Alright, after the success of my "First Tournament
" guide, I have decided to address another issue that many paintballers, but especially tournament paintballers face, Quitting.
Why Do People Quit?
Most tournament paintballers feel like quitting after 2 or 3 years because they start to question what they're doing, what their priorities should be, and why they do what they're doing. When I wanted to quit, I started asking myself why I spend all this money that I'd never get back. I started realizing everything that money could have gone to, and how much time traveling and practicing has taken. I started asking myself why I put myself through this all to get shot up, maybe get a small prize worth 1/4 to 1/2 of what I spent on the tournament, and deal with all the team politics and drama. Most people who I talk to have similar reasons. This lead me to not want to play anymore, and I went on to try other things instead.
What Should I Do If I Want To Quit?
Well, although you probably can't imagine it right now, most people after anywhere from 1 week to a couple months feel that need to see the field again. Almost everyone who quits and sells their gear kicks them self for it a while down the road. I strongly suggest you do not sell any important gear unless you REALLY need to money. That new CF hood on your car won't be worth it when you want to play again. What I suggest you do is pack all your gear up into a gearbag and put it away somewhere safe like a closet, out of humidity or basements in case of a flood. Also, if you can force yourself, check back here on PBN once in a while to see what's going on with the sport, if there are any important changes, etc so you dont end up clueless when you do come back. Heaven forbid we actually do switch to 50 cal, you might not want to show up again at the field with your bonestock ego 7 eager to play only to find out you need a conversion kit.
What Are The Warning Signs That I Might Want To Quit Soon?
Many people find themselves losing that feeling of anxiety when they head to a tournament or important practice a while before they quit. You might feel like going to the field is "no big deal" anymore, and getting shot doesn't bother you (not talking about painwise, but knowing that you're out of the game). When this happened to me I was actually excited, because for 2+ years I had been having an issue with shaky legs and nerves before any event and I wasn't feeling it anymore.
A couple ways to try to keep yourself from losing the love of the game is to:
A) Watch all your favorite PB videos
B) Try to remember your favorite moments in the sport
C) Try playing a different style, like pump, sometimes you just get bored of the same old thing and you need a challenge.
D) Surround yourself with your PB friends and talk to them daily
So basically, for all you tl;dr e-lazy people,
Most tournament paintballers feel like they want to quit around 2-3 years due to crazy things like team drama and logical thinking.
-Do not sell your gear if you can help it.
-You'll want to play again in anywhere from 1 week to a couple months (usually).
-You can use the above list (A,B,C, and D) to try to keep yourself from feeling like quitting.
If anyone wants me to add anything just LMK.