• AC Paintball’s Between Game Checklist

    female paintball playerAt AC Paintball in southern New Jersey, you can choose a 4-hour morning session or a 4-hour evening session. This gives you plenty of time to get multiple games in. You likely won’t want to play for four hours straight, though. You will want to take decent breaks in between to rest and prepare for the next game.

    We want our players to stay healthy, be happy, and have fun. To accomplish this, there are a variety of different tasks to complete between games. By following the checklist below, you can make sure you have a great experience at AC Paintball!

    Congratulate

    While it is not necessary to congratulate the other team, telling the other players “good game” shows good sportsmanship. You can compliment both your teammates and your opponents on great plays they made during the game. This is a great way to make friends at AC Paintball. The more friends you make, the more fun and success you will have. You can learn something from everyone, whether they are a beginner or a pro.

    Stretch

    The best way to transition from exercise to resting is by taking some time to cool down. Stretching after an AC Paintball game is the best way to stay loose. You don’t want to just sit down right away. You will likely get stiff or dizzy. Start with some dynamic stretches that allow you to slowly return your heart rate to a normal pace. If you feel stiff, add in some static stretches as well.

    Care for Any Scratches of Bruises

    While paintball is a fairly safe sport that sees fewer injuries than soccer, hockey, and football, you may get some scratches. If you dive behind a bunker or don’t pay attention, you may end up with some bruises. These are minor injuries that don’t call for leaving the game if they are not bothering you. Between games is the time to wash them off and apply bandages. If you need help, talk to AC Paintball’s staff.

    Rehydrate and Refuel

    When you play paintball, you lose a lot of water through sweat. Our bodies are made up of about 60% so it is important to replenish any water you lose often. Be sure to drink plenty of water between games, but don’t drink so much that you upset your stomach.

    apple-15687_960_720You will also need to re-energize. When preparing for your trip to AC Paintball, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to refuel. Some good options include fruits, veggies, and nuts. Try to keep it light and don’t eat too fast. You don’t want to weigh yourself down and be sluggish during your next game.

    Dry Off

    It’s always a smart idea to bring a towel to AC Paintball. Whether you are drenched in sweat or rain, drying off will make you feel better. If it is raining you can use the towel to cover your ammo and equipment. You don’t want to go into your next game with wet equipment. Wet hands make you lose your grip. A wet mask makes it difficult to see. Waterlogged paintballs do not work properly. To help ensure success, be sure to keep everything as dry as possible.

    Apply Sunscreen

    If you visit AC Paintball on a hot and sunny day, you will not want to forget the sunscreen. All of our fields are outside so you will be exposed to the sun for a few hours. Getting burnt will NOT make your paintball experience more fun. Make sure you apply often to protect yourself from the sun.

    Check Your Equipment

    If you want to be extra safe, you should also check your equipment. Make sure your marker is functioning properly and that no parts are loose. Make sure you have enough ammo to last a full game. If you need any help, one of AC Paintball’s staff will be happy to assist you.

    Take Pictures

    While not necessary, taking pictures allows you to capture the day as a memory. You can share the photos with your friends and family to show them all the fun you had at AC Paintball. Between games is the best time to gather your party together to get a group photo.

  • How Paintball Can Help You Improve At Other Sports

    runner-808932_960_720When you play a sport for a school or club, you may only focus on developing skills that are important to that sport. This is a smart strategy when starting out because you can prioritize practicing the skills you need the most. However, if you have been playing for many years, you may find more improvement by practicing other sports.

    Although every sport calls for a basic level of athleticism, every sport works differently. You use different muscles and develop some slightly different set of skills. For example, soccer focuses on your feet, while handball focuses more on your arms.

    Even though sports focus on different aspects, trying a different sport can improve your ability to play your own sport. Paintball has many different skill improvement areas to offer. When practicing paintball at AC Paintball, you can help develop a variety of skills found below.

    Running and Moving

    Many sports like outdoor volleyball, hockey, and running require the ability to navigate tricky terrain. If you want to improve your ability to move fast while watching where you step, playing Woodsball is great practice. AC Paintball has three main Woodsball fields to offer: the Black Ops Pentagon Woods Field, the Blue Thunder Woods Fields, and the Red Dawn Woods Field. You never know where there will be fallen branch or a rock that you may step on. You have to watch where you step but still move fast and quietly.

