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#1 Sellingbrokenion

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:21 AM

At what age do you think is too young for paintball? Some fields only allow 10 year olds some fields, while others allow 8 year olds, even a few talking about lowering the age down to 6. At what age do you think is too young?

Personally I think paintball fields should raise the age to 12, I have seen to many crying little kids to think its good for paintball, when they aren't crying they are usually hiding in corners or in the far back bunkers 4-5 kids on one bunker. They are more likely too shoot their own team then the other.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:36 AM

You have to be 10 years old to play at my local field. I think that is the perfect starting age.




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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:37 AM

Hell, if a six year old wants to play let him play. It's up to the parent or legal guardian. It's really not a big deal a little kid goes out with his family "Hides in the back" shoots someone, gets shot out, cries, and then laughs about it with their family. What age did you start playing paintball? If you asked everybody on the forums I bet %75 started before the age of 12, so if every field started at 12 %75 of the forums might not have started playing paintball. I know I started at 10 years old, so I might not have ever played paintball if the field owner of my parents thought I was too young to play paintball.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:40 AM

Whenever they can get it through their heads that a paintball can easily make your eye disintegrate.



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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:01 AM

It depends on the kid. I've met 8 year old kids that were more mature on the field than some 25 year old guys but I've also met some bratty little kids at the field as well.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:06 AM

I don't think age should be the deciding factor.

First and foremost, I think you should be allowed to play once you've grown enough to be able to properly and safely wear a mask.

Seriously, I'm seeing kids at my field running around with the their masks riding on their shoulders and constantly holding the chin of their mask.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:08 AM

Maturity>Age

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:41 AM

My Local field is 10 years old. My daughter cant wait to turn 10. I do believe though you can take your kid(s) to the field with you and start getting them introduced to PB at an early age. That is what I have done.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

I think 10 works fine
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:38 AM

I would agree with 12 for some cases, but 10 is just fine i think. i started playing when i was 15 and i did everything mentioned but cry.lol

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:41 AM

Whenever they can get it through their heads that a paintball can easily make your eye disintegrate.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:38 AM

10. It's when I started. Kids these days need to toughen up a bit.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:16 AM

10. It's when I started. Kids these days need to toughen up a bit.

I find ten year olds play better when a vet plays along side them. I mean right alongside them. I've done it before, told the kid to stay right next to me no matter what and do as I say. It got him out of the back corner bunker, into the the middle of the fight, and got him to not be afraid.

And I'm sure my Marq of Doom shooting 15bps alongside him gave him a little bit of a confidence boost :D

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:48 AM

The local field is set at 13 years old for paintball, but no age limit on laser tag. A couple fields a bit further out (20-30 miles) allow at 10. As stated before, it all depends on the child. If they don't freak out and turtle, they'll be in great shape (I teach fencing and other sword techniques to kids and watch for this very closely.). My oldest is 9 and can't wait until he turns 10 in June.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

I think if they can hold a marker and aren't afraid to play, then buy all means let them play.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:49 AM


Whenever they can get it through their heads that a paintball can easily make your eye disintegrate.

Lol pun intended?


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:15 PM

I think ten is a pretty good age but it really depends on the kid. If they're mature enough to handle the rules and not be a bitch when they get hit then let em play


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:20 PM

I think ten is a pretty good age but it really depends on the kid. If they're mature enough to handle the rules and not be a bitch when they get hit then let em play


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

I think if you have your highschool Id, then you can play.
once you walk into grade 9, you have a visible piece of ID that fields can see and check. and you can then get your adult to sign for you as usual and enjoy your day of play.

I know that there are a select few children who are mature enough to play, are young, yet exited and into the game.
However.

There are FAR MORE 10. 11's 12s and 13 year old kids who sit in the back firing away at the other side of the field 180 feet away and who freak shit if you come around a corner near them asking for a mercy or surrender.

they shoot their team mates in the back because they refuse to move up. They point their barrels at everyone's face when talking to them, partially because they have to look up, and partially because the tank is heavy so it drops to the ground. in the event that a player has to make a quick informed decision ( like they see someone wipe out and a mask comes flying off,) 95% would not scream for the other players to stop shooting. most of them would actually pelt the downed guy as an easy elimination before seeing his mask 5 feet in front of him. by the time you hit 14 i'd imagine your quick enough to make "self ref" choices on a field if you have to. I dont see it from a 10 year old. Especially not an 8 year old that some fields let on.

