Many sports are extremely reliant on teamwork, and paintball is no exception. Whether one is playing a speedball tournament or out in the woods with friends, creating the perfect team will make all the difference between a win and a loss. The process for creating an impeccable paintball squad should take time and much consideration in debating strategy, on-field conduct, team member specialization, and overall goals. For those that are ready to make the most out of every single match, here is a closer look at how to create the perfect paintball team from the ground up.
Obviously, every team wants to win as many matches as possible, but creating a cohesive unit can sometimes be very difficult. This is especially true for a sport like paintball in which players come from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages, and athletic expertise. In addition to differing ages and mentality, some players may only be available for casual games once or twice a month while others are looking to practice one or more times per week. This is why it is essential to have a final goal for the team and ensure that all players understand the overall philosophy and are satisfied with it. It is important to determine a consistent commitment from everyone which can include anything from monthly tournament entries to overnight woodsball games.
Finding people that love the game enough to join a paintball team can be challenging, but it is certainly not impossible. After exhausting resources such as family, friends, co-workers, and even schoolmates, some are at a loss of where else to look. One of the best places to start recruiting teammates is at a local field. Countless cities throughout the world now house paintball fields, where quality players can easily be sought. Getting into games, and finding key players is the easiest route, but it is also important to show up at tournaments and other events to find those are willing to spend more time and energy on a team.
While positions are not going to be as rigid as with sports such as baseball or soccer, it is still important to work with advantages and disadvantages of each individual player. This includes creating a hierarchy that must be followed without question to ensure clear communication and lack of confusion while in battle.
This begins with designating a paintball team captain that will make a majority of the tactical decisions, including any issues before or after games with equipment checks, coin tosses, maintaining equipment, filling tanks, and determining strategic plays. These chores can be further divided up among team members in order to delegate responsibilities.
Without sponsors, a paintball team can turn into an overwhelmingly expensive hobby. Luckily, many local shops and fields are willing to cut down on monthly costs for teams that are active and successful. The best way to attract sponsors is to maintain a winning team that plays as often as possible. Even just at-cost sales of Co2 and paintballs could save a team thousands of dollars per year.