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Paintball, a game first played in 1981, has become one of the world’s most exciting outdoor team sports. Paintball is played by two rival teams on a field with various goals depending on the game played. The path to ‘victory’ is made by shooting at the opposing team with paintballs – tiny mock bullets filled with bright paint – using a paintball gun, which uses CO2 gas as a propellant. Once a paintball hits an opponent it breaks and marks him/her with the paint which then means that the hit participant is out of the game and is forced to leave the field. The game is won when a team fulfills the objective of the game – which can be the successful capture and return of the opposition’s flag, elimination of the other team or taking over their area – mentioned are just a few of the many other types of games. This can be played in an indoor field or – what is usually the case – an outdoor field. Depending on the country your playing in settings differ, preferred however, is an area in which players can easily camouflage themselves. Portable fields are quickly gaining popularity as they can easily be set up and have the advantage of protection from harsh weather conditions depending on the type of field – covered or open. A time limit is allocated to games, which doesn’t usually exceed half an hour, during which players are equipped with paintballs, guns and protection (it may depend on the type of game being played). They then play out a strategy that is designed to mark out the opponents and secure their objective. Paintball – just like any other sport, is fun, relieves stress and exercises participants. The game requires team work and every player is essential to the team’s chances of success.
The main requirements for setting one up includes staff that have experience in such dealings or know how to work such an operation and how to take care of daily events, a good game site – weather and animals along with residences nearby have to be taken into consideration and the equipment being used should not be faulty as, if a paintball gun were to go off on a person less than a foot away major injuries can take place. A paintball game business collects fees for the use of its facility, rents equipment for the play of the game and sells the paintballs and CO2 gas necessary to make the paintball marker do its thing. In 1. a Persuades nutshell, its customers the to paintball play business: Advertising
2. Needs to have a procedure that customers are required to go through by the staff All fees need to be collected Going through and checking waivers Making sure any equipment brought by the customer for game play is safe and isn’t damaged Making sure all equipment rented is noted and forms are filled (this doesn’t apply to all businesses, as some rent the equipment as part of the fee and thus they are not required to fill out forms, they should however take note of any equipment provided and make sure they are returned and are not damaged) Giving customers an introduction recounting What their schedule for the day is (this depends on the type of customer, as in whether or not they have their own schedule (a booked appointment for say, an hour) or they are there for a
program set by the business – programs are not a necessary requirement in the businesses but may attract more customers) What the types of games there are (if they don’t know and have to choose the type they are playing) The rules of the game and safety procedures How to use the equipment and the safety precautions to be followed while using them Give out equipment that is up to or above the standards set by the government or governing bodies
The business should have any upgrades the customer may want to rent such as higher quality equipment or equipment with more features (guns) They should be able to sell paintballs and equipment 3. Conducts games 4. Has vending machines for light snacks (This is optional but is recommended) 5. The business may provide lunch or a lunch break for themselves and their customers by arranging bookings or games around it (optional) 6. Selling additional paintballs and CO2 for customers if they require more mid play or when needed 7. Takes care of customer’s equipment and clean up needs (during a break between games they may want their jumpsuit, goggles or gun cleaned or changed) 8. Needs to check on their equipment on a daily basis for any flaws 9. Every night their equipment should be counted, cleaned and put away. Along with cleaning the equipment their office, grounds, equipment shed and front desk should be cleaned.
Features of the game site or the grounds of the business
The paintball game site should have the following attributes. (1) The location should be accessible (2) There should be parking available (3) 2-3 playing fields (4) The check in, concession, CO2 fill up station and equipment area may be at the same desk. If otherwise, for checking in there should be a table (optional but is recommended) The concession area, if a vending machine can be right next to the check in desk or near the field for easy access for the customers. The equipment area can be a desk with shelves behind it to sport the goods and for easy viewing. This can be next to the check in area for instant access. The CO2 fill up station should once again be an arrangement with counters or a table It is often so, that there is one desk for all four as it saves on space (5) There should a storage area that can be locked. (6) There should be a section assigned for staging and cleaning up (7) The field should be divided, one section for game play and the other for target shooting (8) A timer can be set up at the fields to remind players of how much time they have left – this is optional (9) Preferably next to the field should be an area designated for the team to have their lunch or just to even pass time if the field is occupied. (10) Trashcans (11) Rule boards, safety signs and directional marks (12) Rest rooms (13) Electricity, lights, barbeque stands, dumpsters and speed ball courts are optional
A revenue centre is a division that generates income through sale of goods or services. The paint ball business can be a good revenue centre if run correctly. Many paintball game businesses are started through rich players that want a place where they can drop by with their friends and play without any beginning hassles.
It’s the same as opening a spa just so you can go and pamper yourself for free; it ruins the business as you don’t have goals for the business to run profitably set, you’re making it to suit your needs. The same goes for paintball. In order to run a paintball business successfully, your main motive should be profit making. This helps in keeping costs low and drives you to find out what it is the market is seeking. It also encourages new and improved games and equipment due to competition. If your starting the game just to increase on your self-worth, you should change your priorities as this has a higher probability of your business going into a loss – which will cancel out the driving reason as it will end up bursting your ego bubble rather than blowing it. In paintball your main revenue centers will be from game fees, paintball sales, CO2, vending machines, air refills, equipment upgrades, equipment repairs, group lessons, promotional items and depending on your contacts and if you’re willing to you can even sell in wholesale to smaller businesses in your vicinity. Your main revenue centers. Game fees This will differ from the type of game being played to the type of field being used to the number of participants. It could be charged per single individuals, pairs or a party depending on the type of packages you offer. Game fees on average may vary anywhere from 60 DHS to 300 DHS. Paintballs Paint being a consumable product makes the costs a spending variable depending on the player. Your main concern is to maximize use of paintballs. It’s common for customers to use 250 – 3000 paintballs in a day. Your gross profit can stand from 60% - 75% of your selling price.
CO2 tanks are an inexpensive purchase for a game operative. Buying these in bulk provides a large margin for your business. CO2 sales may generate a minimum of 500% mark up over your cost if distributed properly at the right prices. In the Middle East you can easily find whole sale cylinders from 20 kg – 40 kg that you can easily distribute into various 9, 12, 16, 20 or 24 ounce cylinders.
Energy drinks, soda, sandwiches, crisps and other such quick picnic foods are cheap on wholesale and large on demand.
In many areas fans of a particular business are willing to buy their promotional items, namely key chains and t-shirts with the company’s logo with a catchy phrase, one such for a paintball game business may be ‘Survived being shot’ on a backdrop of a paintball splat with your company’s logo (make sure to mention it’s a paintballing themed shirt to avoid misunderstandings – to make sure of this you could add a picture of a paintball gun at the back)
Selling equipment may bring in a large amount of revenue but a major drawback is storage costs and trying to sell equipment to customers who come to play a game as it is likely they will be acting
Not only is paintball gaining recognition internationally. thus lack of knowledge doesn’t have to be worried about in your locality (in some cases). the first tournament was held. Tutorials This can bring in large amounts of revenue as all this needs apart from equipment which is already in hand is a professional instructor. it’s also a business that’s cheap and easy to set up. There are many opportunities for investors and interested entrepreneurs to prosper. when three gentlemen. It has a history of being unpredictable. you are now just another place to skate. Your competitors have already introduced paintball to the market. paintball fields began to appear in England and Canada. saw the first indoor paintball field.000. 1984. It was then that the operators noticed that there wasn’t a sense of longevity and started to shapen things up into even grounds and made it mandatory to have safety gear while playing. The first recreational paintball field opened up in 1982. Paintball is a business which can benefit from competitors (to a certain extent). Paintball is an industry that is making a steady climb. will have already tempted potential customers to try their hand at the sport. Competitors should not worry you. It would be profitable for the business to offer repairs or upgrades to the customer’s existing products and then offer better paintballing gear. the National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) was founded and began hosting highly-publicized tournaments offering . Paintballing having just recently become international.4 on impulse if they decide to buy it. This soon led to a twinkle of an idea. What you are is technically ‘another ice rink’. By providing paintball in a different area. In 1983. This also helps in diversifying your business and helps get rid of excess stock which reduces storage costs. In 1992. In the late 80s. rough and on coarse grounds. Paintball today At the start The origins of paintball can be traced back to the 1970’s. Your competitors. Paintball is a sport that keeps attracting customers. with a grand prize of $14. Hayes and Charles. Whole sale Selling to other paintballing businesses not only helps with creating contacts but also allows you to gain a greater discount for you self as you’re buying in bulk. By 1991. if they have done a good marketing job. you attract new customers. were discussing survival in the woods. 1981 by 12 players including Bob. fields were opening throughout Europe. however they may not only be hard to find but they may ask for a higher salary. its possibilities for future growth are endless. Potential for improvement is endless. Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines. The next year. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Bob Gurnsey. It was through these thoughts that paintball is what it is today and may come to change in to future. or you may have learnt on your competitor’s mistakes and improved on your location and equipment. By opening a new place they may come to you instead as you may be closer. The first paintball game was played in New Hampshire in June. they decided to use tree marking paint guns (Forest Service marking guns) to test their survival skills against each other.
