Otherwise known as Skirmish, this is a game or sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing a colored dye from a gas-powered device called a paintball marker. Apart from being spattered by a ball of coloured dye, this is a “non contact” game and if physical contact does occur it generally means a penalty of some type.
The game can be purely recreational, but is regularly played at a sporting level with worldwide leagues, tournaments, professional teams and players, but is also used by armies to supplement military training.
used paintballs The game is played with a potentially limitless variety of rules and variations, which are specified before the game begins. The most basic game rule is that players must attempt to accomplish a goal without being hit with the coloured ball of dye. When a player is shot (and the ball splatters – a ‘bounce’ means you’re still in the game), they must raise their marker to indicate that they are out, and leave the playing field. Depending on the agreed upon game rules, the player may return to the field and continue playing, or is eliminated from the game completely.
In terms of safety, published research has argued that it is one of the statistically safest sports to participate in, with 0.2 injuries per 1000 players annually, and these injuries tend to be a result of tripping. Skirmish Down Under (Australia) has a perfect safety record, a tribute to the guidelines and protocols they have put in place for those playing on their fields.
At the Port Macquarie facility each player is issued with a Tippmann Custom 98 semi automatic marker, V Force head protection system and camouflage coveralls. Gloves and hats are offered as an option. Ladies are also offered chest and back protectors.
In Australia the game is controlled by the police in each state, with differing minimum age requirement. Players under eighteen are required to have a guardian sign a consent form. The minimum ages are twelve for South and Western Australia, fifteen for Queensland, sixteen for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and eighteen in Victoria. he game has been banned in Tasmania since the events of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
Operators must adhere to particular rules on gun storage, safety training and field sizes. In all states, in order to own a paintball marker, players must have a paintball gun license, be at least eighteen years old, and have the marker safely stored in a category 2 safe. Until 2005, Victoria was the only state which required players to have a long-arm firearm license; a law which was criticized on the grounds it drew players to real firearms.