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Old 07-12-2010, 08:41 PM #1
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Am I too old to play paintball?

Im 27 years old, it seems everyone I talk to online who plays is between 15-19...

Is this true?

I dont wanna get out to the field and all it is is teenagers...

Nothing against em, but I'd like to play with some ppl my age.

Thanks!

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Old 07-12-2010, 08:44 PM #2
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There are many players that are older. Some older than you. Truth is sometimes behind the mask you would notice age. There are players that are skilled of all ages.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:45 PM #3
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not at all, Theres a grandpa at my local field that plays every other week
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:55 PM #4
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I know at least 5 guys over the age of 50 that go and kick*** every weekend.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:58 PM #5
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My dad use to play and he was 40 at the time.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:59 PM #6
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I'm 25 and plan on playing til I can't anymore. 27 might be considered a little old for serious competitive play, although many top players are in their late twenties and early thirties. For recball though or local/regional events though, you're fine.

Paintball is by and large a young sport, but there's no age limit. I've played with guys that have been in their 40's and 50's, and a few that were even older that still were out there loving the game and mowing down kids 1/3 their age. It's always cool to meet someone who's still playing at that age, gives me hope that I've still got another 25 years of good paintball ahead of me!

Just visit your local fields and see how you like the crowds. I'm one of the oldest guys to show consistently at my local field, it doesn't discourage me from playing and making friends. You're their to play paintball, just like everyone else.

If worst comes to worst, you could always drag some of your friends along if you're that worried about being all alone age-wise.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:13 PM #7
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I am in Central California and I would guess the average age at the two local fields to be right about 30-32. There is a good mix of young and old. Many parents play alongside their kids. There are also a LOT more people age 40+ out there then you think.

Don't think the older guys are pushovers either, while it is true the young ones are more mobile and full of energy, the old guys are wise, experienced, and often make less tactical mistakes.

Sure that 20 year old guy with the $1500 gun might be intimidating. But if you are making a HUGE mistake if you think the 45 year old guy with the pump is gonna be easy pickings. =P
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:01 PM #8
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Jim, I'm two months away from 30, and I still play tourneys. (When I can afford them, lol.) One of my team mates is 35. We got 4th at our last event. 12 teams in the bracket counting us. Not bad for some old farts.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:06 PM #9
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my dad still plays and hes 42
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:14 PM #10
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My dad is 46 and he plays competitively with a bad knee and is just as good as half the younger kids out there.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:58 PM #11
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Check out the Northeast Scenario teams, all of them are 20-40. So no, you aren't too old.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:18 PM #12
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I know a lot of 40+ players
one in particular is probably approaching 60 & still getting his fair share of kills
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:22 PM #13
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Dude around here is 68 and still plays the regional series, played wc every year until recently aswell.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:32 AM #14
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The two guys that run our local shop are 65 and 70 and they still play. I saw an old lady once at a scenario, she had to be at least 70 rockin a Tippman and mowing people down. My team captain is almost 50, two of my snake guys are in their 40s, my gun tech is 53, and a lot of the guys I like to play with and trust behind me or along side of me are in the 20- 55 year old range. Bottom line, at the end of they day your playing paintball. Your having fun, running around like a maniac, tagging people out, and getting tagged out. It's just there for fun and enjoyment age doesn't matter. And if you have a problem with one of the younger ones while your playing "accidentally" shoot them in the back while your playing lol.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:34 AM #15
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No one is too old to play. Paintball is not limited to a certain age group. I enjoy it more to play with people that are of my age and older.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:47 AM #16
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mr boogey.. i started playing paintball when i was like 15ish and guys i was playing with were in their late 30's early 40's.. now most of those guys are into their mid to late 60's and they still play..

you are never too old to play paintball.. granted the young pups might be able to out run you, but you have to just out smart them go play, enjoy the game, and welcome to the world of paintball!!
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:50 AM #17
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Originally Posted by bogeyjim View Post
Im 27 years old, it seems everyone I talk to online who plays is between 15-19...

Is this true?

I dont wanna get out to the field and all it is is teenagers...

Nothing against em, but I'd like to play with some ppl my age.

Thanks!

Jim
Some guys at my fields are former/current tounament players and they are early/mid 30s. we get along and I am 16
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:38 AM #18
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You're never too old to play almost any sport. You see older people playing basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, etc. The same applies with paintball. Don't be afraid to go out and get involved and have fun.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:54 AM #19
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im 23 and im one of the youngest players where i go.

most of the more "competitive" teams and players will be in their mid-late 20's.

why? because by then they've found a way to pay for all of it
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:20 AM #20
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:24 AM #21
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In my team we are five "oldmen" at 40ish and we are moving up a division for next year Play smarter not harder
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