What is PaintBall?

Paintball is a sport in which participants use compressed air guns called markers to shoot small balls of paint to other players. In essence it is a persecution complex game, as players are hit by paint balls during the game have to leave the game.

Normally in a game of paintball, two teams will try to eliminate all opposing players or complete an objective (such as capturing a flag or eliminating a specific player).  A set of typical non-professional paintball game usually lasts fifteen minutes to half an hour. The Basic equipment  needed to play paintball is not expensive (although the markers can be). The number of paintballs fired during a game varies from one player to another: some shoot hundreds, some a few and some fail to shoot all the time.

Since its inception, paintball has drawn a crowd of casual players or permanent. The Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association estimates that about 10 million Americans annually play paintball. The Insurance statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports, even more than golf.

Paintball games can be played indoors or outdoors and take various forms, and some of the most popular are the scenario fields and speedball tournament. The rules vary widely from one form to another, most are being designed for participants to enjoy the game in a safe environment.

Paintball Game Types

Capture the Flag

Each team must take the flag from the opponents’ flag station and return it to their own station to win. Alternatively, in a variation called centerflag, a single flag may be placed in the center of the field for both teams to compete over.


The two flags of capture the flag are replaced by one flag located at the center of the field. The first team to take this flag to the opposing team’s starting station wins the game. 3-man, 7-man and some 13-man competitions primarily use the centerflag format. Paintball Sports Promotions, a national circuit, offers 5-man centerflag divisions in addition to XBall.

Elimination or Slayer

Teams or individual player must simply eliminate all of their opponents.


A more modern version of Centerflag, similar to hockey, 2 teams of 5 members in 2 rounds, facing over a period of time, winning the game the team that achieves more battles (points).


Woodsball is a style of paintball that can be played in natural terrain, including wooded areas – limited only by the availability of land.

The basic rule of paintball still applies; players must attempt to eliminate opposing players using a paintball marker filled with paintballs.

The format is flexible and is played at both the recreational level by enthusiasts of any skill level, and at the tournament level. The length of games is roughly determined by the expanse of the playing area and the number of players involved – generally it takes 5 to 10 minutes before players make contact with an opposing player. Woodsball features large teams, in competition to obtain various goals and objectives


Scenario paintball is a type of paintball game in which players participate in a scenario, or story; and may include historical re-enactments, futuristic or video game simulations. Games tend to last in the range of hours or days, and may include a large group of players.

Each team must complete a series of missions to score points. These may be simple “capture the flag at this location” missions to elaborate missions involving props, multiple locations, interactive non-player characters and more.

To further enhance the theme of a game, field locations may be named for important story locations, and props of various sorts are added to the game. Players may don costumes specific to the theme, such as historic military uniforms or other costumes.


Speedball (`fast ball’) is a type of paintball based more on the speed and the additional movement that the other variants, reason why the games usually are faster. It developed from matches of paintball (or tourneyball ) that gambled in the fields of woodsball since the beginning of years 1980, but evolved gradually towards its own flat, artificial, well illuminated fields, with shining and comparativily smaller colors.

Although the majority of the present matches is of speedball, also he is popular between the occasional players, and the majority of the commercial facilities of paintball counts on separated zones or tracks under ceiling especially designed.