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Paintball School and what it can do for you!

Paintball School and what it can do for you!

Boston Paintball’s Paintball University was created to be used as a tool for all aspiring paintball players to learn from more experienced players and to introduce players to other players. Not every person that finds paintball has a friend to bring along and not everyone has a paintball mento,  so when you have a need for something - you fill it!  

 

The goal of Paintball U is to provide an atmosphere of growth and comfortability, where players can expand their knowledge of the game. Our lead Professor and program creator Anthony Vitale 3 (AV3) on the how and why: “It’s personal because through my 12 years of playing competitive paintball there have been a countless number of friends and mentors who have helped me along the way. I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much when I was growing up. 

 

Paintball taught me a lot about how to communicate with others to achieve a common goal, think creatively, and helped me handle responsibilities that were assigned to me. Along with the physically demanding aspects of the game we are also working to hone our mental skills. Paintball is a combination of physical strength and high speed decision making, through practice we will help fine tune your skills.” 

 

Paintball U combines the meet up point, the connections and the education to help players to keep playing, competing and getting better.  Unlike traditional sports, paintball doesn't have as many entry points so providing all of these fundamentals is important to ensure the growth of not only the player who plays but the sport as well.  

 

Classes are offered in sessions and usually meet on Friday Nights at the Chelsea location.  If you want to know more - follow the Boston Paintball Facebook Page or like PaintballU on Facebook! 

 

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No Coach? How to work around it

No Coach? How to work around it

No Coach?

 

Having a coach helps. A lot. But not having one isn’t a death sentence. You can still compete. It’ll just take a bit more work.

So, how do we plan around not having a coach?

The first step happens before you get to the event, at practices. Learn the field as best you can and create a ‘playbook’. Playbooks have fallen out of grace in recent years because they somewhat limit you. You have your ‘canned’ responses and are potentially limited (or at least, challenged to think outside the box in a time-sensitive, pressurized situation) to what you’ve already drawn up. But, without a coach, at least at the beginning, it will probably help because it’ll focus your thoughts onto a challenge you can deal with. Eventually you want to get away from a playbook but to start, a playbook will help you focus on controlling your pits and creating the calm, focused environment you want.

The second step: set up your first # points. Who is playing what breakout? Again, as with the playbook, you are accepting some limitations (flexibility) in exchange for some benefits (control, depressurizing). Eventually you’ll want to become more fluid and to create responses to the field in real time, but to start, this will help.

Next step: scout like hell. Watch every point of every team you play. Between scouting and the playbook, you’ll be able to map the first # points for each match 30 minutes before you play (in what will hopefully be a nice, calm team discussion).

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System Goals for YOUR teams Best Operating Strategy

System Goals for YOUR teams Best Operating Strategy

System Goals

The primary goal of my ‘system’ is to disperse responsibilities so that each part of the organization can focus on just one thing, and do that one thing to the best of its ability. This creates an environment where players need focus only on playing, so they can do that to their full and best ability. This also creates pits that are compartmentalized, organized, prepared and depressurized. 

Take the Bandits. The players play, that’s all they do. There is a “pit boss” who runs the pits. I explained how I wanted things to run and he took it and made it his own. It is his only responsibility and he has complete authority. No one (but me) overrules him and I very very rarely overrule him. There is a coach who owns the X’s and O’s of paintball. That is his only responsibility and he has complete authority. No one, including myself, overrules him (although he usually listens to my suggestions when I make them). Nobody is trying to eat the elephant. Everyone is taking just their individual bite. The end result is a system and organization that has dispersed responsibilities and tension and is better prepared to deal with the unexpected fuck-ups and general stressors of a tournament. 

Not everyone has a pit boss and a coach at their disposal. So I would suggest to most teams that you target the 80% of the 80/20 rule.

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