Dedicated paintball masks had not yet been created. It was during the time of 1981 and 1983 that rival manufacturers such as Pursuit Marketing. held only ten rounds. Early business operators had problems with liability insurance among other things. Some ran without it. (PMI) and Benjamin Sheridan Air rifles entered the market that the game started to take off and gain popularity. shooting was rare and games lasted for hours. they sprayed it with black paint for it to be considered ‘clean’ and ready for the next game. Soon. safety wasn’t taken into much consideration. paintball began to be known as ‘The Survival Game’ and franchises soon started opening up paintball sites over the country. The franchising fees were humble. so players wore shop glasses that left the rest of their faces exposed." . paintball fields and tournaments were being established and hosted all around the world. It was then the revolution of sports had begun. Despite this. which was in fact used to mark trees and cattle. Inc. then replaced the 12-gram cartridges with larger air tanks. Inc. As players had a limited number or shots. The paint used in paintballs back then was filled with acrylic paint which left a stain. Instead of being able to be wiped off after every game as we are able to do now. Bob entered a contract with Nelson Paint Company to be the sole distributor of their paintball equipment. commonly referred to as "constant air". After it was over. The paintball marker used originally was called a Nelspot. The ones that were resistant and didn’t break were considered safe to use. some lay the groundwork with insurance companies that weren’t too familiar with the game and the workings and a few lucky ones found companies that that were willing to write their liability policies and carried on protected from game liability risk. These innovations were followed by gravity feed hoppers and 45-degree elbows to facilitate loading from the hopper.Hayes Neal. One of the founding fathers of paintball. The National Survival Game. Goggles were bought randomly off of hardware stores and were propped on logs and shot pointblank.5 hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. In the beginning years of paintball. but the company support was feeble. "turpentine parties" were common after a day of play. we just knew we had stumbled upon something great. because of his monopoly he received profits within the first six months of operation. The markers or paintball guns were cleaned with turpentine. It was Bob Gurney who pulled the game forward and turned it into a company. "A friend of ours found a gun in an agricultural catalog that was used by cattlemen to march cows. The first paintballs were oil-based and thus not water soluble. By 1996. and had to be tilted to roll the ball into the chamber and then re-cocked after each shot. . They used 12-gram CO2 cartridges. Paintball technology gradually developed as manufacturers added a front-mounted pump in order to make re-cocking easier. It wasn't long afterward that we bought two of these things and had ourselves a little duel.
the main drawback was that despite providing paintballs around the world. Heck. . they inquired as to what they were calling the sport. A few called it a strategic adventure game. However. Paintball now gained its individuality and its status began to grow as a sport. wrote relevant reviews and covered the field on a regular basis. the trade was still growing and was a mess of entrepreneurs going their own ways. RP Scherer soon opened factories on every continent making it easily available worldwide. however businesses were forced to buy their paintballs in excessive quantities that wasn’t required and would be able to last them for months or even years. thus making it the same as going to Alaska and selling polo saddles. ‘paintball’ stuck. Despite different versions of the game around the world.’ Skirmish The next issue of the magazine sported the game calling it ‘Paintball’. they weren’t doing any marketing. The speed wasn’t of much concern back then except for the customers who wanted markers that shot the hardest. IT provided California with game tactics. pursuit game or even action pursuit game. Before RP Scherer. Soon PMI started buying RP Scherer’s bulk quantities and distributed them to firms in smaller amounts at reasonable prices. Paintball operators had to do their own informative advertising by entering these new markets. The most well known ‘name’ was War Games that was often used by the media and was the most familiar with the public. ‘A game with a peach basket became basketball and a game with bases became baseball. By 1985 a magazine was formed once a few sites popped up around southern California that appeared to be doing well. Once RP Scherer entered the market the price reduced marginally making it more affordable to play. This was a breakthrough for the paintball industry as it changed the way the game was played. Some time towards the end of 1985 the magazine staff visited Skirmish. By this point. charging customers 25 cents per ball. even a game where you tie a rope to a ball and secure it to a pole became tetherball.6 Back then it wasn’t known how fast or how hard the pellets were being shot but it was noted that they hit harder in warm weather. During the interview and game play. In 1984. Paintball is the way to go. provided local paintball business with a place to advertise. customers had to buy their paintballs from Nelson Paint Company which was costly. Skirmish was obstinate on not calling it ‘War Game’. it also helped in reducing costs as new clothing wasn’t required as often and paintball operators didn’t require black spray paint anymore. RP Scherer Company was filling pellets with a non-staining colored liquid that was environmentally safe and biodegradable. An official name for the sport hadn’t been decided on as of yet. The Survival Game was a name solely used by it franchise.
what we’re really concerned with is how paintball fares today. Double-layered or "thermal" lenses are also available. Paintball is an industry that had gone through various corrections. In the present day.the European Paintball Series . These lenses are much less prone to fogging. Forums around the internet are in excess discussing various paintball tactics and many paintball tournaments are being held around the world. The lenses are designed to protect against paintballs traveling up to 300 feet per second. public acceptance of the sport has soared. Previous problems such as consumers not having enough exposure to the sport. the game would surely have gone extinct. Paintball is making constant appearances in movies. Some masks even feature throat guards. Now more than individual’s families have added it to their activities. The paintball propellant has moved from 20 shot. Paintball is an official sport that’s playing in its own league. showing us how far paintball has progressed as a global sport. it would have long since died out. It’s played on every continent except for Antarctica and the name paintball is already a part of most dictionaries.7 The marker has evolved into something completely different from what it started out from in the eighty’s. The exterior of the thermal lenses (or the lenses. 2010. With the new safer equipment and laws passed. changes and developments. Ever since ESPN broadcasted paintball through television. Paintball firms are lucky for the changes that have been made in the equipment and rules. A station called pigtv aka paintball television opened in 1997. 12 gram enerjet CO2 to 1000 shot CO2 tanks. The masks completely cover the eyes. in non-thermal masks) is usually made of Polycarbonate. it being called a ‘war game’ and liability insurance is no longer an issue.which is the oldest. mouth. The Palm paintball league Middle East holds yearly tournaments that in 2009. Such exposure has increased business for firms in the industry and has enabled paintball to become one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Paintball rather than having reached its peak is still climbing steadily with the number of participants increasing annually. Many companies (coca cola as an example) are using paintball as a field activity to help increase team work and strategic thinking. has been broadcasting anything and everything on paintball ever since. The speed and velocity of a paintball shot is recorded. to pump cocking to using CO2 gas. It has moved from bolt knob cocking. regulated nitrogen and compressed air is taking over previous demands. whose sales go over the 60 million ball count. ears and nostrils of a person. The publicity paintball has been receiving has created a positive image. for if nothing had been done. Millennium Series . sets the rules of the sport and runs the sport worldwide. paintball has safely entered the 21st century. music videos and many other magazines. In 2007 people started a request forum to ask ESPN for Paintball coverage for the 2007 season. If the sport still held the standards of its past. Despite the obstacles the sport has faced in the past. The Middle East has accepted paintball . a major series event has sold out 6 weeks prior to the starting date’ 26 of August. making it a common household word. On its main news website it stated ‘For the first time in 2010. largest and the most powerful paintball series in the world. It stands today as a 200 million enterprise worldwide.
Keep in mind you can buy a portable field with a roof covering to shield the sun. Liability insurance can easily be found across the Middle East with well known companies. but that isn’t the case. neighborhoods) or there aren’t any animals in the vicinity that may get harmed. Throughout its course in time. What are you looking for? As mentioned in ‘Game Site Features’. Insurance companies wouldn’t come near it if they hadn’t the chance of making money and paintball was filled with clients that were injured often. number of people participating and terrain. Environment As the Middle East’s weather generally tends to be really hot. it’s the same with overly large fields. Paintball has become something of a pastime for family and friends and is expected to grow all the more as time progresses. It may appear to be that many rural areas are suitable. Now that insurance companies are in favor of paintball. easy access and generous parking space. This will help save time. despite its stereotyped image of being dangerous has actually proved to be safer than many sports – even tennis. It should be taken into consideration that. Having your own paintball business has never been easier. finding a site for your business is of utmost priority. Securing an appropriate location Locating a site If you don’t own 10 – 100 acres of empty land in a well zoned area. You can check with government bodies that are in charge of zoning and find out on which lands you can start a paintball field. This can be an advantage the operator as he can create maximum customer satisfaction through arranging the field in a manner . your ideal field should have at least 2 playing fields. This is the basis and one of the most important parts of starting your paintball business that will determine half your popularity and sales. even if a small field may not be as fun. The Middle East has many paintball fields scattered around their cities and many are prospering the business they are receiving. As the terrain here tends to be flat with minimal natural covering. it goes to show how safe it really has become. You will at first need to make sure there aren’t any neighborhoods too close by that may be disturbed by all the noise. it hasn’t been troubled by lawsuits and injuries – any that do occur is because of not following the rules. locating in a place that has a cool breeze would be preferred. Trekking 300 yards to look for someone may drag the game on endlessly and will cause players to tire. the types of games that are going to be played. operators are required to build their own obstacles. this will be discussed later on.8 with a roar and is participating in the various tournaments. costs and any future fines that may occur due to starting a paintball field on the wrong zone. Thus customer awareness is not a problem. The required size of the field can be uncertain as it depends on the locality. Paintball. You will need to get government permission and ascertain the location isn’t zoned for anything specific (mining.