    Paintball also allows you to practice skills like diving, sliding and rolling. If your opponent is shooting at you, you may need to utilize these tricks to get out of the way. Learning these skills can be useful for athletes playing sports like baseball and football.

    Conditioning

    exercise-841167_960_720Almost every sport calls for a certain level of conditioning. Whether your game lasts a long time or you have to play many games, being able to endure is important. Paintball is a great sport to play if you want to build endurance. All AC Paintball’s fields are outside and exposed to New Jersey weather, so you will be exposed to the elements and weather. When you are exposed to harsher conditions than normal, playing in normal conditions becomes easier.

    Paintball also works all your muscles. Carrying a gun builds up the muscles in your arms. Running, jumping, and bending in various ways builds your leg and core muscles. By strengthening new muscles you may find increased ability with your skills. You can enhance your skills as an athlete and perform better.

    Aim

    Good aim is needed in sports like basketball, soccer, and hockey. You need to be able to aim for the basket or goal, usually while moving. With paintball, aiming is one of the most important skills you need, if not the most important. If you can’t aim well, you can’t eliminate your opponents and will likely be taken out yourself when they retaliate. There are many times when you have to aim while running. You have to constantly be judging your target’s speed and adjust the angle of your marker accordingly. At AC Paintball you can improve your aiming skills while having some fun.

    Decision Making

    Every athlete needs good decision-making skills. You need to know when to move, where to move, when to pass, and who to pass to. The list of decisions goes on. In paintball, decision-making is a critical skill. A bad decision can result in the elimination of you or a teammate. With this in mind, there is more pressure to make that right decision than in other sports. Playing paintball can help you learn to make good decisions under pressure. This is an important skill to have when your team is down with only a few minutes left.

    Team Communication

    When you play a team sport, communication is crucial. If your teammates don’t know your plans and you don’t know theirs, you can end up making preventable mistakes. You could collide or miss a pass. In paintball communication skills can be the difference between winning and losing. If you don’t tell your team where you are, what your plans are or that you need backup, you will likely run into trouble.

    Paintball forces players to count on one another. Scheduling a few games at AC Paintball is a great way to teach your team to communicate and bring them together. To book a game, follow this link: https://acpaintball.com/schedule-paintball-game/.

  • 7 Reasons to Choose AC Paintball

    summer paintball bachelor partyIf you are looking for something fun to do in southern New Jersey, there are many places and a variety of activities to choose from. You can relax on a variety of beaches or you can turn up the thrill and try paintball. While there are some other different paintball facilities in the area to choose from, there are a variety of reasons to choose AC Paintball.

    Safe and Friendly Paintball

    One of AC Paintball’s main goals is to provide a safe and friendly place for you and your friends or family to play paintball. We have a friendly staff that monitors our fields and host parties. Our referees are well-trained to make sure the game stays fair and everyone follows the rules. Check out our blog for extra safety tips, or contact us if you have any other concerns.

    Quality Rental Equipment

    AC Paintball also offers quality rental equipment. We inspect and clean our equipment before every outing. This helps us ensure that each piece meets our regulations and will work properly for you. We offer two marker models for rent, Tippmann Custom 98 and the Valken V-Tac SW-1 as well as other modern protective equipment. If you ever notice an issue with any of our equipment, alert a member of our staff and we will help you take care of it.

    Different Fields to Choose From

    Not every paintball game is the same, so why use the same field for every game? If speedball is your thing, play on our Speedball Tournament Field that meets tournament standards. If you want more room to spread out try one of our three wooded fields, the Black Ops Pentagon Woods Field, the Blue Thunder Woods field, or the Red Dawn Field. For speed lovers, we suggest the Hyperball field. At AC Paintball you can choose from a variety of games and a variety of fields.

    Group and Party Packages

    children-2142646_960_720Whether you are hosting a bachelor party, birthday party, or corporate outing, AC Paintball can accommodate you. Paintball is a great way to bring a team together as well as release pent up stress. We offer either morning and afternoon sessions or all day flex-passes. You can keep your party private or allow walk-ons to join your game. We also offer an added value group discount where the celebrant or one party organizer plays for free.

