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Small Business Saturday (Ultimate Paintball)

November the 29th is Small Business Saturday, everyone should go out and support local businesses this holiday season. Almost everyone is familiar with Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (the monday after Thanksgiving). They are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. They are the days that most people do all of their holiday shopping. Big and Small companies around the country have some of their best deals and prepare for mobs of people to come in and shop. Small Business Saturday is a newer shopping tradition that was introduced in 2010. Everyone should go out and show support of the business in your community or businesses that don’t take in enough revenue to feed a small country. Mom and Pop stores around the nation should be supported and American Express is doing something about it.

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Support us (Ultimate Paintball) and other small businesses this holiday season and American Express is going to pay you back for your spending (see ad).

Don’t forget that we will be running different sales from now until Christmas. On everything from our cheapest items all the way to some of the more expensive ones. Check out the site from time to time to see all of the new deals going on.

Have a Happy Holiday season!!!!

 

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Ultimate Paintball: Pre-Black Friday Sale

The holiday shopping season is upon us. There are 2 days that are usually reserved entirely for getting your holiday shopping done. The day after Thanksgiving, also known as “Black Friday”,  and the Monday following that day, also referred to as “Cyber Monday.”  These can be great days to save some money on those gifts that are sometimes a little too pricey otherwise.

Well, Ultimate Paintball is having a Pre-Black Friday sale. This is going to be perfect for those who want to get some shopping done earlier than the normal sales dates.  There are hundreds of items on sale for our Pre-Black Friday Sale.  The items aren’t just the more expensive ones or just the really cheap. There is a multitude of different items that run from the very cheap to the expensive and all of them have had their prices reduced to make them more affordable.

The items that are in the sale include everything from Clothing and Accessories to Paintball Markers and Protective Gear. Almost anything that you could be  looking for is on sale. It isn’t just one brand that is on sell either; pretty much every brand name we sell is in this sale. This is a great time to get some shopping done before the craziness of the regular holiday shopping season sets in.

We have also extended our return policy for the holiday season. It will end January 15th, 2015. That gives you even more of a reason to try and get all of your shopping done early, you don’t have to worry about ordering the wrong item, or wrong size. You will have a chance to exchange it after the holidays.

 

Ultimate Paintball Holiday Tips For Parents and Beginners

The holidays are approaching at warp speeds and for some parents that means questions. If you have never played paintball or just don’t know that much about it, it can be difficult to buy gifts for family members. If you are completely clueless as to what to buy for an up and coming paintballer, this is going to be a really quick guide as to what a few of the items are and what to buy.

Tank: The tank is what holds either the CO2 or Compressed Air (you cannot put CO2 in a Compressed air tank) This what propels the paintballs out of the Marker/Gun

Marker/Gun:  Marker is just another term for the paintball gun. This may sound a little confusing but, just think of it for exactly what it does. Marks things with paint.

Hopper: This is what goes on top of most Markers to hold the extra paintballs. Most Hoppers hold around 200 paintballs.

Barrel: This is just the same as any other gun, it is what guides the paintball as it is propelled from the gun.

Harness: We sell harness that go around the waist of the player to hold excess paintballs in pods/tubes.

Pods/tubes: These are accessories that can hold a varying amount of extra paintballs, they are usually stored in a harness and can be quickly opened and poured into hoppers.

Mask: This is one of the most important things that you can buy. There are a myriad of masks to choose from and have a range in prices from around 15.00 to 200.00. The main differences are comfortability, coverage, lens type and bounce (the ability to have a paintball bounce instead of break)

Remote: a remote or coiled remote is something that can help younger players because it is a line that you hook into the end of the gun and runs to the harness where you will be storing your tank. The reason this helps is because it takes the weight from the hands to the body. This is great for younger players who can’t handle the weight of the tank and gun for extended periods of time.

Brands: There are tons of brands that you can choose from for certain items. When it comes to beginners I think the best brands for Markers is going to be Tippmann Paintball. The best brand for accessories and tanks would be 3Skull. For beginners I wouldn’t go with the most expensive or even the best of some items because the player needs to learn how to play before spending a lot of money on the items.

Now, if you just want to buy your friend or family member a package that come with almost everything they need to just go out the next day and play the game then you are in luck. There are packages that have everything needed. If you go to the Ultimate Paintball website there is a whole section for paintball packages. Checkout the Tippmannn 98 Custom and Tippmann Cronus Packages.

