So, This is Your First Time Playing Paintball. Are you a little nervous about trying paintball? We have pulled together some facts and information that should help put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your day at CPX Sports!
First, to put your mind at ease, here are some statistics on paintball…
- You have less of a chance of being injured playing paintball than you do golfing, boating, and even bowling! Statistics are based on all injuries requiring medical attention or causing the participant to lose at least 1 day of work. (Source: SGMA International)
- In 2003, 9.8 million people played paintball and paintball has consistently been ranked among the top 5 extreme sports since 1996. (Source: American Sports Data)
OK, now you know the stats, but what is paintball? Paintball is more closely related to tag and dodge ball than to any other sport or activity. Paintball games last 10-20 minutes and have set objectives ranging from capture the flag to elimination of the other team (like in dodge ball). In all paintball games, a player is eliminated when they are “marked” by a paintball. Here are some common questions people have about the sport of paintball.
- What is a Paintball?
- What should I wear?
- What extra things should I bring?
- Does getting shot with a paintball hurt?
- What kind of safety precautions do you take?
- Can I bring and use my own equipment?
- How old do you have to be to play paintball?
- Do the Underage Waivers need to be notarized?
- What kind of equipment do you rent?
- What is required to rent equipment at CPX Sports?
- But what if I do not have an ID Card?
- Does the park close for inclement weather?
- Do you have any indoor paintball fields?
- Can I bring my own food and/or beverages?
- Can I bring my own paintballs?
- How many paintballs will I use?
- Can I get my tank filled there?
- How much does paintball cost?
Q: What is a Paintball?
A: A paintball is a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule, with colored liquid inside of it. Paintballs are similar to large round vitamin capsules or bath oil beads. The fill inside paintballs is non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable. It rinses out of clothing and off skin with mild soap and water and they are even edible, although we don’t recommend it!
Q: What should I wear?
A: We suggest you wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that cover as much exposed skin as possible. Hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, and good running shoes with ankle support are suggested. CPX Sports has a Pro-Shop where you can purchase hats, gloves, and other paintball apparel including disposable camo jumpsuits.
Q: What extra things should I bring?
A: During the summer months always carry bug spray and sunscreen. Application of bug spray should be done before you play and will keep the pests off you while on our many courses. Avoid using bug spray near your goggles. It will damage goggle lenses and other plastic equipment. In the winter lip-balm and good warm gloves are a must. Remember, we are outdoors so dress for it.
Q: Does getting shot with a paintball hurt?
A: William Shatner said it best when he visited our park: “The sting of the paintball is part of the mystique of the ballgame. So, the kick of running and jumping, dodging the paintball goes right back to your childhood. And the competition of trying to make the points to win the overall thing is a rush.” So, while getting “marked” by a paintball might sting a little, the sensation is similar to getting snapped by a rubber band and will usually go away in a couple seconds.
Q: What kind of safety precautions do you take?
A: The most important safety precaution in the sport of paintball is the full face goggles. We require all participants to wear full-face mask system with ear protection. All visitors to CPX Sports are also given a safety briefing every time they visit park. This briefing explains the important safety rules at the park, along with how to properly use the equipment and play the game. We also require guests to chronograph their markers before each game. This allows us to make sure no guests are exceeding the maximum velocity of 280 fps (feet per second) or are in full auto or burst mode.
Q: Can I bring and use my own equipment?
A: Yes, but we will inspect your equipment to make sure it meets our safety standards.
- All goggles must be full-face masks and be unaltered. There can be no cracks in the lenses at all.
- Paintball markers must be semi-automatic with a trigger guard. We do not allow full auto, double fire trigger systems (double triggers are ok), markers with ramping mode enabled, or burst mode. Any markers with full auto capability must be able to lock it down and not have the ability to quickly switch to full auto while on the field. If there is a question on if your marker can be used here, a CPX Sports staff member will make it. The decision of CPX Sports staff is final.
- Barrel socks are required on all paintball markers.
- All CO2 or High Pressure tanks must be in test date. High-pressure fiber wrap tanks may not have any cracks or fraying and can’t have any stickers, decals or other coverings on them.
- We do not allow silencers, smoke grenades, paint mines or multiple paintball launchers.
- Maximum velocity is 280 fps.
Q: How old do you have to be to play paintball?
A: You must be at least 10 years old to play paintball. Anyone under 18 must have an Underage Waiver signed by their parent or guardian to participate. Please print out the form below & sign and date the waiver. Bring the completed form with you on the day of your event. Download the Under Age Waiver Form here!
Q: Do the Underage Waivers need to be notarized
A: No. If your form is not notarized, it will be good for the one day only. However, if your form is notarized (we have 2 notaries here at the park and will do it for you free of charge if your parent is with you), we will keep it on file until the child is 18.
Q: What kind of equipment do you rent?
A: We rent all of the equipment necessary to participate in the sport of paintball. Our standard rental package will include a semi-automatic Tippmann 98 paintball marker with a barrel sock, a hopper, a HPA tank, and a full facemask with anti-fog lenses. We also rent paintball shirts, ammo pouches, tactical vests, chest protectors, and various upgrades for a small additional charge.
Q: What is required to rent equipment at CPX Sports?
A: A valid photo ID is required for all equipment rentals. You will have to give your ID card to the equipment room staff when you pick up your rental equipment. Your ID card will be returned to you when the equipment is returned in good condition. You will be charged for lost or damaged equipment at the rates posted at the equipment room.
Q: But what if I do not have an ID Card?
A: A parent or guardian or another individual must be willing to assume responsibility for your equipment’s return and condition. Individuals with a valid ID card can have more than one set of equipment secured in their name.
Q: Does the park close for inclement weather?
A: No, CPX Sports is open year round rain or shine! The only time we stop play is if there are lightning strikes on or near the park grounds. We will resume play as soon as the storm passes. Please be sure to check the website for current park hours.
Q: Do you have any indoor paintball fields?
A: No, CPX Sports is all outdoors.
Q: Can I bring my own food and/or beverage?
A: No. CPX Sports does not allow any outside food or beverages anywhere on the property. We do, however, offer a full concession stand with a variety of snacks, pizza, hot dogs, and beverages.
Q: Can I bring my own paintball?
A: No. CPX Sports is field paint only. Any players found to be using off-field paint will be ejected from the park. No exceptions.
Q: How many paintballs will I use?
A: The average player goes through 750-1,000 paintballs in 4 hours of paintball play.
Q: Can I get my tank filled there?
A: We provide air fills for players with a paid admission only for CO2 or HPA fills up to 4500psi. We also inspect tanks for dates, so make sure your tank is up to date!
Q: How much does paintball cost?
A: A day of paintball (including admission, rental equipment, and your paint) will cost you around $58, depending on how much paint you shoot. We do offer memberships that will save you money if you visit the park more than 2 times a year.