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Old 08-19-2014, 06:06 AM #1
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What is a good start age?

My daughter is turning 7 and we play at a park that has this as the minimal age. There is no special field and they are using HPA markers.

I have been shot by 50 cal and find it to me to be really nothing but my wife is skeptical of the 7 year old age limit.

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:11 AM #2
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Are they segregating .50cal play from .68cal play? This is the biggest thing to look for.

Otherwise, it's all a matter of what you, your wife, and most importantly your daughter think. If you haven't done it already, I would suggest the three of you go down and talk with the field owner about it. A few field owners I'd dealt with would offer to let you fill waivers and play a quick 1v1 to see if she is up for it.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:09 AM #3
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It depends on how large the fields are (are the kids always within view?) and how much supervision is involved. The velocity the paintballs are shot at is also important.

Our fields are too large and our velocity is too high for 7 year olds in my opinion. Splatmasters on small fields...7 year olds should be fine as long a they are adequately supervised.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:21 PM #4
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The field does segregate 50 from 68. Usually there is an adult on each team and 2 reffs on the field if there are enough. I really like the idea of a one on one with her to see what happens when she takes a round in an unpadded area. I believe that the field is using Tippmann's in 50 cal.

Saturday I will as what markers and what speeds they use.
Lol if my daughter had a say she would br out there now playing. She is just chomping at the bit to turn 7.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:00 PM #5
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my teammates have kids on our team and they hate it, seen 2 girls come and go on our team. girls dont seem to have good field awareness, iv never seen a good girl play, i no there are, but it is rare. "prob seen 10-15 girls on a field"

i guess it might be diff tho if they play with people there age.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:38 PM #6
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There is no expectation for her to play with adults. I would like a small splatmaster field for her but this area is lacking one that I know of.

I like the one on one idea as first time she gets hit and actually feels it I am right there and can handle the situation no matter how it turns out.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:35 PM #7
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I can see it 7 years from now you're playing 68 with your daughter.
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Old 08-21-2014, 10:12 PM #8
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I can only hope =) I would love that to actually happen.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:27 AM #9
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My son is 6 years and he play at a local indoor (they play indoor soccer and flag football mostly) place they do reball on Fridays and have a beginner time frame for kids to play from 6-8pm rules like cant cross the 50 and stuff and he really likes it. its really funny to see a 6 year in jt pro flex with a lv1 spraying from a bunker , I let him use my gun all the other kids thinks he is big stuff you know lol.. getting them start early
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:38 PM #10
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here's an article that was done by the local paper about our low impact kids day ( its kids only play) http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140728/BIZ/140729274
its kind of an outsiders view of younger kids playing paintball.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:00 PM #11
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Love the article and wife loved it too. Thanks for it we will see later tonight what my wife is thinking.

She is warming up to the age limit being only 7. She feels that it should be 10 but I'm talking about her 7th birthday party being paintball.

THANK YOU EVERYONE you have all helped and I really appreciate it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:36 PM #12
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Paintball is extremely safe, as long as the safety rules are followed. I see no harm as long as you tell her to keep her mask on, barrel cover, etc, etc. I am actually possibly playing with a just-turned 8 year old tomorrow in some woodsball/rec ball, I have to tell you how he did.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:44 AM #13
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Cool can't wait for an update.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:58 AM #14
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I used to get out there quite a bit in the late 90's early 2000's, and then life happened and paintball went to the backburner.
Now I have a 9yo son that I just started playing splatmaster backyard ball with, and he LOVES it. Glad I kept my gear, though thinking about getting us both some nicer .50's
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Old 09-06-2014, 06:16 AM #15
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I really have a hard time with people and their thoughts on what their kids are capable of. I don't know about you guys but my bro and I were falling out of trees and hauling fire wood by the time we were 7.

If your kid can walk, run, follow the rules, and also wants to play then let em go play. "are the kids always within view?" How about "is your kid retarded? "

It's simply up to you and your kid, if she wants to play and if you are "against" it or not.

Honestly not trying to be mean, I just think we "baby" kids too much these days. My bro and I use to wander around the woods and the neighbor hood when we were ten or younger and, omg, we weren't supervised, but we weren't stupid either so we lived. These days we act like children are hopeless and treat them as such which in the end makes them hopeless.

IMO, and again it's just my opinion, if she wants to play let her play. The worst that can happen is she gets hit a few times and doesn't like it and quits. I've seen 7 and 8 year olds at skate parks doing arguably more dangerous stuff, it's all about being smart.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:58 PM #16
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:10 AM #17
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<-I started at 14, look at my pic, i was small for my age,
I am still scared from balls breaking the skin back then.
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Old 09-11-2014, 01:15 PM #18
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definately shoot them a good 10 times in the back yard and at 295fps no lower their are *******s on the fields
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Old 10-04-2014, 07:41 PM #19
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Splatmaster is a definite. It's ridiculously "low impact"

I have had 6 year olds play 50 cal and be fine....but we run markers at 240fps and use formula 13 ( way more brittle then some 50 cal paint)

I would put her on gloves, neck, and chest protection and let her try it...
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:11 PM #20
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My local field has a once-a-month low-impact night for kids only using 50 cal only. The minimum age is 6. We're going to try it out this month, hopefully he likes it.
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:29 PM #21
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i feel like it doesnt matter what age you start at, just as long as the player is responsible and can understand the safety protocol. Some children i know are more mature and have more respect then some of the adults i know, really just depends on how the kid is raised.
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