Playing paintball is not exactly rocket-science. However, you should develop certain skills, practice, and possibly even devise a proper team strategy in order to play paintball successfully. While many successful and experienced players are perhaps already familiar with the mistakes you should avoid while playing paintball, here are some common mistakes everyone makes which you should definitely try to avoid in the field.
- Taking off your mask
One of the mistakes you can make in the field is to take off your mask, for any reason. This simple activity will make you vulnerable and you should definitely try to avoid it. If, for any reason, you need to adjust your equipment and gear, make sure you’re completely safe in a shelter, or that you have a teammate who is protecting you.
- Wearing bright colors
Many playing fields will provide the jumpsuit, but the clothes you wear underneath can sometimes show. If you are heading for a fun game of paintball with your friends, leave your bright yellow hoodie at home. Another thing to avoid is wearing bright shoes, which will attract the attention of your enemies. Remember, your goal is to blend in and be as stealthy as possible, not to attract unwanted attention to yourself and your team with your hip and trendy shoes. If, however, you make this mistake and bring something bright to the field, you can use it to your advantage by using it as a decoy.
Well, if you really want to ruin the experience for yourself and your teammates, you can spend the entire game hiding in the bunker. Being too scared to shoot and play will get you nowhere and you will only deny your team of a player. Remember, playing paintball should be fun, and it is not really fun to sit the entire time in a shelter.
Another common mistake to make in the field is to wander off from your teammates. If you have troubles with moving across the field and finding the right position and shelter, you will definitely ruin the game for yourself and your teammates by wandering aimlessly across the field.
- Not communicating
What you should definitely avoid is not communicating with your teammates as much as you should. Use the radios to your advantage, and remember playing paintball is a team sport.
- Shooting at your own team
While it can happen to anyone, and mistakes happen, making this one will certainly anger your teammate and possibly your entire team. However, you can successfully avoid shooting at your own teammates, just by keeping communication between you and your teammates, keeping each other posted for your positions and enemies’ positions at all times.
- Leaving your partner
The worst thing you can do to your partner and to your team is to leave them to fend for themselves. What you wouldn’t like others to do to you, you shouldn’t do to them.