History Of Paintball

Paintballs were first created by the Nelson Paint Company in the 1950's. The United States Forestry Service was having trouble marking timber and trees. One of the problems was that a tree would sometimes cross a stream with a thick brush. Ranchers had difficulty with stray cattle and marking cows. Paintballs helped cut trees from a distance. It also made it easier for cattlemen to mark their animals. In 1974, the first paintball gun was invented and patented. Paintball was officially recognized as a sport on June 27, 1981, in Henniker, New Hampshire. Hayes Noel, Charles Gaines, and 10 other men played the first game. They played it as a fun game of survival in the woods and Ritchie White won the game. From that point on, it continued to grow in popularity. Today, it is one of the most popular recreational sports in the world.

Object Of Paintball

The object of the game is for players to shoot gelatin pellets at each other. Each one is armed with a gun. The objective is to capture an opponent's flag. You have to try and do this and avoid being hit. If you are hit, you are automatically eliminated. It can be played between two teams or individually. There is no limit to how many people can play. However, it is recommended that at least 4 people participate. It can be played with a couple of people, or even hundreds. It is typically played in wooded or rural areas. Similar to baseball, a flag is hung at home plate and players on both teams try to capture the other's flag. Two bases are placed at two different ends of a field. Flags are hung on a pole or tree. Each team is positioned at opposite ends of the bases. A paintball game does not officially begin until a player shouts, "Game on!" A team is declared the winner when all players on a team capture the flag and return it to their base. There is no time limit for paintball. The time will vary, depending on how many players are participating. Generally speaking, your typical paintball game is about 20-30 minutes.

The great thing about paintball is that people of all professions and ages can enjoy it. It does not cost much to play it. You just need paintguns, pellets, and flags. If you love the outdoors, this is an ideal game to play. You can enjoy nature and play a fun game with your family and friends. People that like challenges and adventure will probably love this sport. Paintball has gradually gained popularity over the years. In 1992, the National Professional Paintball Leauge was formed in Chicago, Illinois. In just 31 years of existence, paintball has become a recognized world sport.






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