Originally Posted by SlyN'Silky
don't bother talking to people who won't hear it. convince those who will and have them back you up. if you really want it for your school, just keep fighting hard for it. show them injury lists and comparison charts, equipment, safety, and down play the speed of the markers, and show them organization.
they are more likely to accept your proposal if you present an organized binder of everything. visual aids and such will help too.
You couldn't be more right.
Right now Paintball is still very young, it has mixed conotations and for some people who have even exepreinced it, they see it as just old guys running around drunk in the woods shooting each other. You mission (should you choose to accept it) is to prove to them the EDUCATIONAL value of the activity. No school can argue good education. Try to think of how the lacross team would have proposed their acceptance? Because Lacross was like us not 20 years ago.
So what does paintball offer?
- Physcial fitness
- Self sacrifice
- Communciation skills
- Stategic thinking
No you need to find out just what the administration is looking for to make an organization. Make it a hypathetical if you have to. But come right out and ask them "What do you have to see, in order to make a club?" Their next question will probably be, "What type of club", your answer should be "Any kind of club"
Start by avoiding the paintball topic. Not because it's bad, but because it can cause a negative stigma. Once they tell you the rules, IE: Must have a facality advisor, must be approved by the Board of Education, Must have 10 members and a written set of by laws...
You have a point of attack. Follow each requirement to the letter and then bring everything to them in one very proffessional document. Remember, you're not a bunch of rednecks in the woods. You are educated students wishing to better yourselves and your school. Be polite, answer their questions and show them that you did everything they said must be done.
If you do it right, then at the end they will have no excuse to not permit the club, you followed all the rules, you did everything they asked. So you have every right to demand that they follow their side of the bargain as well.