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Paintball Warriors at Splat-U-Later
Published on 2/10/2008
In regards to paintball, I probably should have started at a beginner's level. Some would argue that combating against teenagers is a beginner's level...however the average person would agree with me in saying that age is no factor in paintball.

On a nice brisk November afternoon (which might have been good for a walk or a hike) I was invited by my step-brother to play paintball at Spat-U-Later in Gladstone. I thought, "Yeah, okay. This will be fun. Maybe my mom will come and his dad and some other family members." But no. I found out that his dad was coming, but so were 5 or so of his seasoned paintballing friends. I knew it was going to be simulated combat. But, hey...they're just balls of paint.

Naturally, I didn't have any equipment. I received much needed help from the nice folks at Spat-U-Later. I rented my gear for less than it costs for 2 people to go to a movie and received a crash course in ballin'.

Did I mention that I never played paintball? I've heard that getting hit with a paintball doesn't really hurt and also that it really stings...I was about to find out who was telling the truth. I won't lie. Walking out on the field (not really knowing how hard paintballs can be) for the first time was exhilarating. Comparable almost to taking your first extreme roller coaster ride.

So, here's how we played it: 2 teams on either end of the field, the ref yells 10 seconds and then says GO! within the next 10 seconds. Then the ammo starts flying.

So, does it hurt? Short answer is no...depends on where you get hit. First of all, face masks are definitely required. It's not uncommon to get shot in the face. I wore thick clothing and did alright. Some of the kids were wearing only t shirts, I wouldn't recommend that.

If you haven't tried paintballing yet, you should. Three hours will give you some good games and it's great exercise.

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