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What is Paintball?

Following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will hopefully familiarize you with the sport of paintball. If you have any further questions or comments please e-mail us or call the store at the above telephone number.


#1 What is Paintball? || BACK to the questions

Paintball is a sport played by two teams ranging in size from 2 players to as many as 200+ players on each team. The object of the game varies, but basically revolves around the concept of capturing a flag. During the game, each player carries a paintball marker and wears eye protection. The marker propels paintballs that mark other players on contact. When a player is marked, he or she is out of the game. Each game can last between 1 minute to an hour (most average 10-15 minutes). The sport of paintball is fun, exciting, strategically challenging, and aerobically exhilarating.Tournament paintball is now becoming more prevalent with the advent of various leagues. ESPN II featured competition paintball last season and is planning on running another televised series this year. As the sport grows, the number of organized teams has also multiplied.


#2 How are the games played? || BACK to the questions

The game of Paintball is played in a variety of ways, some of which include:

Time is also a critical factor when playing paintball. Games generally run anywhere from 5 minutes (for a quick speedball game) to 1 or more hours (for a 20+ man double hang game or Scenario). It is possible to deviate from usual time restraints, but once a time limit has been established, it is crucial to the outcome of the game to adhere to it.Points can be calculated in the event that neither team reaches their objective, and are the basis for ranking in tournaments.


# 3 What are some rules that govern paintball? || BACK to the questions

Since there are too many rules, and these rules often change among fields, it is impossible to include an accurate list. However, there are a few rules that are commonly adhered to in Paintball.


#4 What equipment is used to play paintball? || BACK to the questions

Special goggles, designed to withstand the impact of the paintball, are used in conjunction with a mask for facial protection.

There are three basic types of markers used to play paintball, which include:

Players carry extra tubes of paintballs in special backpacks. These "packs" range in size from 40 to 1400 round capacity.


#5 What does it cost to play paintball? || BACK to the questions

The cost of rental equipment varies between fields, and the sale of equipment is equally as different. Cost can range anywhere from $35-70, depending on the field and the amount of paintballs each person uses.


#6 Is Paintball Safe? || BACK to the questions

Yes. Paintball goggles are designed to withstand the impact of the paintballs. It is recommended that players wear long sleeve pants & shirts while playing, since a direct hit to the skin may leave a welt. All of the guns are periodically checked to ensure that they do not exceed the safe velocity.


#7 What age restrictions apply to paintball? || BACK to the questions

Paintball is played by both adults and children. Players under the age of 18 are required to obtain their parent's signature. Players under 16 are usually grouped with players of their own age, and players under 10 are excluded from play altogether unless accompanied by an adult.


#8 What size is the average paintball field? || BACK to the questions

Fields vary in size, depending on the game being played. Tournament and indoor fields are usually between 50'x100' and 300'x800.' Scenario game fields can be as large as 100 acres


#9 Does the paint stain? || BACK to the questions

No. The paintballs that are used today are water soluble, non toxic, and totally bio-degradable. When paintball was first played, lead based, permanently marking paintballs were used.


#10 Is Paintball Popular? || BACK to the questions

Yes. Paintball is played all over the United States and in many other countries. There are a few national leagues that have been formed, including the American Paintball League (APL), the National Professional Paintball League (NPPL), and National Amateur Paintball Association (NAAPSA). There are many tournament teams that play in these competitions. Prizes can be as simple as trophies or as costly as thousands of dollars in equipment and cash. There are several major publications that support paintball, including Paintball News, Action Pursuit Games, Paintball Consumer Reports International, and about 1/2 dozen others. Also, paintball has been recently featured on television.


#11 What type of people play Paintball? || BACK to the questions

Contrary to a popular misconception, not only people involved with the military play paintball. People from all walks of life such as teachers, doctors, lawyers, and auto mechanics enjoy playing paintball on a regular basis.


#12 Is Paintball Played Locally? || BACK to the questions

Yes! Paintball is played in Charlton, 15 minutes from Worcester. R & R Paintball Games runs games on Saturdays and Sundays. Private games are available by appointment. R & R offer the best quality rental equipment at the lowest prices.