you will need to either look for a lawyer or if you already have one. thus they will be likely to play for longer providing more business for the operator. you’ll keep the area clean. If a property that you’re interested in for renting is for sale. You will also have to get all the required licenses and permissions from government officials. trimmed and with no problems. Describe your intentions honestly and in a positive manner. don’t be discouraged as you may be able to call the owner directly.9 that helps the games being played. The owner will be interested in two things in particular. Be polite and inquire about the size. If you do not have an insurance policy in effect. Remain thankful and appreciative. The flat surface that is common in the Middle East would help players as they won’t tire as easily running up and down hills. Many spaces have been on the market for long periods of time. He will want to make sure. reassure the proprietor that any agreement for the property use will be dependent on your ability to provide a minimum sum of money that’s worth liability insurance coverage for the landowner. what will next determine his decision is the amount he receives. price and make sure they are aware you haven’t trespassed but are showing interest in the property from what you’ve seen. ask him and a real estate agent for advice. you will have to talk to the owner to discuss. buy or pay a percentage of your gross revenue for your land use. He will be interested in the revenue he will make and if your insurance money will protect him from any liabilities. Make sure you were professional and polite. When you contact the owner. Once a spot has been found. keep in mind that you’re the one in need. If you already have a paintball field and have a strong . Approaching the landlord You will need to confirm with the landlord if you can use the space for paintballing and if he has any conditions. they may be willing to rent it out to you as they get additional income and will remove it from the market once rented out. lease. You require the insurance company to send verification of the policy before any game participation takes place. You will need an accurate description of your insurance policy and be aware of what the liability coverage limits for your field is. the state you will keep the land in and the money he will make. Money sense If the proprietor is satisfied with your insurance plan and your dedication. or if you have to apply for anything. Landlords are known to change their mind about offers they have turned down if the impression left is positive. Talk to them about what you’re planning to do and what changes you will make. lease. This may be discussed after you have viewed the property and find out if the property use is fulltime or on a part time basis. Offer to leave your name and phone number with them in case they change their mind or come across someone with property to lease. Future operators should be warned that sand (aplenty in the Middle East) can damage your equipment and will need to be handled with special equipment. If finance is not a problem but you still aren’t too sure if it will be successful.
Tell him about how much business you realistically expect within the first month and about how much time and money you’re going to spend in order to uphold the image of a professional business. you’re aware of what exact percentage of your revenue you make. If you tell him of how high your expectations are and about how you expect over a 100 turnover per day. By offering your landowner a percentage of your revenue. Keep in mind. It would be best to avoid gross revenue as this is the amount you have left after removing all other costs (maintenance. Per use This method requires for you to pay only when you have business. By agreeing on a fixed amount of money every month. advertising and so forth).You have a variety of choices of paying the landlord that can be considered. as this is easier to track. Per person This method reduces on risk by quite a lot.As a word of caution. Your goal is to pay as little as possible. rather than having it vary every month. you won’t have to give a larger sum when business is running profitably. make sure you specify from which area the revenue percentage is being taken from. You can accordingly plan out your schedule for when to run the business and arrange bookings on the same day. Net profit sharing benefits you. sharing your profits and not your total sales. Gross profit sharing This arrangement may be preferred by the land owner and is a fair deal for both parties for a long term relationship. As a warning you may want to be careful with this method as you may let your friends and family play which may total up to just about as much as the paying customers thus paying your land lord a higher amount of your collected fees (to make up for the players that don’t pay) Revenue Percentage Through this system.10 player base then you would know the amount you can afford to offer. Various options of negotiating an agreement with your landlord are available. you only have a ‘rent factor’ when you have business. you’re able to keep your costs fixed on a percentage basis. If this is not the case and you are new to the field. you will need to alter his perception to suit yours. As with per-use and per-person. though this may be hard to pay in the beginning months when your business is just taking off. Net revenue sharing gives a percentage to the landlord after costs are out. If you find it necessary to pay a percentage of your gross revenue try to limit it to your game fees. he will sense how important the land is to you and how much more he can charge. You basically pay the landlord a fixed cost per each person that plays. thus saving on costs when you don’t. then it may be hard for you to determine what you can manage to pay for as you’re testing a new market. He’s basically. Keep it low. Though it is uncertain if your landlord will go for this arrangement as it allows you to with many ways to . the landowner’s image of the business is what you have offered – unless he has offered land to other paintball businesses.
The methods mentioned above are just a few of the many other payment methods. Indoor fields vs.etc). You may find a common ground that both of you agree on but legal guidance would be strongly recommended. You can plan out any long term arrangements that may be required for your business accordingly. cause you to not be able to use the property for you intended business. which is the case with a per person or percentage arrangement. The closer you are to the main city or to moving traffic the higher the rent. the size may cause a difference of price between the two as well (refer to previous point). once your business picks up. A lease is a document that grants you use of a property given a certain time period for an agreed regular sum of money. this may allow you to run your business at zero profit and still take home a pay check.. giving you a chance to develop your business within the stability of your location. if given the right terms and if fairly played. The economic climate The area where your field is located in is of utmost importance.11 adjust your profit. not only will you have an existing fan base. is likely to have a low rent. the playing field tends to be larger and oftentimes it is preferred by players. You can build any needed parts (buildings. you or your corporation will be held responsible for the lease payments. By signing the lease it gives you a sense of permanence. . Fixed monthly rental This is beneficial for you in the long run. The larger the area the more expensive it tends to be. However indoor fields can be beneficial to the business as well as it guards against harsh weather conditions. or other factors beyond your control. it may depend on which region you live in. Rent The amount of your rent is decided on by a number of variables. if your business were to fail. As the rent is fixed on a monthly basis you don’t have to worry about giving too much up when sales rise. how many people can it hold. an area in the desert where there are no passerby’s. If the day comes where you wish to sell your business. Size Another running factor is the size of the area. The benefits if a long-term lease outweigh any of the negative. However it also leaves you liable. a. obstacles. The methods mentioned above can all work. b. Similarly. You should specify appropriate incidents in the lease that may allow you a way out if the location changes. This will cause your business deal to fail In the long run and will cause bad feelings between both parties. and equipment but also an established location. outdoor Many a time’s outdoor fields are more expensive as they can be modified to as how the operator requires it to be. it isn’t always the case that outdoor fields are cheaper. c.. you may give yourself a salary and argue it as a legitimate expense. it would mean you have the property for a stated period of time. It may be essential to agree on a given time period. Your business will have a higher value if the buyer has a sense of permanence in your location.
You should talk to your landlord about this and decide on a designated period of time that isn’t too long for customers to think this is your best foot forward. You can suggest various types of agreements with your landlord. This area should be close to the washrooms. pricings and rules) You will need to consider the parking of the area and make the staging area easily accessible. or set up a temporary site with removable tents and tables or you can take your landlord to another paintball field to see how things are run. You need to find a middle ground where you can show your landlord that your business may go slow in the first few months but it will pick up and gain profitability. collect fees. It’s the area where you process your customers. This may get the landowner caught up in the heat of the moment and accept your offer. It would be convenient to rent your equipment from the same area as it won’t be as confusing for customers and everything is close by. You should consult your landowner on how he thinks the site should be set up and what he thinks will he would do. changing rooms (if they are separate units) and far enough from the playing fields so that there isn’t a danger of being hit by stray bullets.12 Land lords oftentimes want their land to be profitable and of good name. purchase food and beverages and get their equipment cleaned. First impressions last. Area arrangement The staging area The staging area is the core from which all paintball activities begin. Make sure your there with him when he goes to another field as you can point out the good points as he may be only looking for the bad points which may damage his property. If this is the case you may not want to commit yourself to many structures being built or starting all the operations out. This will also help with making sure your facility doesn’t appear to be empty – which can be a turn off for potential customers. However if you oversell the businesses likely profitability with delusions of grandeur the land lord may expect a higher rent so to match your expectations. You don’t need to do these things but you can take them into consideration. Once the time limit is up and your landlord is happy to provide a long-term lease. Many landlords may want to see your business in play before tying down to a long-term agreement. issue equipment and so on. you can have an agreement to have rental increases after a certain length of time or once volume increases to a certain level. . When starting out if you don’t already have a customer base one table should be enough. buy more paintballs. This area is also used to refill air tanks. The staging area should be well signed (warnings. you may then set out your business completely. If you arrange a meeting with a landlord to discuss future leasing and you undermine your ambition and your businesses likely productivity in hopes of a low rent. your landlord may be put off and may not be quite as willing to go ahead with your proposal. It’s the first thing your customers experience about your facility. With these points in mind. you can either move onto a different site. There should be counters or tables for the customer to fill out forms and paperwork.
