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Paintball Rules: Understanding the Basics

It is difficult to write a definitive set of paintball rules. There are many different branches of the sport and many different levels. Paintball can be played at a recreational level for a bit of fun with like-minded friends. Alternatively it can be on a more formal footing at commercial fields, or professional play at tournament level. There are the recreational options of woodsball, scenario and tactical paintball or the speedball option. However, underscoring all of these is the basic concept of the game and some established common features.

Paintball rules dictate that there are two teams, divided equally. A team generally has between five to ten players, one of whom may be captain. One person is chosen as a referee. The referee oversees the game, controls the time and scoring, mediates between players and ensures the agreed rules are being followed. His decision is final and unarguable.

Each team is set out onto either side of a “field”; a space with predetermined boundaries and      obstacles ,depending on the type of game being played. The overall objective is for a team to reach the other side of the field to capture the flag. Most games run for an average of 45 minutes. The referee starts, and ends the game with a whistle at a prearranged time.

Paintball rules specify that whichever team is first to capture the flag is the winner.Should time run out before the flag is captured, the team with the most players remaining wins. Alternatively, a point system game may be played, with different scores for different achievements.

A player is eliminated if he is hit by a paintball, from either team, and it breaks on him or any part of his gear. If a paintball strikes a player without breaking, or if it first strikes a foreign object, such as a tree, and subsequently splatters the player, the player remains in the game. When a player has been marked, he must call “OUT”, hold the gun over his head and leave the field immediately. The player must not return to the field for the duration of the game. The referee can pause the game at any point for a “paint check” to clear up any uncertainties.During pause of play all players must remain in their positions.

Paintball rules stipulate that only one player can guard the flag at any time. Players are not allowed to pick up barricades and move behind them, nor use mobile shields such as eliminated players leaving the field. All players must understand where the boundaries are. A player is eliminated if he moves outside the boundary and shots fired from beyond the boundaries do not count.

Many paintball rules are concerned with safety. Paintball is a non-contact sport and physical interaction is not permitted. It is forbidden to fire at an eliminated player leaving the field, or at any player holding the gun above his head. It is also against the rules to shoot from a distance of under 5 meters. A paintball can travel at up to 300 feet per second and can cause serious injury if fired at close range. Players should keep a distance of 5 meters between them throughout the game. It is advisable to wear protective goggles or a mask at all times during the game. Likewise, long pants and sleeves, at the very least, should be worn for added protection during play.

There are a wide variety of paintball rules depending on the type of game or level at which you are playing. Some rules have been established to keep the game moving and prevent conflict; others to increase the safety of the players. Whatever variation of rules you are playing to, it’s important that all the team players are in accord before the start of each game for maximum enjoyment and safety.

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