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Also: kids who drop school and no longer have their valid ID can be refused on grounds of we need a school id for those who do not have a drivers license or in college university ect. easy way to stop complete tools from walking onto a field and hurting themselves or others through douchbaggery

Does this mean there are children who wont be able to play for a few years. Yes. its true.
But I think it would do more good then bad. and quell alot of issues that field owners and the guys at the cash almost Always have with parents freaking about their child being hit 2 times, or a second time when they were walking off. (as they blatantly crossed lines of fire without realizing it)

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

Ive played with a six year old in my walk on group, I'm all for parents wanting to introduce their kids to the sport, but they need to be paired with a "young gun" group or something more appropriate for their age rather then lumped in with the other walk on players
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:31 PM

I went for my first time when I was 10 with a friend and his dad's work. It was awesome! I was hooked after that lol.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:33 PM

I think 10 should be the very least age. I facepalm hard when I see little kids who are holding a tippmann 98 the size of them.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:53 PM

I don't think there's an age at which you shouldn't play paintball, but I think you shouldn't have your own gun until you can earn the money and buy your own.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

Ive played with a six year old in my walk on group, I'm all for parents wanting to introduce their kids to the sport, but they need to be paired with a "young gun" group or something more appropriate for their age rather then lumped in with the other walk on players


I agree or at least have a couple good and aggressive players with them/ whenever i see a group of little kids i try and get on their team

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

in my opinion i would say 11 because cant decide between 10 or 12 lol. My field rules are that you cant play under 10 unless your parent/guardian is on the field with you helping

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:06 PM

I don't care what age you play as long as you have the proper maturity level. I know guys in their late teens that are much more immature than my younger cousins I bring to the field.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:38 PM

I think if they can hold a marker and aren't afraid to play, then buy all means let them play.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:46 PM

12 yrs, 2months and 5days to be exactly ":dodgy:"
or me, if the kid can follow the instructions of dont take the goggles off and other basicis things he is about to play, what should be something around idk, 9 or 10

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:52 PM

I think if you have your highschool Id, then you can play.
once you walk into grade 9, you have a visible piece of ID that fields can see and check. and you can then get your adult to sign for you as usual and enjoy your day of play.

I know that there are a select few children who are mature enough to play, are young, yet exited and into the game.
However.

There are FAR MORE 10. 11's 12s and 13 year old kids who sit in the back firing away at the other side of the field 180 feet away and who freak shit if you come around a corner near them asking for a mercy or surrender.

they shoot their team mates in the back because they refuse to move up. They point their barrels at everyone's face when talking to them, partially because they have to look up, and partially because the tank is heavy so it drops to the ground. in the event that a player has to make a quick informed decision ( like they see someone wipe out and a mask comes flying off,) 95% would not scream for the other players to stop shooting. most of them would actually pelt the downed guy as an easy elimination before seeing his mask 5 feet in front of him. by the time you hit 14 i'd imagine your quick enough to make "self ref" choices on a field if you have to. I dont see it from a 10 year old. Especially not an 8 year old that some fields let on.

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Also: kids who drop school and no longer have their valid ID can be refused on grounds of we need a school id for those who do not have a drivers license or in college university ect. easy way to stop complete tools from walking onto a field and hurting themselves or others through douchbaggery

Does this mean there are children who wont be able to play for a few years. Yes. its true.
But I think it would do more good then bad. and quell alot of issues that field owners and the guys at the cash almost Always have with parents freaking about their child being hit 2 times, or a second time when they were walking off. (as they blatantly crossed lines of fire without realizing it)


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

Maturity>Age


If kids are chill and don't be babys its fine. But if kids are acting like trash to other players saying how there ego that there mom baught > all the no. First time I went I was 12, i was always up by the 50 bunkering people :)

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

You do realize paintball would lose a metric shit-ton of new players if this was implemented, right?


What new players?
I reffed for an entire summer. Saw easily 15 kids a day under 14.
They came for birthdays. And for hmmm.... Not much else. You bring 15 kids to the field, parents drop 300$ in entry and paint for them all. (entry is 15$ per person plus rental costs are 160$ per case) so we cut them 50$ of total cost. and they look at the kids and say "Now you all have 175 paintballs" So dont waste them! because its all you get!)

on rare occasions another 160$ would be dropped for another case. But after that I can tell you how many on those kids I saw come back to the field.

0

infact the only time I saw a kid come back was because his dad played. and he would bring his two sons, one was 13 and the other 12. and they never came with a birthday party. so my returning birthday party kids outside of once a year. Is still 0

Really the big reason why fields like young ages is because of birthday partys. Johnny brings 14 buddies and his parents drop 300-400$ for 2 hours of them sitting in the back row long balling. field makes easy cash. then they leave and staff clean up after, games resume as normal.

Now my point of view IS NOT from the fields standpoint.

if that were so, ( and also in the real world when all points of view must be accounted for)

I'd drop the age to 6 in a heart beat. Have .50cal implemented for my rental field. FPS max of 250. and sell paint high cost for a bit, get another field going have Two serperate fields run at all time. 1 Rental only field of age 14 and under.

one field of the rest of the squabble running rentals with regular paintballs. at 275 FPS.

As for the people saying "When i was 9/10/11/12/13 and I was always up front, and never complained about hits and was good with safety"
YOUR that 1 kid out of 60 that would actually do that. the other 59 are in the same place as when I yelled "Go."
so while your a special mature citizen using logic and reason behind your actions. remember that there is a MUCH GREATER population of people. Who dont.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:52 PM

While I agree maturity is more important than age, what are you gonna do when little jimmy shows up to your field and wants to play? Give him a maturity test? That doesn't make sense. Are you gonna say "boobies!" and see if he laughs? It just wouldn't work. 12 and under. Theyve grown up a bit. They're not likely to screw around and take off their mask etc etc.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:56 PM


You do realize paintball would lose a metric shit-ton of new players if this was implemented, right?