    Military and Member Discounts

    Did you know that the military often uses paintball to train their personnel? AC Paintball provides discounts to military members. Active police officers, emergency first responders, active military personnel, and reserve military personnel can receive 50% of field admission by presenting the proper ID. AC Paintball Club members can save 10% on field admission purchases and receive a discount on cases of paintballs.

    Location

    If you are planning on exploring New Jersey, you will want to choose a paintball location that is near other sites and attractions. AC Paintball is located on near the intersection of Jackson Road and 12th Street in Williamstown, New Jersey. Atlantic City is about a half hour’s drive from our location. There are also plenty of other restaurants, attractions, and other entertainment around as well.

    Visit Our Emu Farm!

    If you have someone in your family or group that isn’t interested in paintball, they can hang out and watch out emus. Before Attorney Bill Hayes opened AC Paintball he developed an Emu farm on site. With extra land, Bill decided to add paintball courses to the site. Don’t worry, though, we keep our emus away from the paintball fields in a special area.

  • 7 Golden Rules of Paintball

    rules-1752406_960_720Almost everyone knows the golden rule of life, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s a simple rule to understand that anyone can follow. In paintball, there are similar rules. While you may not need to know every single official rule in the paintball rule book, it’s always important to know the basics. Whether you are about to play your very first game or you are a professional, you should always follow AC Paintball’s golden rules.

    Be Safe

    Your first priority when playing at AC Paintball should be safety. While risky plays may lead you to a win, no game is worth a major injury. You should always make sure your attire is suitable and your equipment is working properly. Take the weather into consideration when planning what you will wear. If you are not used to paintball you may want to opt for longer sleeves, layers, or some padding. Be sure to wear suitable shoes for running and never remove your mask while on the field.

    AC Paintball regularly checks their rental equipment, but it doesn’t hurt to double check your equipment before playing. On rainy days, make sure all of your equipment stays dry. If you ever notice a malfunction, exit the field with your arms raised so the other players know not to fire at you.

    Think Before You Act

    Paintball isn’t just a physical sport, but a mental sport as well. You need to make sure your head is clear before an AC Paintball game. Pay attention to what you are doing at all times. If you get overly excited, it is easy to forget to pay attention. Make sure you take an extra second or two to aim your marker. You don’t want to accidentally fire your marker and injure someone. Before you make any risky moves, analyze the situation and think about the consequences.

    Plan Your Moves

    texture3While planning may seem boring to some, good planning pays off in the end. If you charge into one of AC Paintball’s fields without a plan, you will likely find difficulty. While you figure out what you are doing, your opponents will be shooting at you and taking charge of their goals.

    It’s a good idea to get to know the field before the game. This way you will know where the bunkers and obstacles are. You will want to keep moving during the game, as well. Don’t stay hidden behind the same bunker the whole with. Good planning will help you be more successful.

    Listen and Communicate

    Communication is an important tool in paintball. As a team sport, you need to know what your teammates are planning and vice versa. You rely on your teammates and they rely on you. If at any time during the game you change your plan, be sure to let your team know so they can adjust accordingly. It’s also important to listen to the Marshall or team leader. They usually have important information that you will not want to ignore.

    Play Fair

    No one wants to play with a cheater. If you play unfairly you will take the fun out of the game. At AC Paintball in southern New Jersey, we focus on fun and friendly paintball. We want our players to enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Be sure to read through AC Paintball’s rules ahead of time and discuss any other rules you may want to enforce with the other participants. AC Paintball also provides referees who monitor the games and help keep each game fair.

    Be a Supportive Teammate

    urban-885208_960_720Think back to when you may have played other sports you may have played in the past. What made your experience more enjoyable? It was likely the people you were playing with. Playing with supportive teammates if more than playing with aggressive teammates. If you act like you don’t want to play with your teammates, they won’t want to play with you either.

    If you are an experienced player, offer tips to help out newer players. When someone comes under fire, back them up and defend them. Continue to encourage them so they will want to get better. Offer compliments if someone makes a smart move. Being supportive will lead both you and your teammates to have a good time.

