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Paintball: A Fun Way to Nail Your New Year's Resolutions to the Wall!

28 December 2016

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Paintball: A Fun Way to Nail Your New Year's Resolutions to the Wall!

With each New Year comes a lot of old, familiar resolutions. If you want to lose weight, get in better shape, spend more time with friends, learn something new, let go of work stress, enjoy more family activities, or all of the above, guess what? You're in good company, as these are among the top New Year Resolutions - every year. 

And if you're an efficiency expert, here's some great news: One session of paintball can help you meet several of those resolutions - in a matter of just an hour or two! 

Can I Lose Weight with Paintball?

Paintball - even low-impact paintball - is a great cardio/strength training option. Running, ducking, dodging, squatting, taking aim, and laughing (because you willlaugh!) are all part of playing paintball. Some calorie-counters have decided a good game burns upwards of 400 calories per hour

What's even better is that paintball is anything but monotonous. Just ask an exercise guru and they'll tell you that the secret to sticking with any exercise program is to find something you enjoy doing. 

It may not be practical to play an hour of paintball four or five days a week, but working it into your activity routine will help you stay motivated and - let's face it - you'll never consider it "routine."

Learn a New Game, Enhance Your Skills

If you've never played paintball, join the club. We love meeting people who are a little surprised at finding themselves suiting up for a game in which the goal is shooting little paintball pellets at their friends. 

While gaining the coordination to be good at paintball takes a little bit of practice, there's no doubt that there's a lot of fun to be had in learning. We know it's tempting say of paintball, "what kind of skill is that?" But hear us out: the physical activity paintball requires, coupled with the tactics, strategies, and mental agility, make it a truly whole-body exercise. 

We hear from a lot of athletes that they enjoy a paintball day out with their teammates and friends. The fact is, playing paintball helps hone skills used in many other sports. 

Sure, you can check off your "learn something new" resolution by sitting down and playing bridge, or asking your kid to tutor you in the ways of PlayStation. But when you learn how to play a good game of paintball, you'll show that resolution who's boss! 

Your Friends Need Good Reason to Put You On Their Schedule

Spending more (quality) time with friends and family is among the top resolutions every year. And we'll agree, it's a very worthy goal. From movies and museums to hiking and restaurant-hopping, there are many ways to make new memories with friends and family in San Diego. Just check out our blog for a list of dozens.  

Playing paintball with your favorite peeps, however, is a unique experience, and one that makes for colorful, vibrant memories. (Pun intended!) 

How many times each year do you think you say (or hear someone say) "Let's do lunch," or "we should get together for a drink?" 

The fact is, we're a busy bunch, and making time for each other isn't easy. Whether it's team-building for your office mates or a long-overdue girls' night out, making a reservation for Paintball will surely get everyone's attention. So be that guy. Be the one who gives everyone the motivation they need to get together. "I can do drinks with my friends another time," they might think. But paintball? They'll move mountains to meet you there. 

For a Good Time, Call...

If you've already nailed all your resolutions, congratulations. You're a truly unusual and impressive person! Or, you're just kidding yourself. If you'd like to make good on some of those plans to exercise more, hang out with friends and family, and cut loose some of your worries and stress, we've got an idea: Contact us so you can start making good on those promises to yourself. 

Cheers! 


Things to Do in San Diego for the Sports Enthuiast

If you are a major fan of sports, you might be wondering about things to do in San Diego to satisfy your sports obsession. Part of picking the right activity is deciding what type of sports enthusiast you are.

San Diego Skyline

For the Spectator

While there are those who love to play sports, there are also those who would rather just watch others play. If you are that sort of sports enthusiast, you are in luck. There are a variety of professional, semi-pro, and college sports teams in San Diego.

San Diego's professional baseball team, the San Diego Padres play at Petco Park. They started the 2016 season in early March, and the team will play through early fall, so if you are a baseball fan, there are still many opportunities between now and then to catch a home game this season. Fans can also enjoy a Petco Park guided tour, allowing them a behind-the-scenes look at the baseball park.

Although there have been talks of a potential move to Los Angeles in the future, for the 2016 season at least, the San Diego Chargers, an NFL team, will continue to play at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Even if the team moves to Los Angeles, football fans will not be left without the opportunity to enjoy football in the area, particularly if you like college football. Both the Holiday Bowl and the Poinsettia Bowl, take place at Qualcomm Stadium.

