Torrid Paintball Sports - Paintball Safety Briefing


FORMAL PLAYER SAFETY BRIEFING
When played correctly, Paintball is extremely safe. Please pay close attention to these rules, which have
been designed for your protection.


The single most important piece of equipment is your goggles. Paintballs travel at up to 200 miles per
hour! This makes for impacts, which feel like a hard thump or being popped with a towel. These shots
may leave a welt on your body, and they WILL permanently remove an UNPROTECTED eye! Any time
you are on or near the playing field, you must have your goggles on.


In the event that your goggles come off during a game, you will immediately cover your eyes with your
hands, drop to the ground and shout "CEASE FIRE! MY GOGGLES ARE OFF!" Everyone is to stop
shooting, place his or her markers on the ground and remain in place. The nearest referee will come to
you and assist you in putting your goggles back on. The referee will shout, "GAME ON!" to restart the
game when it is safe.


Just because you are eliminated from a game does NOT mean that you can remove your goggles! You
must not take off your goggles until you are well off the playing field area and in a safe area where barrel
plugs are required.


Another important piece of equipment you have is the barrel plug (pointing to plug). This safety device
will supplement the marker's safety switch. At any time when you are not actually playing, or shooting at
the target range, you must have the barrel plug in your marker. You must put on your goggles prior to
walking out of a safe area. Safe areas are where players are required to have barrel plugs in their
markers at all times. The referee on the playing field will tell you when you can remove your barrel plug.
When you are eliminated from a game you should raise your marker above your head and yell "I'm Out!"
which signals the other players that you are out. You will then immediately proceed towards the neutral
zone and then put your barrel plug in your marker.


DO NOT LEAVE THE PLAYING FIELD WITHOUT
YOUR BARREL PLUG IN YOUR MARKER; and DO NOT REMOVE YOUR GOGGLES UNTIL YOU
ARE WELL AWAY FROM THE PLAYING FIELD IN A SAFE AREA!


Splats larger than a quarter anywhere, including on your equipment, count as an elimination. Remember
if a ball hits you but does not break, you're still in the game. If however you feel the impact and call
yourself out, you ARE out.


If you feel an impact but cannot tell if it broke, you should call "Paint Check". The referee will come to
you and look for a splat. The referee will make every effort to check you without interrupting play.
If the referee feels it's necessary to stop play he will call you neutral. The referee will signal this by
holding a hand straight up. He may then ask you to move around to allow him to thoroughly check you
for splats. If the referee finds that you are marked he will signal that you are eliminated by placing one
hand on his head and pointing with the other to the eliminated player. If he determines that you not
marked, he will call you clean and will signal by waving his hands above his head and saying "Player is
Clean" allowing you to resume play. Remember, after you are eliminated from the game, you cannot talk
or assist anyone still in the game.


That’s a recap of the important safety and game information. But remember, before you play… Be sure
to have someone who is familiar with the equipment you will be using, show you how to use it properly.
You should know how to load and unload your marker, and how to use the safety. You must also be
sure that your goggles fit properly, and are in good condition. Have someone help you adjust the goggles
if they feel loose. They should fit snug and should not have any paint or scratches on the lens. And
above all, they should be made specifically for paintball.


Play Safe, Play Hard, and Have Fun!