Paintball tournaments are another aspect of the paintball community that Splatbrothers will always endorse. It seems to be in every players DNA to measure who is the best at this sport and tournaments are the best way to measure that ability.
Most paintball tournaments consist of three or five man squads that are matched up against other teams of similar playing experience. The field size is small with a limited number of bunkers which keeps the games quick and fast. This in your face type of play is the far extreme to the normal seek and destroy or sniper type of recreational play.
Tournament paintball is recommended for the more serious player and requires lots of practice and dedication. Splatbrothers supports local tournament series like the EPL because of their dedication and guidance to the local paintball player. The level of experience that participates at Splatbrothers paintball park is more than enough to prepare the average player for what is in store when they play tournament leagues like the EPL paintball series. Look to see more beginner three man tournaments and five man league play at Splatbrothers paintball park in the 2013 calendar year.
Tips for the wanna-be tournament player:
- If you want to play speed-ball tournaments make sure your marker (gun) has the required tournament modes of fire, is easy to maintain and that you are comfortable with it.
- If you are more interested in recreational play than tournament play then investing in a more entry level setup may be a better idea, but later on, you may want to upgrade your marker or purchase a better one.
- In the Paintball industry, new and better products are released every year and the sport is ever-changing.
- Many products that are two years old are now considered outdated, but are still capable equipment none the less.
- vist our proshop or ask one of the experienced Splatbrothers sales staff which type of gun would be best for your style of play.
- The Splatbrothers sales staff can help you get a good feel for what type of equipment you'd like to purchase.
- Splatbrothers offers full warranty coverage which can make any repairs much more simple
- we love to give package offerings, we will help build your gun they way you like and offer a significant savings over suggested retail pricing
- support the paintball community in your area, lets face it if you buy off the internet you are not supporting local paintball and if we don't support local shops the sport could die.
If the local shop doesn't carry the brand of marker or other equipment you wish to purchase talk with players at your local field.
- Many are very willing to let you test out their equipment and give you advice on future purchases.
- Splatbrothers sometimes has tournament markers on site for trial use for those not sure of what gun to purchase.
- stay consistent and show good sportsmanship, teams are always looking for players that are fun to play with
- Practice, Practice and did I mention practice?
- Snap shooting: Snap shooting is where in a second you pop out of the bunker, fire a single shot or small burst of shots and checking back into your bunker.
- Playing tight: Playing tight will make it more difficult for your opponent to eliminate you.
- Running and gunning: Practice keeping your shots on target as you run. The ability to eliminate people while you move to another bunker is an advantage over the other team.
- There are many other aspects of the game that will just come over time with experience. Field awareness, adapting to the field, timing, teamwork, and communication all come with just playing on the field. When practicing, do not just focus on playing other teams. Drilling is very important.
- Conditioning. You should be fit to play paintball. Speed and endurance can give you an edge over the next guy. You can use a boxing guide for workouts and dieting. Eating right and exercising on a daily basis are essential parts of paintball.
- Network. Playing at local fields and being social with the other players is key. Get to know the local teams and field owners as well as the regular players and any sponsored teams those fields have.
- Show your skills. Playing with or against your local teams will increase your visibility. The better you play with these teams the more likely other teams will be interested in playing with you.
- Find a team to join or make your own. If you made a good enough impression, some teams may invite you to join or offer you a tryout. There are usually many local teams that give tryouts. But if you are fairly new to the sport and have not participated in any tournaments, it is not a good idea to start a team. Starting and maintaining a team is hard work. Come on out and play as a walk-on. Do not worry about joining or starting a team off the bat. Once you are a good player, things will fall into place (teams and sponsorships).
- Be sure that you know how to communicate with your team, come up with code words for bunkers, people and problems before games.
- Make sure that the division and league you are in fits your style and experience.
- Make yourself invaluable to your team. Harnessing a sponsor is the best way. If a family member or friend owns a shop or business, a sponsorship would make you a god to your teammates. Because of the high cost of tournament paintball, sponsors are a must. Word of caution, there are not many sponsors outside the paintball industry that will give you a sponsorship. Even if you get a paintball company to sponsor your team, they mostly give discounts on their products unless you are a highly ranked divisional team. Most teams do not get any financial sponsorships and national tournaments are very costly (plane tickets, hotel rooms, entry fee, paint).