    Keep Practicing and Don’t Give Up

    No one is the best the first time they do something. Whether you are new to the game or a professional, it is important to keep practicing. Every time you play, there is a chance to learn a new. Don’t get down on yourself if you make mistakes. Everyone makes them. Look at each mistake as a learning experience. If you don’t give up, you will continue to improve and eventually become a role model for other players.

    If you want to continue practicing, consider an AC Paintball membership. Members receive discounted prices on paintball sessions and equipment. If you want to schedule a game, you can do so here: https://acpaintball.com/schedule-paintball-game/.

  • Choosing a Marker for Speedball

    paintball-1278901_960_720Woodsball and Speedball are different in many ways. The fields are different, the bunkers are different, and each game requires a different strategy. With this in mind, different games call for different equipment. You should know how to choose the right gun for the game you are playing. Speedball has many defining characteristics and you will want a gun that can perform the tasks you need it to.

    At AC Paintball in southern New Jersey, we have two main guns for rent, the Tippmann Custom 98 Marker, and Valken V-Tac SW-1. In this guide, you will find tips for choosing the right marker for your next speedball game. If you would like to book a game at AC Paintball, you can do so here: acpaintball.com/schedule-paintball-game/.

    Rapid Fire Speed

    The most important aspect that should concern you with a Speedball gun is speed. While Woodsball allows you to spread out in a large field, Speedball fields are typically smaller. This means you will be closer to your enemy the whole time. If they start firing at you, you will need to be able to defend yourself. This is why firing speed is so important. When it is you against multiple enemies you will want your fun to be able to fire rapidly so you can hit more people.

    When choosing a marker, look at how many balls it can fire per second (bps). The higher the number the faster it will be able to shoot. Be aware that higher firing speed may cause call for sacrifice in other features as well the price. When renting your marker from AC Paintball, you should choose the Valken V-Tac SW-1. The Tippman model has more of a recoil. This means you will have to readjust your aim more often.

    Reliability

    When you push your speedball marker to the limit with rapid fire speed, you are more likely to experience other problems. This makes the gun a bit less reliable. While you do want a high fire speed, you don’t want to sacrifice reliability. You don’t want your marker to stop working in the middle of an AC Paintball game. You won’t be able to take out enemies or defend yourself. If your marker does malfunction during a game, communicate with your team so they can try to help defend you.

    tippmann-a5-300x300If you are looking for a reliable marker, Tippman markers are known for their durability. However, AC Paintball cleans and inspects all their markers regularly to make sure each gun will work properly for our customers.

    Accuracy

    Accuracy is important in every paintball game. While accuracy may be a higher priority in Woodsball as you long distances, you will not want to forget this aspect when choosing a Speedball gun. If your gun’s accuracy is not good, you will have trouble hitting your targets. Some aspects that improve your accuracy is barrel length, barrel width, and cleanliness. You will need to be careful, though, as many of aspects will affect your firing speed.

    Size and Weight

    You will also want to take size and weight into consideration. A gun that is small and compact can be helpful as it will be easier to carry and maneuver. However, you can get away with a heavier and larger gun in Speedball more than you can in Woodsball. Think about what position you plan on playing. If you plan on running a lot, you will want to choose a lightweight gun. If you stay stationary more often, you may be able to handle a larger gun that focuses more on other aspects.

    Both AC Paintball rentals are similar and size and weight, but the Valken V-Tac SW-1 is a little bit lighter than the Tippman 98 model.

    Aesthetics

    While aesthetics won’t affect your game as much, it is worth a mention. When buying a gun, you may notice that speedball guns are typically more flashy and colorful. Black or camouflage guns help Woodsball players hide. Yet, Speedball the bunkers are man-made. This allows you to choose flashy guns with cool designs. If you want to stand out when playing at AC Paintball, choose a marker that will get you noticed.

    Both of our rental models are black, but the Tippman 98 has a unique design that is different from the average marker. It is sleek and sporty looking while the Valken V-Tac SW-1 is bulkier and square.