If you don’t like those two sets you are welcomed to check out the hundreds of others that we have but, those are definitely the best sets for beginners.

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Ultimate Paintball and Azodin Markers

Azodin paintball markers have been steadily increasing in sales an popularity. We have been selling the Kaos and Blitz at increasing rates throughout the last few years. They are some of the better markers in the price range. We get a lot of kids and young adults looking for a beginner or speedball marker, at a lower price than some of the more high end guns.

Azodin has done a great job at creating an affordable and reliable marker, that beginners and intermediates alike will enjoy. Not only, are they great reliable markers but, they are simple to use as well. If something goes wrong with the marker, it is usually easy to fix. Not only is it easy to fix on your own, Azodin has a great customer service/tech team that will help you over the phone with any questions or problems that you might run into with the marker that you have purchased.

As mentioned, they have have great semi auto and electronic markers that come in several styles and price ranges. The markers look great and work even better. I will list a few of the markers that we sell a lot of.

Azodin Kaos Semi-Auto Paintball Marker Gun

Developed with the highest standard in mind, KAOS incorporates the latest technological breakthrough, while providing standard features that are found on $1000 markers. KAOS gives players the competitive edge on the field of battle. Azodin Markers comes with a 30 day warranty.Features:

  • -LOW RISE TWIST LOCK FEED NECK
  • NON-SLIP RUBBER GRIP PANELS
  • SELF LUBRICATE DELRIN BOLT
  • DOUBLE BALL DETENTS
  • 12″ ONE PIECE BARREL

As mentioned that is the Semi-Auto marker. This has become one of our highest selling semi-auto markers and, at a price of around $90 dollars it has some features that are found on much more expensive guns.  If you are looking for a great semi-auto marker at a very affordable price then this is the way to go. Next:

Azodin Blitz Paintball Marker Gun

The Valve is the heart of every marker. The Board is the soul of every electronic marker. Our second generation Blitz has been designed with a new Heart and Soul.

 

The new High Performance (HP) Valve design offers a new level of air efficiency, accuracy and overall performance. While the perfect combination of Feather Striker System and new HP valve design, Blitz 2911 is not only a smooth shooting marker but also has the accuracy that can only be found in a spool valve marker design.

The “Zen II” Circuit Board has improved its logics and extends the life of most batteries you can find in the market today. Programmed with firing modes for the major circuits, the “Zen II” Circuit Board can easily be modified with an AZ Editor to suit you likings.

Barrel Thread: Interchangeable with Autococker thread barrel Feedneck Thread: Interchangeable with Ion/Impulse thread feedneck Low Pressure Inline Regulator: Standard ASA thread Bottom ASA: Interchangeable with rail or dovetail mount.

Azodin Blitz Paintball Marker Gun Features

  • The new High Performance (HP) Valve design offers a new level of air efficiency and overall performance.
  • The “Zen II” Circuit Board has improved logic and extends battery life.
  • Programmed with firing modes for the major circuits the “Zen II” Circuit Board can easily be flashed with the AZ Editor to suit your likings.
  • New Twist Lock II feed neck provides an improved hopper connection that is quick, easy and reliable.

This is the electronic marker that has become more and more popular with time as well.

Then we have also slowly been selling more of these:

Azodin Zenith II Electronic Paintball Marker Gun

The ZII is the pinnacle of design and performance for the stack tube blow-back platform.

When the ZII was developed, we focused our efforts on improving its operation and performance. The result was the creation of the Zen OLED board and the ZeRO-D system.

The Zen OLED board is the conscious of the ZII and is the first user programmable board on an Azodin marker. The board features new logic which helps to prolong battery life and decrease voltage requirements.

The ZeRO-D system is the soul of the ZII and threads directly onto the body. The new design improves the durability of the ZeRO Housing and it allows for quicker maintenance of the ZeRO-D System. When paired with the Mass Flow Valve, the ZerRO-D lowers the operating pressure of the ZII.

The ZII showcases Azodin’s next generation of markers and establishes new performance benchmarks for the STBB Platform.

Azodin Z II Features

  • ZEN OLED Board
  • Zero-D System
  • AZ Adjustable Clamping Feedneck
  • AZ Sling Trigger w/ Roller Bearings
  • 3D Milled Body

These are all fine choices for markers, what is great is there are still other models available like the Azodin Kaos D II and ATS. Azodin has released some new colors in the Azodin Zenith II markers and Kaos D IImarkers. Azodin is always trying to make everything bigger, better and bolder.  Check them out!