Another team some sports fans enjoy watching in the area is the San Diego Sea Lions, a semi-professional women's soccer team. Their season is short, only lasting from late May or early June through the end of July, but with many of their games being held in San Diego, fans do not have to travel far to enjoy a game.

While they are only an NHL development team, the San Diego Gulls provide hockey fans with a dose of hockey in San Diego. In contrast with most of the other high-level sports teams in the area, the Gulls play during the winter rather than the summer.

New to San Diego and to the sports world in general, the San Diego Breakers are a rugby team, who begin playing in 2016. Their inaugural season ran from late April through late July, and with the expected expansion of PRO Rugby in 2017, San Diego is a great place to be if you have an interest in watching rugby played professionally.  

Of course, there are people who enjoy being spectators of college athletics rather than professional or semi-professional sports. Luckily, there are a variety of college sports programs in and around San Diego. San Diego State, the University of San Diego, and  UC San Diego  are among the universities in the area that offer sports programs. Depending upon the specific school, there are opportunities for fans to enjoy sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. No matter your sport preferences, if you are a fan of watching sports, you are sure to find a team to cheer for in San Diego.

Things to do in San Diego for the sports enthusiast. Petco Park.

For the Runner

The good news for those who like to run is that San Diego is a great place for road races. As a runner, you may want to consider starting to train now for the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series. While the 2016 competition is over, the 2017 races will take place on the weekend of June 3-4, with the 5K taking place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and both the half-marathon and marathon races happening on Sunday, June 4, 2017. One of the great things about this series is that even after you have registered, if you find you want to switch to a longer or shorter distance, you can do that, although switching to a longer distance will require an upgrade fee.

Runners may also want to consider America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K, which takes place this year on Sunday, August 21. The races go through many beautiful scenic areas in the city including along the San Diego Bay. For the less serious runner or for the runner who wants to get a little colorful, Color Me Rad, a 5K color run is at 10 am on August 22. 

San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon Mardi Gras

For the Team Competitor

Whether you are an adult, a teenager, or a kid, San Diego has opportunities for real team sports competition. VAVi as well as San Diego Social Leagues offer an assortment of adult teams in traditional sports, such as basketball, soccer, flag football, and softball. These leagues also offer opportunities to play less-traditional sports, such as kickball and dodgeball. The City of San Diego also offers sports leagues and other recreational opportunities, for both youth and adults.

San Diego Adult Rugby

For the One Who Wants to Hit Their Friends With Something...

Let's face it. No matter how much you love your friends and family, sometimes you just want to hit them with something. If you are one of those people who is willing to admit you want to hit a friend or family member with something, contact us. At the San Diego Paintball Park, we offer low-impact paintball. This means when you hit your friends with the paintballs (or when you get hit), it is not going to hurt as much or leave behind a nasty welt. We are rated San Diego's #1 paintball experience, and we encourage you to make a reservation so you can see why so many people enjoy coming here.

Of course, these are not all the activities sports enthusiasts in our city enjoy doing. We encourage you to seek out other sports adventures on your own.

San Diego Paintball Park. Things to do in San Diego


Three Things You Might Not Know About Paintball

Three things you may not know about paintball.
Paintball

Whether you have played paintball before or not, you likely at least know someone who enjoys playing it. No matter your exposure to paintball, here are three things about it which you may not already know.

Origin

Perhaps one of the most surprising things about the origin of paintball is that it easily could have never come to be even. The original paintball gun, the Nel-Spot 007, was not created for paintball at all. Instead, it was created for foresters to mark trees and for ranchers to mark their cattle from a distance. Two friends, Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines, got in an argument about whether an urban savvy business man or an outdoorsman had better survival instincts. Ultimately, the argument led the men to the Nel-Spot 007. After a duel between the two men to test the practicality of using the gun on humans, paintball was born.

The first paintball game was played on June 27, 1981 in a large wooded lot in Henniker, New Hampshire. Twelve guys, dressed in camouflage and wearing shop goggles were each armed with a Nel-Spot 007, a gun created specifically to be used with oil-based paint as the ammunition. The goal of the game was to get a flag from each of the four widely spread out stations without being hit with paint by another player. Although players were hit during the game, the winner, Ritchie White, never even had to fire his paintball gun. One of the other participants, Lionel Atwil later said:

No one ever saw Ritchie, and he never fired a shot. He crept through the woods from station to station, gathering flags as easily as a schoolgirl gathers flowers.

