How to Play Paintball

The game of paintball has evolved into one of the most popular extreme sports in the world. The sport of paintball comes in several variations, but there are basic standards to the game that apply to nearly all of its forms. Here they are.

Things You'll Need

  • Paintball certified mask
  • Paintball marker
  • Hopper
  • CO2 or HPA tank
  • Paintballs


    • 1

      Split your group into two evenly matched teams.

    • 2

      Start the game with a paintball marker (gun), paintball mask, a full tank of CO2 or compressed air and a hopper filled with as many paintballs as you wish to carry.

    • 3

      Work with your teammates to complete any objectives the game you are playing requires.

    • 4

      Shoot at the opposing players with the paintballs and try to mark them with a ball. The ball must break on your opponent or the equipment they are carrying to count as a hit.

    • 5

      Avoid being marked by your opponents' paintballs during the game. If you are marked, you must raise your paintball marker into the air and walk off of the field.

    • 6

      Clean off any marks after the game. Then go out and play another one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Play at a commercial paintball facility in your area. They will have trained staff on site who can explain the safety rules and rules of the game.
  • Bring plenty of money for extra paintballs. This is usually the most expensive aspect of the game. Most people quit when they run out of paintballs.
  • Wear a mask and check the velocity of your paintballs. You risk serious injury if you exceed the industry-wide 300 feet-per-second speed limit or neglect to wear a paintball mask.
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