Here at Ultimate Paintball, we’re not just a place to find the best deals on paintball equipment and apparel; we’re a source of information on the sport! Have you just begun to play the game? Not everyone is a natural-born expert; it takes time to understand the game and develop your own style and strategies. It’s okay to be a little “wet behind the ears” at first; like most things, efficiency comes with more experience. One insight you’ll have to internalize is the advantage of communication between teammates. It’s okay to have some butterflies in the stomach, but you don’t want them to fly up into your throat, obstructing your ability to communicate.
If you’re a novice, it’s likely you’re not on a tournament team. You’re probably engaging in walk-on play, where you can find the most dominant, experienced of players and those like you, who have high passion but little experience on the field.
Team sports require communication between players. The same goes for paintball. Close-knit groups may seem like they’re not communicating, but believe us, it’s going on. Communication on the field is paramount. A large number of eyes and ears are better than one set. Not knowing other players may make you hesitant to communicate, but communication facilitates victory.
You might think verbal communication gives up your location but use good judgment; if you know where an opponent is hiding and they’re within gunshot of a nearby ally, let the latter know of the former’s position. Once you play with the same guys and gals for a while, verbal communication may evolve to non-verbal gesticulations. For instance, if you ever catch two star basketball players who’ve been teammates for some time, you’d be amazed at how they seem to inherently know what the other is going to do. You can develop such dynamic between your paintball teammates too!
Aside from using your mouth in conjunction with your eyes and ears, use your mouth to talk to other players before and after the paintball game. Did you see a mysterious tactic and unsure why someone used it? Ask them afterwards. Does it seem like the guys on your team have rich experience? Tell them you’re a novice and ask if they have any tips for you to implement into play which would work well with their styles. For instance, they might be aggressive players; so, a more defensive style of play may work well with them. This will give you a chance to try different styles, facilitating the development of your own style.
Don’t be shy. Most players, regardless of higher skills, remember what it was like when they were first starting to play. Those who respect the sport will respect your willingness to listen to their insights and passion to increase your own abilities.