Originally Posted by chain hang
For reffing a group; don't force them to play a field let them decide but still give suggestions
That's a good one. Get input from the players, they are paying to play so listen and do what they want to do.
I actually got to play some walk-on paintball last weekend with my old mechanical gun and was not thrilled at how the ref didn't take charge of open play. So here's some more advice:
Start games so both teams can clearly hear and know the game has started every time. Often that means at the very minimum yelling several times
that the game has started. A whistle or air horn is recommended. Having your own personal whistle that you bring to ref is a good idea.
Know the fields you take people to play on. Make sure you know where the flag stations are as well as some basics about the field.
Split teams evenly. This isn't hard to do and it should be done quickly before each game. Watch games and keep in mind who the better players are and split them up. Also split up the players that look like
better players and split up the people who are shooting lots of paint. The more fair the game, the more likely people will come back to play.
Never, ever allow walk ons to gang up and play against the rentals players. You want to make sure rental players have fun and getting smashed isn't having fun. Try to run separate games for rental players whenever possible.
Try to allow groups that showed up together playing on the same team if they want to.
Always be safety conscious, especially while exiting the field, entering the field, right when a player is eliminated, when players are in the deadbox and finally between games in the staging area. Between games, make sure you watch people for unsafe behavior without being obvious.
When people ask questions, answer them with authority. If you honestly don't know the answer, let people know that you'll find out.
Play a variety of games and take into account the terrain. Don't play just elimination games, especially in large wooded fields. Often that makes for long games with just a few players left on the field looking for each other while most the team is sitting around not playing.
Explain the game you are about to play. One flag, two flag, elimination, attackers vs defenders, or any type of scenario you are about to play needs to be explained briefly but clearly to both teams.