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Ultimate Paintball and HK Army at World Cup

Ultimate Paintball visited the World Cup in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the biggest events for paintball. You can bet that this is the best place to see the upcoming and new gear from major brands. HK Army happens to be one of those brands and they have released an exciting new product. The Zer0-G Pro Strapless Harness. HK Army is one of those companies that, not only, has a great brand but has great products as well. This new item is no different.  Here is what the new Zer0-G Harness has to offer.

Tension Control: Adjustable elastic holster allows for a full range of tension control as desired by the user.

Bounce Compression: Upper and Lower foam pod holster for maximum bounce protection.

Eleven Pod Capacity: Holds more paintballs than most harnesses on the market.

Back Padded Zone: Premium Anti-Slip padding with lumbar and hip support pads.

This new harness will give all other harnesses something to strive for in the future. HK Army has came out of the gate at world cup with an innovative and amazing new product that paintballers around the world will love. There is a question of whether they will hold up under the harshest of conditions but, I think HK probably did a lot of quality assurance on these items. They tend to make good products. After going to a few events, You get to talk to people about what products they like. A majority of our customers liked the HK Army Epic Speed Feeds. The feeds have the rain guard on them and that seems to be the big selling point. The option for a lid.

HK Army Epic Speed Feed

  • Available for all Loaders
  • Fast Fills, No Spills
  • Large Teeth to Cover More Surface Area
  • Made of Shatter Resistant, Thermo-Resin Plastic
  • Removable Rain Lid
  • Six Color Options

 Checkout Ultimate Paintball for any new items as they are released.

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New Dye Gear at Ultimate Paintball

Dye Paintball has just released the information for their new lineup. They are available for preorder on Ultimate Paintball. The big item is the Dye DM15 paintball marker. Dye has a habit of releasing a new DM annually but, it is almost always worth the upgrade, the Dye DM15 is no different. This year the Dye Engineering staff was able to achieve nearly half an inch in profile reduction over its predecessors by incorporating a no rise feed neck into the body of the Marker. As if that wasn’t enough, the Dye DM15 is now available with a Billy Wing Bolt Kit as a standard feature. It is also easier to clean and maintain than ever before with the Quick Release push button bolt release. Coupling the new body styling and slimmed down version of the hyper 4 regulator sleeve makes this latest version of the DM the most ergonomically pleasing DM to date. When you take the field you can be sure Dye has spared no expense in putting the best pure performance marker in your hands. The Dye DM15 is weighing in at 2.2 pounds.

Ultimate Paintball also has on preorder from Dye Paintball; the Dye I4 in the new Skinned and Barracks color scheme.  The Dye I4 has become one of the most used and most sold paintball masks, especially at Ultimate Paintball. The Dye I4 Goggle provides a comfortable fit, superior protection, and the best field of view. The Dye I4 is small, lightweight, offers a low profile, and utilizes our optically correct Triodial lenses for maximum visibility. If you are having any questions about ordering a high-end mask then look no further than the new Dye I4 paintball mask.

Ultimate Paintball also has on preorder from Dye Paintball; the Dye Rotor hopper. This is pretty much the industry standard for high-end hopper. The Dye Rotor is always ahead of the competition.  The Dye Rotor is the most radical innovation in paintball loader technology fusing simplicity with mind blowing feed rates and reliability. It is easy to see why the Dye Rotor has become the number one choice in loader technology among top level player’s worldwide. The RotorTM is the most energy-efficient loader in the sport, boasting a battery life of over 80,000+ ball shot count with only 3 AA batteries. The RotorTM features a positive push button with a bright LED display informing you of when your hopper is powered on or off. The Dye Rotor system has a variety of upgrades such as color kits, quick feeds and high capacity tops.

If you are looking for all of the new gear for Dye Paintball, look no further than Ultimate Paintball. We always carry every new item that they release. Ultimate Paintball is one of the top sellers of all paintball goods on the internet. If you need anything at all just come to Ultimate Paintball. We have everything from markers to paint and even carry items from every major brand in paintball. Ultimate Paintball has top tier customer service and we are always here to help.

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The New Tiberius Arms T15 at Ultimate Paintball

Tiberius Arms has a new gun out and everyone seems to be talking about it. The second we get one in, we sell it. So, I figured it was time to look into it and see what the big deal is with this new marker, what is so special about it?