Your target area should be able to hold at least 5 shooters.13 You will need to make sure there is room for expansion. however as the winter tends to be very pleasant if you do install a shade. Due to the variation of temperature. this is cheap. some game sites have dropped to 290 ft/sec while tournaments allow a 350 ft/sec or more. wood). sign in and equipment maintenance in one area. You also gain business through the sales of CO2 and paintballs. This will help keep a standard and won’t bruise anyone with a gun that’s shooting too hard. If placing a table. on hot days guns powered by CO2 will shoot with a harder force while softer in the winter. You can have a table or a barrier from which the customers can stand behind of and shoot. Sitting area Having an area for lunch with benches and tables is optional. It would be wise to have your targets in various shapes and sizes. Get creative. Target site Close to your staging area should be your target area. but also helps keep the number of staff low. meet up with other players or have lunch. The material can be meddled with as the sounds the paintballs make differ with what it is they hit (metal. If you do provide this area. The higher the pressure the harder the ball will shoot at and vice versa. This area should be kept a safe distance from where stray paintballs can hit and should have safety signs (barrel covers) put up. This area should be sealed off (preferably with a net. The pressure of the stored CO2 determines the speed or how hard the paintball will shoot at. having a shade is recommended. . Customers renting equipment can use the target area to get accustomed to the equipment or to learn how to shoot or to improve their aim while customers with their own equipment can use the target area to practice and/or adjust their guns. you should have one that can easily be removed. As the Middle East tends to be very hot. which you can provide at a fee. CO2 tends to be the preferred gas used to propel the paintball. The gas is very temperature sensitive. You need to make sure if business picks up you can add in another counter if you think the current one won’t hold well for crowds. it not only saves on space. strong and effective) signs should be put up to show the requirement of goggles to be worn and any other house rules (safety and target). approximately 220 MPH. It’s important to have a chronograph (an instrument that measures the velocity of the paintball when it is shot out of the marker) on the field available for customer and staff use. The maximum field velocity for outdoor paintball is 300 ft/sec. players can use it to lay their paintballs and any other items. The target area is essential to a business as customers may use many paintballs at a time here. it can be used to rest between breaks. You can hold contests that can not only get more players in but if the prize is a free entry. a chronograph should be used to measure the velocity and make sure it’s being kept at a standard. By having the rental. future play is promoted. paper. All paintball markers should be checked before they are permitted on the field.
If there is an area that is unsafe having your field there is a no-no. You can use paintball bunkers which can be set up easily. Playing area This is the area where you can let your imagination run wild and lay out your obstacles in any manner you want (keeping it to what the consumers need and/or want is of utmost priority). Parking The whole point of a paintball field is for people to come and play. Instead of paying for pipes and other obstacles for your field you should look at scrap yards where many of these things are lying around and you can get them at virtually no cost what so ever. Make sure the area you are setting up your field in doesn’t have any animal life that can be harmed or can harm players (camels. You should have two different areas for males and females. You may need some licenses as well. If you want to build a really big field with forts and bridges. If you do have your changing room and washroom in the same compartment you can have the washroom in one corner and the changing area directly opposite with a bench between the two or you can use the washroom as a changing room if customers aren’t concerned with convenience.14 Changing rooms and washrooms As is the case with most paintball fields around the Middle East. The field. you will need to have an architect or some on qualified to have a look at your plans before you build them. boundaries and an entry and exit. When a player has been marked ‘out’ the referee should easily be able to send him or her of the field in a prearranged direction. you should check every spot on it making sure there isn’t any glass. thought the same entrance can be used for an exit. You should make sure the field being played on has nothing that can hurt players or affect their game. If your having your field on plain ground with no plant life and are going to cover the ground with a carpeting. Before starting laying out your field. scorpions and so forth). any sharp objects that can be harmful. which may not be possible if the area is not accessible. it is recommended to paint the outer cover of them to give a specialized feel. then make sure nothing can grow underneath it and there isn’t anything lying around before you cover the ground. You may also use old tires and stack them up. otherwise you will need stuff to act as a cover and a support for players. . Make sure they are tied securely and don’t have any bits that can hurt people. The arrangement of the field is up to your own preference. the washroom and the changing room are in the same room. You need an area which has plenty of parking and has a road which is smooth enough for any car to easily make it through without any worry of getting damaged or stuck. these not only help reduce the chance of getting hurt if bumped into but make your field look more professional. If you’re lucky enough to find a place in the Middle East which provides natural obstacles you won’t need to do much. trash or plant life that may hurt anyone. no matter how you design it should have flag stations.
com. There should be signs put up as reminders. After it’s in place you just need to know how to operate the blower which will blow it up for you. players should be informed and told how to leave the field if marked out. It also allows people outside to look at the games going on (if players come with friends who aren’t playing.15 Portable fields (optional) These fields can easily be found with paintball suppliers or you can purchase them at dubaipaintball. This area between the wires should act as a ‘no man’s land’ making sure there is no one between it that may accidently get hit by stray bullets. It would be advisable to arrange obstacles in a manner that suits almost all the games that are to be played but especially the ones that are most commonly played such as ‘capture the flag’. If you are operating a closed field. Speedball This game. Entry and exit Before being allowed to enter the field players should be checked to make sure masks are on. The obstacles placed should be easily movable if this has to take place. This is so viewers aren’t hit by paintballs. as the net suggests is fast paced and requires a lot of running and sliding. This court is a rectangle and is just a bit bigger than a tennis court. The main characteristic of the field is both sides of the field being symmetrical. It usually takes 6-7 people to bring it in but that’s just for the set up. preferably with a wired netted wall (at least 20ft high). Boundaries IF you are operating an open field. There are usually two types – one is covered with netting and one is fully covered. When purchasing the field they usually come in two parts which are joined with Velcro down the middle to create on big field. you will need to put up a red tape around the area that restricts players from going beyond it. You should make sure the height is high enough to make sure people outside the field don’t get hit. About 30-40 ft away should be a green tape circling there’d tape restricting passersby from going beyond it. tires) but with two sides being identical (the sides the two teams are on). There should be signs up warning people that a paintball game is in progress. The time taken will vary from the type of field you have. Game arrangement There may be different arrangements the field has to be in for various games. guns are working and barrel covers are being used appropriately. The field is filled with various obstacles (bunkers. If the exit is separate from the entry. These are usually preferred to other fields as they can be moved around easily or packed up in case of a location change. The court is sealed off. . you will need to border your field with a netted wall that’s at least 20 ft high. The netting is usually preferred as it lets the air in and doesn’t give a suffocated feel. When a player leaves the field they should be informed to keep masks on if there is a chance of being hit by stray bullets and his barrel cover should be in use. they can’t stand outside and still be able to see what’s happening.
The amount one loader can carry depends on the make and design. . Make sure your customers don’t overload the feeder as if its stuffed the paintballs may jam together and won’t fall through. You may need to do some research on how to handle it safely as CO2 is compressed gas and is temperature sensitive. This can usually last a player through most of the day. Make sure there is a list of rules and regulations put up that players can easily spot. Make sure the lens can withstand paintballs at least up to 300ft/sec. the paintballs won’t hit them but they break on impact and the paint may spray on them through the net. Others It’s important to have warning signs put up as people may often times come into areas they may get hit. Paintball goggles (rental) Paintball goggles are a very important part of your protective gear as your eyes if shot at may cause permanent damage. They prevent any accidental shots from hitting anyone.16 It would be wise to have a tape slightly away from the net so that spectators don’t press themselves against the wall. barrel covers and plugs are easier to spot making it easy for your field’s staff to make sure all guns are safely covered. Barrel covers are usually preferred as their easier and faster to use. These arm bands are elastic and are worn on the left arm. you should go through them with them before play begins. Paintball goggles are basically a single goggle lens for eye protection attached to a plastic cover that protects your face and ears. the brighter the better as it’s easier to spot. Barrel Plugs or Covers (rental) Barrel plugs or Covers are absolutely necessary. They come in bright colors. It would be best to take masks whose foam doesn’t absorb the moisture from the players face as this isn’t only hygienically approved but makes cleaning easier. Paintball loaders or hoppers (rental) A paintball loader is an instrument that is attached to your marker. These tanks come in various capacities 9 ounces being the standard. making it hard to know who is in your group. the elastic ensures that it stays on by fitting itself around your arm. Paintball Equipment Required Playing equipment Arm bands (rental) While playing paintball it’s hard differentiating between teams. there’s usually foam lining the inside of the mask for internal protection and comfort. this is basically your guns feeder. The ends are joined together with Velcro. CO2 tanks (rental) Paintball markers need CO2 tanks in order to work. Many paintball markers have a trigger safety button but it isn’t recommended to count on them in case they don’t work.
