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Old 07-05-2011, 10:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Chinstraps for the wee ones......I stressed DONT TAKE OFF THAT MASK!!!! foggy,muddy whatever??? Duct tape that mask on if you have too..jk
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I find that kids as young as 10 can play safely. Thou when just dropping kids off at a field kids under 15 should supervisered by a parent or friend. One of the guys I play with brings his 3 year old and caries him as he plays they both enjoy it.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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10 is fine.

less than that, they need the adult/experienced buddy system until they are comfortable

i played at 10
bought my first marker at 13
cut that marker in half and made somethin cooler at 15

i play with a church group once a month, lots of little kids, half the time the big guys put our markers away and play using the kids (alot more fun, run and make sure the coast is clear, tell em who to aim at, or who is too far to hit, etc)
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I find that kids as young as 10 can play safely. Thou when just dropping kids off at a field kids under 15 should supervisered by a parent or friend. One of the guys I play with brings his 3 year old and caries him as he plays they both enjoy it.
Can we say CHILD ENDANGERMENT???
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Can we say CHILD ENDANGERMENT???
If you knew the parent, the child and how are feild is you would understand it is not as dangerous as it sounds. To be fair the kid has never been shot and no longer plays.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:06 PM   #16 (permalink)
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There is a couple that plays paintball with us that wouldn't let their kids play until they could stand in the back yard and at a reasonable distance (think it was about 50ft) took a hit. Standing there and taking it hurts alot more than in a game. If they didn't cry or whine about it they could play.
That's what my uncle did with my cousins (they were 10 and 11 I think). One passed, the other didn't; it was hilarious to watch though, the one clutched his chest like he'd been shot and fell to the ground.

I agree with that method of determining if they can play or not. That along with their ability to follow the rules (keeping mask on/barrel bag on when coming back to the staging area).
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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When they are mature enough. It depends on every kid. I've seen 11 year olds act twice as mature as some adults I've seen at my field. When they can show trigger control, understand basic marker/game safety and can withstand a paintball hit I think they are mature enough. I played my first game at 8 years old. I understood all the rules and played safe, but I wasn't old enough yet just because I was in over my head. Picked up again once I turned 12 and it worked out.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:14 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Before we let anyone play, our initiation involves having the person stand 20 ft with a mask on and be shot once in the chest. We have yet to have someone call it quits.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:41 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I don't think outright age is as important as:

1. The readiness/demeanor of the child
2. The use of proper protective equipment
3. Active involvement by a parent/responsible guardian

The quality of the first experience or two will probably determine whether the child goes on to play paintball regularly or never again.

For example, this past weekend at the local field, some parent dropped off two 10-11 yr old kids in street clothes and then split. One got shot square in the b*lls (they were at the back but my buddy flanked their whole team). We all thought the kid had a compound fracture of the femur given how he was screaming--seriously, I'd love to forget the sound. My buddy felt bad and called himself out instead of finishing off the rest of their team. I tried to explain that it's not his fault--he was well away and the paintball just took a left turn in the air. I blame the parents of those kids for (1) not giving them proper padding and (2) shoving off instead of supervising. If/when my kids play, we will play as buddies--always together and if one gets out, we both walk off.

Only when I'M confident they can stand on their own will I allow it to occur...
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:53 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Industry standard is 10 or 11.

There's an additional requirement that, as a friend, parent, and honorable player, should not be overlooked: if that mask doesn't fit he shouldn't play! Most masks are made for adults, and if the kid is small for his age, the mask is not likely to fit. Make sure a mask is going to fit him before he gets out on the field.

Safety first, man.
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