First, let me start this with a little story. Our company went to ION this year and we brought everything we could possibly put on our gigantic trailer. We had almost anything that people could ask for. That is we had everything except the one thing that people asked for the most. The T15. We had a lot of markers set up for people to look at and about 80% of them came up asking for the T15. The problem was that we had received them a day after we left for the trip. I have no doubts in my mind that if we would have brought 10 we would have sold 9/10 of them!

So lets look at the information they give us and then speculate why people are just getting batty for.

This is from the Tiberius website:

“The revolutionary T15 magazine fed paintball marker is the first of its kind offering a true .68 caliber 1 to 1 AR rifle platform. The T15 features a rugged lightweight aluminum body that will withstand the harshest conditions while maintaining optimum maneuverability. Equipped to use our 19/19rd continuous feed magazines or a standard hopper, the T15 features an integrated 13ci/3000psi tank/stock combo.”

Then the bulleted specs or details:
2 Piece Cast Aluminum Construction
Aluminum Quad Rail Handguard
13ci/3000psi Tank/Stock Combo
Low Profile Flip Up Sights
2 Pin Quick Dissemble
Functional Charging Handle
19/19 Continuous Feed First Strike Magazines
Magazine and Hopper Feed
Includes Two Magazines
Packaged in Durable Side Rifle Case

OK! Thats out of the way, now lets get some speculation as to why people are pining for these things.

The consensus that I gathered at ION was “It looks sweet!”. I will try to make a little more sense of that for you. The big selling point (at least what I could tell from talking to people) is that it is a 1 to 1 ratio to a real AR. The scenario and “mil-sim” games are getting very popular so, the more realistic the  better.  This thing looks and feels much like a real AR. If you have never been to one of these events where they are emulating a battle from history, I suggest you try to make it to one. People get dressed up in full military gear, have their own squads and teams that act as an actual unit would in the military. Now bring in a paintball gun that looks and feels as close as possible to a real Assault Rifle and you get people talking.

Next, FIRST STRIKE ROUNDS. These things are growing quickly in popularity. They put regular paintballs to shame. You can put these in a Magazine (ding ding ding! another good thing) and go to town like  (again) this is a real gun. This is where, I personally think, paintball is/should be going. When those original players were out in the woods playing, I think this is what they had in mind. Lets make this fun and make it like we are playing at war.

Now lets step back a step. Magazines. This is another thing that is becoming very popular and Tiberius Arms is one of the greatest companies for magazine fed play. Partner the magazine with the “built-in” tank and I think all of these things are what is bringing the people to this gun.

WE have sold all of them that we have but we will have more @ Ultimate Paintball. Tiberius Arms T15

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Ultimate Paintball: Skirmish ION 2014

Ultimate Paintball is mainly an online business but, as of late, we have been making our way to the paintball events across this great nation. We have already went to Living Legends 7, D-Day in Oklahoma and,  Now we are going to what is supposed to be the biggest event of the year. Invasion of Normandy in Pennsylvania is supposed to have thousands of players and visitors and we are bringing our giant trailer and putting up a tent to sell a huge selection of our items.

This is something very new for our company we have never went to an even this large and we have never went to an event that will take this long to drive. There will be 5 people crammed into our truck and we are driving what could be up to 18 hours (depending on stops). To be honest it is going to be an awful drive but, it will all pay off. We get to hang out with a bunch of people that love the sport. Every day of these events we meet new and interesting people that love the sport that we deal with everyday and they all have interesting stories about playing.

Something that is also really great about these events is that we get to hear, in real time, what people think of our company and think about the products that have been released this year and in recent years. This is always a good thing because it prepares us for future events and lets us know what we could possibly add to our, ever-growing, website.  Paintball is a sport that is constantly changing and evolving so, getting this sort of feedback is vital. If you happen to be coming to this event feel free to let us know what you would like to see on the website or even what we should bring to future events, as we plan to show up to even more next year.

What is great about doing well at these events is that we can upgrade the presentation of our company each time we go. We used to have a small trailer with our name on it and now we have a 50 foot trailer that doubles as a store. Please come check us out at this event and show some love for Ultimate Paintball. We try to do as much as much as we can for our customers so you can definitely expect some great deals in our tent and on our trailer.

