It's fast. It's extreme. And most of all, it's fun. Like all sports, an informed player can help make the game safer. In fact, safety is one of the most important parts of the game. Here are some tips to help keep the game more safe and enjoyable. Never fire your marker when you or anyone near you is not wearing proper paintball approved eye protection. Never remove your goggles in the field or in the elimination zone. When you are eliminated, call OUT as loud as possible, raise your hand and walk off the field. Do not remove your goggles until you are back at the safe zone. Always wear eye protection. Never wear anything but goggle/mask systems made especially for paintball. When you are in the designated safe zone, or not on the playing field, make sure to have your barrel plug in your marker barrel. Many markers will fire even after a CO2 or high pressure system is removed from the gun. So, always wear goggles when working on your marker - even when the air source is removed. Do not alter your cylinder or valve in any way or try to remove the cylinder from the valve. Since velocities have a tendency to fluctuate throughout the day, it is wise to chronograph your marker several times each day during play. Always keep the safety in the safe position and if your gun has a power feed, keep it in the OFF position when not playing the game or taking a break from play. Don't stand in the open for too long during play. Always reload your marker or catch your breath from behind a tree or bunker. Markers should be stored uncharged and unloaded. Markers should be transported uncharged and unloaded. Do not shoot cars, homes or other items with painted or finished surfaces. The paintballs are non-toxic but can discolor or dissolve painted or finished surfaces. Never shoot anything from the marker except water soluble paintballs. Remove all power sources before disassembly of a paintball marker. Never shoot at another person with the intent to cause injury or harm. Pressurize your paintball devices only when you're ready to use them. Don't handle, play with, load, use, or shoot a paintball marker while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Observe all safety rules applicable to firearms when handling a paintball marker.
Here's a list of things you may want to bring to the field:
Long pants / long sleeved shirt Gloves Shoes or boots you can run in Camouflage clothing Food or beverage Spray bottle (with water) Mosquito repellent Bandana for neck protection Towel to clean off with Paper towels or toilet paper Your friends and a good attitude Change of clothes for the ride home
Safety Rules 1. All players MUST be wearing Goggles and Face Masks prior to entering playing areas, the target range, or the chronograph area. 2. All players MUST put in place Barrel Sleeves prior to exiting playing areas, the target range, or the chronograph area. 3. Each player MUST have their paintball marker chronographed prior to game play. Paintball markers may not exceed 275 feet per second for outdoor games. 4. No shooting paintballs outside the designated areas. 5. Prior to participation in games, each player must go through safety orientation and have their admission card punched to signify that they understand the safety rules and guidelines.
Referees 1. Referees' calls are final. 2. Talking back to referees will not be tolerated. 3. Disputes with a call made by your referee should be taken up with the head referee. 4. Do not shoot the referees. 5. If a referee is in your line of fire, ask them to move. 6. Do not use referees for cover.
Paint Checks 1. Call paint check to get a referee to check you for paint hits. Do not waste other players' time with obviously unnecessary paint checks. 2. Players being checked for paint hits by a referee are neutral. Do not shoot neutral players. 3. If you call "Out", you are out. If you are in doubt, call "Paint Check" first.
General Rules 1. NO BLIND FIRING 2. No discharging paintball markers outside the designated shooting areas. 3. No shooting at people not wearing protective equipment. 4. No carrying or moving the bunkers or field parts. 5. No knifes or other weapons. 6. No wiping off paint hits while still on the field. 7. No talking while exiting the field (no advising teammates, no taunting, etc.) 8. No drinks or food withing playing areas. 9. No foul language. 10. Offer your opponent the opportunity to surrender if you are within 20 ft. (outdoors). 11. Once eliminated, raise your gun and arm over your head and move quickly toward the exit. 12. Exit the field as quickly and quietly as possible. 13. Put on Barrel Sleeve prior to exiting the field.