How to Play Paintball : Learn Basic Paintball Tactics

How to Play Paintball : Learn Basic Paintball Tactics


Hello! This is Rob Rubin and you’re watching
Expert Village. This episode we’re going to cover something that is not exactly essential.
You don’t have to do it, but it’s really handy if you do end up doing it. It’s called field
walking. What we’re doing is we’re just making ourselves familiar with the field. Why are
we doing this on air ball fields rather than being out in the woods? Because some of the
concepts I want to show you are a lot easier to show you are a lot easier to show you on
the air ball field, and besides this is just as much fun, so come on let’s take a walk.
Every paintball field has a few things in common. For starters, each team has a starting
box. You have your flag station, there’s the other teams flag station or dead box or whatever
you want to call it. It’s where your team starts the game. Everybody has to huddle right
around here. There’s always a 50 point where the middle of the field is, and then there
are several bunkers between you can the other team. Then it’s up to you to utilize the bunkers
that are on the field in order to gain an advantage on the other team. First bunkers
you come across are classically held your defensive players or at least on the air ball
fields we call them back players. The back players, or the defensive players, are the
ones who give a lot of cover fire to the front guys so the front guys can start making moves
up the field. When you are looking at back position like this, what you want to do is
look down the field. You want to try to see what angles you have from the position from
the left and from the right and where you can cover, what you want to shut down, where
your front guys are going to go, where their front guys are going to go. Nobody said field
walking is easy. As you get further in the field, you start getting in the realm of the
front player. The front player plays about here, which is approximately the 45 yard line.
I’ll get to the yard lines in just a second. The front players job is offense. He is the
offensive player on the team. His job is to take real-estate and to take out opponents
who are trying to take real-estate for the other team. The back player is the defense
for the front player who plays up here. Between these 2 extremes, between the front and the
back player, you have the mid player. The mid player is sort of a swing person. He can
either play defense or offense depending on what the team needs him to do. Sometimes the
back player gets knocked out, so he’ll just go in and fill the role, or the front player
gets knocked out so he’ll just keep on going and take the spot. This is the 50 bunker.
Why do I keep on using the number system? Because if you use American football as a
reference point, a lot of what happens on the field makes sense. This is the 50 bunker
and you just kind of count backwards layers of bunkers like they were yard lines. The
45, the 30, the 35, the 20, and it goes both ways. It’s the easiest way that players can
pick up on what’s going on. If somebody’s yelling to someone in the center 50, he’s
right here. Now, in woods ball game, the 50 is not always dead center of the field. The
50 often is where both teams meet and where the main fire fight takes place. I want to
point this feature out right here. This is a snake bunker. A snake bunker is meant for
crawling, but what I want to point out is this. Knowing about this could be vital. If
you’re on the other team, you can shoot into this hole. If you’re on this team, you can
get into this position and shoot out this hole. In the woods, almost all the bunkers
you’re going to play are going to be Swiss cheese bunkers. They’re going to have holes
in them, they’re going to have angles on them. It’s really important for you to know those
bunkers. It’s important for you to scope them out beforehand and know that hey I should
avoid this bunker here because if I go here I’m going to get shot. For most new players,
you’re not going to have to study the field meticulously. I mean, most of the experienced
guys do, but they also play tournaments and they’ve got a lot riding on the line every
game. Most for recreational players, walking the fields should just be taking a look around
as you’re walking to your flag station. Take a look, see what bunkers look like they’re
covered in paint, see where it looks like there’s only dirt and no grass. Take a look
at what would be key positions that you would think would be important to win the game.
Odds are if you trust your instincts, your instincts will be right. You don’t have to
study it, you just have to be familiar with it.

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