As for our website we still have some great deals running, remember you can always get free shipping on orders over $99 to the lower 48 states. This is a great deal that really sets us apart from some of our competitors. They claim to have cheaper prices or claim shipping is cheaper until you actually get through the checkout and you are paying $15 or more to get it shipped to you. We also have a deal running right now (7/1/14) with planet eclipse where you will receive the a free gear bag with the purchase of an LV1 or GEO 3.1 

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Ultimate Paintball – Planet Eclipse Geo 3.1/LV1 Deal

Something amazing has happened! Planet Eclipse has the deal of the century going on. Ok maybe not the century but this is a really awesome deal. They are giving away a free Gear Bag or Classic bag in select colors if, you buy a GEO or an LV1. That is like getting 150.00 with your amazing gun. Lets look at the descriptions for these guns lets start with the  GEO 3.1. You can check  out the gun  click here .  

A little about the GEO 3.1: Smooth, quiet and utterly devastating. The Geo3.1 epitomizes everything that is great about a spool valve single tube paintball marker. That it also offers exceptional efficiency and the trademark Planet Eclipse virtues of bulletproof reliability and ease of maintenance make it a simply unbeatable package. Now in its third generation, the Geo platform has gained huge popularity amongst tournament and woodsball players alike. Speedball players appreciate the way that the very small amount of barrel rise even during ramping allows them to stay on target longer even when firing single-handedly during rapid reloading. And the efficiency giving them the ability to carry enough paint for even the longest of matches. In the woods, the light weight of the Geo3.1 combines with its incredibly quiet sound signature to make it the perfect companion for those extended periods on the field and for taking those shots when you don’t want to give your position away.

If that doesn’t do it for you Planet Eclipse has another amazing gun you can check out called the LV1 the newest and possibly best thing they have made.  They have spent years developing it and fine tuning it. Planet Eclipse may have just created the best gun on the market check out the LV1 by CLICKING HERE

A little about the development on the LV1:  It has been over two years since the launch of the Ego11 (renamed to the Ego-S in 2012) and that time has been used to dissect the Ego, and poppet-valve markers in general, in order to better understand every aspect of their function; to break down their operation into its component elements so that a new system could be designed, one that overcomes all of the shortfalls of the conventional poppet design while retaining all of its strengths. As a result, the Ego LV1 utilizes technology never before seen in a paintball marker in order to transform the way that it shoots and feels, yet still provide the robustness, hassle-free reliability and ease of maintenance that Egos are renowned for.  Read more at the above link.

Now that gun hits the spot, doesn’t it? So, they have 2 of the best guns on the market and they are going to give aways something else that may be the best on the market. If you buy one of those amazing guns you can get you also get some of the greatest gear bags you can get (select colors). These bags have everything you could possible need check them out here: Classic bag  and if that one doesn’t tickle your fancy how about Split Bag . Not only are these bags great for storing your paintball gear but, they are great for any trip that you take. They have tons of space and are very protective of your things. They are also easy to clean; just in the unlikely event that something spills or explodes in your luggage.

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5 Ultimate Paintball Products to Buy Your Dad for Father’s Day

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Instead of giving your dad a traditional tie or bag of golf balls for Father’s Day, opt for something he’ll really love with a few paintball products. It will allow him to have face-paced fun and adventure rather than playing a few rounds on a golf course. Whether he’s a rookie at the sport or a pro, there are a few paintball products that will peak his interest and get him in the game.

GXG Paintball Front & Back Chest Protector

This chest protector will allow your dad to take a few shots like a man and remain safe while playing due to the durable neoprene material used in the product. Whether he wants to look tough with the protector or go discreet, he can choose to wear it under or over his clothing while playing on Father’s Day. The item is available in camo print for an easy way to go unnoticed.

Tippmann Paintball X7 A-5 Low Profile Cyclone Feed Hopper

This cyclone feed hopper has a 200 round capacity and comes with the new X7s for an impressive upgrade that will enhance your game. It allows the marker to look better with its improved deflection for an impressive Father’s Day gift.

GXG Paintball XVSN Goggle Mask

This goggle mask offers a sleek and intimidating design for a look your dad will feel masculine in. His head and face will be protected with the sturdy plastic and changeable lens. The product offers an adjustable head strap and visor for a comfortable fit. For efficient use, it comes with a quick release, making it easy to take it off in a matter of seconds.

Plenty of ventilation is also offered with the design to allow your dad to stay cool while sweating and spending hours in the mask on Father’s Day.

