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Supporting New Players And Teams - A Good Read
« on: 29 December 2010, 02:42:37 AM »
Taken from http://www.paintballx3.com/blogs/supporting-new-players-and-teams.html

So here's the scenario: You're relatively new to the sport of paintball. You and your friends are about to take the field at your local park and what do you see? More walk-on ‘ballers like yourself? Droves of camo-clad weekend warriors? Well, depending on the parks you're attending,  you may notice less and less of the street clothes-wearing walk-on players and thrift store camo cohorts that you're used to seeing, replaced by semi-official looking, similarly-clad members of newly-spawned teams.

Many players that are new to the sport see this as both intimidating and alluring. Seeing a wall of players all wearing the same gear and sporting a team logo is, psychologically, an intimidation factor. People see the "strength in numbers" and perceive the group as menacing, regardless of whether or not the team is up to any competitive level.

The influx of newly formed paintball teams is actually great for the sport and positive for the industry at large. Instead of scaring off potential players of the sport, we are seeing players band together sooner than ever before to start teams. Oftentimes, players who've only just purchased their gear are clamoring to jump in, mask first, to be a part of the action. However, as Yin must have its Yang, there is always a negative to consider.

How this is situation is positive:

First, it bolsters the sale of paintball gear and goods to its most fervent consumer, the rising newbie. We've all been there: you bought at least one or two "starter" and "step-up" guns, pairs of goggles, outfits, pod packs and hoppers- not to mention the seemingly endless cases of paint you went through to figure out which barrel setup would fire best on all of your markers! Paintball manufacturers generally make several levels of gear for the purchaser to try in order to find the equipment that works best for each individual player. It is very common for new players to quickly run up the proverbial gear ladder once they are hooked on playing.

Second, it allows for additional exposure of the sport to the still-skeptical public. It seems that, as it pertains to paintball, people either know or don't want to know. Many of the cynics out there have never played the game;  they only hear that it is "violent" and "warlike" and immediately shut off all possibilities of this sport being known as a teamwork-builder and a recreational release from the daily norm. Did I mention that it's fun too?  The more people that play and become faithful addicts before the spherical alter (like the rest of us), the more the public will understand that we are athletes and enthusiasts, not all a bunch of end-week army men.

Now, I'll play devil's advocate- here's how the situation can be negative:

First, players that are inexperienced overall may lack the understanding of, and responsibility to the written and unwritten rules of the game. It does take time and teaching to develop a team; but the development of a team will be further stunted if its members are not knowledgeable of the situations that don't always come up, or are less common such as field surrender rules and various equipment safety restrictions. These failings can, at best, cause the team penalties and at worst, cause physical harm to persons or property.

Second, is a concern from the team leader perspective. Novice players without a contingent of knowledgeable teammates to learn from do not advance or mature very fast as players. In fact, those without encouragement tend to stay in a short-sighted comfort zone of mediocrity.  A team at such a low maturity level is not likely to play well with others or enhance the playing experience for anyone on the opposing side. This can lead to a poor reputation for the entire team and any who endorse it.

How do we stay on the positive end of the spectrum?

We can embrace these new teams. Support their arrival on the scene as a chance for more competition. When asked for help or advice, give some. Loan out some gear to a new player and help to promote the betterment of the sport. Share your experience with guns and gear to the newer players and promote the stuff that works well. Let others run with your own team or group when they are new to a field or park and help them learn the layout. Give someone on the field a helping hand- you know, to make you feel better about stiffing that bum on the way to work this morning!

Help someone else have fun- you'll enjoy it! Because, whether you realize it or not, when we all have fun, we all win!

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Re: Supporting New Players And Teams - A Good Read
« Reply #1 on: 29 December 2010, 06:32:00 PM »
well said...

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Re: Supporting New Players And Teams - A Good Read
« Reply #2 on: 30 December 2010, 02:26:50 AM »
niceee...

It always helps. Competition, aggression and fear-induction on the fields in the games, and leave it in there, and make some good buddies with the same hobby. :D