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First time playing paintball?

Tommorow Im going paintballing for the first time EVER with my cousins. I don't want to completely suck and get out 5 seconds into the game or be that person that doesn't know anything. So please give me some tips on how to play right and not get out. Thanks!

Here are a few things I've learned in my 2+ decades of playing:

1. Make sure your camo/clothing/gear matches your environment.
Can't tell you how many guys I've plugged playing with tiger stripe jungle camo in the desert, or wearing all black. Take a few pictures of your fields/area. Take some pictures of camo patterns and see what blends well. For example, I live in dry Southern California, and Army ACU and Multicam works well here, but it sucks in heavy woods like in Michigan or New York. Good camo gives you an advantage. Don't forget to camo you gun and your equipment to match- nothing like a black gun or vest to make you stick out in the woods.

2. Fools rush in
Don't be running down the field full-speed looking to run and gun, unless you're a scout/pointman. Even if you're a dagger or scout, be cautiously deliberate. Stealth is just as good as speed. If you or a buddy start taking fire, don't run up or just start returning fire blindly- drop back, take cover and asses the situation. Then you can build a flanking move. Anxious players make mistakes and spend more time in the dead box. Stay calm under pressure and keep the adrenaline in check.

3. Safety in numbers
As above in number two, if you run out in front of everyone and go "lone wolf" you're almost always going to get in over your head. Stick close to your teammates, but don't group up too close, or you're fish in a barrel. 20-30 feet or so is good spacing, so you can cover each other and still move as a unit.

4. 2X2
You've seen it in all the action movies- one guy moves up while another covers him. It works in movies and real life, and you can do it with more than 2 guys. It's also called "leapfrogging" and it's a good tactic to practice.

5. Use your head
Be aware of good cover and use it. Trees, bushes, rocks, etc. are your friends- leapfrog from cover, spending little time in the open. Look around obstacles, not over them, and do it quickly- don't be a sitting duck. Make sure you don't leave any parts sticking out, as a good player will nail you in the foot or the butt if it is not behind cover.

6. Play fair and play nice
Don't wipe, don't cheat, if you're hit, call it. It's a game and everyone has more fun if you play fair. Don't hose a guy with 10 shots- it doesn't tickle, and for the same reason, don't shoot if you're too close, use the "surrender" rule. Be humble and a good winner or loser, not a whiner. Good sportsmanship is ALWAYS contagious.

7. Talk to me
Communication is key, and you don't always need fancy radios. Come up with hand signals for when you need to be quiet, and call out situations and targets as you need to. Radios are great, but I've played tons of times without them and had mine die on me, as well. A good team and player can communicate with players to make flanking moves and assaults and handle any situation. Call out things like "2 moving right in the brush," and such, but be careful about giving yourself away, too.

8. Use down-time to your advantage.
Waiting for the other team to trip your ambush? Now is the time to check you hopper load and top it off, not when you run out of ammo in a heavy fight. Instead of talking about kills between games, talk strategy, cover what went wrong. If you got eliminated, ask yourself why/how? Use the time to top off your HPA tank or check your gear, batteries, and marker. You'll have time enough to tell everyone how you bunkered 5 guys and snagged the flag over pizza at the end of the day- for now keep your head in the game!

9. Gear does not make the player
I have seen players, myself included, with ancient pumps and old-school 8bps blowback markers work people with $1,200, 30 bps guns like a job. I've seen walk on's and newbs with rentals take out guys with Angels, Bob Longs, X-7's, etc. The best equipment does not a player make. It's all a tool, and a seasoned player or team is a force to be reckoned with unlike any other. Tactics and execution of same win games, not equipment.

10. Pop-up to win.
Don't sit in the same spot and fire too many times, as another player can zero in on you more easily. Pop up, snap off a few shots and move to another position behind the cover you're using. Repeat as necessary. If you keep "gophering" up in the same hole, your opponent will whack you like a mole, so remember to move to new cover when you can.

11. PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND PRACTICE! Practice solo or with your friends/team, and you'll get better, and play as often as you can. Work on accuracy, reloading the hopper, snap firing and running and firing, and you'll be off to a good start.

Hope this helps-

"Here endeth the lesson." - Sean Connery, The Untouchables

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