Also what about some one who is mentally retarded? They wouldn't have the mental capacity to understand the rules. Do we have to let them play even though they would be an increased safety risk (the fact they can't sign a waiver being ignored for this instance. Just looking at the equality argument for the sake of discussion )?
Point is where do we draw the line on what is reasonable at a given time. If we can't trust the ability of a Professional Paintball Player (an expert in his field) about what should be deemed safe on the field who do we trust? A lawyer with no experience? A blind man who played once? Has Tom ever proven his judgement is poor when it comes to safety?
Actually, there is no mention that the Professional Paintball Player who is the owner, or part owner in the case of a partnership (In this case I am referring to the fact that his wife was there), was present to make said judgement call. On top of that, not all Pro players have that kind of judgement. They understand how to play the game, and have honed their abilities to play at such a high level, but that does not mean that they automatically have an understanding of who should, and who should not play paintball.
Interestingly enough, I have reffed where I had a group of individuals in a private group that did not understand English very well. Out of ten people, three or four of them didn't understand the language, and when I did orientation, I had to wait every so often so that a person could translate what I said. My concern was that during a game, they would not understand me when I was giving out instructions like about them trying to take their mask off when on the field. I told the others that did speak English well enough that if this was a problem, meaning that they did accidentally take off their mask, and didn't put them on when I told them to, they would not be able to play due to the safety concern that they represented to themselves and others.
Funny enough, we enforce the mask rule because we know that they danger exists for someone to lose their vision if they are hit by a paintball in the eye, but what of those that already have lost enough vision to be legally blind? I mean, should they be required to wear the mask?