Paintball is basically played in two different categories. One which is speed ball and the second called woods ball. Speed ball is a much faster paced way to play paintball than woods ball. Learning to play as a team member and using strategy in a game will make you a better player and highly valued to your team mates.
To play paintball no matter if you are playing on a team or just for fun in your backyard you must practice safety and wear a helmet at all times. Playing a game of paintball can involve different strategies and rules. Depending on the type of game being played will depend on the rules that will apply.
A paintball game can have all different amounts of people depending on the game being played. For instance some woods ball games could have as many as 30 people or more on a team where as a speed ball game may have 3 man games or higher.
The objective of the game is to shoot your opponents before they shoot you. This can take good shooting skills and team work to accomplish. To be out of the game the paintball must not only hit you but must break. If a paintball hits you and does not break you may continue to play. If you are hit in an area that you cannot see well and are unsure of a break or not then you signal to a referee to check you.
Practicing good sportsmanship is always a good practice and being honest will earn you a good name in the sport. Once you are hit in a game there is a dead box area that you will go to until your team either wins or loses. While playing a game you must never take your mask off until you are in a safe zone. This will depend on the field you are playing on and rules will probably be posted.