played before. To level the playing field, it is essential that you read up on our tried and tested tips that’ll transform you from a complete rookie into a Paintball commando.
Getting hit by a Paintball hurts less than you might expect. Yes, it can sting, yes it can even leave a little mark, but a moment or two later and you’ll have forgotten all about it and will be raring to get back in the game.
Some new players are so worried about being hit that they spend all of their first game hiding behind a tree. Not only is this a fairly boring way to spend your first Paintball game, but it also isn’t a particularly good way of avoiding getting hit either. This is because better players will move much more quickly into much better positions, putting you at a disadvantage. So bite the bullet and move yourself, it’s only paint! If you are really worried about getting hit, try wearing some light gloves and a couple of extra layers under your jacket. You might get hot, but you probably won’t feel a thing.
The importance of this rule is impossible to underestimate. Keeping your face protected is the best way to ensure that your first game of Paintball is as safe and enjoyable as it can possibly be.
Paintball guns are pretty loud when they fire, so if you do take a shot, don’t be surprised when a lot of Paintballs comes flying your way in return!
There’s generally only three reasons to fire your Paintball marker:
Don’t waste Paintballs by firing at opponents that are too far away or too deep in cover. Instead, stay quick and quiet until you’ve found yourself a better position.
In Paintball, a player that can’t see his opponent won’t beat his opponent. New players are often tempted to keep their heads down. But this is actually a dangerous tactic, as it can allow enemy players to surround you before you have a chance to respond. Remember to scan the field quickly and carefully to identify enemy players and strategic positions. Ideally, try to do this in under three seconds. This is because it takes one second for an opponent to notice you, another second for them to take aim, and one more second for them to cover you in paint!
When you are popping out of cover for a peek, try to expose as little of your body area as possible to the opposition. Preferably just enough to see and fire. If you do look out to the right from your cover, and spot the opposition, it’s generally a good idea to pop out to take a shot from the left side of your cover. They’ll be expecting you to come from the right again, so by changing your position you make it more difficult for your opponent to tag you.
Knowledge is something that can win or lose you Paintball games. By communicating with your team, you share your knowledge with the entire group. Communicating before the game is essential. By devising a simple plan, such as allocating players to different positions on the field, you make your team a much more effective unit.
Communication during the game is also key. Whisper your plan to the person next to you before you make a run for it, and they’ll be able to provide covering fire. Telling your teammate that you’ve tagged an opposing player helps them keep track of the number of targets left on the field. Don’t shout “I’m about to run to that tree!” so that the enemy can hear too though. That’s just asking for trouble.
If you get hit by a Paintball, it will either break, meaning that you are out, or bounce, meaning that you are still in the game. New players sometimes feel a “hit” and call themselves out, without realising that the Paintball which hit them hadn’t actually broken. Remember too, that it can look like you’ve been hit because Paintball burst near you and covered you in paint. Yet in most locations this doesn’t count, and you shouldn’t surrender. When in doubt, ask a referee to come check you for paint.
Different Paintball games have different objectives. In most games this means covering the enemy in paint while avoiding getting tagged yourself, but sometimes you’ll have to defend certain positions, capture flags, or rescue a hostage. Make a plan, appoint a team captain, and work with your allies to achieve your goals.
While most new players stay too far back, a small number of newbies have the opposite problem and move too far forward too quickly. If they aren’t tagged out immediately, they’ll be spotted by the entire enemy team and forced to make themselves as small as possible while a wall of paint is fired in their direction. It’s much better to try and think two moves ahead about your cover, and avoid choosing a dangerous position in the first place. However, if you do find yourself pinned down, there’s no point staying quiet! Shout to your teammates and see if they can give you covering fire.
Don’t forget that the number 01 reason that everyone’s there is to have a good time. Paintballing is an electrifying experience, that can even be a little intimidating to newcomers. But by following our top ten tips, you’ve hopefully not only learned how to be a better player, but also how to have an enjoyable Paintballing experience!
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