Paintball Myths and Misconceptions Debunked!
Paintball is an exhilarating sport that combines equal parts team work and marksmanship. Unfortunately, though, there’s a lot of misinformation sending newcomers down the wrong path. Now, let’s take a look at some of the most common paintball myths and misconceptions.
Paintball Is Dangerous
As with any sport or recreational activity, there’s an inherit risk of injury when participating in paintball. From bruises and lacerations caused by direct hits, to heat exhaustion and dehydration, there are dozens of ways to be injured. However, paintball is actually safer than most people realize.
According to a recent study conducted by the Minnesota Paintball Association (MBA), paintball is one of the country’s safest sports, with an average injury rate of just 20 injuries per 100,000 players annually. Boxing, football, hockey, snowboarding, skiing, soccer and baseball all have higher rates of injuries. You can check out some of our previous blog posts for more paintball safety tips, but the two more important things to remember are: wear goggles, and use a barrel plug or sock when outside the playing area.
You Can Freeze Paintballs So They Hurt More
Another myth is that placing paintballs in the freezer will make them hurt more. In reality, though, paintballs typically become brittle and warped when placed in a traditional consumer-grade freezer. When you attempt to place them in your gun, they often bust before shooting, creating a gooey mess that’s difficult to clean. And if the frozen paintball happens to fire, it won’t be nearly as accurate due to its warped, distorted shape. So aside from the fact that it’s poor sportsmanship, DO NOT attempt to freeze your paintballs.
The Faster You Shoot, The Better
Some players believe that shooting faster translates into more hits, therefore increasing their chances of winning. In reality, however, rapid firing diminishes your accuracy, which can prove disastrous when the opposing team is closing in on your position. You must find a balance between shooting fast and maintaining your accuracy.
You Can’t Win With an Inexpensive Gun
Price is not always indicative of quality when it comes to paintball guns. I’ve seen numerous players use, and win, with some inexpensive markers. It’s all about choosing the gun that’s best suited for your style of play, and most importantly, knowing the mechanics of your gun and how it works. Combining these elements will give you the edge over players with expensive guns any day.
Paintball is only for men
This is a common misconception, but paintball is a sport enjoyed by both men and women. In fact, many paintball fields and teams have a mix of genders. Women are often encouraged to participate in the sport, and many paintball companies have created women-specific gear and clothing to accommodate their needs.
Paintball is only for young people
While paintball is often associated with younger people, it is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Many paintball fields offer games and events that cater to older players. Some fields even have age restrictions to ensure that games are played at a safe and appropriate level for everyone.
Paintball is an expensive sport
While it’s true that there are costs associated with playing paintball, it doesn’t have to be an expensive sport. Many fields offer rental equipment and affordable entry fees, making it accessible to people on a budget. In addition, there are often discounts available for group bookings or for frequent players.
Paintball promotes violence and aggression.
This is a common misconception, but it’s not true. Paintball is a sport that requires teamwork, communication, and strategy. It does not promote violence or aggression. In fact, many players report that paintball helps them to build confidence, improve communication skills, and develop a greater sense of sportsmanship. The sport is regulated by strict safety rules and guidelines, and players are required to follow these rules in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Paintball is a messy sport
While it’s true that paintballs can create a mess, most paintball fields have rules and guidelines in place to minimize the mess. For example, players may be required to shoot only at certain targets or areas of the field, and there may be rules about how close players can get to each other. Additionally, players are often required to wear protective gear that can help to keep them clean.
Paintball is not a legitimate sport.
Paintball is a legitimate sport that requires skill, strategy, and physical fitness. Many paintball players compete in organized leagues and tournaments, and there are even professional paintball teams that compete at the highest levels. The sport involves a variety of different game formats and scenarios, each of which requires different skills and strategies to succeed.
Paintball is a painful sport.
While getting hit with a paintball can be uncomfortable, it’s not necessarily painful. Paintballs are designed to break on impact, which helps to absorb some of the force and reduce the risk of injury. Many players describe the sensation as more of a “sting” than actual pain, and the discomfort typically fades quickly.
Paintball is a hobby for “military wannabes.”
While some people who enjoy paintball may have an interest in military tactics or equipment, many players simply enjoy the sport for its own merits and don’t have any particular military aspirations. Paintball is a fun and challenging activity that requires teamwork, communication, and strategy, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.