semi automatic and fully automatic. Baggies These are plastic bags that are used to sell items. Keep in mind the next time the customer comes he may bring along a different group of friends. It will also help players easily be able to spot staff if anything is needed. Bright Colored Vests or Shirts Having your staff dress in bright colors will reduce the chance of them getting hit by wayward shots. The standard air horns can be used for about three to four weeks depending on use. The CO2 air horns are refillable and recommended as it saves on having to buy a new one every month. pump action (hardly used these days). at the staging area and at the target area. Playing Equipment. Staff Equipment Air horn There are two types of air horns in use today. standard basic or ACT (Anti Chop Technology) which is recommended as it prevents ball breakage inside the gun. This may also help pass the word on if a player takes on and passes it on to his friends. there are two basic types. Fully-automatic markers fire continually when the trigger is pressed. The semi automatic markers are usually the standard for tournaments and fields. Referee Paintball Goggles These goggles tend to be brightly colored and some come without face muzzles so the referee is easily able to blow the whistle and be able to talk without being muffled. . Brochures This is a necessary marketing tool that helps inform customers about your business. In the standard automatic markers. There are various things that may require batteries.17 Paintball markers (rental) There are three main types of markers that are in use. The standard and the CO2 air horns. and flashlights and so on. Squeegee A paintball squeegee is usually a stick with a cloth attached to the end of it. The main feature is the trigger being faster and easier. If you’re operating a small field you can make do with a whistle. such as paintballs. You should hand these out at the end of the game when the customer is hyped about how the game went and is considering coming again. This is usually a necessary item and should be kept close to the field. The customer may also require batteries for their electric ammo loader. 2 way radios. normally upon a certain number of rapid shots being fired or a minimum rate of fire achieved and sustained. This instrument is used to clean the markers barrel. Operational equipment Arm Bands (rental) Explained under Required. There are also the electronic markers that are at times used in tournaments or personal use. Ramping is a feature in some electronic markers that automatically changes the mode of fire from semi-automatic to fully automatic under certain conditions.
you should have them at hand in case of any emergency. one following right after another. candy and crisps to your customers will sell well. Chronograph You should be able to measure how fast the markers being used (rental and personal) shoot paintballs (muzzle velocity). permits. These connect the bottle to the main tank. registration. Changing rooms These are required for the customer to change in and out of their overalls easily. With the radar types. Fill station A fill station is an instrument used to refill CO2 bottles. Even if you aren’t. you have to shoot a paintball through the two bands of light and the chronograph. The machine used to measure this is called a chronograph. To use it. The velocity is then displayed on a screen. with two bands of light. in case you need to chill them or if you may have overfilled the bottles. leases) at hand in case officials do a check up or if someone irked by the ‘guns’ may file a complaint. with the details of the deal you just made. .18 Business cards These are smaller and can easily be kept in the customer’s wallet. measures the time it takes the paintball to travel from the first band to the second. One uses radar to measure speed. soda. Copies of business registration You should keep all legal copies for your business (licenses. You should keep some with you so you can hand them out to people you meet outside of your business location that may be interested. you merely rest the end of your marker in the unit's rubber groove and shoot. water. The fill station has a bleed valve. The radar clocks the paintball about eight inches away Client information You should have a list with you. The chronographs that use sensors look somewhat like a field post. Fire extinguisher You may be required by the law to have a certain number fire extinguishers at hand. If you plan on having your own kitchen and providing freshly prepared food you should check into any requirements by the health department and if there are any licenses you need to acquire in order to do so. Concessions Providing prepackaged food items such as energy drinks. Having this in hand will not embarrass you if you have forgotten the name of the group you’re taking to the field or the prices you quoted. in turn. With this they have easy and quick access to contact details. There are basically two types of chronographs. either on a book or on a clipboard. while the other uses a sensor.
You may have labor costs of dividing these bulks into smaller quantities. Having something that can be cleaned easily would be best. either while running (attached to their harness packs) or otherwise. You should have a number of spare parts such as springs. tied and painted. butterfly bandages. procedures and risks the individual may get during play. Parts kit Your equipment will require maintenance as time goes by. Make sure you keep the kit in a dry place where dirt isn’t able to reach it. Having a checkout sheet system when players rent items will make things easier and quicker for you. Old tires are cheap and easy to find. cotton swabs and any other items necessary. These just need to be stacked. Players can hide behind these or use them for protection. (You can adjust quantities of these items accordingly. bruises and injuries are likely to occur. It can also be used to create a mock roof. These have all the rules. though you should make sure they can’t harm anyone and can withstand a paintball being shot at them. Paintballs Paintballs will be your most consumable product. Marker oil/grease This is used to make sure the mechanism of the gun works fine and doesn’t rust Nets This is used to cover the perimeter of the field as a wall or a barrier. Some fields have personal equipment form that people who bring their own gear have to read and sign. . Make sure you have bandages in all sizes. which will help make the best use of your storage space). You’ll be able to tell what equipment is needed by a player at a glance.19 First aid kit You should always have a kit nearby as cuts. They should give you some guideline on the age limit and who should sign the waiver if the player is below it. Forms Players have to sign liability waivers. thus buying this in bulk will not only benefit you due to lower costs but may on busy months. This is signed after their equipment has been checked by a staff member. If players are buying items from you should have receipts and invoices. disinfectants. seals and so on. Inflatable bunkers are preferred as they are easily movable and make your field look professional. Inflatable Bunkers / Old Tires / Fortification These are the obstacles placed on the field. You can also use tubes and various other obstacles. This will also help you keep a track of your equipment and how many times it has been used. Your insurance company may provide you with this. keep storage costs low. Paintball Loader Tubes Players can carry their paintballs in these.
is a huge problem. water and defoggers. Staff Equipment. It would be recommended to have two different areas for males and females. it works effectively.20 Pens You should have these on hand as players will need to fill out forms and you yourself will need to jot things down. . The bottle should be weighed before filling it and after filling it. Toilets / Portable You players will need some place to relieve themselves. Telephone Line You will need some way for customers to be able to call you and book the field. requirements. stays cool and despite how thin it is. If the area is barred and you have a permanent residence you should place them permanently. Trashcans Having trashcans spread around the area will help it stay clean and reduce injuries. If your area is open to vandalism you should take them down when you’re not in operation. You can either sell water or have water dispensers set up. A 9 ounce bottle should be no more than 7 ounces transferred into it. Having a toolbox and a shovel will come in handy. Spray Bottles These bottles contain. this will put you in good light with the community. Be sure to label the bottles as some liquids can harm goggle lenses. Once those two are subtracted you find out what the ‘weight’ of the CO2. Optional Playing equipment Chest protectors (rental) This absorbs the shots from the paintball guns. Water/power drinks Dehydration. Suppliers can use this number to contact you as well. The 32 Degrees Chest Protector is lightweight. warnings and safety warnings. Squeegees Explained under Required. Signage You should have signs up with directions. especially in the Middle East. you can also fill them with other cleaning solvents. Tools You should be prepared for anything when operating a paintball field. Playing paintball makes players sweat in addition to the dehydration lost due to the heat. You can have recycle bins as well. Scale CO2 bottles are measured by weight. You can provide energy drinks for players that get tired but want to play another round or have to drive home. prices.
21 Elbow pads These help avoid scratches and bumps when sliding on the ground during play. The hollowed chambers of this foam allow more air circulation around the forearm by keeping areas of the pad away from the skin. Harnesses/ pod packs This is used to carry extra paintballs (in a paintball pod) on the field. It also fends against bruises from shots. Neck protectors is usually a cloth covered foam that is Velcro-ed behind your neck. Gloves (rental) These protect your hands from the pain and bruises from paintballs. giving the pad a lighter feel. Overalls/ jumpsuits (rental) Jumpsuits cover players clothes and reduce a bit of the impact (very slightly – depending on the material) when worn on top of clothes. Neck protectors (rental) Your neck is a very sensitive place and pulling up your collar doesn’t usually help. He can announce safety precautions insuring everyone has heard them. Many a times the harness keeps bouncing around while running or slip down while crawling or running. are almost eliminated) Paintball pods These are used by your customers to carry paintballs while on the field. Some jumpsuits when splattered with paintballs can easily be wiped off. if with the right material. this makes it easy for you to pull the trigger. These can be rented to customers making it not only preferred by customers but buy game sites as well (cleaning costs. having a harness with a Non-Slip Friction Pad would be recommended as this helps eliminate vertical and horizontal movement during play preventing paintball pods from slipping down or bouncing. He can easily halt a paintball game if needed by using a bull horn Whistle A whistle isn’t as loud as an air horn but it isn’t costly and usually gets the point across. It should be like a tight collar and is very effective against shots. they prefer to avoid it as much as possible. This helps increasing revenue as players have to buy more paintballs to fill their pods with. covering the inner arm and providing more protection. . While playing many paintball players may stain their clothes – even if it can washout. Staff equipment Bull horn Bull horns help your referee’s voice reach across the whole field. Your paintball harness/pod pack is your carry case for it. Elbow pads with hollowed EVA padding wraps all the way around. Knee Pads This protects your knees from being scraped when sliding on the ground and absorbs the shock from paintballs hitting. Some come ‘fingerless’ which protects your knuckles and the rest of your hand.