Empire Paintball 48ci 4500 PSI N2 Carbon Fiber Tank

Keep your dad’s gear updated on Father’s Day with this carbon fiber tank that features consistent flow technology. It comes with a certified fill nipple and dual locking set screws for efficient use when pumping shots during a fast-paced game. It will prevent him from slowing down with the lightweight materials and is easy to use if he’s still a beginner. It makes for an ideal product if he’s the runner on his team with 600 to 700 shots that can easily come from it.

Made in the U.S., the carbon fiber tank is preset at 850 psi and comes with a carbon fiber five year tank.

Spyder Advancer .50 Caliber Paintball Marker Gun Diamond Black

This electronic marker features an external velocity adjuster and quick release bolt for a product that will make it easier to fire more shots. The lightweight design prevents adding extra pounds while looking for targets and offers an aluminum body that is durable for several years of use. It also includes a 350 round gravity feed loader with a 10-inch micro ported barrel for a simple, but efficient gun that will allow your dad to feel comfortable when using it. Most players enjoy the recessed dual texture grip panels and the anti-chop system for an advanced tool that is great for every level of player.

Why is Paintball such a Good Team Building Activity?

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Paintball is not just for weekend warriors looking for a fun free time activity. Rather, paintball is being used with ever increasing frequency as a means of team building for businesses and other types of organizations. A business, as well as its employees, can enjoy a number of significant benefits when this enjoyable activity is used as a team building experience.

Positive Relationship Development

A business enterprise functions optimally when its employees develop and maintain strong, positive connections between themselves. Another reality, albeit contradictory, is that the workaday environment oftentimes is structured and functions in a manner that actually prevents the development of appropriately strong interconnections between employees. In the end, littering the workplace with inspiration posters about “being part of the team” simply is not enough to enhance positive relationships between employees.

Paintball permits the development of positive, strong connections and relationships between employees. First and foremost, when a group of people who normally work together are placed in an environment in which they can actually enjoy themselves in a more uninhibited manner, interrelationships necessarily transform. In addition, although employees typically are called upon to take a team approach in the workplace, this activity allows them to truly refine cooperative skill sets because of the very nature of the sport.

Strategic and Critical Thinking Enhancement

Business owners and managers list the development of strategic and critical thinking skills to be a major priority within their respective enterprises. In the end, seminars on strategic and critical thinking are capable of informing employees as to what these concepts mean. However, educating individuals is not the same as instilling the skills.

The goals and objectives of paintball necessarily call upon team members to engage in significant and meaningful strategic and critical thinking. Moreover, it requires the fusion of these efforts into a group decision making process — precisely what business owners and managers truly value in this day and age.

Competition Enhances Team Cohesion

A fundamental principle of enterprise success is that a cohesive team is more apt to achieve the underlying goals and objectives of a business enterprise or other type of organization. The problem is that in many ventures, a true sense of cohesion among employees either fails to take hold or, if it does, cannot be maintained for an extended period of time.

Paintball is designed to be a competitive endeavor. Research indicates that competitive activities necessarily enhance the sense of cohesion between individuals working towards a common objective. This type of team cohesion in a competitive arena is seen consistently in professional and college sports. Paintball provides the same sort of setting in which cohesion between team members is imperative to ultimate success. Once established in the paintball arena, the sense of cohesion can carry over into the work environment.

Know Your Paintball Weaknesses & Use Them as Strengths

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Paintball is a tactical game that allows you to strengthen your senses and use those strengths against your opponents. Whether you are playing seriously, or just for fun, you can learn to turn your weaknesses into strengths in a few steps. Everyone has a weak point in their strategy, and in order to improve your style, you need to recognize those weak points.

You’re Slow 

Being slow sucks, but beginners are often slow. If you aren’t a beginner, but you are still slow, that’s okay too. Side attacks are often forgotten, but they could help you win a match against a team if speed is an issue for you. Side attacks are a powerful technique that shouldn’t be underestimated. If you are playing with a team, the goal is to divide your team into a strong side and a weaker side. If both sides are strong, then that’s a great thing. The weak side should approach the goal slowly, but the strong side can move in at a rapid pace. This will allow the greatest hits to the opposing team and reaching the paintball flag successfully.

Not Having Enough Stealth 

Cover is so important, but paintball players sometimes go in head first without any stealth. This will lead to a quick defeat and a lot less fun. Stealth can be incorporated by staying low, wearing camo gear and using the environment to your advantage. The goal isn’t to just hide. You want to train yourself to move.

