losing guys off the break
It's only the first tournament, no reason to get disheartened over it. I like that you mentioned the things you thought could have been improved upon though, that's something we all need to be able to do if we want to progress. No one is perfect, even our best players still have room for improvement, so if we can talk about what we are doing wrong without getting upset with each other then we can do better in future tournaments.
The cons I quoted are all ones I think we could easily fix. Every team I've ever played on just says "communication is good" and leaves it at that, they haven't really emphasized it as much as I would have liked. I think that practicing communication is as crucial as practicing shooting drills honestly. If we have really good front men but they don't get enough information from the backs, why even have the front men in the first place since they'll basically be in a snake, blind, and have no idea where to shoot? Or if our mids/backs aren't talking to each other about which opponent they're watching, we could end up with three guns on one opponent player while the other four opponents don't have any pressure on them, for example. It may not sound too fun, but I really think that we should do drills like 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5 where one player doesn't have a gun and their job is to relay information to everyone else, then after one game like that make a different person play without a gun, and repeat until everyone has had to play a game without a gun. Also, switching our guys up in some practices and having the backs play front and the fronts play back for a few games will let the back players really figure out what the front players want the back players to tell them during games. One other thing is we should all agree on bunker names for each layout we use, because it's a pain when you have some people numbering doritos differently than you are or three people yelling different names for the same bunker, that makes it hard to understand. I'm pretty sure that if we practice communication it will help us win more games than if we practice snap shooting though haha. Of course, all this about 2v2/3v3/5v5 is assuming we have the people and bunkers for that kind of thing. And I was busy last week, you guys may have done some communication practice that I don't know about, so no hard feelings if that's the case--I just don't think communication should be a problem, especially once we get to know each other and each others' play styles better.
As for coaching, kinda similar to communication, I think we should have people (or one dedicated coach, if we have someone who's said that all they want to do is coach at tournaments) practice coaching a little bit during drills, even if it's only like having someone coach us once a week during drills. That way the coach and players are on the same page on what each bunker is called and the coach will also get used to giving our guys a precise list of every detail they need to know about the opponents.
Losing people off the break is also one thing I've noticed the teams I've played on not worry about as much as I feel like they should. Losing even one person in the first ten seconds or so is a HUGE setback, we all know that. Paintball isn't just about the shooting; it's just as important to be a good runner and be good at not getting laned off the break. If everyone is decently quick and can predict where the opponent is likely to lane off the break, it's pretty easy to do something about it (for instance, delay your run till the guy stops laning and tries to run to his bunker, then either lane him right back or get to your bunker, also just taking different paths to your bunker can save you from getting laned--run a few feet back from your bunker, that may give you enough space between the guy laning and yourself to get a bounce instead of a break, etc.). Idk about y'all, but I wouldn't be opposed to having a bit of working out during practices, like starting every practice with a decently long run in all of our playing gear, maybe some jumping jacks or push ups or something too. If we want to be competitive, being in shape will be a huge help, and I know I'm not in the best shape at all. If we're looking to take first at tournaments, then being able to play as aggressively in the last matches of the day as we did in the first matches of the day will be important.
These are just my thoughts, I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad or anything like that, just trying to mention things I think would be helpful based on my past experiences with several teams. Every team I've played on in the past was eager to practice by just playing 5v5s, which is helpful but doesn't address specific problems the teams have had as much as doing drills tailored to certain aspects of playing. While playing games is more fun than drills, to really do well we're gonna have to get good at the things that may not be as fun to practice. Also, like I said, I wasn't at any practices last week, so if you guys did any of the things that I said then that's good to know. I'm not trying to sound too serious though, I realize it's just a game and the point is to have fun with some friends. I just think that if practiced seriously enough and started placing higher in tournaments we would all enjoy it more, and I know we're capable based on the one practice I went to. We definitely have some good players (for sure better than me, I won't lie), and the ones that weren't as experienced seemed willing to learn more. I'll put in as much time and effort as you guys are all willing to; if y'all just want to mess around and not be as serious as we could, then that still sounds like fun to me, but if you want to have harder practices and start kicking some *** then I'm interested in that as well.
Hopefully everyone had a good time at the tournament, I'm sorry I couldn't make it there or to practices this week, I only had $50 in my bank account all week and I had a paper and three tests. If I'm completely wrong about something I said in my long *** post, don't hesitate to correct me, haha. When is the next practice? I'm coming for sure, this week is looking less busy for me.