Yes, it is true! Paintball is now the 4th most popular Extreme Sport in the world. This is not because it is one of the most fun and exhilarating sports around, but it is also extremely safe to play. “But how can people running around, shooting at each other with paintballs travelling 205 miles per hour be a safe thing to do”, you might be asking? Well, we will explain all of this to you.
According to the American Sports Data, Inc. (ASDI), Paintball is on the bottom of the list when it comes to the number of injuries compared to other Extreme Sports. Boxing came in at the top with 5.2 injuries per one thousand participants, Racquetball came in at 1.5, and Paintball pulled up the rear at 0.2 following after Running at 0.6. One of the major reasons why Paintball is so safe is because there are set rules that insure the players’ safety during playing time. These rules are set by Paintball Insurance Companies and strictly enforce them at the fields. Thanks to the American Paintball League and the National Paintball Association, players around the nation are protected and safe from harm!
Rules and regulations apply to many aspects of game play and equipment. Two of the most important rules at all parks are to keep the face mask on during playing time on the field and your barrel cover and safety must be on outside of the field. Your safety is the priority to everyone – the insurance companies, the referees, and (well, sometimes) the players and the opposite team.
Other rules include:
The Velocity of Paintballs – how fast the paintball is traveling in feet per second. The typical range of velocity is about 270 to 290 fps, which this of course depends on the field and who the referee might be. Getting your velocity checked prior to walking on the field is a great thing to do. Obviously you don’t want to be removed from the game if your shooting is faster than legal limits. So, have the ref check your marker and avoid the painful and embarrassing call to leave the game.
No Firing in the Dead Zone! Yea, if you do this you are done-zo. All fields have what is called a “Dead/Safe Zone” where players meet to hear all the rules, divide into teams and prepare for play. It is highly against the rules to fire your marker if you are in this area. Goggles are not enforced in the Dead Zone, so it is definitely a no-no to shoot around for fun here.
Check Your Air Tank Dates – All tanks have dates on them that expire at some point. Get your tank tested and approved prior to game day to ensure safety for you and others. Plus you want to get it filled again at some point, right?
By following these rules, and other rules mentioned on the field by refs or others, you will ensure ultimate safety for yourself. You can even check out some safety gear that can be worn if you are a still a little weary of it, but to be honest, there is no need to fear. Check out some elbow pads, gloves, kneepads and neck protectors just to add a little bit more protection.