  • Paintball Mental Tips: Be More Daring and Bold

    “Fortune favors the audacious.” – Desiderius Erasmus

    silhouette-936715_960_720Paintball is a sport where the bold and daring thrive. Playing it safe may keep you in the game, but you won’t make much progress. To win an AC Paintball game you and your teammates need to take some risks. If you wait too long to make a decision, you may miss your chance at a making a game-winning move.

    Yet, it is easy to get caught up in playing it safe. With most sports, a good defense can be your best offense. The same can be true for paintball, but you should never neglect offense. If you want to be more daring with your paintball game, check out these helpful mental tips from AC Paintball!

    Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

    You may hear the phrase “step out of your comfort zone” over and over again, but the message rings true. To improve yourself and reach your goals, you will have to test yourself and push your boundaries. It can be scary to face a new challenge that you don’t know how to overcome. If you keep trying, though, the new task will become easier. Along the way, you will learn tips and tricks that help you succeed.

    You may just want to hide away in the woods away from the action. It may be safer there, but you will not see as much action. Next time you play at AC Paintball, try to be more adventurous. Take a position closer to the action. If you think you can’t do something, try to anyway. You may just prove yourself wrong and learn that you are stronger than you think.

    Don’t Be Afraid of Looking Foolish

    A common concern many new AC Paintball players have is looking foolish. If you don’t fully know what you are doing, you may fear people thinking less of you. To be bold, you need to rise above this fear. Everyone has their own quirks that can look foolish, especially when they first start out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or tips. The AC Paintball staff and many other players are happy to help. If you keep learning from your experiences you will continue to improve. With enough practice, you may become a role model for other players.

    paintball-1961040_960_720Hang Out with Other People Who are Bold and Audacious

    People tend to pick up habits of those they hang out with. They want to fit in and thus mimic certain characteristics or features. If you want to be more confident and adventurous, hang out with more people who are like that. You are likely to meet plenty of outgoing and audacious players at AC Paintball. All you have to do is start a few conversations. Soon enough, you will make paintball friends to inspire and support you.

    Fake It Till You Make It

    Another common trick you may have heard of is called “fake it till you make it.” Many people use this tactic to change their habits and become more successful. Pay attention to your body language. Do you stand with a powerful posture or do you close yourself off? If you feel shy, try to spread out and make yourself bigger. This can help trick your brain to be more confident. Don’t forget to smile and be friendly. This will attract more people to you. Pretty soon you may find yourself a happier person with more success.

    Claim Your Goals

    Finally, you will want to set goals, make a plan, and stick to that plan. Stop doubting yourself and overthinking your decisions. This takes away time that you could be eliminating enemies or capturing the flag. AC Paintball is a place for friends and family to have fun. Don’t let others distract you or get to you with negative comments. Focus on your goal and claiming your prize.

  • Tips for Building a Successful Paintball Team

    ac paintball ready to rollCreating a paintball team is a great way to socialize on a regular basis. Not only does it keep you healthy, but it keeps you happy as well. If you’re thinking about creating your own paintball team, there are a variety of aspects to think about. If the task seems overwhelming, fear not, because AC Paintball is here to help. With these helpful tips, you can build a successful paintball team and have fun with your friends.

    Finding Teammates

    The first step to creating a paintball team is to gather teammates. Usually, when you decide you want to build a paintball team, you may just have a friend or two ready to join you. If this is the case, you will have to do some recruiting to build your team. When playing at AC Paintball, always be on the lookout for players to add to your team. You may notice a skilled walk-on who often plays at our facility. If you are interested, invite them to play with you. If everything works out, they will join your team.

    When adding people, try to find players that already have or are willing to buy their own equipment. This shows commitment to your team. If you are thinking about adding someone new to paintball, they can rent AC Paintball’s equipment to give it a try. This way they won’t be wasting money if they decide not to play.

    You will also want to make sure that everyone plays well together. Before you invite them to join your team, give them a test run. See if they have good chemistry and mesh with the rest of your team. It is a good idea to add people with a variety of different skills. You will want a good mix of different playing styles to balance your team. This way you will always have someone to call on when you need a specific skill to carry out your plans and win the game.

