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postheadericon Airsoft and the honor system

Airsoft and the Honor System

The sport of airsoft relies on the honor system. This means that each player is responsible for being honest regarding whether he or she has been hit in order for the game to progress fairly. Since airsoft BBs do not usually leave noticeable evidence as paintballs do, responsibility falls on the hit player to call him or herself out. Players who refuse to acknowledge being hit so that they can stay in the game are cheating, and that takes the fun out of the game for teammates as well as opponents. Cheaters are not well tolerated in airsoft and will likely be banned from playing with the group again. Here are a few situations that obstruct the honor system that is so important to the integrity of airsoft:

  • Failing to acknowledge a hit. Players hit by airsoft fire during a match are expected to call themselves out according to the rules set forth at the start of the game. The rules of some fields stipulate that hit players remain on the ground in the location where they were hit. Or, players may be required to hold their guns in the air, shout “hit!” and move to the regeneration point. In other cases, a signal such as a flashing light or a flag may be used to communicate that a player has been hit. The course of action each player should take after being hit will be communicated prior to the start of a match. Failing to call yourself out when hit can result in elimination from the game and could lead you to get banned from playing with the organization again. In other words, cheating is not worth it.
  • Pretending to be hit to avoid enemy fire. Just as players should honestly admit to being hit, they should be honest about having not been hit. Pretending to be hit to avoid fire, then going back into action in the match is dishonorable behavior that is not tolerated in airsoft. Though this probably happens less commonly than a player failing to acknowledge a hit, all players should be aware that breaking the rules diminishes the integrity of the game.
  • Reentering the game too soon after being hit. In some types of airsoft matches, players who have been hit are allowed to reenter the match after a certain period of time or when a referee gives them the go ahead. This makes matches last longer and gives players more playing time. If you are playing in a match wherein you are allowed to reenter the game after being hit, be sure to only do so at the appropriate time.

Like any sport, most airsoft players are out to have a good time, but there will be a select few who do not want to play fairly. Refusing to abide by the honor system when playing airsoft will drain the fun and competitiveness of the sport for everyone else. Just as you expect a player you hit to acknowledge the hit, you are expected to do the same. Being banned from playing again will not be worth it, so take the high road and have fun playing airsoft the way it was meant to be played.

postheadericon Improving your airsoft skills

Improving Your Airsoft Skills

Do you want to get better at the game of airsoft?  There are many ways you can improve your skills, although it definitely takes a fair amount of time and effort.  In the end, it is worth it, because once you have acquired a certain level of skill, you will find that the game becomes a lot more interesting and fun.

If you are going to play with other experienced people, then you need to be experienced yourself.  The corollary of this is that if you are not good, then it is almost impossible to be able to play with others of a higher caliber.  In order to step up to their level and make big plays yourself, it takes a lot of practice.  Do not expect to be able to compete against others who have been playing for years, as they will take you out fairly easily.  However, once you reach their level, then the same will be true of newcomers who want to play against you.

There are other ways to improve your skills without playing.  You can join forums and blogs that are centered around airsoft, and keep up with them.  These kinds of places have tons of information about the newest products, as well as strategy tips that you can take advantage of immediately.  The more you read and consult with other players, the better you will become.  Even after you have reached a satisfactory skill level, it is always nice to talk with others about a shared interest, in this case being airsoft.

postheadericon Buying a jet ski: what should you keep in mind

Buying a Jet Ski: What Should You Keep in Mind

A jet ski is a big investment for anyone. Unlike other large purchases such as cars, people tend to be much less aware of what to look for when buying. Particularly if it they are buying one for the first time – it can be very overwhelming. This article will give you a number of jet ski buying tips to help you out in your decision.

Is the Jet Ski Safe?

Safety has to be your paramount concern when you are buying a jet ski. If you are buying brand new, you can be fairly sure that it will be safe. Make sure you buy a reputable make (such as Kawasaki or Yamaha) and there shouldn’t be any problem. When you are buying second hand, you have to be more careful. Look the jet ski over carefully outside and in. If you have someone who knows what they are doing, all the better.

How Powerful Is the Jet Ski?

What sort of jet ski is it you are looking for? Is it just for a little light family fun? Are you going to be using it for touring or racing? Most of all, take into account your level of experience. A high powered jet ski can be dangerous if it is used by someone who is inexperienced.

Stand Up Jet Ski or Multi-seater?

Stand up jet skis are the original type of jet ski. They are fast and highly maneuverable. They are, without doubt, the most thrilling type of jet ski ride you will have. On the other hand, if you are more interested in comfort when you travel, a sit down jet ski will be the way to go. They are also amenable to being ridden by two people at a time. Which might be a definite advantage in your case.

How Much Does It Cost?

This is likely to factor into anyone’s decision. There is a definite trade off here. If you want the latest features and the most powerful jet skis around, you will have to pay significantly for it. If, on the other hand, you are willing to accept slightly older jet skis you can make a much cheaper purchase without sacrificing much in the way of performance. Like car, jet skis lose a high proportion of their value the minute they are first used. So if you are buying new, be sure to keep this in mind. If, on the other hand, you shop carefully and are willing to buy a used jet ski, you can find some definite bargains around.

Conclusion

Once you have answers to these questions firmly fixed in your mind, you should be in the perfect position when you go to buy your first jet ski.