Prepare For Your First Paintball Game

It definitely hurts to get hit and will leave a dark colored bruise if impacting directly against the skin; loose clothing helps diffuse some of the sting as well as add extra protection against your playing environment. Clothing that’s too loose however can get caught on branches or low lying brush when playing in the woods. On the other hand, tight clothing is a no-no; you want to wear clothing that you can move around in without much resistance or discomfort.

The type of paintball clothing you choose is up to you and often dependent on the type of game you play. Camouflage apparel that blends into your surroundings is best for woodsball type games, while tournament players often wear paintball jerseys or professional style uniforms. While the type of apparel you choose is up to you, a protective mask is mandatory. You are not allowed to play paintball without goggles to protect your eyes. A direct hit to the eye or even paint splatter can cause serious permanent injury so a paintball mask is mandatory equipment. Paintball goggles come in many shapes and sizes however must be ASTM rated and approved for the sport so should only be bought from an authorized dealer.

To start with, bring the bare minimum equipment you will need to play; a paintball marker, hopper, air tank and mask. If you’re playing at a commercial park, you can rent this equipment for a minimal cost or perhaps you can borrow it from a friend. You can also buy start-up good beginner paintball gear in a package deal for a cheap price at many online stores. It’s best to play your first game or two with rental equipment however so it doesn’t cost much try the game to see if you like it and might play again. Once you’ve decided paintball is something you will play again, start with basic equipment to learn with and you can always upgrade to more advanced guns and supplies later.

Once you have the equipment you’ll be using, it’s smart to get comfortable with it before the game starts. Have someone show you how the paintball marker works, including taking it apart, cleaning it and how to change your air tank safely when empty. Shoot the marker a few times before going out on the field so you can get a feel for aiming and shooting it and to make sure there’s no technical problems that may interrupt your game. Snorkeling can be a terrific experience, unless you’re plagued with equipment problems like a fogging mask or leaking snorkel; then it’s terrible! Paintball is the same way. Make sure everything works before the game starts or you will just be a target for all the other players.