What is Paintball?

What is Paintball?

What is Paintball?

Guy getting shot with paintball
Paintball is a sophisticated combination of childhood games such as tag, capture the flag, and hide & seek. Using air-powered paintball guns, participants compete against one another, on teams, or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with paintballs.

Not only is Paintball an exciting sport, paintball is fun to play!

Paintball is a sport played by people from all professions and walks of life. It is a sport where women and men, boys and girls, can all compete equally, and where age and athleticism are not primary factors determining outcomes. Intelligence, tactics, and determination are more important than physical size and strength. Players learn about teamwork, gain self-confidence, and develop leadership abilities while having fun and getting welcome stress-relief. Increasingly, corporations are finding benefits in having their staff and management participate in paintball games as a team-building exercise.

Using air-powered paintball guns, participants compete against one another, on teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with paintballs.

Above all, paintball is VERY EXCITING! It’s a chance to shake off the day-to-day responsibilities and rekindle the spirit of adventure. When the adrenaline starts pumping, players can’t help but love the thrill of the game!

Paintball games have become recognized as one of the world’s safest and most exciting outdoor sports.

How is paintball played?

Rules for playing paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, ammunition limits, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area.

In the most basic game, players must attempt to accomplish a goal without being marked with a paintball. The paintball must break and leave a mark the size of a quarter, or larger. Eliminated players are expected to leave the field of play; eliminations may also earn the opposing team points. Depending on the agreed upon game rules, the player may return to the field of play and continue playing, or is eliminated from the game completely. Paintball playing fields have boundaries, usually marked by boundary tape, and a player who steps outside of a field’s boundary is eliminated from the game. Depending on the variant played, games can last from a few short minutes to hours, or even days at special scenario events.

Player shooting paintballs

Is Paintball Safe?

Paintball is rated by insurance corporations to be safer than sports such as golf, bowling, and even tennis.

To ensure safety, paintball players must always wear an eye-protecting goggle and facemask specifically designed and manufactured for the sport of paintball. Goggles must be worn during all games and at all times when in an area where shooting is permitted, such as the target range or chronograph area. Paintball is a very safe sport as long as safety rules are followed. Insurance statistics have shown that paintball is safer than golf, jogging, tennis, swimming, and many other sports.

Referees on the playing field enforce safety and game rules. No physical contact is permitted in the game, and players can be ejected from games or the premises for breaking safety or playing rules.

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What Equipment is needed to play paintball?

The basic equipment required play paintball includes a protective paintball mask, paintball gun, ammo pouch, and paintballs. Most commercial paintball parks offer a variety of equipment for rental and can provide everything needed to play paintball.
Protective Paintball Mask – Covers and protects participants’ eyes, ears and face from direct paintball impacts.


Paintball Gun – air-powered device that propels paintballs.
Paintballs – bio-degradable round gelatin capsules filled with a non-toxic coloured liquid.
Ammo Pouch – holds extra paintballs in tubes that can be used to reload during the paintball games.


If you are still waiting to try paintball, then you have waited too long, and need to experience the adrenaline rush which the sport has to offer. Ask someone who has played it before…over 95% of participants say they LOVE it, and want to play again!

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