Who can play?
We welcome new players who have been invited by a current player. All players must be 18 or over or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We have spare guns and masks available to new players who do not have their own equipment. However, we do request $5 to pay for maintenance, repair, replacement and cleaning of the spare guns and masks. If the new player wants us to supply paintballs and carbon dioxide cylinders, we request an additional $5. If a new player brings their own paintball gun, mask, paintballs and cylinders, there is no fee. We do not allow fully automatic paintball guns.
Does it Hurt to Get Hit?
Being hit by a paintball can sting and leave a bruise. Most shots are not painful. The degree of pain depends upon what part of the body gets hit, and how far away the shooter was. A shot from within 25 feet can be painful and potentially dangerous (i.e., the paintball masks are not designed to withstand a shot at this range). However, the paintball rules prohibit shooting someone within 25 feet.
The paintball terrain is rough and muddy and has occasional thorns and thistles. We recommend wearing old, durable clothing with long sleeve shirts, full length pants, shoes and gloves. We have had shoes stuck and even lost in the mud. Camouflage clothing is not required, but green and brown clothing is suggested. Avoid bright colors. Layers are recommended during most times of the year because of the active style of play.
In addition to paintball masks, additional protective clothing is recommended, but not required. A bandana or other neck cover is recommended to protect the neck from paintball hits. Some masks cover most of the neck area, but others do not. A cup is also recommended. For more information on paintball safety, please visit http://www.paintballsafety.net.
Although water is available nearby, we recommend bringing a bottle or two of your own, especially during warm weather conditions. There are no convenience stores or fast food restaurants nearby, so you may want to bring something to snack on.
Although not all scenarios require a lot of movement, the terrain is rugged and can be physically challenging. Additionally, the steep hills, mud, water and ground cover make movement hazardous. Care must be taken while moving around the playing field.
During the summer months mosquitoes are prevalent. Some paintball situations require sitting still and getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes. We recommend bringing and wearing a mosquito repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Depending upon the length of play, you may need to reapply the repellent.
Although we have not had encounters with any ticks, the paintball terrain has the potential for ticks. Wearing bright colored clothing is a good way to identify ticks, but runs contrary to the camouflage clothing that most players wear. We recommend the following:
Poison ivy grows on the ground and on trees in the paintball terrain. Long sleeve shirts, gloves and pants worn by most paintball players is enough to prevent poison ivy exposure except for people who are sensitive to poison ivy. People who are sensitive to poison ivy should consider wearing ivy block or not playing during the summer months.
Poison ivy can be identified by the adjacent photograph and description:
three divided leaves, center leaflet on a longer stalk, white, waxy berries
along the stem, leaves alternate on the stem, erect shrub or climbing vine.
Additional information on poison ivy can be found at http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nathis/plantpage/flora/poivy/.
The games rely on the honor system (i.e., for players to call themselves dead when shot). Cheating will result in removal from the games and cheaters may not be allowed to return to play again. Violation of the rules will result in removal from the game and violators will not be allowed to play again, ever.
Common Game Rules
Most games are played with tear-away flags (i.e., capture the flag). The bottom half of the flags are attached with velcro. The object of games with flags is to tear off the bottom half of the opponent’s flag. The object of some flag games is to tear off bottom part of the opponent’s flag and return it to your flag (i.e., touch your flag while holding the bottom part of the opponent’s flag). These games are referred to as capture the flag, with returns.
One of the common rules of flag games is both teams start at their flag (i.e., within arms reach of the flag). This requirement is to prevent players from obtaining a strategic advantage prior to the start of the game.
Some flag games are played with reset points. Reset points allow players who are dead to return to the game by touching the reset point. The reset point is usually marked with a flag. Normally each team has its own reset point, and some times only one team is allowed to return to the game by using the reset point.
We play on Brian’s Dad's property near Blair, Nebraska. To get there, you need to get on Highway 133. You can either take Military Road west until it turns into Highway 133, or you can take 680 to the Irvington Exit. After the Irvington Exit, go northwest on Highway 133.
You will take Highway 133 north for a number of miles (about 15, according to Yahoo). About a mile before the turn you will see two broadcast antennae on the right (east). Shortly before the turn you will see a Church-owned billboard on the left that has a family-values message on it - currently “Adoption is More Better”, and then you will see a “Passing Lane” sign. As soon as the passing lane appears, get into the right lane and take the first right (east). You will see a house on the south and a mobile home park on the north. I think this road is labeled “P26”. If you get to the Highway 133-Highway 30 merge, you have gone a half-mile too far.
You will take P26 for 0.6 miles down a hill. At 0.6 miles, you will see a road heading south. Take this road (right turn).
Follow this road for another 0.6 miles. You will go up a hill and then back down the other side. After 0.6 miles, take a right turn (west) on Sumack Lane just before the road veers left.
Follow Sumack Lane past two houses. Shortly after you see a pond on the right (north), you will see a barn and a house. Park by the barn.
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