Those twelve men playing paintball in a wooded area in New Hampshire has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of participants in many different countries.

Injuries

Perhaps because it is a sport where people shoot at each other, paintball often gets a reputation as a violent sport. Because of that, some people assume it is also a sport with a lot of injuries. The opposite is actually true. Tackle football accounts for 3.8 injuries per 1,000 participants, soccer has 2.4 injuries per 1,000 participants, and even 0.6 runners out of every 1,000 participants are injured, but only 0.2 paintball participants are hurt per 1,000 participants.

These injuries even take into account all paintball-related injuries, including an ankle sprain, cuts, heat exhaustion, and other injuries not caused by the actual paint hitting the person. The low number of injuries is due in part to the precautions taken by paintball participants, including the use of goggles for everyone within the paintball area, and the use of a barrel plug to prevent the gun from misfiring when not in use. Participants, both new and previous players, also often get briefed in safety precautions when participating in paintball at a paintball facility. Major paintball injuries generally happen in an unsupervised environment where players are not using proper precautions.

World Record

According to the Guinness World Records, the world record for the most paintballs caught whole in two minutes while blindfolded is eleven. This record, set on May 30 2003 in Hellensburgh, New South Wales, Australia, is held by Anthony Kelly of Australia. The .68 caliber paintballs were shot from just over 65 feet at a speed of 240 feet per second.

While catching paintballs while blindfolded might not sound like fun, perhaps chasing your friends around trying to hit them is more your style. Whether you are a beginner to the sport or you have years of experience, contact us to make reservations for your friends and you to enjoy a few hours of paintball fun. We even offer group discounts for things such as birthday parties, bachelor parties, and team building events.


Book The Thrill of a Paintball Birthday Party

Paintball Birthday Party in San Diego for kids and adults.
Paintball Birthday Party

Every parent wants to throw at least one birthday party for their child that will be remembered forever as the best birthday party of all time. We can help you do that. Whether your child is a girl or a boy, one of the most exhilarating and memorable birthday party ideas is a paintball birthday party. Parents, especially those who have never played a game of paintball, may be filled with questions regarding this activity. By exploring some of the most frequently asked questions and consulting with some experts, parents will soon discover that a paintball birthday party is the perfect choice. 

Age Appropriate 

Kids want to play. They have so much energy. Children are naturally competitive and enjoy teaming up and going at it. Paintball is age appropriate for youngsters when the correct safety equipment is used, all players are relatively on the same skill level and proper supervision is in place. From ages six to sixty, paintball is a birthday party adventure that is perfectly age appropriate. 

Easy Venue 

Paintball is one of those outdoor activities that is easily brought indoors. All children can engage, even kids with allergies or who sunburn easily. Parents don’t have to pack an outdoor activity bag loaded down with tubes of sunblock and spray bottles of insect repellant. For an indoor paintball party you just have to show up. 

By locating the playing field indoors, this also makes it convenient for everyone to locate. An indoor paintball field could be right around the corner from a family’s favorite market. Parents don’t have to worry about guests getting lost out in the back woods trying to locate the party. 

Safety 

Sure, we’ve all seen the images of grown-ups in their paintball gear, lifting up a shirt sleeve and showing a whopper of a bruise where they were shot with a paintball. That does not have to be your child. Indoor paintball facilities that cater to beginners and youth use low impact paintballs designed to splatter more softly. Fifty caliber, low impact paintball pellets are recommended as they have a ranking of 75% percent lower impact than a standard paintball pellet. Players get all the enjoyment without all the pain.

Paintball is not a contact sport so it is much safer than football, or even basketball, yet at the same time is very physical. Statistics on the sport of paintball reflect that one out of every 4,000 people who play the game end up with an energy requiring medical attention. An injury can be completely unrelated to the paintball pellet itself. It could be something like a sprained ankle. Compare that to one out of 33 people who end up in a hospital emergency room after participating in a football game. 