Flags Various games in paintball require flags (‘capture the flag’). etc. Duct tape Duct tape is something that is useful to have around. either to draw attention to them for a game or to mark it off. Details are usually recorded when entered in. Mobile Having a mobile can prove to be useful. Cash register Having a cash register means. You can have all you rules and requirements to refer to ready when needed. if the field doesn’t have access to electricity (rare cases) they can use money boxes or money drawers where employees put in all the money they receive. It also helps provide a professional image. help. You can sort everything out easily and in case you need to confirm something you can access the net (if you have installed a router or have installed the internet). to cover patches on jumpsuits or to even temporarily hold up signs. If the landline or electricity gets cut off you still have contact with customers or in case of emergencies. Flashlights It helps you see if your electricity goes off. It also helps you see at night if the lights are dim and your playing field is a little way off from the sign in area. Clip boards Clip boards help you and your staff stay organized. Cooler If you aren’t using a refrigerator you can use a cooler to store beverages or items that need to stay cold.22 Operational equipment Anti fog solution While playing your goggle lens can fog up this can lead to players being unable to see. You should make sure these items can’t harm anyone before placing them on the field. . This method doesn’t provide any additional details for the field operator. Computer Having a computer on hand can help you keep records of everything without having files lying around. Cover Shelters (old unused cars. Paintball operators should have anti fog solution at hand to prevent this. the field can have a more detailed look into what sales is being done. as it’s a direct line. towers.) You can use items that are found around the place or in scrap yards. Flagging tape Flagging tape is brightly colored tape that is used to mark objects. In order to play you require flags. If the landline is busy customers or suppliers can reach you easily. You can use it for quick fixes. You can even email suppliers reminding them of deliveries.
Big ticket items ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) These can be useful for driving around your field if you have a large piece of land which is separated for newbie’s. Generator If you don’t have electricity readily available on your site. You can also use this to chill CO2 tanks. It can also create ice thus eliminating the need for buying ice or for having a cooler. Zip ties/ Hooks Zip ties and hooks are a great way of fixing goggle straps safety screens and netting. target and so on. may find paintball uncomfortable under the hot sun. Barbeque You can use this to provide fresh food for your players at a price or you can offer it to them for use for lunch at a price (or as part of the entry fee) Camera/video recorder Team photos and videos can be in demand by your participants. having a tent set up to rest or a shaded area would be recommended. Refrigerator with freezer This can come in handy for storing snacks and beverages. staff is easily able to tell players who have paid from those who have entered without playing.23 Explained in Optional. Tent/ Awning The middle heat. known for its summer heat. These should be a part of your tool box which should have extras Storage room Having a storage room is essential for your business as you need a place to store all your equipment and extra supplies. power tools and so on. Wrist bands By using wrist bands. . You can take these and sell it to them on CD’s Compressor A compressor makes filling air tanks easier and faster. Playing Equipment Ice You can use this too keep drinks cool in coolers or even for injuries (icepacks) Lanyards The paintball lanyards can be used to carry individual team's name badges or paintball guns Reservation Book By using a reservation book you can keep track of reservations that have been booked and be able to arrange games for participants that arrive without booking one accordingly. a generator can produce enough to run a cash register.
At the orientation the FM should introduce the group to the game referees. They are then led to the equipment counter and use their equipment check out sheets to get their required gear. the people who take over from the end of the orientation and take charge of the group till check out. Participants who bring in their own equipment should fill out a ‘self equipped’ sheet and give it to a staff member who then checks the equipment to make sure it’s safe and stable and then signs the paper. have strong language skills and have good ‘people’ skills. once they return the equipment you hand this back to them. It’s his job to make sure all arrangements are made and make sure they start correctly with the check in process. Once equipment is . during which time staff should keep markers (barrel plugs/covers. During the queue up at the counter you can make announcement that inform players about upgrades.24 TV/ DVD Player You can use this to show the video you had taken of the players to them so they can confirm if they’d like to buy it or not. Once the check in is done. The FM should learn the group member’s names and call them by it (unless preferred otherwise) and should know what equipment they require and help them with the pricing. this is the time to issue it to them. As it is these staffs members that create the impression of your business make sure they are smart. When handing over the equipment you should take either their drivers license or their id cards as a security deposit. Check in and operations procedures Upon arrival players should fill out liability waivers that safeguard the business against any accidents. hoper and CO2 tanks attached) and goggles kept ready to hand out. Sound System You can use this to create an atmosphere by playing trance or upbeat music to keep players in the mood or to make announcements. A field manager (FM) is a person that takes charge of the group that arrives. the fm breaks up the group into teams and the referees hand out arm bands. Once the orientations ends. Operations and staff procedures The number of staff needed to operate a paintball game varies on how many customers there are playing. efficient. makes them feel comfortable and helps them through the check in procedure. This is collected with the game fees at what point of time wrist bands (if you use them) are given out as well. the FM gathers the group and gives a pre-game introduction. If the group has been offered any extra equipment as part of their game day fees. What doesn’t differ are the procedures and jobs that have to be done in order to insure that the customers are safe and are having fun. You should have a board up as well that has a rental equipment list and their prices and the various packages you offer.
All players should be at the team base/flag station before the game starts. they should be in sync. The referee should be positioned in such an area as well. They shouldn’t be looking around for places to hide. When a player is hit they should call themselves out only when they are certain about it. with one referee to one team. .25 handed out they can be taken to the target field where they test and get accustomed to their guns (optional) and the players with their own equipment chronograph their guns (necessary). It’s optional but preferred to take the teams through a tour of the field so the team members can know where different obstacles are played and play accordingly. if your field has two referees. During play. Referees should ensure that the player’s guns are in safety mode and have their covers/barrel plugs on. However if other players had advanced on this player during the paint check the referee is to return them to their original positions. he checks the player. He may ask the player to rise and do a 360 degree turn in order to make sure there wasn’t any paint splatter (the size of a coin). They should assist the player of the field in a straightforward manner and try to make the exit through a place where the firing is little or nonexistent. They should make sure not to stare at hiding players as it may give away the players position. If not they can call for a paint check. their using whistles voice communication may be needed. Referees should make sure barrel covers/plugs are off and the safety mode on their guns is switched of. Once the outcome is determined the referee announced the player eliminated or if no paint was to be found he then announces the player ‘clean’ and resumes play. Paint checks should have been covered in the orientation. referees should make sure players are playing safely and within the rules. He should make sure a person that is eliminated covers his gun and exits the field after alerting other players to cease firing or not to shoot the eliminated player. if however. They should inform the players that once past the entry gate it is mandatory for the player’s goggles to be on and should remind players that there is to be no shooting until the start of the game. players should be once again reminded to keep their goggles on at all times. there should be a 1 minute warning whistle before the start of the game. Having an air horn or a two way radio can help. In order to start the game. Referees should give out incremental countdown warnings and countdown the last 10 seconds left for the game to start out loud. Once a referee hears ‘paint check’ he should make his way over to the player and announce that the player is under paint check and is not to be shot at. which is when a referee comes over and checks the player. Refereeing a paintball game Depending on the size of your field you many need a minimum of two referees. Once the referee has announced so. The referee should confirm which player the shooter thinks he may have shot as some shooters may ask for a paint check to get the location of a player. Shooters can ask for paint checks on someone they think they may have shot.
While games are taking place staff should make sure the counters and area is clean before the players return.26 The referee should be positioned not only in an area that is out of the line of fire but where he/she can easily see the play on the field. (The referee can move into position to get a clear view when he sees a flag being taken to the base) Once the flag is hung the referee blows his air horn and whistle and calls for all players to freeze and checks for paint on the flag carrier. . Referees can often be faced with difficult situations. positioning is crucial for the referee to really know who is out. Soaking it for a short amount of time in water should dissolve the paint and then should be hung to drip dry. it is determined is already marked you can bring the first player back in. Post game procedures Once the game is over. flag retrieval and so on). There should be a maximum of a 10 minute break between games. keep track of equipment that may need maintenance and that all ID cards and driving licenses are returned. equipment and jumpsuits are handed over to attendants to wipe off (jumpsuits can be wiped off while the player is wearing it if they are going to play another game immediately after). If paint is found the player (or any player) should take the flag back to the opponent’s flag station and the game continues with the marked player eliminated. Staff should gather the teams. You can either use your judgment (in extreme cases) or try to get the player to give in and confess (in the cases where the player may really know the answer) or you can call both players out. You should keep your guns velocities from about 15 to 25 ft/second lower than of your field’s maximum to allow for temperature fluctuations. Clean up This is a lengthy but crucial procedure that needs to take place either everyday or once every two days depending on business. such as when a players say they were shot by the person they shot first or whether a person was shot a second before or after hanging their flag. The sealing foam should be wiped with a disinfectant after every use. give a 5 minute warning and take them back to the field. un-abrasive cloth. Once players have finished playing you have to make sure all the equipment is returned. dirt being easy to wipe off. Paintball markers have to be disassembled. Goggles should be cleaned inside and out with a clean. If a player is marked by a player that. cleaned and lubricated during which you have to make sure parts aren’t mixed up. Hoppers/ loader should be kept clean and dry. When the game ends depends on the game being played (time limit. being able to tell when a paint check is actually in need as many players can lie just to get out of a difficult situation. paintball residue is problematic to take off. soft.
