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Play Zombie Paintball

As the riders are driven through a course, they shoot at people dressed up as the undead. In most games geared for the general public, the zombies are not armed so they do not shoot back. The poor zombies in this game are basically scary pieces of meat you get to blast with paintballs. As a worker in the trenches, the job of being one of the zombies leaves much to be desired. However, if done correctly with lots of effort into props, details, storyline, and the right equipment, the zombie hayride can be a scary and exciting experience you will never forget.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until Halloween to play zombie paintball. There are several other game variations that are even more fun. These games can be played any time of the year in the field behind your house. If you’re a paintball enthusiast and play frequently, try some of these zombie game variations for a different spin on the same old game. You can also play zombie paintball as a Halloween or birthday party theme your guests will never forget. When playing recreationally, you won’t need a lot of extra paintball supplies like a professional field or business would have. However the more elaborate the costumes and props are, the more fun and memorable your game will be should your budget allow. When you don’t have to cater to the general public, you won’t need a giant hay wagon to carry around players. You can also have the option of arming the zombies with paintball guns so they can shoot back for a much more interesting and exciting game.

To play zombie paintball, you will need at least 8-10 people, however the more the better. Games with more people equal more zombies and much more fun. Split up into two teams with numbers specific to the game variation you decide upon. One game has two teams, zombies vs. humans, each armed with paintball guns. Obviously, each team tries to eliminate the other but the spin is this… zombies can only be killed with head shots, they can be hit in the body repeatedly without being eliminated. If a zombie shoots a human, the human is incapacitated for a period of time (5 minutes) and then can continue to play as a zombie trying to eliminate humans. No matter how good the human team is, eventually the zombie team overwhelms the humans nearly every time. This is because head shots are very difficult in paintball if you don’t know what you’re doing or don’t have a precise enough marker. Considering this, split your teams up in the beginning with slightly less players as zombies and more players on the human team.

On-Court Communication Tips

When you move to the 6-person indoor game the complexity rises, requiring even more communication. Here are some tips on how to improve on-court communication.

Make sure calls are strong and followed by action

There is nothing worse to see than a player calling the ball, making an initial move for it, then stopping to let someone else take it. A good call of the ball is loud and authoritative, leaving no doubt that player is getting the ball. Calling the ball three times – “mine, mine, mine” – is a good idea, as it leaves no doubt. The call should be followed by movement with intention (or happen at the same time) – nothing tentative. The only thing that should cause the player to stop going for the ball is someone beating them to the spot. Calling the ball and moving with conviction will eliminate a great many balls dropping between two players.


There are probably things which don’t need to be repeatedly said, like whether the setter is front or back row on the 5th straight serve. Saying it anyway develops the habit of communicating so it doesn’t get forgotten during those times when it’s more critical. In a way, it can also be part of the pre-serve ritual which helps players focus on the next point. If the blockers are calling the hitters and the passers are declaring their seam responsibilities, then everyone is getting connected with each other and prepared to play the next point.

Enforce communication requirements in training

If you don’t talk during practice, you most likely won’t talk during games either. That means you need to develop the habit of communication during training so it carries over into your matches. This requires making sure balls are being called every time. To encourage this, make there be consequences for not calling the ball, like not counting a good pass in a serve receive drill. Or perhaps offer rewards for good communication, like giving a team a bonus point if the blockers properly call out the hitters each play for 3 plays in a row. Incorporating a focus on communication in your training – and making sure everyone is aware that it is a priority – will go a long way toward getting the players talking with each other during game time.

Developing good communication on the volleyball court requires a fair bit of work, especially with inexperienced players. If you work at it consistently, though, it will improve quickly and eventually become second nature.

John Forman, author of theĀ Coaching Volleyball blog, is an experienced volleyball coach and program administrator. These days he plies his trade coaching at the university and upper National Volleyball League levels in England while working on his PhD. Previously he coached at the NCAA Division I level and in the Juniors ranks.

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Ski Vacation Threats

One of the most common reason of getting shin bang is wearing oversized boots. Wearing oversized boots mean that your heels are not being held in place perfectly, which causes your feet to slid to the front of the boots. This may end up landing in the backseat. So here are some ideas to prevent hurting your shins.

Wearing a perfectly fitted boots is one of the top recommendations in order to prevent shin bang. It is advised to consult to a professional boot fitter before you hit the slopes on your ski trip.

Although, there are boots that perfectly fit yet there are times that the liners have gotten packed out, putting your heels in a not so perfect place. If it happens, use a foot bed to help your feet stay still in the boots and prevents you from landing on the backseat. Likewise, if your boots are loose at the top (upper cuff/ top buckle) you tend to stand more upright and it make the boots feel a bit softer increasing the tendency to land in the backseat. Therefore, use booster straps to help it get tight enough.

If you are using your old boots or rental boots, try to find a pair that fits tightly, yet comfortable. It is recommended to add the boot padding with commercial gel and poron pad inserts, which absorbs impact and keeping your foot from getting bruises.

Furthermore, wear ski specific socks that have extra padding in the shin and calf area to add cushioning. In addition, calf and toe raises can help build up your shin muscles and protect your bone from the tongue of your boots.

In case you got shin banged, just remember RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Moreover if you are experiencing pain, taking over-the-counter pain killers would do.

So before you go to your ski vacation, be sure that your boots will not cause you any inconvenience during your trip. Awareness is the key in order to prevent from getting shin banged. Happy skiing!

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This type of skiing was invented in the 1950s. The set of equipment used is pretty much the same with what is used in conventional skiing. A monoskier skis using a single double wide ski where he or she plants both their feet on the board facing forward and skis using styled ski poles.

For regular skiers who want to try monoskiing, picking up the whole dynamics of it is easy however, it takes some time before they get used to it especially when it comes to balance. Performing stunts and tricks, reaching high speeds, catching air and engaging in traditional cross-country skiing are still possible with monoskiing.

This skiing is actually easier on the knees than conventional skiing, that is why it appeals mostly to skies with weak knees. In monoskiing, the weight is centered between the knees while they move with the axis of movement. Even those who have history of knee injury could still try monoskiing. This type of skiing mainly requires a lot of upper body effort, balancing the work between upper and lower body more equally than in conventional skiing.

The good news is, this type of skiing also caters to the interests of disabled skiers which enables them to feel the thrill of the slopes.

Empowering disabled people

For this disabled people, monoskiing opened the doors for them to hit the slopes and be active in sports. For paraplegic skiers, they uses different types of ski designed to different kinds of abilities.

A monoski has a chair with a ski mounted onto it which can be controlled with the upper body alone. This type of ski has been developed for skiers with multiple leg amputations, spinal injury resulting to paralysis of the lower body.

Another type of ski is called a bi-ski, which is similar with the monoski but the seat is mounted on two skis. This is designed for those skiers whose legs are intact but have restricted control due to multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spinal chord or brain injuries.

A four-track is another type of ski designed for those who lack good lateral control, and use two skis with outriggers. Another type is called the ski bike, originally designed for able-bodied but is successfully used by leg amputees who are able to wear artificial limbs while skiing.

Monoskiing does not only serve the cravings of skiers who would like to try something different during their ski vacation. But it also empowers those who are disabled and help them achieve success in this sport despite their situation.