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Paintball Safety And Gear for Kids

Are you a worried parent of a child who is eager to play paintball? Are you worried about how safe the sport is for your son or daughter? Not sure what paintball safety gear is necessary for your kid. Then read on to find out how safe paintball is for kids – is it or is it not? That is the question.

Many parents have an image of paintball as being a violent sport and they rightly do not want their children to get into something like that. So the first question is understanding the sport, What is paintball?

To explain briefly, paintball is a team sport. That's right. I said the words “team” and “sport” in conjunction with paintball. That is because paintball is a sport that gets played in teams. And like any sport it has its rules and regulations that need to be adhered to. Such as the way that players need to conduct themselves, basic rules of what safety gear must be worn and above all sportsmanship and in-game etiquette.

Paintball is by no means violent. In fact, I have seen much more unsportsmanlike behavior in Soccer/Football, baseball and hockey than I have ever seen on a paintball field.

Lets talk about the number one myth that people think of when they think of paintball. That is, “Paintball is dangerous”.

Here are some facts and statistics that we can start with.

In the US there are 0.2 injuries per 1000 exposures per year in paintball. This compares to 3.7 injuries per 1000 exposures per year for Ice Hockey, 3.8 per 1000 injuries per year for American football and skiing and 2.4 per 1000 injuries per year for soccer.

As you can see the safety aspect of this sport is actually, statistically speaking, safer than the sports that I had just mentioned.

In order to keep your kids from getting injuries one must, of course, do his or her part. One of the things that you can do is by getting the right safety paintball gear for your kid(s) and by being sure that the safety rules are understood.

One of the most important equipment in paintball is the paintball mask. The mask must be worn at all times when on the paintball field – no exceptions. There are hundreds of masks that are out there now days for a relatively cheap price and whether you are an adult or a child you would not be able to play without one – literally, the referees will simply not let you on the field.

The next important safety gear for paintball is the barrel sleeve. This is the sock like contraption that is for covering the barrel when off the field. This will prevent shooting someone accidentally and injuring them as the sleeve will catch the paintball and stop it from shooting out. Unlike the mask the barrel sleeve must be on at all times when not on the field.

So to make sure that your child will be as safe as possible when playing paintball be sure that he/she has the proper safety gear and that he/she understands the safety rules.

The things that you should bring when playing paintball are:

1. Mask

2. Barrel sleeve

3. Long sleeve shirt – any old clothes will do. Make sure that it is comfortable and durable and something that you don't mind getting dirty.

4. Long pants.

5. Shoes – not sandals or flip-flops, shoes. Any old running shoe will do.

Of course, your child will get bruises and welts but if the safety rules are followed and understood and he/she has the right paintball safety gear, your child will not only have a blast and the time of his/her life but will be able to play it safe and minimize the risk of injuries.

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