and it doesn’t break. Staff demeanor Your staff’s first concern should be safety. Jump suits are to be washed. The barrel cover is another important safety gear. Orientation Speech contents An introduction To start of the orientation. They should also be informed if they are going to wear arm bands (to differentiate between teams) Paintball Rules Depending on the game you are playing. handle your paintball gun as if it were loaded. Players should look and make sure there is a mark before declaring themselves out. restrooms should be cleaned or restocked when required Trash is collected and gotten rid off. They should encourage safety habits in customers at all times. they are not out.27 CAUTION: paint balls should never be put in a wet hopper as they dissolve in water. you will introduce yourself and welcome them to *insert your businesses name* Day plans You will then tell them the plans for the day and about how you will be breaking them up into two teams (if required). Unless they lift their gun above their head or shout ‘I’m out’. they can tap them and tell them they’re out. You will them lead them through the various rules. You will tell them the games you will be playing and in what order. Once this is said or done they can’t take it back. Never shoot at another player when he or she is closer than 20ft. If the player is hit with a paintball. Notify them about the number of referees that will be on the field and tell them what various phrases are to be said when something happens (paint check or I’m hit. (They are to lift their gun above their head and shout ‘I’m Hit’. . going into the field and going off it. House rules If you have any personal rules that only apply to your field you should tell them at this point. you will explain the aim of the game and how it is played. Tables. They should be friendly and firm while doing this not harsh and disrespectful. It should be removed during play. Confirm that all the rules are understood and that there aren’t any questions. they are out of the game. dried and folded. Always use a barrel sleeve or plug while not in play. If you are using a point based system and a score is being kept. This is supposed to be on the gun while of the field. if they aren’t sure they can ask for a paint check. counters. you will need to explain how points are accumulated. You will need to tell them how big a paintball mark after being hit counts as being eliminated and what counts as not being eliminated (like if your sprayed with paint from a paintball that hit near you but not on you) Make sure they are informed on how to leave the field once hit. Safety rules Paintball Gun At all times. for example) If the player is close enough to the opponent to touch them.
they should cover their eyes and call for a referee that will come running to help. Equipment demonstration You should explain the various options on the paintball gun such as the safety lock. how the paintballs are fed into the marker and so on. You should keep an eye on your paintballs in case of any fraud or attempt to take extra without paying. If say you had 40 players and have a total of 500 that would mean that you’re charging 12. No blind shooting. the trigger. No modifying of any rental equipment. your total should be 600. Make sure the players understand this. If the goggles are accidently caught on something and come off. The difference should match with your sales and accounts. Hand out their arm bands and lead them to the checkout counter where they can get their equipment from. Keep count of how many you have at the start and at the end of each day. The significance of revenue centers Game fees Your average entry fee per player can be found by dividing the total game fee revenue by the number of players. Make sure you have a suitable profit margin that doesn’t increase the price over your competitors but still yields a profit. Once again confirm if everything is understood. you or your staff may have let someone in for free or someone must have misplaced or taken some money from the game revenue. The goggle is one of the most important part of your gear. . If the lens of the goggles fog up. they can receive permanent eye damage. If however you’re charging 15 per player. If another player is within 15 feet. These methods won’t help you identify the problem but they help letting you know if you have a problem – which is always the first step. Participating Never verbally abuse another player. People tend to spend the most on these. Paintballs This is your main source of revenue. Anyone without a mask should not be shot at. the covers or barrel plugs are easily visible from a distance.28 Explain that it helps protect everyone from any accidental shots while not in play and that despite the guns having a safety lock. You can show them how to adjust the straps of their goggles if they need to tighten or loosen it. This helps make sure you have all your revenue and know if you are running short.5 per person. a referee will call them off the field so he can de-fog it. Emphasize on them not removing their goggles while in play or on the field for any reason. Wear proper clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Equipment At all times wear your facemask or goggles when paintball guns are around. Then split them into two groups – you can let them choose or you can split them up. Never look down a barrel. If their eyes are not protected and they are hit. you should give a verbal command to surrender.
once having found a location that is well traveled and out in the front don’t require any marketing. people need to make plans before making a trip. a paintball field with a bad field but good marketing may end up doing better business than you. despite how good the site is people tend to go towards something familiar.29 Edibles These need to be priced according to the costs. You need to put yourself out there and make sure that customers are aware of your existence. Pay You should make sure the total pay your staff receives is lower than your total sales revenue. Marketing is a crucial aspect of your business that helps its profitability. You can the accordingly place members in positions that best suit them. Having an accountant is would help in keeping accurate records. Keeping a record of your accounts and business is important for you to keep a track of your profitability and helps you realize what changes can be made or if there is money being tied up or lost in any department. Try and keep your labor cost figure to a minimum. (Check if the reason in the difference in sales has something to do with their shift timings or just luck with the type of customers visiting. You should keep track of which staff member sells the most items and which staff member is barely making any sales. Marketing in paintball Many businesses. CO2 These yield high profits as the costs are very low especially if bought in bulk Upgrades These are another beneficial sale as many consumers once they start playing can get hooked to paintball. that way you can receive bulk discounts. The same stands for a paintball field. Per person averages By knowing how much exactly you gain per person. How well your business does may depend on how well you market your business. This way you have an idea of how much is used every month and in various seasons. In this business you need to inform the customers about what you have and at times what you are. Try and keep marketing costs low but don’t skimp out on good marketing just to save costs. Most of their sales can also be done on a whim. If your site is really good but you have bad marketing. you can estimate the amount you need to order when you’re low on stocks. In paintball however. jumpsuits and so on. . Try buying items that are high in demand in bulk. If you have ever passed by a really well made billiards hall with an unknown but found it empty and one which is sloppily done but is crowded and has a familiar name. This way you can pay by the hour. You can achieve this by employing part time. thus not paying for time they take off or when your field is closed. this encourages them to buy better equipment and the latest types of guns.
your costs are kept to virtually nothing. your own website or your own email service just to name a few. Having a ‘group’ on facebook can lead to paintball fans joining and being kept up to date on all your activities. There are not only hundreds of paintball blogs. Coupons get customers to turn up. You can host birthdays. The minimum age limit across many fields goes from 10 – 16 years. Marketing via the internet is a great way of getting across to paintball fans. Your main or only costs would be a computer/laptop and internet charges. The internet isn’t one method of marketing but quite a lot. This will also show the parents how safe the game really is. there are social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. During the game. which can provide either a discount or a free game. keep in mind that paintball is nothing more than a game. paintball slowly began to lose that image and is now accredited for being safe and fun. You could have a blog. Acquire permission to do so before hand. You can attach coupons onto them. You will need to think of ways in which the children will use the paintballs slower. group. Flyers Flyers are very economical. If you provide a free entry pass. The change in name and paint colors is now presenting paintball as a ‘fun’ game. its one of the safest of many extreme sports. As long as the game is played properly. Through this you can access over 500 million people that may be potential customers. People the age of 10 and 60 have been found playing paintball. If parents are still unsure. As time went on. people would be informed at virtually no cost to you. Word of mouth This form of advertising is not only effective but is cheap as well. Its image was that of people decked in war paint. they will still need to pay for their equipment. You can take them for a tour around the main field. People tend to go for a sport more so. Phrases used should being about a positive feeling about the game. Target market Your target market is everyone. fan pages and websites. your dead!’ doesn’t bring a ‘safe and fun’ image. Having an expiry date would be wise as it creates a sense . Using phrases such as ‘I shot you. You can post these on bulletin boards in shops or in residential areas. If you had a tournament. which makes the entry fee the only thing you’re losing out on. In the past paintball used to be known as a war game. if they hear about if from a friend.30 Image The image of any product is its main selling point. fighting mock battles. The paint being used was red which didn’t help soften its image. These are supposed to be eye catching and straight to the point (preferably). This will encourage customers to visit your field and have a trial run. you can allow younger children to shoot at the target shooting area. Which is another big advantage you gain by using the internet as a marketing tool. where each child receives 100 paintballs.
