Tips for Detecting Opponents in Your Area

DSC06586Playing offense in a paintball game is exciting. You get credit for taking out opponents and you get to be in the middle of the action. While it is easy to focus on the exciting offensive part, it is also important to play defensively as well.

You should always be on guard. It only takes a second or two for your opponent to pull the trigger, hit you, and eliminate you from the game. So, what is the best way to help make sure you stay in your AC Paintball game? Detecting opponents near you. If you can see danger before you encounter it, you can avoid it. To help you do so, AC Paintball in southern New Jersey has compiled this list of tips.


While most players, at AC Paintball, will try to stay as quiet as possible, it is difficult to stay completely silent. Leaves make noise when moved or stepped on. Some clothing can be noisy when your opponents move. Your opponents will also need to communicate with each other. With this in mind, your ears can be a great tool to keep you protected and in the game.

In your free time, practice listening. Research ways you can improve your skills and test yourself to see if you can determine what direction sounds are coming from. Before you know it, you will be ready for your next AC Paintball game.

Scan the AC Paintball Field

Think about a hunting or herding dog. They have to stay alert and pay attention to many things at once. They are trained to carefully scan their surrounds to look for movement in the area. You can use the same technique to help you be successful in your next AC Paintball game.

When scanning, be sure to pay attention to how much time you have to do so and where you are when you do so. If you get caught up in scanning the field for too long, you may not notice your opponents sneaking up on you. Stopping on a path out in the open to scan the field will also leave you vulnerable. Be sure you find a safe place to watch before scanning the field and know how much time you have to spare.  

Keep Your Vision Low

paintball-1282164_960_720Not everyone stays standing during an AC Paintball game. They crouch behind bunkers, crawl on the ground, and even lay flat at certain times. This means that keeping your focus low will improve your chances of catching movement. Just be sure that you don’t get tunnel vision and keep looking down. You should be aware of all of your surroundings.

Watch the Ref or Marshall

Many referees and marshalls are trained to go toward where they predict firing will occur. This helps them judge the situation better. If you see a ref walking toward you and you are not aware of any opponents in the area, you will want to take a second look around. You may also want to consider trying to safely move out of the area or preparing to react and fire back quickly in case your opponent misses their shot.

Have a Teammate Help Keep Watch

You can only look in one general direction at a time. Depending on the type of mask you are using, your range of vision may be narrowed even more. This means that it can be helpful to have a second pair of eyes to help you watch out for your opponents at AC Paintball.

Traveling near one or two of your teammates can improve your chances of spotting opponents and allow you to watch out for one another. Just don’t travel in groups that are too large. Doing so makes your team an easier target.

Be Ready To React

Finally, you need to be ready to react. If you notice an opponent in your area, you have two options. You can fight and try to shoot at them or you can run and try to get away. Every situation will be different, so practicing making quick decisions will be beneficial to you during your next game. You can learn more tips and tricks for decision making by checking out AC Paintball’s blog on our website.

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