    Organizing Your Team

    sideshotNext, you will need to organize your team. You need to decide what your group is going to be about and what your goals are. Do you want to compete professionally or are you just looking to have fun? After that, you will need to create a schedule. Find out when everyone is available. Then figure out what dates and times will allow the majority of your team to attend. Have some substitute players ready on call in case some of your teammates can’t make it. You may also want to consider making team shirts or uniforms.

    Choosing Roles and Responsibilities

    Your team will also have to choose roles and responsibilities. Try playing a few games at AC Paintball to assess everyone’s skills. Once you learn what everyone is good at, start assigning roles. Fast runners make good frontmen. Accurate shooters make good snipers. Players who are heavy-shooters make good backmen and defensive players. Well-rounded players make for a good infantry. You may also want to think about what strategies are best to use with the players you have.

    Practice

    Once your team is organized and have their positions, you can practice at AC Paintball. Practice is the best way to specialize in your position and learn to work with your new teammates. The ability to communicate well and work with your team is a valuable skill in paintball. If you know what to expect from one another, you will better know how to adjust your game to each situation.

    Another good way to bring your team closer is to get together outside of AC Paintball. There are plenty of fun places to go in southern New Jersey. You can go out to eat, try a different sport, or just hang out at someone’s house. The more you get to know one another, the more you will learn to trust each other. The more you practice with each other, the more successful you will become.

     

  • Tips for Planning an AC Paintball Party

    writing-1209700_960_720Planning a party at home can be a hassle. You have to do all of the organizing yourself and end up with a mess to clean up. Why not move your party to AC Paintball in Williamstown, New Jersey? Whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, or graduation, AC Paintball is a thrilling venue to host a party. We offer five different fields so that you can customize your party. Our friendly staff will help you plan your party so that you can make your day special.

    Planning

    The first step in throwing a party is planning. While AC Paintball will help you in a variety of ways, there are some aspects you will need to take care of on your own. For instance, you will need to choose and invite the guests, set a budget, and pick a package. Keep in mind that AC Paintball’s group packages require 11 players.

    Morning sessions start at $399 and afternoon packages start at $499. Past 11 players each additional player is $39.95 for a morning session and $49.95 for an evening session. This includes field passes, complete rental gear package, free air, and 200 paintballs. If you supply 11 players we will allow the main celebrant or organizer to play for free. Don’t forget to have all your guests sign a safety waiver.

    Decorations

    If you want to make your party a bit more personal, why not add some extra decorations? You can make a sign or banner to congratulate the honoree. This will also be a great backdrop for taking group photos. Colorful balloons are a classic decoration that resembles paintballs. Centerpieces, table cloths, or streamers can also liven up the area.

    Be sure any other decorations you add are bright and colorful. You can also add some camouflage. If your celebrant in a big fan of something specific, you can work it into your decorations as well. If you have any questions, contact the AC Paintball staff for help.

    Games and Activities

    The main reason you are choosing AC Paintball is to play paintball. Yet, there are a variety of games to choose from. Be sure to plan some games ahead of time so you don’t waste your time deciding what game to play. VIP/President is a fun game to play when you have a special player. In this game, one team tries to eliminate the VIP while the other team protects them. Capture the flag is another favorite that almost everyone already knows how to play.

    paintball birthday eventIf you want to make the game extra special, try adding some bonus objectives. Hide some prizes throughout the field and have all the players collect them. You can make it a game where whichever team collects more tokens wins. You can also just make them bonus gifts for your guests to take home.

    Snacks

    You can’t play paintball on an empty stomach. Be sure to prepare snacks for yourself and your guests. Make sure you have some fruits, veggies, granola bars, and other healthy snacks. Everyone will need plenty of energy and fuel

    Since it’s a celebration, you will also want to have some fun snacks. Gumballs make great cupcake toppers that look like paintballs. You can make cookies that look like targets or put plastic army men in the center of a donut that looks like a bunker.

    Favors

    Finally, you may want to leave your guests with something to take home as a memento. A water bottle is a good idea as some of your guests may forget to bring one to keep hydrated. You can even personalize it with the celebrant’s name. Dog tags are another great gift if you want to personalize your favors. Snacks and candy are always a popular idea. Mini squirt guns can also be a fun idea that fit the AC Paintball theme.