business cards and so on. You can also give the person booking the field a package with all the information about the field. Or you can provide free game entry tickets as a prize to the listeners for answering a question. You can sell paintball equipment from a local store with their name. before they book the field so they can book a package that best suits their needs. You can give your business’s email address out as well so customers can email you if they prefer it to calling or they need large amounts of information. Mails Having a mailing list would be wise as you have instant access to all or most of your customer base. You can keep these at the desk for your customers to take home. If you hear about any movie shooting nearby you can offer your fields for them to use as part of their movie. Broachers These are very handy as you can fill it in with all the information of your business. If you hold tournaments some TV stations may be interested in broadcasting it. prices and location.31 of urgency. Or you can offer free play for a company in change for concessions. After the first three months your half way there. This encourages them to make plans rather than keep putting it off. This gives a sense of personalization and encourages them visiting your field again if plans arise. You can ask radio stations to talk about your field. You can give articles to paintball magazines or newspapers to publish. you can send thank you letters (you can create one and save it as a file. Recognition It’s recommended you open your business. try trading various services for other services or products. To gain recognition for your business. you can offer the hosts free game entry. . Groups When having large groups booked for your field or important players attending. You can either offer items on websites such as bartergains. Media You should be able to use the media as a form to get your field known. and they can recommend your field to customers who visit them. smooth out any cracks that occur and then plan a grand opening. You should make it a point to let college and university students know about your field as they may be your main customers. Barter To save on costs and still be able to gain good products.com or you can call up companies. Make sure terms are clear. costs. It should include the basic information about what you offer timings. you will have to work hardest at your opening as it’s at this point its reputation starts a base. Even if they leave it somewhere and someone else picks it up the information is passed on. This can also include what the customer should expect when coming to play. just change the name and send it) when they finish.
there are two teams both with the aim of eliminating the other team in a given time limit. so does paintball. offensive. It’s the same with the team type elimination game. Each team has its opponent’s flag. These games give different responsibilities to different players and have different versions of capture the flag so it’s hard getting bored of. Team elimination and individual elimination. speed. (Points for picking up the flag. It’s good for big fields. In this game the flag is places an equal distance from both teams (or a distance that takes both teams the same team to reach it (barriers on both sides are preferably mirrored). The individual elimination has no teams but the goal is to survive and shoot others down. per opponent eliminated and so on) A variation of the standard flag game is Center Flag. conservative and even gambling. You can divide the areas and have a hanging post for a flag. The aim of the game is to take the flag and bring it back to your base and hang it on the flag holder. or you can change this to taking the flag to the opponents base (harder. Occupation games This game is simple to understand but hard to play. For the team elimination game. flag in motion. though if they are shot or eliminated they must then immediately drop the flag and leave the field. The aim is to get to the other side. If there is a time limit and there is no winner at the end of this. like swimming has different styles. The team which has shot the most opponents wins. In paintball there are various types of games with three basic styles. defensive. This game helps players get used to the field and their equipment but isn’t good for a whole day plan. Capture the flag games These are the games that are most popular with not only new players but old as well. retrieve your flag and bring it home. Types of games played Paintball is a sport with various types of scenario games. This is good to start the day or to end it for players who still have paintballs left and want to use them up. They are a combination of various strategies such as speed. then the same point based system can take place to determine the winner. hotels and restaurants. Any player from any team can retrieve it from its current position and continue the game. The standard capture the flag game has two teams. Elimination games This usually has two sub-types. The team that occupies the most areas by marking it with their flag in a given period of time wins. There is usually a time limit (20 minutes) at the end of which if no team has retrieved a flag a point base system is used to record the scores. .32 You should distribute your broachers in racks found in apartments. The person who has shot the most players in a given time limit wins. and will drag the game on) The player carrying the flag can pass it on during play.
On a speedball court both sides are mirrored and the flag is kept equidistant from both team bases in the centre of the field. elimination and so on) but with the hand they aren’t accustomed to. The conquering team begins on a decided spot on the field. If the prey is marked by a predator they join the predator’s team. If a predator is marked by a prey. they are completely eliminated. Tournaments Before holding a tournament. Eliminating opponents that aren’t part of the fort doesn’t help the conquering team to win.33 Speed ball Speedball is basically. Beginners – These don’t usually come as a ‘team’ but as a group of friends. The field needs to have a fort type shed or set up. As the name suggests the game is faced paced and is usually kept to 5 minutes. they should use their left hand. Tag This game is often played by new players to get used to the game or by players that want to hone their skills. Big games This really isn’t a game type but is a game that can be a re-enactment of a historical event. Once shot they turn around and start once more from the base. You should keep a time limit as there is no signal for an end. It’s likely some of them have their own equipment . The objective of the game for the conquering team is to eliminate the players in the fort. Off handed Players can play any game (capture the flag. The commanding and the conquering. If they are right handed. There are four main types of levels that you can except that usually have the following characteristics. Make sure the rules of the games are understood completely. professional teams may come as well – which will boost the image of your field. Command and conquer This game has two teams. A huge field is usually required to play this as there are over 50 players participating. Most of these players don’t come with their own equipment Novice – This team hasn’t played in tournaments. There should be more prey members than predator members. you should make sure you have a large number of paintballer’s that will be willing to play. If word goes out far enough and you have big prizes. The predator and the prey. There is no aim to the game. Two teams start out on either ends of the field and make their way to the other end. The conquering team needs to make sure there is at least one player inside the fort in order to win. In this ‘fort’ should be a designated number of players from the commanding team. or has only played the local tournaments (the mini ones). Various paintball equipment can be used such as paintball grenades and such. Predator and prey In this game there are two teams. It would be wise to hold mini tournaments to get the hang of running one and smoothening out the cracks before holding a national tournament or one of a large scale. center flag played on a speedball court. The rest of the players from the commanding team should be anywhere on the playing field.
The more games being played simultaneously the more potential your tournament will have for other games and to make it more exciting. your entry fee should be high. You should be aware that you are trying to achieve a goal when planning a tournament. you should fill in the details over there as well along with pictures.5 man team is usually sufficient for small short games. If you have a website. Its better this. rather than wins and losses. You should call all the teams together before the start of the tournament and go through the house rules and go through any problems the players might be having. They will be likely to take pictures and write an article about the event and your business. and you are offering a vacation. than to run at a loss. If you have a small number of teams playing.34 Amateurs – This is a team that’s played in tournaments and may have won a few prizes now and then. so they have to buy the paintballs from you and can’t bring their own paintballs. it’s usually points that the scoring is settled by. Trophies are usually the safest prize to go with. You should be aware of your breakeven point so you have a basic idea of how many teams you need and how many paintballs you will need to make sure are sold. a 3. make sure the marketing is being done according to plan or better. eliminating an opponent and so on). Number of teams This would depend on the number of fields you have. and if needed a video. If you are offering something like a vacation. It would be wise to get a paintball color that is hard to get for participants. Prizes The entry fee for the tournament should reflect on your prizes. Scoring In tournaments. Make sure you have a scoreboard that the players can easily see and keep track of what place they stand on. Most of these players have their own equipment. try and keep overheads low. Team sizes This can depend on the type of game being played. Professionals – This type of team has won first place in national tournaments and usually have their own equipment. You can call the tournament off if not enough players sign up. You should state your prizes according to the estimated number of teams that will be playing. (Score for picking up the flag. you may run the tournament at a loss. . though it may not attract many players that are looking for something monetary or different. If you’re trying to create publicity and improve on your fields image or spread the word. Publicity You can invite local paintball magazines to your tournament. If you are trying to make a profit.
As mentioned before there can be a café where they can sit and get a bite to eat while waiting. air conditioners and you should check with the government if there are any signs that have to be put up (no smoking). you should make sure the health departments requirements are met. This usually means that the amount of time a customer spends at a field is shorter as they finish their games faster. You can also have a café with a view of the field (the café can be on a higher floor so players or people who aren’t playing can sit upstairs and watch the game can rest or have a bite. Your major upside apart from being able to be sheltered from the weather is that your field is operational on any day at any time. Game time Indoor fields being smaller. . sprinkler systems.35 Indoor fields The main requirements for setting one up includes staff that have experience in such dealings or know how to work such an operation and how to take care of daily events. People can come and play after work in the middle of the night as the lighting is controlled indoors. tend to have quicker games. You need fire exits. You will need to make sure it’s cleaned on a continuous basis (check with your supplier) The velocity of the guns should be lower as indoor fields tend to be smaller and encourage closer shooting. Your major upside apart from being able to be sheltered from the weather is that your field is operational on any day at any time. a good game site – weather and animals along with residences nearby have to be taken into consideration and the equipment being used should not be faulty as. you should check with your local fire department how many are mandatory for your site. Cement isn’t suitable as it’s slippery. fire alarm systems. Area for viewing Friends of participants or people who aren’t playing should have an area where they can sit and watch the game in play. You should try and get rubber granulated flooring or a carpet of artificial grass. changing rooms (the washrooms and changing rooms can be joined). You should make sure there is extra padding or gear that can absorb the impact as there is a higher chance of being bruised. The flooring of your field should be thought out. washrooms. if providing food. fire extinguishers. if a paintball gun were to go off on a person less than a foot away major injuries can take place. You can also have a café with a view of the field (the café can be on a higher floor so players or people who aren’t playing can sit upstairs and watch the game can rest or have a bite. People can come and play after work in the middle of the night as the lighting is controlled indoors. If you’re planning on changing the scenery outside the building you should check with your landlord and if any permits are required.
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