Battlecreek Paintball – Frequently Asked Questions

Is Paintball safe?

Paintball is very safe as long as you follow the rules and use common sense. Any severe injuries come from people simply not following rules – usually removing their mask when they shouldn’t. There are, of course, minor injuries such as strains and sprains that are associated with all action sports and paintballs can leave minor bruises.

As a whole, paintball is very safe, does not lead to major injuries and only hurts a little bit. In fact, based on severe sport-related injuries that lead to emergency room visits, paintball is safer than bowling.

Is Paintball fun?

Yes. Paintball is a blend of action, strategy, adrenaline and small projectiles hurling through the air upwards of 280 feet per second. It’s a game that can be played and enjoyed by just about anybody.

Do Paintballs stain clothes?

Paintballs generally will not leave stains.   All of the ingredient used to make them are water soluble and readily wash out with soap and water.  There can be a little vegetable oil(to prevent sticking while being molded) which might leave an oil mark, this is easily removed with a touch of liquid dish soap(Dawn works every time).

Does it hurt to get hit by a paintball?

Sometimes. While a player will usually feel a slight sting that will quickly fade – similar to a firm flick on the arm – paintballs can also cause welts and bruises depending on the speed of the ball, the distance the ball travels, and where on your body the ball hits. To keep things fun and safe, Battlecreek keeps your gun firing slower than 280 feet per second, and has a rule in place to never shoot people from less than 20 feet away.

How much a paintball hurts also depends on how much padding or protection you wear. If you are only dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, expect small bruises that will fade in a few days, while a sweatshirt or other thick clothing will usually prevent bruising. Some people will wear protective vests, but I have generally found these to be unnecessary.

Paintballs that break on bare skin will hurt, but this can be avoided by wearing gloves to protect your hands, backwards baseball caps to cover your neck, and long-sleeve shirts and pants to protect your arms and legs. Your head is already protected by your mask, and a shot to the goggles rarely causes any pain.

Are paintballs environmentally friendly?

Paintballs are completely biodegradable and will wash away from most surfaces with water or will vanish after a rainstorm. Paintballs contain gelatin, polyethylene glycol (the base of cough syrups), starch, food colouring and a little vegetable oil to keep them from sticking during manufacturing . All ingredients used to make a paintball are biodegradable.

What should I wear for playing paintball?

Long sleeves and pants are all that is needed, however, for those that want a little more protection, here are some recommendations:

  • Wear sturdy outdoor shoes.
  • Wear Gloves
  • Wear Layers
  • For the Gentlemen; an athletic cup
  • Bring clothes for the ride home

Shoes

  • You should wear sturdy outdoor shoes when you play paintball. Lots of people wear hiking boots, football or soccer shoes. They should be shoes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.
  • There are certain types of shoes you should avoid when you play paintball. For your safety and comfort you should not wear High Heels, Sandals, or open toed shoes
  • Since the shoes you play paintball in may get dirty, you should consider bringing an extra pair of shoes for the ride home.

Gloves

  • Getting hit on a bare hand with a paintball is painful. With gloves, it is not a big deal. There are gloves designed especially for paintball, but they are not necessary. Any inexpensive glove is likely to work.
  • People often wear golf gloves, football gloves, batting gloves, and light work gloves. The important thing is to cover the bare skin on your hands.

Clothing

  • The clothing you wear while playing paintball serves two main purposes. One purpose is to help you regulate your body temperature. The other purpose is to provide padding.
  • Most paintball fields play in rain, snow, or shine. It is therefore necessary to be prepared for whatever weather you may face.
  • It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting long pants (not fitted jeans) and a long-sleeved shirt or jersey over a t-shirt, with an added light jacket in cool weather.
  • You should dress so that you have no exposed skin when you play paintball.
  • Our Woodsball fields are several acres of woods and brush. Chances are good that you are going to get dirty. Choose clothing with this in mind.

Athletic Cup

  • For the gents, while getting hit in the groin is not dangerous, it can be quite painful.  We highly recommend an athletic supporter with a protective cup.

Clothes for the Ride Home

  • Finally, we suggest that you bring an extra set of clothing and shoes for the ride home. This way you won’t hurt those nice leather seats. If you are wet, the ride home is likely to be more comfortable in dry clothing.
  • It is also a good idea to bring garbage bags to put the clothes you wore while playing paintball.