If paintball is new to you, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredibly exciting and enjoyable experience that could soon become your new addiction. As the weather is beginning to warm up (or so it should be), we have compiled a list of things you can cross off your list in preparation of the paintball season ahead.
First, you will want to watch others who are veterans to the sport. This is particularly true if you’re new to the game, or haven’t been active in a while. Obviously you should take note on strategies utilized throughout game play, but also pay attention to experienced player’s tactics before play begins. Some people walk all around the field and observe the obstacles and various bunkers so that they have a game plan when they step on the playing field. This sort of prior awareness will guarantee you aren’t randomly running around and freaking out once the battle begins.
The Right Equipment
The next step in your paintball preparation is finding the right equipment to buy for your game. The first piece of gear all paintball players need is a gun or marker. The type of paintball game you’re playing determines the weapon you will choose. For example, if you’re a wood ball player, you may want to go with the Tippman. These markers are reliable and durable. Those playing on speed ball or air ball fields will want a marker that can fire about 15 balls a second. There are several guns that fit this description. Some guns are more “top of the line” than others, so take the time to research and find out which one suits you best.
If you already own equipment, you will want to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned and working properly. Take apart all pieces and wipe them down completely. Taking a few practice target shots will let you know if the guns are still functioning properly.
Once you have your marker, you need to be sure to have a good mask. There are several makes and models to choose from. Some masks have colored or tinted lenses. As cool as they might look, however, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of the mask is to simply protect your eyes and face. Safety is the biggest concern when considering paintball gear. To buy the correct mask, make sure the fit is secure. Remember, it’s not how it looks on you that matters, but how it fits. If it doesn’t fit right, it’s not the right product for you.
Other Protective Gear
Other paintball preparation gear you might consider purchasing are generally optional pieces but may be a smart acquisition if you are concerned about injury. If you think the sting of a paintball hit is too much, you can invest in some pieces of body armor made of plastic that protect your chest, back, legs and arms. They aren’t required for the game, but many novice and seasoned players alike prefer to use them.
Beyond gun and safety considerations, you will also need a device to carry your paintballs. Most people buy a special carrying belt that holds tubes filled with their paintball ammo. Tubes usually hold up to 200 paintballs, but usually the number of balls carried is determined by the style of play.
Getting in Shape
The final step of preparation, or possibly the first depending on how out of shape you are, is preparing your body for the season. It is crucial that you are able to physically keep up with the other players throughout the game. That being said, you should ensure you stay active during the preseason, focusing on cardio and endurance, so when the season starts you will be able to last throughout the entire game.