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Paintball. “The Basics”. BY: M. Thomas Sanford. Contents. Paintball 101 History Equipment Rules Safety Field Requirements Links. Paintball 101. Paintball is a team sport which can be played with various amounts of players and in many formats.

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“The Basics”

BY: M. Thomas Sanford

  • Paintball 101
  • History
  • Equipment
  • Rules
  • Safety
  • Field Requirements
  • Links
paintball 101
Paintball 101
  • Paintball is a team sportwhich can be played with various amounts of players and in many formats.
  • The basic objective is to eliminate your opponents by marking them.
what s marking
What’s Marking?
  • You mark your opponent by hitting them with a paintball fired from a paintball marker (a.k.a. gun).
  • Players that are marked must leave the field until the next game.
what are the formats
What are the formats?
  • Capture the Flag
    • Teams work to gain control of and return a flag to their base
  • Elimination
    • Teams play until one teams is completely eliminated
  • Scenario Games
    • Teams work toward a certain goal like capturing a base or holding territory
  • Plus Many More
why play paintball
Why Play Paintball?
  • It is an exciting game for people of all types
  • It emphasizes teamwork, good sportsmanship, and strategy
  • It also allows individuals to shine and gain self confidence
  • Paintball started in 1981 with air powered pistols
  • First public field was opened in Rochester, N.Y. in 1982
  • Advances in safety and firepower gained the sport international recognition in the early 90’s
  • Is now a 3 billion dollar a year industry with magazines, videos, international tournaments, and thousands of publics fields across the world
  • Markers (Guns)
    • C02 tanks (norm. 9-20oz)
    • Hoppers (paintball holder)
    • Barrel Plugs* (safety device always in barrel when not playing)
  • Mask / Goggles
    • Worn at all times on and around the field
    • For face and eye protection
  • Gloves and Jerseys optional

*Not Pictured

rules pt 1
Rules pt.1
  • Tape Line:
    • Boundaries not to be crossed by players
  • Hits:
    • Players call themselves out when a hit breaks on them. They raise their hands above their heads and walk to designated area off the field
  • Time Limits:
    • Most games have time restrictions
  • Proximity Rules:
    • Some fields have restrictions on shooting opponents in a close proximity to the shooter (usually 5 to 10 feet of shooter)
rules pt 2
Rules pt.2
  • Referees
    • Patrol the field to watch for rules/safety violations. They hold the power to remove any player from the field
  • Chrono
    • Before players begin playing for the day their ball velocity is measured to make sure it doesn’t exceed limits (usually between 250-300 feet per second)
  • Paintball prides itself on being an extremely safe sport
  • Ball speeds are monitored to maintain safety
  • Goggles, facemasks, long sleeve shirts, and long pants are worn at all times
  • Barrel plugs are kept in markers when they are not in play to stop any accidental discharge
  • Optional safety equipment includes gloves and knee pads
  • Referees control the intensity of the players and make sure all rules are followed
field requirements
Field Requirements
  • What Every Field Needs:
    • Referees
    • Chrono
    • Boundary Lines
    • Bunkers and/or Barriers
  • Bonus amenities:
    • Fill station for CO2 tanks
    • Place to purchase balls
    • Shaded area
    • Water / Refreshments