Oct 30, 2008

Paintball, Hobby or Sport

Is paintball a hobby, or is it a sport? Sounds like a funny question coming from an avid paintballers, but the more people I talk to, who don’t play paintball, the more this question comes up.

To the people who play, there is no doubt that paintball is a sport. When you consider that there are more than 11 million players worldwide who also consider paintball a sport, how can the general public think of the game as a hobby?

Part of the confusion may arise from the definitions of each term from dictionary.com. A hobby is defined as an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation. Sport is defined as an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. According to the definitions, paintball is both.

Most people have their first experience with paintball at a birthday or bachelor party or corporate outing. The purpose of these paintball games would clearly fall within the definition of hobby - go out, shoot some paint, have some fun.

After playing a few times most people start getting a little more competitive, moving into speedball or competitive woodsball. Or, they just play walk on days at their local field.

Both types of game require quire skill and both are played for pleasure. Since the world champion Los Angles Ironmen and SPPL champion Smart Corp have full time jobs to pay the bills, including paying for paintball, the players must be doing it for pleasure. By the same token no one can argue that the members of either of these teams aren’t athletes.

Is paintball a hobby or a sport? Those of us, who play, at any level, know it is a sport. If others think paintball is a hobby that’s fine, as long as they come out and play, at least once, and see for themselves that paintball, unlike many other sports, can be whatever you want it to be.

When people realize that paintball is customizable to any participate at any skill level. That the game can be as competitive or relaxed as you want it to be, they to will see paintball like we do. A great sport, or hobby, or pastime that can be enjoyed by anyone.


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Oct 21, 2008

Tippmann & HammerHead

Tippmann Exclusive Distributor for HammerHead

We are pleased to announce that Tippmann Sports has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution program with HammerHead Paintball to sell and market their line of high-performance barrels. A formal press release will be going out shortly but I wanted to give you advance notice to this exciting relationship that will allow you to sell the most accurate paintball barrels in the game. All HammerHead barrels distributed by Tippmann are designed to fit and complement the look of Tippmann’s existing 98 Custom, X7 and A-5 markers.

In addition to the barrels listed below, Tippmann will be selling three Muzzle Breaks and five different Fins (Sizers) for 98 or A-5/X7 markers. The Straightline for the A-5/X7, Shark Tooth and Battle Stikxx Barrels will be available for shipment beginning October 27th. The Bang Stikxx, Straightline with 98 threads and all Muzzle Breaks will available the week of November 17th.
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Oct 15, 2008

Paintball = Terrorism

Does Paintballing = Terrorism ?!?!?!?

My entire life I have been told that physical activity is vital to development in young people and to overall health of everyone regardless of age.

Government websites state that physical activity helps maintain a healthy body weight, and is associated with positive self-esteem, greater self-efficacy, improved academic and cognitive performance, and greater perceived well-being. Physical activity helps reduce a number of risk factors for diseases such as coronary heart disease by setting positive habits early on in childhood and adolescence.

The last time I checked paintball is a great physical activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. So according to the government paintball is good, right?

No necessarily. I recently came across this article from the Globe and Mail here in Canada...


Globe and Mail - 28/09/2008
JAMES CLARK

Toronto -- When I was a teenager, I sometimes "cut doughnuts" in icy parking lots with my parents' car. Paintball was before my time, but I sometimes went camping in the winter and spent much of the time horsing around with my friends in the snow.....

Does this make me a terrorist? According to Canada's anti-terrorism laws, it seems the answer could be yes. In his ruling, Mr. Justice John Sprout argued that "engaging in activities such as paint-balling, physical exercise and rafting is by no means inconsistent with the existence of a terrorist group." If casting a wide net is our government's strategy to fight terrorism, then expect more guilty verdicts. But don't think it makes Canada a safer place.

You have to be kidding me. John Sprout is a judge, which means he is an educated man. I guess education and common sense are mutually exclusive.

To say "paint-balling is by no means inconsistent with the existence of a terrorist group" is akin to saying "consuming solid sustenance, defecating and breathing oxygen are not inconsistent with being a serial killer."

There are 11 million paintballers out there right now. There are more paintballers than some country's have people. According to Justice Sprout that would mean there are 11 million potential terrorists running around. Psssst... Hey Homeland Security.... If this is true your job just got a little harder.

Asinine statements like the one made by Justice Sprout go to show how little, he, and the general public really know about our sport. I am willing to bet if he put on the goggles and came out for a day he would change his, misinformed opinion.

It is up to you, and everyone out there who loves paintball, to educate people about our great sport. To let people know that paintballers aren't warmongering, ultra violent, terrorists, despite what Justice Sprout thinks. Paintballers are international brotherhood of people who have, positive self-esteem, greater self-efficacy, improved academic and cognitive performance, and greater perceived well-being because of outdoor physical activity.
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Oct 13, 2008

Congratulations Dawn and TJ

Tippinators reserve player Dawn Allcot and her husband TJ welcomed their baby daughter Ashley Lyn Allcot into the world on Sunday October 12th. Ashley was born at 10:04 pm and was 6 lbs., 4 oz., 19.5 inches.

The entire team wishes the best for Dawn and can't wait to see a few photos of the littlest Tippinator.
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Oct 5, 2008

Warriors in the Woods VIII

Warriors in the Woods VIII Breaks New Ground

The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming.

In a change from the previous seven Warriors in the Woods games, event organizer Eric Fisher of Banshee Paintball, decided to move away from the traditional World War II themed scenario game and move toward a Viking game?!?!

Warriors in the Woods VIII: Viking Battle of Gambit was played at Mersey Road Paintball, in East River, Nova Scotia on October 5th, 2008. The theme this time around was Vikings versus the Celts. Many of the 300 plus players who attended the game unaware of the theme change, where forced to get rid of their distinctive World War II German style helmets and A5's moded to look like Thompsons, in favor of horned helmets and battle axes.

"I thought the World War II theme had run it's course." Said organizer Eric Fisher. "This time around we decided to go with something completely different. The kids here seem to like it."

The Tippinators played on the side of the Viking invaders. Poised from the onset to crush the vile Celtic dogs and bring honor to the Northmen, or something along those lines.


The rule set and objectives were much simpler for this event. Each team had a flag at their end of the field. The goal was to fight your way through and capture the other team's flag.

The one twist in this edition of the game, in keeping with the ancient theme, was the inclusion of shields. Players were allowed to carry a personal shield, no larger than 32 inches across throughout the game. Shield hits did not count for eliminations so groups of players could link shields and form a mobile bunker system.

The shields gave the younger less experienced players an opportunity to move through the hail of paintballs, and emboldened the veterans to make spectacular run throughs on shielded players to break the stagnating lines.

As at previous Warriors games, the final outcome was decided in the fading minutes of the game. The Celts made a heroic charge through the Viking lines to secure the flag and final victory.

Plans are underway for Warriors in the Woods IX. No details have been released for the spring 2009 game, but whatever Fisher has up his sleeve, it should be a good one.
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