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Old 10-06-2005, 08:12 AM #64
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I played back in a 5 man team out of Md and I was also the captain. I used to figure which side I wanted to push (depended on the team) and shoot the lanes on that side so my guys could advance that side and it would keep the other team from getting where they wanted. I have used the delay as well and it has worked. After the break to the push side I usually go to the weak side and start hammering to get them to move or pop up to get me, hopeing my Push side could angle them out.
This seemed to work very well for us and yes Im a bit heavy...LOL
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:38 PM #65
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Old 11-19-2005, 11:26 AM #66
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i would have to agree. back is way underated.
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:06 AM #67
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i play back in 3-man pickup games on the break i shoot a lane and if that corner goes down i bump up to middle x (they lay it down instead of standing it up ) so my front guy can make the snake . after he's there i wrap around the x (or other bunker depends on whats there) and work the other side problem i have is with pickup games is getting the other guys to listen and move i'm big so i have the smaller faster guys move up .
2 weeks ago i had to do a run thru cuz cuz the other 2 froze at their bunkers its a shame when a 280 lb guy takes all 3 out (bunkered2) by hisself and looks back and they rest of the team is in the back .
i have a 3man that i like to play with but most of the time the refs break us up to even the sides they pick by skill/markers (no fun putting angels and dm4's against rentals and tippman's).

good info also i'm gonna try some of the things i've read in this post
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:31 AM #68
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Ive played back in tournies for a couple years now and from what I've noticed it is most important to get to know your front guys and how they like to move. So you can put pressure right where they need it when they need it, you keep their angle supressed you allow your player to move up. I hate laying down all the paint sometimes but its alot more intimidating to have a steady stream coming where a guy should be poking his head out then little bursts.
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:39 PM #69
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Hey this is some good info. Ive been a back player since i hurt my knee and was unable to run. This has been for about 4 years. I truly didnt know some of this stuff. Thanks
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Old 02-04-2006, 03:30 PM #70
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kool, i never tried pinching before, DER!!
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:22 PM #71
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:20 PM #72
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lol im one of the big belly guys that could take a bounce from the guy that ants the easy out lol. im looking to start playing soon and i wnat to play mid or back because im a big guy 6'3 240 and im only 15

so imagine how big i'll be when i get older lol, so bakc and mid are good positions for me lol.
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Old 03-04-2006, 07:04 AM #73
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man i'm 6' 290 so i know what ya mean if ya play back remember to communicate where everyone is during the whole game if a side gets cleared let your guys know
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:06 AM #74
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that is the best info ive ever seen on rec ball

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Old 03-06-2006, 09:17 PM #75
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Hey man i play on a thrre man team and after about 5 games or so ya gotta switch it uop so we get a chance to play all sides.I have learned in the back of the break ya gotta lane the crap ouuta them maybe drop a guyt on the break then push the strong side holding guys in so your snake man or tape guy can pinch off the angles! YOU HAVE 2 HAVE a good back man 2 play outta the snake TOO in my opioion!
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:06 PM #76
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Great Info!!

Wow i never knew some of that stuff. I'll have to try it out next time i go. I play back alot because im no good at front. (I thought that my user name sounded pretty cool. rolls off the toung good too..... i bet you just said it to yourself)
Anyway, im pretty skinny and lanky so it kindof works the other way around for me. Instead of getting a belly bounce, they just can't hit me.

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Old 05-31-2006, 08:02 PM #77
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Old 06-03-2006, 06:46 PM #78
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Old 06-03-2006, 11:16 PM #79
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Old 06-09-2006, 04:08 AM #80
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Old 06-13-2006, 01:50 AM #81
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Originally Posted by Paintballremix
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Playing in the back is an extremely underrated position in paintball these days. All the glory is up front. But even more than that, when the game is won, it is usually the speedy front guys that get to gloat in the staging area about that guy they "did." What can the back guy say? "Well, I shot a guy on the break, then proceeded to shoot half my packů"

Doesn't sound too glorious eh? To make things even worse, when things go wrong, it is the back guy's fault. "How did you let him bunker me?" or "I can't believe you let them get by you to hang the flag?" Face, you rarely get the credit in this position. If, after reading the above, you still have a hunger to sit in the back and throw paint, read on. We're about to dispel some myths as well as show you how you can clean up the field. First of all, know this, anyone can play in the backfield, but to be a GOOD back player is probably one of the hardest things in paintball.

One Case One Kill

There is a common misconception that a back player's, or linebacker's job is to simply shoot a ton of paint. While it may be necessary in certain instances to shoot a LOT of paint, a good back player is smarter than that. There are certain instances in which shooting a lot of paint is necessary. Here are a few:

Shooting the Lane

When a back player walks the field, part of his/her job is to find a clear firing lane. Sometimes they are hard to see, but it is very rare when you can't find a good firing lane. A good firing lane is usually found in the vicinity of the flag station. Sometimes you have to make an extremely short run, but if you are going to "shoot the lane" of the break, you want it to be as close as possible. Of course, the shooting lane has to be where you know, or at least strongly suspect an opponent is going to be running. If the lane is setup so you are shooting straight (and not diagonally) across the field, you should have an easy "kill." Otherwise, if the opponent is not running straight at you, but diagonally, pick a spot where you KNOW they have to run through. That is where you want to shoot. As soon as that whistle blows, the back player runs over to that firing lane and shoots as many paintballs as possible in the shortest amount of time straight down that firing lane. Don't trail the person with your paintballs as they run. Shoot at one point in front of them, and make them run through a wall of paint. If you get good at this, you'll see them walk off the field covered in brightly colored splotches. This IS possible. Bob Long, an amazing back player, is good for at least 1 to 2 "kills" per game off the break.

