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Old 02-11-2012, 12:31 AM #274
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:40 AM #275
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:53 PM #276
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:39 PM #277
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:30 PM #278
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:57 PM #279
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This thread makes sense and i like it
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:13 PM #280
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so true couldnt have said it better myself
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:15 PM #281
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just finished first tourny... shoulda read before i played.. def right about the food... gotta eat.. not easy
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:02 PM #282
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:51 PM #283
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Well, I've got my first tourney in three weeks or so...very excited!
I see that it's fairly similar to other large sporting events, like triathlons. You show up, eat a good breakfast beforehand, check in, buy paint (well, at tri's you don't do that, but...), and walk the course. Thanks for the writeup!
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:11 PM #284
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:37 AM #285
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:48 PM #286
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First off, Congratulations are in order. You're about to make the transition from the weekend warrior rec player, to a badass competitive tourny baller. However, you may be a bit nervous or unsure of what you need to do to prepare for this big event.

Preparation

First off, you'll want to pack your gear at least one day before the event. You're going to be so excited that you might forget something, so I suggest making a check list. I always keep a check list on top of my gearbag and even before practices I go over it to make sure I'm not forgetting anything. It's a lifesaver for anyone at any competitive level.

You'll also want to have a meeting with your team at your favorite diner or social environment to make sure that everyone is clear of how much money to bring, where to be, what time to be there, etc etc. Nothing worse than thinking you're all ready then getting to the field and realizing you're the only one from your team who's there.

The Big Day - Morning

Good morning! You're now hours away from your first paintball tournament! You're probably pretty anxious, and also a bit scared. That's nothing to be ashamed of it happens to everyone.

What you want to do now is eat. If you're anything like me you aren't going to feel very hungry at all, in fact you might feel a bit sick to your stomach. This is all part of the wonderful world of anxiety. Even though you don't feel up to it you need to eat something, even if it's light. I suggest a glass of orange juice and a bowl of your favorite cereal, but if you absolutely cannot stomach that at least force yourself to take a few bites from an apple. If you don't you'll be feeling it in a few hours and it's going to hurt your performance on the field.

Now get dressed, have a shower, brush your teeth, all that jazz, then go over your checklist again. Like the builders say, measure twice, cut once. Do anything else you need to do and then get in the car and head to the field.

The Big Day - At the Field

Sooo close!!

Now what you want to do is look for your team, if you're the first one there find a table or pit area, your team is going to want to keep their gear all together. Once everyone is there, first walk the field, check the angles, see where's good to be and where you want to stay away from, then go and get your paint. You're going to want to bring enough money for at least 2 cases of paint per person, but start with one per person for now.

Next, get your team to gather all their pods, fill them up, and put them on the table. Everyone grab the paint they need. This is called team paint. Instead of everyone buying their own paint, the team splits it and people take what they need, this is to make it fair for your back players, since they're the ones laying down all the paint and it's not fair that the front guys should walk away only paying for a bit of paint.

There's nothing left to do now but chrono and wait for the games to start. Make sure everyone's gear is working and if it isn't start asking people to loan you their backups, no but seriously, don't go to a tourney without knowing your gear is working.

The Big Day - Playing

This step is short and sweet.

1) Get on the field
2) Wait for the buzzer or go signal
3) Play Paintball
4) Try not to get caught cheating (a good way to do this is just not cheating, but to each his own)
5) Be Respectful to ref's and players
6) Have fun!!

I promise you all that anxiety will be gone the second your first game starts.

The Big Day - After The Tournament

Pack your gear, use the checklist to make sure you have everything. Divide up the extra paint evenly with your teammates, and some fields will allow you to return any unopened cases for a refund.

Help your teammates get their gear together if you finish before them, go pay the field if you built up a tab, and go home.

You're now officially a tournament paintballer. Whether you came first, last, or anywhere in between. The only thing between you and future success is practice, so you better be at the field next weekend!
do you know any good drills for players who are going to be playing in there first tournament this year. we have played some 1 v 1 and done accuracy shooting, shooting on the run , and sliding drills but we want to improve more. any ideas?
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:07 PM #287
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look for local pro clinics if any of those are available, you'll learn a lot more than doing drills by yourself in a short amount of time. One thing I'd recommend is jousting, as your team is probably new players who have some fears of getting shot, jousting is a great way to improve laning, running and gunning, and get over those fears.

Basically what you do is set up a 1v1, each player starting from the start box, and then have them run towards each other shooting the entire time, there are a few variations, my favourite is to have each player run to the far dorito side 50 bunker, and no one's allowed to stop shooting until the first player reaches that bunker, that way the players have to deal with lane blockers, and a sideways moving target.'

Fear is a big factor for performance in paintball.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:13 PM #288
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Great advise i will be following these steps on may 6th!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:18 AM #289
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Thanks for the tips I have my first tourney this weekend.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:00 PM #290
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i might be in the cfps tournament this year
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:50 PM #291
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:43 PM #292
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Well said Rupert

#7) Know the rules. Most players, coaches, ref's will help you out with some sort of tact and are generally good about explaining the rules of play.
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:22 PM #293
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Going to my first tournament next saturday, this is helping so much mentally. Thanks man.
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Old 05-17-2012, 03:06 PM #294
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Good. Makes me feel better about my touney i am about to play in most likely
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