Blackrain well written I would only add that the gun safety is paramount this is the foundation everything will be based on. Parents also remember this is a sport and it is fun encourage this "sportsmanship" and not win at all costs. Parents Like was stated above humble your children help them buy what they need not necessarily what they want a good reliable tippman may not keep up with a Ion but the skills they learn with acceptable gear will pay dividends later. Last dont fall into the "I have to have this" trap let them master what they have first then if the wanted item can be shown to improve then let them purchase it. Get out there and play with them we need more old targ....err folks playing!
Players "Play the game with Honor and Dignity or just wipe cause you suck"