You Don’t Have Patience 

If you don’t have patience in paintball, you probably won’t be a great sniper. You can use your impatience in a way that allows you to dominate the field by being one of the decoys. A decoy will get the team to focus on you. This will draw them away from the rest of your team. If you’re fast enough, you will still come out ahead.

You Like To Be Alone

This tip is the opposite of the above. If you like to be alone, you will make a great sniper. Paintball sniping is a sneaky and covert way to win. A sniper usually hides out somewhere and doesn’t move much, but they can attack from a vantage point that gives their team a strong lead.

You’re Inaccurate

Not everyone will have sniper-level accuracy, but closing the distance between you and your opponents will increase your accuracy. You can turn this into a strength when you’re playing paintball by ambushing. An ambush can take down a lot of players and help you win.

You Don’t Have The Best Equipment

Not everyone can afford the best equipment for playing, but that shouldn’t stop you from becoming the best player you can. Collaborative tactics can and will compensate for lower-quality equipment. Use your teammates and knowledge of the game to play with a strong strategy and tactical advantage. You should also know that there is a difference between strategy and tactics, and that you can harness both of them to your advantage.

Have Fun 

Whether you are playing seriously or for fun, you still want to make the most of it. Relax and enjoy your time with friends. You will probably meet new people on the playing field as well.

Top 9 Paintball Fields in the U.S.

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Choosing the best paintball field involves finding one that give you the most value for your money. This means choosing one that allows you and your teammates to engage in games that are compatible with your playing style. It also means finding a paintball field that offers reffing, professional maintenance and support, which can greatly minimize field safety issues. There are thousands of paintball fields located all over the United States, but the following five provide exceptional action packed games for players:

1. Skirmish USA

Skirmish USA offers many different paintball packages for bachelor and corporate parties and boasts 48 different paintball fields that span across 700 acres. All of their fields include props such as woods, creeks, tanks, planes, villages and castles. One of their sites includes a speedball arena as well as a tournament complex.

2. SC Village

SC Village professionally hosts several large paintball field tournaments throughout the year, and is home to 25 thrilling outdoor paintball fields on a 100 acre property in the heart of Southern California.

3. Old River Paintball

Old River Paintball, located in Ocklawaha, Florida is on 40 acres of land with 12 different fields to choose from including several games available, such as Hyperball, Speedball, and Airball. They also have bunkers from trees and bushes to hay bales plus an onsite Air Station where players can refill their tanks.

4. Advanced Alabama Adventures

Also known as AAA, Advanced Alabama Adventures, has been in business since 1989 and is located in Birmingham, Alabama. They have 7 different playing fields and are always looking for ways to improve paintballers’ experience by testing and changing any field considered less desirable to make it bigger and better for them.

5. Paintball USA

Paintball USA includes 113 acres of organized scenario games located in Cypress, Texas and has 9 fields (four wooded and two speedball). Paintball USA also includes some bunkers that use spools, drums and wooden teepees.

6. Splatmandu Paintball Club

Splatmandu Paintball Club is in Three Rivers, Michigan and is a non-profit Paintball Club where paintball enthusiasts pay an annual membership fee of only $2.00. Included is eight diverse paintball fields maintained by club members. One of the perks that comes with paying the annual fee at the Splatmandu Paintball Club is that it goes towards field props!

7. Battlezone and Supply

Located in Plant City, Florida , Battlezone and Supply has a reputation for catering more towards the non-competitive player and has an Urban, Hyperball, and Airball paintball field.

8. Splat Paintball

Splat Paintball in Canal Fulton, Ohio offers three wooded and three speedball fields (highly recommended) designed to deliver a comfortable atmosphere for experienced and less experienced players to explore.

9. Hollywood Sports

Hollywood Sports Park is one of the only places that is open at night, so paintball field enthusiasts do not have to wake up early in fear of missing out on the action. Because the paintball fields are small, the park feels more relaxed when there is less then 100 people there. Hollywood Sports offer the best rates for groups, and have six different mazes that paintballers can play on with each one being different and challenging.

Top 5 Paintball Reads for Any Avid Player

Old books on a wooden shelf. No labels, blank spine.

If you’re looking to take your game to the next level and be ahead of the other players than you may want to study up on the game some while you’re not out there shooting. This helps to get good ideas for new strategies and tactics. It also helps prime your brain so that you’re subconsciously ruminating on it even while asleep. Here are some of the best books available.

