Paintball is packed full of action and provides a great adrenalin rush while also being a source of camaraderie. However, sometimes maintaining a paintball team can be challenging at times as a result of multiple factors. The best players may not always be available due to scheduling, and as much fun as it is to play with close friends, skill levels may not always be up to par. To put together a stellar paintball team, follow these recruitment tactics and in no time you should have a well-rounded, enthusiastic squad.
Don’t be shy when it comes to advertising. It’s an effective way to get the word out that you are on the search for new players or will be hosting tryouts in the near future – you never know who could potentially see these ads. Advertising does not necessarily mean spending money on ads and flyers, instead, focus on free viral marketing. Use social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter to recruit new members, as well as to maintain your current team. Setup a page just for your team that shows scheduling, tournament information and plenty of photos and videos. All of this type of social advertising makes your team that much more attractive to potential recruits. Also, consider using paintball trade magazines, websites and blogs to recruit new players, especially those specific to your area. Craigslist is an excellent resource for garnering attention and creating a buzz. As with most advertising, the more hype the better, so don’t be afraid to get vocal.
Build a Website
A team website is a great way to boast about your wins, accomplishments, equipment and team. It attracts players in your area and lets them know when practice and tournaments are being held. If someone is considering trying out for your team, your website could make or break their decision. Make sure to put the teams name boldly at the top of your site and list your city, state and make sure it is visually pleasing. Dedicate a page to your team’s roster and list how each person contributes to the group, to emphasize the respect and pride your team members have. Include links to your social media pages as well, to create consistency on all channels. It is crucial to have a contact page or contact information clearly visible in order for any interested players to easily get a hold of you.
Friends and Family
Help the sport grow by inviting family and friends to play on your team. Paintball can be an awesome experience for new players and it offers loads of fun, along with excellent physical exercise. Recruiting new team members provides a great chance to educate people about a sport that is lesser known. In fact, many people who are die-hard paintball players were introduced to the sport in just this way. You never know who may be the next budding star – it could be your best friend or even your younger sibling!
Paintball is an excellent way to learn about teamwork and communication. Members have a chance to use strategic skills mastered over time to conquer an opponent. While winning is important, bonding with friends and having a good time is an added benefit. Paintball teams are a great way to stay active while enjoying quality time with your teammates.