So, this is Your First Time Playing Paintball…Are you a little nervous about trying paintball? We have pulled together some facts and information that should help put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your day at Combat Pursuit!


First, to put your mind at ease, here are some statistics on paintball…
  • You have less of a chance of being injured playing paintball than you do golfing, boating, and even bowling! Statistic is based on all injuries requiring medical attention or causing the participant to lose at least 1 day of work. (Source: SGMA International)
  • In 2006, 10.3 million people played paintball and paintball has consistently been ranked among the top 5 extreme sports since 1996. (Source: American Sports Data)
OK, now you know the stats, but what is paintball? Paintball is more closely related to tag and dodge ball than to any other sport or activity. Paintball games last 5-20 minutes and have set objectives ranging from capture the flag to elimination of the other team (like in dodge ball).  In all paintball games, a player is eliminated when they are “marked” by a paintball.  Here are some common questions people have about the sport of paintball.


Q:What is a paintball?
A:A paintball is a round, thin-skinned gelatin capsule with colored liquid inside it. Paintballs are similar to large round vitamin capsules or bath oil beads. The fill inside paintballs is non-toxic, non-caustic, water-soluble and biodegradable. It rinses out of clothing and off skin with mild soap and water and they are even edible, although we don’t recommend it!

Q:What should I wear?
A:We suggest you wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that cover as much exposed skin as possible. Hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants, and good running shoes with ankle support are suggested.  Keep in mind that this is Paintball; you are going to get paint on nearly everything you wear so bring cloths you don’t mind getting dirty.  Combat Pursuit has a Pro-Shop where you can purchase hats, gloves, and other paintball apparel.  Another popular item is the Coverall Rental.  Wear them, get them as dirty as you like, peel them off, give them back and go home clean.

Q:Does getting shot with a paintball hurt?
A:William Shatner said it best when he played paintball: “The sting of the paintball is part of the mystique of the game. So, the kick of running and jumping, dodging the paintball goes right back to your childhood. And the competition of trying to make the points to win the overall thing is a rush.” So, while getting “marked” by a paintball might sting a little, the sensation is similar to getting snapped by a rubber band and will usually go away in a couple seconds.

Q:What kind of safety precautions do you take?
A:The most important safety precaution in the sport of paintball is the full face goggles. We require all participants to wear full-face mask system with ear protection. All visitors to Combat Pursuit are also given a safety briefing every time they visit.  This briefing explains the important safety rules at the park, along with how to properly use the equipment and play the game. We also require guests to chronograph their markers before each game. This allows us to make sure no guests are exceeding the maximum velocity of 280 fps (feet per second) or are in full auto or burst mode.

Q:Can I bring and use my own equipment?
A:Yes, but we will inspect your equipment to make sure it meets our safety standards.
All goggles must be full-face masks and be unaltered. There can be no cracks in the lenses at all.
Paintball markers must be semi-automatic with a trigger guard. We do not allow full auto, double fire trigger systems, markers with ramping mode enabled, or burst mode. Any markers with full auto capability must be able to lock it down and not have the ability to quickly switch to full auto while on the field. If there is a question on if your marker can be used here, a Combat Pursuit supervisor will be happy to help you get the right answer.  The decision of Combat Pursuit staff is final.
Barrel socks are required on all paintball markers.
All CO2 or High Pressure tanks must be in test date. High-pressure fiber wrap tanks may not have any cracks or fraying and can’t have any stickers, decals or other coverings on them.  Tanks must be certified for use in Canada.
We do not allow silencers, smoke grenades, paint mines or multiple paintball launchers.
Maximum velocity is 280 fps at our Outdoor.

Q:How old do you have to be to play paintball?
A:You must be at least 10 years old to play paintball. Anyone under 18 must have an Underage Waiver signed by their parent or guardian to participate.   MicroBall has a minimum age of 8 years old.

Q:What kind of equipment do you rent?
A:We rent all of the equipment necessary to participate in the sport of paintball. Our standard rental package will include a semi-automatic paintball marker with a barrel cover, a hopper, a tank, and a full facemask with fog resistant lenses. We also rent Coveralls, Body Armor, Neck Armor, Sniper Barrels, Marker Upgrades, Ball Haulers and CO2 Tanks.

Q: What is required to rent equipment at Combat Pursuit?
A: In order to rent equipment you will be required to have a valid Visa or Master Card and leave a signed imprint as collateral for the rental equipment.  One Imprint can be used for more than one persons equipment rental.  The imprint will be returned to you when all the equipment is returned in good condition.  You will be charged for lost or damaged equipment at the rates posted.  One

Q: But what if I don’t have a Visa or Master Card?
A: A parent or guardian or another individual must be willing to assume responsibility for your equipment’s return.  Individuals leaving credit imprints can have more than one set of equipment secured on that Imprint.  Alternatively you can leave a cash deposit for the equipment you are renting.

Q: Does the outdoor park close for inclement weather?
A: No, Combat Pursuit outdoor park will run its bookings regardless of weather conditions.  The only time we stop play is if there are lightning strikes on or near the park grounds. We will resume play as soon as the storm passes. Please be sure to check the website for current park hours.  The Outdoor field does close during the colder months.

Q: Can I bring my own food?
A: Yes and we do require a $50 cash deposit to ensure that you will tidy up all of your supplies.  If you are bringing food you should bring your own plates, forks, serving utensils and what ever else you may need.

Q: Can I bring my own paintballs?
A: No. Combat Pursuit is field paint only. Any players found to be using off-field paint will be ejected from the park immediately. No exceptions.

Q: How much paint will I use?
A: The average player goes through 200 paintballs per hour of paintball play.

Q: How much does paintball cost?
A: A day of paintball (including admission, rental equipment, and your paint) will cost you around $45.  Of course this can vary widely depending on how much paint you shoot. We do offer memberships that will save you money if you visit the park more than 2 times a year.