Here is some general FAQS/Information about Paintball
DOES THIS HURT?
The sting of the paintball hit is what makes this game unique. The thrill of running and jumping, dodging the paintball goes right back to your childhood, and the competition of trying to make the point to win the overall game just adds to the rush. So although getting “marked” by a paintball might sting a little, the sensation is similar to getting popped with a towel and will usually go away in a couple of seconds.
DOES EVERYONE NEED TO HAVE A WAIVER?
Everyone that plays must sign a waiver. They are on our web site or at the park. Parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18 years of age.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
You want to dress according to the season. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are always recommended, if nothing but to provide a barrier between the paintball and your skin should you get hit. Do not worry about the paint itself, it washes out with water. The dirt will cause more damage to your clothing and footwear, so dress appropriately.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE?
Our insurance company allows us to leave it up to the parent to determine if their child is mature enough to handle the responsibilities that come along with playing paintball. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if your child is ready or not; can my child follow the simple safety rules that will not only protect him/her, but also their fellow players, will he/she panic when they get hit (ex. Take their goggles off during play) will he/she cry when they get hit (don’t want them to be embarrassed) usually if the child is active with any type of outdoor sports, they will be fine with paintball. WE suggest if your child is less than 10 years that they book as a group and use the 50 cal package that is much lighter and easy to handle. If that is the option you take everyone that plays in that group must use the 50 cal package.
CAN I BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
Yes, but we will inspect your equipment to make sure it meets our safety standards.
All goggles must be full-face masks and be unaltered. There can be no cracks in the lenses at all.
How Safe is Paintball
HOW SAFE IS PAINTBALL?
People shooting at each other for fun? It makes people wonder if paintball is safe. Learn the facts here.
Most people already participate in a sport that is less “safe” than paintball, like football, basketball, or even fishing. Industry safety standards like paintball masks, barrel plugs, and limits on paintball gun velocities help prevent injuries. The fact is that less than 1 person out of every 4,000 who play paintball will end up having to go to the doctor for a paintball-related injury. This includes things like ankle sprains or scratches from falling in the woods, not just injuries directly related to paintball pellets. On the other hand, 1 in 33 people who play football will end up visiting the hospital each year.
Of course, getting hit by a paintball tends to leave a welt, but it is usually no worse than the bumps, bruises, and scratches that people get doing other things.
Paintball is safe even for fairly young preteens. Commercial fields have liability insurance covering players as young as 10. If young players had too many claims, insurance companies would not cover them.
According to statistics, playing on a commercial field is safer than playing at home. Commercial fields have rules and referees to enforce them. Some of the most important basic safety rules are:
Players must wear paintball masks to protect their eyes
Markers are choreographed to make sure they are firing below 280fps
Barrels must be plugged or covered when not in play to prevent someone from accidentally firing their marker.
On the other hand, when people play paintball in unestablished fields (for instance in their backyard or in the forest), it is up to players to make sure they follow common sense procedures. Unfortunately they often don’t. The majority of paintball-related eye injuries occur in unestablished fields because players don’t follow safety rules.
Bottom line, if you follow the rules, paintball is not only safe, but fun.
DOES PAINTBALL HURT?
Honestly, sometimes. It depends on how fast the ball is traveling, where it hits, whether it breaks or not (balls that just bounce off tend to be more painful), and what kind of clothing the paintball player is wearing. Sometimes people don’t even feel a hit. But even when it does hurt, it is usually just a quick sting-the kind of thing that makes a person say “OW!” and then forget about a few seconds later. Some hits come back to haunt paintball players hours or even a day later-as bruises. These bruises might feel a little sore or tender to the touch.
Fear of pain is probably one of the biggest factors stopping people from trying out paintball, when it shouldn’t be. Yes, occasionally more serious injuries occur, but they are rarer in paintball than is most other sports. If someone bruises more heavily than other people, wearing layers or using a vest can make a big difference.
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