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Rules of the Paintball Game

Regulated games are overseen by referees, who patrol the course to ensure enforcement of the rules and the safety of the players. If a player is marked with paint, they will call them out, but competitors may also be expected to follow the honor code; a broken ball means elimination. There are game rules that can be enforced depending on the venue, in order to ensure safety, balance the fairness of the game or eliminate cheating.

  • Minimum distance - When being tagged, depending on the distance from where the shot was fired, getting marked can feel like a firm pinch. Being marked may even leave a welt. Because of the pain associated with being hit by a paintball, commercial venues may enforce a minimum distance rule, whereby players cannot shoot an opponent if they are closer than this distance. In our speedball field minimum shooting distance is 5 meters, should be observed while shooting the opponent player. If you get closer than 5 meters, then no firing will be allowed.
  • Wiping - Players may attempt to cheat by wiping paint from them selves, to pretend they were not hit and stay in the game. If you are shot on face mask or you can’t see while gaming, call the referee who will assist you. Any player found lifting his/her face mask or wiping paint from mask will be taken off from the field immediately.
  • Safety Mask or "goggles": Masks are safety devices players are required to wear at all times on the field during game play, to protect from paintballs. They completely cover the eyes, mouth, ears and nostrils of the wearer. At no stage can a player remove his/her face mask during the game.
  • Safety Lock: Outside the field the PAINTBALL markers should be put on the SAFE MODE and must be carried with the barrel pointing towards the ground. Barrel cover should always be ON outside the field.
  • The following people are not to be shot at, under any circumstances:
    • Any one who is not wearing a mask
    • Any one who is not playing the game
    • Any referee/marshal
    • Any one who is already “out”
    • Any spectators, birds or anima


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