"Practice. Not the game. Practice. Were talking about practice..." Alan Iverson.
Coaches every where tell their players to practice the way they play. They tell them this, because to be the best, what you do on the field has to happen without thought. It has to be like reflex. This develops through practice, practice, practice. You can't turn it on at an event, and off at practice...Or can you?
Cheating is a sore topic in tournament paintball. Everyone does it, but gernerally speaking, no one wants to admit it. Let's just address cheating at practice for now.
I try to teach every team I get involved with to not concern themselves with the shady acts another team may pull during a practice session. I actually welcome it. The harder they make it for us in practice the better off we will be. At a tournament the refs will be a factor not present at practice. Hopefully they will level the playing field, and we will be better prepared due to the fact that we had to hit everyone 5 times to get them off the field in practice. The event will only take 3-4 times each.
I do not mean to say I think dishonest play is ok. I wish we could play this game with no refs on the field.
***Side Note: It can be done, though on a rookie level. I once ran a no ref 3 on 3 event, and it went off very well, to even my surprize.***
Next: Preparing for, and having a productive practice.