Paintball birthday parties at a professional venue provides parents with peace of mind by having experienced staff that ensure proper safety standards are met. Expect the following measures to be in place:

  • Face masks
  • Barrel plugs
  • Paintball gun velocity limits
  • Gaming rules
  • Referees 

Mind/Body Connection 

A game of paintball engages the entire child. It is physical in nature. Kids have to get up and move. Often they have to move fast. The mind must be on high alert, taking in all the action and strategizing a game plan. It is a complete mental and physical workout for kids. After a paintball birthday party it is pretty much a given that everyone is going to need a nap. 

Popularity 

With over 15 million people engaged in the sport of paintball, there is no doubt that once a parent announces a paintball birthday party, every single person is going to know exactly what to expect and will be thrilled to be invited. Chances are not a single child will miss the party! 

Isn’t It Violent? 

A competitive game of paintball is, in essence, a game of mock combat. But that does not necessarily mean violence is being embedded in a child’s psyche. Consider how children play on their own, using their imagination. Often they engage the good guy/bad guy scenario. Perhaps they construct a sword from an old paper towel tube. Even in an imaginary game involving a domestic scene of playing house there is often more than nurturing a baby doll involved. Usually there is a conflict that must be resolved, a problem, a conundrum. Paintball is more than just mock combat, it is a team sport of strategy. It involves the skills of resolving a situation in your team’s favor. It just involves shooting the other team. 

If the shooting part gets a parent hung up with an ethical question, think about the fun your child has in a water balloon fight. Kids are mature enough to know they are not injuring or killing anyone. It is play.  In fact, many child behavior experts recommend the opportunity for children to engage in rough and tumble play for the emotional benefits it provides. By engaging in a team sport like paintball children learn positive social behavior, their self-confidence grows, friendships strengthen. It helps them feel empowered in their “children’s only” universe.

Party Packages 

If you are ready to plan your child’s paintball birthday party, please contact us. We have a variety of packages to choose from that will meet your specific need. Group discounts make the experience even more affordable. We have been providing the perfect environment for kids to have a safe, fun, thrilling adventure with the sport of paintball for years. Ranked the #1 indoor paintball venue for San Diego, you can book your birthday party with confidence. Our experienced staff is here not just because they love the sport, but also because they enjoy seeing others fall in love with the sport by having a great time.


5 Advantages of Low-Impact Paintball

Low Impact Paintball

Remember when you were a kid, and you played The Game? Some of us called it cops and robbers, and some of us called it war, but it boiled down to the same thing; running around in a yard, field, or playground with your friends, and shooting at each other with finger guns. While fun, the arguments about whether or not someone got shot could lead to fights that ended play for the whole day. Then you upgraded to Nerf guns and water pistols, which was a safe alternative that made it much clearer when someone had and hadn't been hit. You got to have all of the fun, but without the grumbling that came with dueling imaginations.

Just because you're a grown-up now, that doesn't mean you have to give up The Game. However, thanks to advances in technology, you now have a better option than ever before for playing; low-impact paintball. If you've thought about paintball, or tried it before and decided you didn't like it, here are a few reasons you might want to consider its low-impact cousin.

5 Advantages of Low-Impact Paintball

Advantage #1: Less of a Sting

One of the things that discourages a lot of people from trying (or going back to) traditional paintball is that getting shot can sting. Some players compensate for that by wearing padded body armor, or just heavy clothes, but the point is that sort of preparation shouldn't be necessary just to enjoy the game. Worse, padding yourself up can make it hard for you to move quickly, and it can be tough to tell when you actually have been shot (rhino hiding, as some people call it). So, if the idea of being shot with a regular paintball makes you cringe, you'll be pleased to know that low-impact paintball hits with less than 75 percent of the sting. In scientific terms, low-impact rounds hit you with 5 joules of force, versus the 13 joules of force that comes with more traditional paintball shots.

Advantage #2: Fun For All Ages

Traditional paintball is sort of like a roller coaster; you typically have to be a certain age to get on. This can be a problem if you're trying to find something the whole family can do together, since you might have one child who can participate, and another who's too young. Low-impact paintball is also a great outing for birthday parties and other situations where you're going to have a lot of kids in one place, of various sizes and ages, and you want something everyone can play. And, since the impact is smaller, it's more likely that everyone is going to be laughing and smiling, instead of someone sitting down and crying because of the sting.

