Paintball is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with paintballs (spherical gelatin capsules containing primarily polyethylene glycol, other non-toxic and water-soluble substances, and dye) shot from a compressed-gas-powered "marker".

Paintball draws a wide array of players, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association estimates that over 10 million people play annually in the United States alone.

Statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports, even more so than tennis

A game of paintball usually involves two opposing teams seeking to eliminate all of the other team's players or to complete an objective, such as retrieving a flag, eliminating a specific player, or other paintball variations. An average, non-professional game of paintball usually lasts around five minutes to half an hour.

Paintball isn't training people to kill, nor does it make poeple "get used to" shooting someone. Shooting someone is more representative of a tag. Besides paintball is the ONLY team sport where u can legally eliminate your opponent from play. It is only a game and best of all no one gets hurt.

PAINTBALL IS NOT BAD FOR KIDS

Providing the safety equipment fit them properly, I have nothing against people under the "legal age of consent" playing paintball. (With parental permission, that is.) In fact, paintball just may teach kids some important life skills. Winning doesn't matter, race, creed, age, religion doesn't matter, respect for authority, safety, and determined effort brings reward. Best of all, it teaches them to see a loss, not as failure, but as a learning experience.

PAINTBALL IS NOT DANGEROUS

The safety equipment is designed to withstand multiple impacts from paintballs that are travelling far above the industry safe standard. (In other words they hold up over and about the "worst case scenario" like all safety equipment should.) Few people have been injured playing paintball. Accident statistics show that paintball has less injuries than bowling!

PAINTBALL DOES NOT PROMOTE VIOLENT TENDENCIES IN PEOPLE

In fact, psychologists have seen it to be a catharsis. It is a safe and healthy way to blow off some of the everyday tensions in life. Violent tendencies? Absolutely NOT. Tendencies towards a hot bath and a warm bed after a day of paintball comes to mind.

OBEYING RULES AND LAWS

There are safety rules, field rules and game rules. In order to be permitted to play, you must abide by them. Cheaters are not well liked in this sport and they are quickly ostracized.

Paintball is an Extreme sport, safe participation in paintball requires observance of proper safety procedure. When safety rules are followed, paintball is extremely safe.

There are only 5 safety rules, but we certainly take them very seriously. The only other 'rule' is that you have fun. Before each game the Marshall holds a safety briefing where the rules will be explained to all players to ensure that they are understood. These safety rules and game formats as used at The Funderdome.