Sweet Spotting

Another instance where a back player needs to hammer out the paint is when the team picks and labels a certain key bunker on the field has a "sweet spot." This bunker is usually one of those game winning bunkers. If the other team controls it they'll probably win. If the other team occupies that bunker, there are a few options available. One, bunker the guy, and two "sweet spot" the bunker. You're in the back, so chances are you're not going to trot down the field, but you can shoot a ton of paint at that sweet spot. You might get lucky and sneak one through a crack in the bunker, but chances are you'll just keep that player out of action. The next step of this sweet spotting comes next.


So you can't shoot the guy out on your own, but what if someone on the opposite side of the field of that sweet spot started shooting like a madman towards that player? The goal here is NOT to shoot at the bunker, but to shoot behind or to the side of it. This will force the player to tuck in a little. And chances are (depending on the type of bunker), he'll get a little sloppy and stick part of his pack, or foot out the opposite side he is being sweet spotted on. Now of course, on the other "other side" of the field another player lets loose, and shoots whatever exposed part they left out. If you can't see anything hanging out, shoot anyway. You may not hit him, but there are good chances he'll be under a lot of pressure and may make a mistake like shooting over the top. This trick works amazingly when you are "pinching" someone in a stand-up hyperball tube.


This one is simple. Maybe a teammate is going to move up the field, or even do a risky bunker move? Pick the most likely person that might shoot your teammate as he moves and dump a hailstorm of paintballs towards them.


One of the hardest parts to being a back guy is communicating to your teammates. YOU have the better view of the field, not your teammates huddled into a tiny ball in the front. Talk to them, you need to be their eyes. Picture them as being extensions of yourself. Tell them where to go, tell them who's shooting. Tell them who's moving. Make sure they know where everyone on the field is. Even if you have to repeat yourself, do it until you get some kind of response. I like back guys to be as annoying as possible (well, to an extent). This is easy to say, but hard to do. Sure, talking is easy enough, but once the whistle blows, you've usually forgotten everything. The only way to become good at this one is to force yourself to do it over and over again.


Here is where the fun begins. Not only do you want to talk to your front guys, but also you want to work with them. I don't mean tell them to "move up" or even in this case to "go do the guy," what I am talking about is working with your front guy to shoot someone out. Picture this, you're in the back, in a stand-up bunker. Your front guy is in as tiny a position as possible in their bunker. The player across from your teammate is sticking out of their bunker and shooting at him/her. Do you take the shot? Sure, if your positive you can shoot him out, but most of the time you are too far away and the person in question will have moved back behind the safety of their bunker before your paintballs get there. Humans are creatures of habit. Even the best paintball players come out the same side of the bunker more than once from time to time. We all know not too, but until the huge orange splat appears on our goggles, we think we're invincible. Talk with your front guys. "He's shooting at you from the left side, he just went back in, he's shooting over the topů" It's as simple as that. Next time your opponent pops back out, have your teammate ready to do what you tell him/her. "He's shooting out the right side." Instantly, your teammate leans out of their bunker and snap shoots the player out. It may not happen on the first try, but it does work. Chances are you'll shoot him out this way. There is another aspect of this type of teamwork to discuss. It is almost nearly the opposite:


This time, say someone is crazy enough to be lobbing paintballs all the way back at you. In this case you, need to be all the way in the back, where even if the paintballs did hit you, chances are they'd bounce. The guys with the big tummies are good at this one Anyway, play a little sloppy, make some glory hound on the other team believe he is going to get an easy elimination. Chances are he'll shoot like a lunatic at you. But your front guy will be ready. Once he starts shooting, you'll have already told your teammate to be ready. He'll simply pop out, snap off a few shots and eliminate that hopeful glory hound.

Jerry Springer's Final Thought

Thanks for watching the show today. We've learned that being a lesbian that thinks they're a monkey can cause many problems with the officials at the zoo. Wait a minute! What the heck is thatů Anyhow, playing back is tough. Those are just a few tips to help you out. There are many more, but don't ask me to share. Can't give away ALL my secrets after all. Just make sure you communicate with your teammates properly and things will fall into place. The team you hear talking left and right on the field is usually the one that wins. Make sure you move with your team too. It really ticks me off when I see a guy all alone in the back while his team moves all the way down the field, moments away from victory. Oh ya, don't forget. Playing in the back, you usually have to clean things up. Just because you play "linebacker" doesn't mean you shouldn't know how to play up front, and snap shoot properly. Read some of these other articles on the site to brush up on your skills.
First of all he says Written by chris:Go to the article he took it from right above the comments it says WRITTEN BY CHRIS. He never said he wrote it, just transfered it for our knowledge.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:17 PM #82
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funny thing is that i play back now for 3 years, but i played front and mid for almost 5 years. my change to back was easy because i just remember the info i needed at all times playing front and mid and make sure that my guys get it. also since i did played mid and front, when things get ugly i have no problem moving up and filing in spots. also i find that every once in a while you get mid and front players so locked down that you go thru 3 pods without them ever popping out. right about that time i really look to put my mirroring player, give call to my teamates to put every bodydown and a double bunker could be run down the sideline before the team even knows their backplayer is out and that the sideline is open.
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:20 PM #83
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your back players are really your anchor. they must be able to communicate, shoot, snap, lane, gunfight, move, and just have a general knowledge of the game. back players are in control of the movement of their team. they must also be able to fill in if the need arises.

nice article. just my 2 cent.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:42 PM #84
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my 2 cents is that every back player should be able to pull off a 3 v 1(the back player being the one) becuase back players are usually the last to get out so it amkes since.
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