Advantage #3: Energy and Material Efficiency

Low-impact paintball, in short, uses less material and energy than more traditional, high-impact paintball does. Because the pressure behind the shots is lessened, it means the guns can carry a smaller tank. The rounds are also significantly smaller, which means they weigh less for the same number of shots. All of that combines to give players a paintball gun that won't end up feeling like a lead weight by the end of a game, and which will allow for fast shooting and quick reflexes no matter how many games you decide to try to squeeze into your day.

Advantage #4: Lower Drop Rate

You know how, when you were a kid, your parents always said, "try it, you might like it," when they had some strange food you'd never heard of before? For a lot of people, paintball is like that. They're aware of it, but they've never done it, and they're not sure if it's something they'd really be into. If you're going to invite friends, especially friends in a group, then you might find a significant drop in enthusiasm once the shots start flying when it comes to high-impact paintball. With low-impact games, the drop rate is significantly less, which means that if someone comes to play, they're more likely to play all day instead of trying it, and then deciding they don't like it. The numbers, for those who are curious, is an average of 20 percent drop rate for high-impact, and a 5 to 10 percent drop rate for low-impact.

Advantage #5: Less Mess

The whole idea behind paintball is that it leaves a mark. It stops the argument of, "I shot you," "no you didn't," dead in its tracks when there's a splotch of fresh paint on your shoulder. However, because low-impact paintballs are smaller, it means there's less of a mess when they do score a hit. It's still noticeable, but it isn't like the Hollywood blood pack that can happen when a high-impact paintball hits. Especially if it hits a hard surface, like a face mask.

Less mess means that you have less clean-up to do when the game is over, and there's less of a worry about multiple impacts bleeding together, making you unsure about whether or not that hit was from this game, or the last round that you finished five minutes ago.

These are, of course, just a few great reasons to give low-impact paintball a try. It provides all the fun and positive advantages of traditional paintball, but without so many of the problems that stop so many people from enjoying the sport. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today, and try a round or two for yourself!


Awesome Low Impact Paintball Tips and Strategies for Beginners

Low Impact Paintball

Low-impact paintball is just as tactically tricky as full-impact paintball: the balls just move a little slower. That's what makes it so fun and engaging for beginners and younger players. However, you still need to master some very important tips, tactics, and strategies before you begin. These basic guidelines will help you become a master low-impact paintball player. And should you ever decide to go full-speed, these tactics will still be useful!

The Best Safety Equipment Tips

First of all, you need to invest in some good paintball safety equipment. Even low-impact paintball is going to require some basic body protection gear. Typical paintball safety equipment to purchase includes:

  • A safety face mask that fits comfortably and snugly over your face
  • Thermal protection to prevent lens fogging
  • Body armor that covers your torso
  • Elbow, shoulder, and knee pads (to avoid damage to your joints)
  • First aid kit

The last item is particularly important if you're playing in a rural paintball arena. While the speed of the low-impact balls shouldn't cause more than a sting, people may still get hurt should they fall. A first aid kit can help treat non-serious wounds and temporarily treat serious wounds until help arrives.

Carefully Choose Your Shots

Once you're ready to play, you need to understand how to take carefully choose and take your shots. Don't simply run into the arena madly shooting paintballs. You will likely quickly run out of paintballs before hitting anybody and will make yourself a sitting duck for opponent players.

Instead, try to find a good angle on an opponent before shooting. Good angles are generally higher in the air, such as on a hill or in a position they can't reach. Once you've got the angle, squeeze off one or two well-aimed shots.

When in an unplanned situation, such as an ambush, where you don't have a good angle, try to run in a zigzag to make yourself harder to hit. A random pattern in which you change the lengths of your zigs and zags will be the most effective. Now, squeeze of a few suppression shots to drive away your opponent and to avoid getting tagged.

Always Look for Cover

Finding great cover is the best way to succeed in paintball. In a great paintball arena, there should be plenty of trees and buildings in which you can take cover. However, if you're unable to find anything and you desperately need cover, just fall to the ground and look for long grass. And try to keep your face mask down: it's usually the first thing anyone will see when looking for you.

