Hey all. My little brother is 11 years old and by what I can tell, he's very excited holding his gun and shooting at the targets we have in our back yard. The problem I see is he's still hesitant about playing actual games and being in live action. How can I get him over the hump of being scared to get shot without scaring him away from the game? Any info would be great. Thanks!
Take this from me how you want. I'm 17 now and have been playing since I was his age. Go out and play recall with a group and only use rentals or mechs! A few games like that got me hooked. Start in easy with red play and ease him into the sport. Little by little he will figure out if it's for him or not
My brother is the same age and I have the same problem. He is really excited to play, but anytime I offer to take him into the backyard and play, he's hesitant.
I did get him to play one time by shooting him in the back prior to it so he would know how it felt. That seemed to get him over it, and so we went a played a game, me with my TiPX and him with his gun.
Offer him armor, a different/better gun, or anything else. Usually after a few games he'll be good to go.
Another suggestion that I've seen is to try .50 first. Smaller ball = less pain. He'll feel more comfortable after that. If no .50 is around you then turn him into a human marshmallow for his first game. When he gets warm/hot he'll take off layers and start getting used to it.
Or if you have some open woods that aren't normally used, you could play 1v1 in the woods. That way you can control how much he gets hit and whatnot. It also puts less pressure on him since it's only you firing at him instead of two or three people.
The splatmaster idea is a really good one. Only problem is that they don't go as fast as air powered markers do (think they cap at about 150) so he may be in for a shock when gets hit by a .68 traveling at 280 FPS. But it'll break his fear of having paint flying at him.
A more extreme way, is to put a hood/sweater that's reasonably thick and shoot him in the back from about 15ft. This is pretty drastic so it should be a last measure.