More About Paintball
By Cathy Richey, the Cathy Factor
The paintball game has become so popular that organized paintball
tournaments have been televised. Hundreds or thousands of paintball
teams from around the world compete against each other in tournament
style play to determine the best team. Paintball games may be played
by amateur teams, college teams, or even in professional paintball
leagues. Those not familiar with this fast rising sport should learn
the basics of paintball games.
The origins of paintball games are somewhat fuzzy. Before the game
was developed, utility companies used makeshift air cannons to fired
paint-filled balls at trees that needed to be removed. This type of
color marking could be done accurately from within a vehicle, so
that the workers did not have to perform this task on foot. Loose
livestock could also be marked in this way. This is why paintball
guns are sometimes called Paintball markers.
The game of paintball is essentially a game of tag played with
non-lethal guns. You can also think of it as a battle simulation.
Two teams compete to accomplish a goal before the other team can,
and each team uses a different color paint in their paintballs.
Players eliminate opponents from competition by shooting them with a
paintball, much as the early workers marked trees and cattle. Shot
players must leave the battlefield while the paintball gamers
The goal of paintball games may be to eliminate all the opponent's
players, or to capture a symbolic object from the enemy's base camp,
such as a flag. Accomplishing either feat usually ends the game.
There are many other variations of the game of paintball, such as
woodsball, speedball, and even tankball. Most of these paintball
style games can be played tournament style if more than two teams
wish to participate.
Players are protected by eye-protection helmets during the paintball
games. This type of safety equipment is mandatory in rules-based
play. The muzzle velocity of the Paintball gun should be 300 feet
per second or less. That's over 200 miles per hour. You can see why
many game players wear additional padding during paintball gaming
Paintball is a fun and action-packed sport. Almost anyone can
participate. If you are new to the sport you should play with others
of similar experience levels. If you are interested in participating
in a paintball game, many sport stores sell Paintball equipment.