Learn How to "Flank"

Now, we'll discuss how to get out of a bad situation: being pinned down. If your opponent has you trapped and won't let up, flanking is often the only option you have. Basically, you need to split your team into two smaller groups and sneak around the sides of your opponent. Attacking them from two sides breaks their shot focus and makes it harder for them to attack.

As a result, they're likely to panic and abandon their position quickly. The best way to flank is to crawl, with your gun pointed forward. That way, you can minimize your noise, decrease your visibility, and still give yourself a good shot angle.

Hopefully, these simple tips have given you the impetus to try out our low-impact paintball experience. If you're interested in getting out on the field and having some fun, please contact ustoday to make a reservation. Our facilities are always in high demand, so make sure to book well in advance to get the time you want.


The Best Paintball Birthday Cakes You'll See This Year

10 July 2016

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The Best Paintball Birthday Cakes You'll See This Year

Take a Look at That Cake!

We have seen our fair share of some awesome paintball birthday cakes here at San Diego Paintball Park. We specialize in paintball birthday parties here at the park and we take pride in sharing some awesome tips and tricks with our party hosts who may be planning their next paintball event with us.

The best of the best...

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park

Paintball Birthday Cake at San Diego Paintball Park


Where Are We Located?

How to Get to San Diego Paintball Park

 

With the most conveniently located paintball experience in San Diego we are most likely not only the closest paintball park to you but also the easiest to find!

Our Physical Address

8268 Industrial Park Driveway San Diego,CA 92111

Our Mailing Address

8268 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego,CA 92111

 

From the South 15/163 Freeways

  • Head north and take the 163 freeway.
  • Get off on the Clairemont Mesa Blvd exit.
  • Head Westbound towards the ocean.
  • Turn right onto Industrial Park Driveway. We are on the left side of that street.

From the North 15/163 Freeways

  • Head south and take the 163 freeway.
  • Get off on the Clairemont Mesa Blvd exit.
  • Head Westbound towards the ocean.
  • Turn right onto Industrial Park Driveway. We are on the left side of that street.

From the South I-5/805 Freeways

  • Head north and take the 805 freeway.
  • Get off on the Clairemont Mesa Blvd exit.
  • Head Eastbound towards the desert.
  • Turn left onto Industrial Park Driveway. We are on the left side of that street.

From the North I-5/805 Freeways

  • Head south and take the 805 freeway.
  • Get off on the Clairemont Mesa Blvd exit.
  • Head Eastbound towards the desert.
  • Turn left onto Industrial Park Driveway. We are on the left side of that street.

Still need help finding San Diego Paintball Park? Let us help you! Give us a call at 858-410-0037 during normal business hours and we would be happy to direct you to our location.


I Want to Play Paintball… How Long Will It Take?

10 July 2016

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I Want to Play Paintball… How Long Will It Take?

Curious about the amount of time the average paintball session lasts?

These are both great questions so let’s go over some timing topics. The average paintball game at San Diego Paintball Park lasts 3-6 minutes. Seems short, but in reality those minutes are action packed with adrenaline pumping paintball action! The thing is that with paintball you actually WANT your games to be shorter rather than longer.

 

Short Paintball Games are….

  • Better for conserving your ammo! With short games you are able to play paintball using only the optimal amount of paintballs. In those long and drawn out games that you play outdoors you are spending most of your time wasting ammo. 
  • More fun! Spend less time waiting on the sideline watching your friends play paintball. When you get shot in a paintball game you typically wait on the sidelines until the game is over. We have played games outdoors that last 20 minutes! Imagine getting shot in the first 5 minutes of the game and having to stand on the sidelines watching for over 15 minutes!
  • Extra Exciting! With most outdoor games you will play only 1 or 2 games before walking all the way back to the staging area. Since we run our games so much more efficiently than the average paintball facility we are able to get you MORE GAMES, MORE VARIETY, AND MORE EXPERIENCE.

 

Ok So How Many Games Will I Play?

Another awesome question we get frequently. The answer is pretty simple. We want you to get the most value possible out of your paintball experience here. That’s why we 100% guarantee that you will play more games per hour at our facility than any other park in San Diego!

Some quick facts:

  • Our average player stays for 2-3 hours.
  • Our average player plays roughly 8-15 games per hour.
  • We offer games like elimination, capture the flag, protect the president, buzzer beater, and more!
  • The average player uses 150-300 paintballs per hour.
  • All games are professionally supervised and we offer FREE lessons to all beginners.
  • Our average monthly member saves over $400 on paintball each year!

