The sport and game of paintball is extremely fun (at least in our opinion…) and comes with rules and guidelines you must abide by. In this article we just wanted to brief you on some of the most common safety rules for paintball. If there is anything we leave out or an off-the-wall rule you had to play by in a tournament, then leave us a comment!
Safety Rules in Paintball
Safety rules are very important to understand and abide by. If you do not, then you can get kicked off the field, which always sucks. So make sure you have briefed yourself on these and follow them! Some of the most common safety rules include the following:
- Always wear your mask – There are absolutely no exceptions to wearing your mask while on the paintball field. The basic and most common rule about wearing masks is that you keep it on until all barrel plugs are back on loaded guns. The reason why masks are mandatory is because when paintballs are shot, they travel at about 200 or more FPS (feet per second), which can cause some serious damage to your face. The scariest part about not wearing a paintball mask is the risk of getting your eyes shot out. So as you can see, there are reasons why paintball officials make these rules. If you need to purchase a mask, feel free to visit Hustle Paintball at our Goggles and Mask page.
- Drinking while playing is not allowed – Yes, a beer is fantastic every now and then (or more regular), but while playing paintball this is not allowed as it can be hazardous to yourself and other players. Obviously drinking alcohol impairs your judgement and shooting abilities.
- Blind firing is not allowed – This is common sense, because firing without looking is not a good and legal thing to do. Avoid firing if you are incapable of seeing what you are firing at. If you fire blindly you can accidentally shoot players that are not in play, a referee, or other objects that you do not intend to shoot at.
- Only shoot under 280 FPS – Shooting at 280 FPS is considered the safest speed to shoot at in paintball, and still yet, 280 FPS causes small bruises and welts on those you shoot. If you are shooting at more than 280 or 300 FPS, then you are entering a more dangerous zone. Paintballs shot at a higher speed can cause significant and dangerous injuries to other players.
- Allow surrenders – If you are within twenty (20) feet of an opponent, you should allow them to surrender if you have a pretty good shot on them. This is considered a close-range shot, which is also a safety issue within itself.