Generally speaking woodsball is differentiated from speedball by the field size and game time. While the definition has become more blurred in recent years the traditional difference between the two was as follows:
Woodsball - Generally played in the woods but always on bigger fields where the two teams start far out of sight of one another. Games generally last 20-40 minutes. Using movement to quietly and stealthily move into your opponent's flank and rear to gain a firing advantage. The objective of the game is usually some objective like capture the flag or attack and defend.
Speedball - Speedball is played on small fields where the teams often start within sight if not range of each other. Speed and quick movements are key to taking critical bunkers and superior firing angles on opposing players. The games can be capture the flag or capture a center flag but often times are just elimination. Even when elimination isn't the objective, one team will often times eliminate the other completely before capturing the flag. Because of the small size of the field, the games in speedball are often very short (hence the name speedball...the action begins at the very start of the game rather than having two teams try and find each other before engaging) designed to last 10-15 minutes and often ending before time is up.
It is important to note that a speedball field can be in the woods and a woodsball style field can be a large "city" or other type of big scale field. Both kinds of games can be tournament (they do have tournament woodsball style games...have since the start of the sport) and both can be recreational. The key differences are size of field and game length. Important to note that today tournament paintball almost universally refers to airball fields where the bunkers and obstacles are inflatable bunkers and both sides of the field mirror one another with an obstacle on one side having an identical twin on the other. These are very specific speedball style fields.
Keep in mind speedball was originally developed as taking the fast paced firefights from woodsball and removing the walking 10 minutes through the woods until you found the other team part. Thus, even in a big field woodsball game you still have speedball like firefights. To me, the one big difference is in Speedball that is all you have while in woodsball if you still want to do the stalk and sneak part you can.
Your setup will be fine for either style of play. The player makes the game, not the marker. Good luck and remember, it's all about having fun!
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