What If I am Bringing a Group? Do We Need More Time?

Absolutely not! We run our games so efficiently that most of our groups finish playing before their entry has expired! We strive to provide the perfect balance of play time and break time for our groups to ensure that they are able to serve food, celebrate their special event, or just take a water break.


What the Heck is Paintball?

10 July 2016

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What the Heck is Paintball?

What is Paintball and How Can it be My Next Event?

Paintball is becoming a very popular sport as the industry is getting more and more mainstream. People young and old enjoy this glorified version of tag. It is fun, exciting and burns energy. It can also be a great option for your next group event. Whether it’s a birthday party, corporate building activity or your subsequent youth group event, paintball is a versatile option. Following, find the basics of the game and different groups it relates to.

What is Paintball? 

In layman terms, paintball is a game of tag using balls filled with colored gel. These gel balls are fired by a marker (gun) using compressed air as a propellant. There are basic safety rules and versions of the game. Below, is a breakdown of each.

1. Safety: Safety is always top priority during the paintball game. With the use of boundaries and protective gear, paintball is a very safe sport. Actuallypaintball is safer than bowling statistically speaking.

  • Clothing/Mask: It is recommended to wear long-sleeve shirts while engaging in a game. Keep in mind, there are a lot of crawling and diving involved. In addition, every player is required to wear a protective mask. Others choose to wear additional defensive equipment, such as, chest protector, gloves and neck protector. These are all able to be rented out piece by piece.
  • Boundaries: There are always boundaries marked before the start of the game. This keeps the players in a general area to make the game run smoothly.
  • Blind Firing and Surrendering: Players should not fire blindly, which is closing eyes or firing without any target. In addition, you must always allow players to surrender when they choose to.
  • Dead Zone: Once a player is hit, they should immediately find the dead zone. This is a place the player can be out of the play zone and not be hit by a paintball.

2. Game Versions and Objectives: There are several versions of paintball, and each has its own objective. Following, are a few of the different types.

  • Elimination Game: Simply, the object of this game is to eliminate the other team’s players. A player is eliminated once hit by a paintball.
  • Capture the Flag: This tends to be the most popular and fund version to play. Each team has a “flag” which is positioned at the base. The base is usually at their end of the playing field. The objective, is for the team to capture the opposing flag and return it to their base. The game is over once a team has captured the flag and eliminated all opposing players.
  • Center Flag: One flag is placed in the center of the field. The object of the game is for the team to capture the flag and take to the required base. There are two options for the base. Either the team is required to get the flag to their base or push the flag to the opposing base.
  • Beat the Buzzer: One game that San Diego Paintball Park offers that many other fields do not is our signature game using a scoring system and multiple buzzers. These buzzers are placed on the field and the goal is to hit the buzzer button and reach the high score before the other team does. Usually we play where the first team to hit the buzzer 4 times is the victor.

What types of Groups Enjoy Paintball? 

Paintball is a great option anytime you need an activity for a larger group or even a small group. Following, are a few examples:

  • Birthday Parties: Paintball is a great idea for birthday parties. This is especially true for the younger ages. Look for an indoor facility that specializes in low impact paintballs like San Diego Paintball Park. These make the impact almost painless. This allows the younger kids to enjoy the game without fear of being hurt. It also, allows kids to be active and get their energy out while you socialize with other parents. Adults have birthday parties too. Paintball is enjoyed by people well into their 60s. Heck we even had a group from a retirement community book a party last year.
  • Corporate Team Building: Paintball is perfect for team building. The entire session requires communication and trust in others. In addition, it requires teams to work together in order to create a strategy to win the game. We have done parties for organizations of all sizes ranging from enterprise companies like Qualcomm. All the way down to a local garage door repair company with 8 employees.
  • Church Groups: Church leaders are always searching for a “clean” activity for their youth. Paintball is just that, good clean fun. It promotes friendship and communication. It is an activity that everyone can get involved and enjoy.

Paintball is an easy and active way to have a good time. Whether you are looking for a pickup game, night out or any other group function, paintball can accommodate you. If you are looking for an indoor and low impact option, contact us to make a reservation today.