What new players?
I reffed for an entire summer. Saw easily 15 kids a day under 14.
They came for birthdays. And for hmmm.... Not much else. You bring 15 kids to the field, parents drop 300$ in entry and paint for them all. (entry is 15$ per person plus rental costs are 160$ per case) so we cut them 50$ of total cost. and they look at the kids and say "Now you all have 175 paintballs" So dont waste them! because its all you get!)

on rare occasions another 160$ would be dropped for another case. But after that I can tell you how many on those kids I saw come back to the field.

0

infact the only time I saw a kid come back was because his dad played. and he would bring his two sons, one was 13 and the other 12. and they never came with a birthday party. so my returning birthday party kids outside of once a year. Is still 0

Really the big reason why fields like young ages is because of birthday partys. Johnny brings 14 buddies and his parents drop 300-400$ for 2 hours of them sitting in the back row long balling. field makes easy cash. then they leave and staff clean up after, games resume as normal.

Now my point of view IS NOT from the fields standpoint.

if that were so, ( and also in the real world when all points of view must be accounted for)

I'd drop the age to 6 in a heart beat. Have .50cal implemented for my rental field. FPS max of 250. and sell paint high cost for a bit, get another field going have Two serperate fields run at all time. 1 Rental only field of age 14 and under.

one field of the rest of the squabble running rentals with regular paintballs. at 275 FPS.

As for the people saying "When i was 9/10/11/12/13 and I was always up front, and never complained about hits and was good with safety"
YOUR that 1 kid out of 60 that would actually do that. the other 59 are in the same place as when I yelled "Go."
so while your a special mature citizen using logic and reason behind your actions. remember that there is a MUCH GREATER population of people. Who dont.


Maybe my local area is just weird then. About 1/3 of all players at my local field are 13 or under and own their own guns and play nearly every weekend. Hell, I've dumped almost 3000 dollars into this sport and I turned 14 late January. 3 of my good friends go with me nearly every weekend and own their own guns and gear. And I know at least 5 others who have their own guns and gear and play on a monthly basis. All of these people are 13 or recently turned 14 with the exception of 1 fifteen year old.

As per your concerns regarding safety, I see more older people take their masks off on the field than younger kids. Why? I personally believe that younger kids listen to the refs and are scared that if their masks come off they will be shot in the eye, while sometimes older players blow off the refs. Take in mind however this just what I suspect and by no means is the absolute truth.

Either way, younger players that do return (I know a lot that do/did) in my opinion are a major part of this sport. I know for a fact the whole reason I got into paintball was because my friends played a few games as rentals. I can guarantee that if the age limit was set to 14 I most likely would have never gotten into the sport as many kids at 14 now spend their money on clothes/phones/headphones (everybody and their mother has Beats where I live. I bought an Z2 and an 68/4500 tank instead) and I most likely would put my money towards that as well instead of this wonderful sport called paintball.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

i think 10 or 11

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

This comes up alot. I think it should be up to the parents in each individual case, depending if the child is able to assume the responsibility that comes with the game.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

Hell, if a six year old wants to play let him play. It's up to the parent or legal guardian. It's really not a big deal a little kid goes out with his family "Hides in the back" shoots someone, gets shot out, cries, and then laughs about it with their family. What age did you start playing paintball? If you asked everybody on the forums I bet %75 started before the age of 12, so if every field started at 12 %75 of the forums might not have started playing paintball. I know I started at 10 years old, so I might not have ever played paintball if the field owner of my parents thought I was too young to play paintball.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:55 PM

twelve, not just only because that was the age I began playing but, there is a huge difference in maturity (not saying always but from what I've seen) between kids ten years old, and kids twelve. Any age under ten (since most fields have the set age of ten) I believe would be a kind of questionable decision on the owners part, or the parents part, because the sport is supposed to be fun for everyone and maybe the pain of being hit might be to much for younger players.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:42 AM

My son was 7. He bought his first marker with some birthday money. Second game he shot me in the hand. I was so proud of him.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:18 AM

Very few companies in Canada will insure PB facilities. The insurance companies here have a minimum age of 10 years old.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:22 PM

Very few companies in Canada will insure PB facilities. The insurance companies here have a minimum age of 10 years old.


I feel that 10 is reasonable age to let kids play.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:27 PM

I would say around 10. I was reffing on saturday and the 98 was bigger then the kid holding it. To his credit that kid took shots like a champ. Am I the only person who started playing at 17?

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:19 PM

people start at all ages, my first game was at 13. and to be honest. I sat in the back the whole time / was completely unsure what to do. moved up a few times later on in the day.
Didnt come back to paintball until about a year later when I was 14, got a much better look at the game, and started to genuinely enjoy it. Bought my first marker, when I turned 15 with saved up B-day money. played here and there though the next 2 years, then at 17 started to play much more often, all the time at 18. Not much of the time at 19 (saving for university) and so far none at 20 (in university) however. that will change in due time.


I still maintain that a majority of people who come back to paintball are over the age of 14-15, and that at 10 years old your doing it because the older kids/ your dad/uncle does

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