1. Paintball Warrior Tactics: Secrets of Serious Bushball Players

by Zack Wickes

Paintball Warrior Tactics is a comprehensive guide that contains all of the secrets to the game. Within these pages you will find a number of tactical secrets, high level techniques and tricks that are guaranteed to up your game to the next level. This book takes an in-depth look at the “micro-skills” that move into more advanced gameplay.

2. 501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics

by Dave Norman

501 Paintball Tips, Tricks and Tactics is a great book for those who currently play paintball and for those looking to get into the sport. Each chapter contains information which then is built upon in following chapters, creating a cohesive synergistic and comprehensive system for understanding the fundamentals of good game play. It is great for getting the solids down, and is even helpful to experience players as a brush up on the mechanics of the game that they may have taken for granted. These strategies are straight from the professionals.

3. The Complete Guide to Paintball, Fourth Edition: Completely Updated and Revised

by Jerry Braun, Rob Rubin and Peter Field Peck<

Now updated and revised, The Complete Guide is a seminal body of work designed to disseminate the most advanced strategic and pragmatic information available on the game to date. It includes information on the practical and overarching elements of the sport to create a holistic guide for every aspect. This revised edition has gone back and updated each chapter and section to provide a definitive guide that includes new tips, tricks, strategies and techniques utilized by the pros themselves. It includes a history of the sport and some of the leading figures that have emerged.

4. Paintballer

by Rich Telford, Roman Maniere, and Fabien Cuviliez 

This book looks into the game in a way that no other has. It explores aspects of gameplay that you will find covered in no other books. It covers the origins of the sport, from Bob Guersney to the national game and the forming of the NPPL. It covers in depth tactics on how teams invade stadiums and includes a dissection of every moment in the game. It takes a look at the top twenty players in the history of the game that have changed the way the game has been played to this day.

5. Paintball Digest: The Complete Guide to Games, Gear & Tactics

by Richard Sapp

If you’re looking for an authoritative guide that covers all the aspects of gameplay then look no further. This book covers it all, from tips, to tournament information, game strategies, equipment and outfit guides, accessory information, reviews of various products, a manufacturing directory, safety/first aid tips and more.

After reading these books, you’ll never look at the game the same way again.

 

The Ultimate Tips for Shooting

img-thingPaintball may seem easy from an outside perspective, but once you start playing you quickly find out just how complex and difficult the game strategy can be. If you’ve been getting into paintball and are looking to get better, here are some paintball tips that will enable you to take your game to the next level.

 

Shooting Tips #1. – Aiming

Aiming is a difficult aspect of the game. Of course the best way to aim is by holding the gun high and looking down the barrel at your target. This is ideal when you have good cover. This method is impractical, however, when you’re in an open space as it leaves you vulnerable to attack. Sometimes it’s best to keep your gun at your hip and to fire while moving. While your accuracy will be worse, it’ll throw your opponent off and make you a more difficult target to hit.

Shooting Tips #2 – Movement 

Movement is essential to the game. There are many factors that entail skillful movement. One key element is that you always want to be on the move. You can’t stay in one place for too long or you will get surrounded. This does not mean that you blindly rush ahead, however. When behind a bunker, you have to stay behind until shooting has stopped. Also, when moving, you want to be fast, but also keep yourself small. Crouching down ensures that you make the smallest target possible for others to try and hit.

Shooting Tips #3 – The Secret of Snapshooting

Snapshooting is one of the most effective skills to the game. In a nutshell, snapshooting refers the tactic of hiding behind a blockade or bunker, and occasionally popping up to five shots. This can throw your opponent off guard. Though a simple skill, this can be enormously advantageous to your team. Make sure to practice the art of snapshooting whenever you get together to practice with your team. Snapshooting has turned the tables of many a paintball session.

Shooting Tips #4 – Good Equipment

Even with the best strategy and skills, you still need good equipment. While you don’t want to become someone who gets addicted to having all the latest and best gear, you should never underestimate the difference that good equipment can make. If you have the best gun available, it still won’t be effective if you are using sub-par paint. If you aren’t using quality paint in your barrel than your shots are not going to be as efficient and accurate. Shooting with inefficient paint will cause you needless frustration and take away from overall enjoyment of the game.

Shooting Tips #5 – Communication

To go from amateur to pro your team must learn the art of effective communication. As with any sport, communication is critical to functioning as a unit. You must be aware of where team members are on the field. Relaying shooting tips to each other during battle in a way that is not decipherable by opposing paintball players is an effective strategy for one upping your opponent on the field.

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