How Old Should a Kid be to Play

Mar 12, 2016 -- Posted by : admin

A group of kids playing paintball at a birthday party

Black Bear Paintball requires players to be at least 10 years old (we do make exceptions at the parents discretion). Beyond that, there are no hard and fast rules concerning a player's age. Here are some things to consider when deciding if your child is ready to play paintball.

Paintball is a "Contact" Sport

Girls just wanna have fun - paintball for the warrior in her!

U.S. Courts have held that paintball is considered a contact sport. This means the goal of paintball is to physically strike opponents. This makes paintball similar to dodgeball, a snowball fight, or a water balloon fight. The game is played by shooting small balls of paint at your opponent. Being struck by a paintball stings. The closer your opponent is to you, the more it stings. Being hit by a paintball feels like being "popped" by a large rubber band at point-blank range. It does leave a mark and can cause a welt. If your child has an older brother, she gets this.

Falling Down is Part of the Game

Our contains man-made bunkers and obstacles. There are things to trip over. While we have done everything possible to minimize injury from falling down, the reality is, people fall down. If your child does okay with other sports where players experience contact and falling down (like football, soccer, gymnastics, skiing) he will probably do fine with paintball.

Can Your Child Keep Her Head?

On the playing field, the most important rule is: KEEP YOUR MASK ON AT ALL TIMES. If your child can appreciate the danger of removing her mask on the playing field, and will keep her mask on even if it fogs up or feels uncomfortable, she'll do fine. The greatest potential danger in paintball is being struck in the eye. The mask must be worn at all times and NEVER removed during play and while on the paintball field. Our referees will closely monitor players to make sure everyone follows this rule, but we can't catch everything and we depend heavily on players to monitor themselves and each other.

Group of boys playing paintball at a birthday party.

It Comes Down to You

Ultimately, you, the parent are the only one who can determine if your child is ready to play paintball. We've seen children as young as eight years old play (and play very well); we've seen 16-year-olds play who probably should stick with interpretive dance. There is a certain rough-and-tumble attitude required to play and enjoy paintball. If your child fits that bill, let her play.

Paintball Birthday Party

Does you child want to do something exciting for his or her birthday? Book a private birthday party at Black Bear Paintball. Talk to use about the details.

Here's a checklist to help you prepare for your kid's fun day of paintball.

Watch this video with your child and talk about it.

Summit County Paintball co-owner Jeff McElhattan
Black Bear Paintball
Silverthorne, Colorado


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