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Just for Fun
By Claude Wooley
Photos by Kelly Sue Photography
Are things getting boring in your life? Looking for some excitement
to blow off a little steam? Want to get some healthy exercise for that
New Year’s resolution? If the answer is yes to any of these, I suggest
shakin’ the dust off your jeans and trying out paintball.
Paintball is a sport in which players compete, in teams or individually,
to eliminate opponents by tagging them with capsules containing water
soluble dye and gelatin shell outside (referred to as paintballs) propelled
from a device called a paintball marker(commonly referred to as a
paintball gun). Paintballs are composed of a non-toxic, biodegradable,
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water soluble polymer. The game is regularly played at a sporting level
with organized competition involving major tournaments, professional
teams, and players. Paintball technology is also used by military forces
and law enforcement in training.
Paintball can have various rules, which are specified before the game
begins. The most basic game is that players must attempt to accom-
plish a goal without being shot and marked with a paintball. Different
rules can govern the legality of a hit, ranging from “anything counts”
(hits cause elimination whether the paintball broke and left a mark