Before I begin I would like to apologize for the unannounced hiatus which resulted in an almost month long absence of material produced on this site. Things have been real busy with the launch of the IshmaelPB Youtube channel (check it out here) as well as other real life factors which are causing me to limit my playing time. Rest assured however that everything will carry on. The Facebook page is slowly growing, and so far the videos put out so far have been well received.
What will be known henceforth as the IshmaelPB community is starting to take shape, and I want all of you for the support that you have given me.
Now, onto the main talking point. This is something that I have gone over briefly in previous writings but recent actions that I have witnessed while playing recreational paintball have pushed me to devote an entire post into covering this subject. To begin, I am going to single out the players who mainly play tournament ball. When you are out at a practice/event playing against teams of the same caliber as you, shrieking at the top of your lungs for an opponent to get out is understandable due to the amount of tomfoolery that happens in the tournament world (wiping, playing on, etc). However, when you are out at a small mom and pop field playing against kids who are holding a marker for the first time actions such as these are unacceptable. The kid you just shot in the rental pod-pack has no idea that they are eliminated, and when someone twice their size with a gun that shoots MUCH faster than his/her rental 98 starts screaming like a madman for them to “Get the f**k off the field!” then the chances of said kid returning plummet and consequently the field loses a customer. It doesn’t even have to be a kid. Imagine how a full grown man might react to such behavior?
What goes on off the field also impacts whether or not a person returns and supports their local field. Making fun of a players equipment is a prime example. Paintball is an expensive sport and if you are just now showing interest in it then you aren’t going to buy a Luxe right off the bat. If someone shows up a Spyder MR1 and a cheap mask, praise them. They paid for that out of their own pocket and supported the industry as a whole. If they stick with it and decide that this is something that they want to do then they will start putting money towards new equipment. Just remember that we all have to start from somewhere.
Lastly, wiping. Again speedballers; what goes on during an event is a completely different animal. I am stating right now that it is my honest opinion that tournament wiping is akin to holding in football or tripping an opponent in soccer. There are referees whose job is to monitor games such as these (Ill go over this more in a later post). However, it is inexcusable to wipe in a recreational game against first timers. All that you are doing is taking away the excitement of them getting their first kill and replacing it with a mentality that “Oh all paintballers must cheat”. What is even worse is when the wiper goes after a new player for wiping themselves. Well why shouldn’t they? You did the same to them so why can’t they do it to you? It’s hypocritical, and does nothing but hurt your reputation as well as the fields.