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Nov 28, 2009

Saturday Paintball Reruns...

From March 11, 2005


From a comment in the Suggestion Box...

"I have even been lit up on your field on the speed ball area even when I raised my marker and called "HIT"."

Yup. That makes me mean and grumpy.

Tell ya what makes me crazy...

Players that yell "HIT" and then stand straight up in a bunker or step around a spool with no regard for the player that didn't hear "HIT", or the player who is shooting past or over the bunker trying to hit someone behind them.  And how about the three or four more balls that are already in the air?  STAY DOWN!

SPEEDBALL is akin to stepping inside a bee's nest and KICKING THE WALLS!! You're gonna get stung!  And it's not much different in the woods.

Now, if a player gets hit, yells "HIT", stays down (or in), plugs their gun, yells "HIT" again, raises their gun, yells "HIT" again and runs off the field yelling "HIT" and gets LIT UP ON THE WAY OFF THE FIELD I will search out the person who lit them up and rip them a new one!

Problem is, most players who get hit go blank in the head. A hit player goes into the "fight or flight" mode. In some cases the first reaction is to fight back resulting in the dastardly "shooting on" syndrome. Some players choose "posturing" and will growl and yell at the attacker. In the flight mode all the player can think about is GETTING THE HECK OUT OF THERE!

Any player who resorts to basic caveman instincts is not considering the realities of the 21st century game called paintball. Sometimes I think about writing a book titled, "Everything I Learned About Life I learned From Paintball"!

peace. out.

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Brules Nov 28, 2009, 10:17:00 PM  

I usually see more over shooting in the woods due to refs being further away which makes it harder for everyone to know a player is hit and out.....

On the two smaller fields, the refs are always on top of everything and faster on calling people out AND they can see everyone much better and can make sure players get out safely once hit.

Aswan Yap Nov 29, 2009, 10:52:00 AM  

Glad to see someone expressing the other side of the argument for once. Usually all the hate is directed at the players, even if it wasn't intentional. I don't complain if I get shot a few times when I have to walk of from the 50s on a speedball field, I know there's heavy fire flying past me and there's a very good chance I'll get shot on the way out. And you're right, it can be just as brutal on a woodsball field.

On saturdays, at one of our woodsball fields, it's usually a "regulars" day, which is good because the newbies don't suffer as much. But I've played through in those games and there's more paint being traded than on most speedball games. Sometimes you will just end up having to take the shots as you walk out, there's no safe path to take.

It's only if the bonusballing is obviously intended, when I get annoyed. I won't shoot back, but I'm pretty determined to make the culprit's life miserable in the next round.

mick Nov 29, 2009, 11:14:00 AM  

It's all about taking responsibility for your actions. Thanks for the comment Aswan.

Brules Nov 30, 2009, 12:12:00 AM  

Mick, if I might suggest, to help the newer players on the small fields.....maybe have the refs really stress to the players to make sure people know they are out when hit. Ie: hand waving, making sure refs know etc before they come out of their bunker. On the small fields, I have seen MANY times someone get hit and they will step out from behind a bunker while saying hit and raising their marker all at the same time.....

I always try to help let people know, call yourself out, wave etc before you step out or you may take a few extra hits.

Just a thought! :)

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