Nokified, on 16 January 2013 - 03:13 AM, said:
It feels like every sport started out that way. Basketball. Polo. Baseball. It's all weird until there comes some strong voices.
Paintball isn't for kids.
It doesn't quite have the public image it needs. You ask most parents they'll tell you paintball is not for their kids. It's safe if used properly like everything else. Unfortunately the sport will be dubbed dangerous in most parents eyes.
Paintball has a big hurdle for newbies to overcome - the pain. Yea you got your pads and whatever but newer players aren't gonna have those. And even the idea or the sound of pain will make them refuse.
Lastly, cost. A basic setup will run you over 200$. A basketball? 20$. 30$ at most. Which one will the parents pick? The latter of course. Sure they can get a fog mask and a balloon tied on to their spider with a cone holding the balls. But what if the kid wants to get serious? He can save forever to buy a piece of the equipment because his daddy wants him to play football instead so he ain't paying. What about the paintballs themselves? Expensive. You can go to the court or a field and play basketball or football. But paintball? None of the above! You have to go to a field which cost money and buy the paintballs which cost even more money. So you got yourself a 200+$ equipment fee and a continuous 40-80$ every game depending on how much you're gonna shoot.
As I stated, there are many limiting factors such as cost, the fear of getting hurt, and the public image that paintball community needs to address with incoming parents. If we can solve these obstacles then we will be in a good position.
Well he was comparing it to snowboarding which is probably on par/more expensive than paintball, you have to buy a nice board, a cheap one wont do, which is at least $100, you need to buy the specific snowboarding boots another $100, and Goggles $100, and helmet and then coats etc. And snowboarding can hurt too, when you fall on ice, or just falling in general. You also mentioned a field fee, well ski resorts have a fee, now it might not be $40, but i imagine some might be close to that, plus travel. Not only to mention that snowboarding is just for half a year at the most (assuming you don't live in the mountains), paintball can be played year round.
I think lessons would be great idea to get kids into the sport and to feel more confident and not as scared and intimidated by other players.