     

  • Adapting Your Paintball Game to the Weather

    field-1825871_960_720There are many variables that may affect your paintball game. Your health, your focus, and other players can all change how well you play. The weather is also an important aspect to consider. AC Paintball is located in southern New Jersey, which means the weather changes often. If you are planning to play at our facility, you will definitely want to check the weather beforehand. Then you will want to plan for your game accordingly with these tips.

    Clothing

    Temperature

    The first way you will need to prepare is deciding what to wear. This step is important to ensure that you are comfortable and safe while playing on AC Paintball’s fields. Consider the temperature when deciding how much length and how many layers you will need. In the fall you will want long sleeves and maybe a few layers. This will also give you more protection when getting hit so it doesn’t hurt as much. Yet, you will not want so many layers that it is difficult to move.

    When summer comes around you will want to wear shorts and a T-shirt. If you are new to paintball, however, you may want to consider longer, but light material so you have some more cover. Padding can also be helpful.

    Precipitation

    For rainy days, consider a poncho or full rain gear to keep dry. Playing in wet clothing isn’t the most comfortable. You may also want to bring extra clothing to change into on rainy days. You will also want shoes with good traction to prevent slipping and falling. For the most part, clothing is a matter of preference, but you will want to make sure you are prepared.

    Equipment

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    If you pick a rainy day at AC Paintball, you will want to keep everything as dry as possible. You will need to keep the inside of the marker completely dry. If water gets into the gun, it could ruin the accuracy, velocity, and range. Wrapping cling wrap around the barrel may help if your marker doesn’t have a lot of porting. Make sure the gun is dry before applying. You should also carefully dry your equipment between each game.

    In the rain, you should opt for a hopper with a lid rather than one with speed feed. However, if your marker does not have one you can improvise my making a cover out of the bag your paintballs came in. Be sure to inspect your marker for any other gaps or openings that water can get into. Some openings are there for a reason, though, so use your common sense when covering your marker. Having a roll of cloth hockey tape or vinyl electrical tape on hand is a good idea. You can add some under the grips of your marker to make sure it is sealed.

    Goggles

    When the air is humid, you should be ready for your goggles to fog up. If it’s not too humid you may only have to deal with some light condensation on the outside of your mask. However, in bad conditions, water will build up on the inside and make difficult to see. The best thing you can do to prevent this issue it to make sure your mask fits properly. You will also want to make sure it is properly sealed. Many AC Paintball players also use a coating of anti-fog solution, or a goggle fan to help fight fogging.

    paintball_packPaintballs

    You will also need to keep your ammunition dry. Paintballs begin to dissolve in water. It only takes a single drop to cause the paintball to soften. If one gets too wet it will lose its shape and become useless. The change of shape will affect how the paintball leaves the gun and flies through the air. Putting wet paintballs in your gun can also cause damage to the parts. Be sure to keep your ammo covered on rainy days at AC Paintball.

    Play

    When you play in the southern New Jersey heat, be sure to be ready for the sun to take a lot out of you. Try to pace yourself and conserve some energy at the beginning of your AC Paintball session. This way you will still have energy for your last game. The cold can also take energy from you and make it difficult to focus. Try to put a song in your head or use a mantra to keep yourself going.

    The rain will make it slippery and make it tricky to quickly take cover. Be careful and move more slowly so you don’t fall or slide past your bunker. It is comical to watch your opponents slip and slide, but remember to focus on your own footing. Playing in the rain is not necessarily a disadvantage; you just have to change your play and plan each move.

    Strategy

    Finally, you need to learn to use the elements to your advantage. If you play with experienced players, you may notice them getting closer to their target. This is because paintball markers are less accurate in the rain. You should follow their example, reduce your shooting distance to improve your precision. You may also want to buy some extra ammo from AC Paintball to ensure you don’t run out. Try not to get too frustrated and just play to your best ability.

  • AC Paintball Health Tips

    apple-2391_960_720While playing paintball is a great way to build your muscles and stay healthy, you need to back it up with other healthy habits. You need to take care of yourself before, during, and after a game, so that you don’t get hurt. At AC Paintball in southern New Jersey, we want our players to be happy and healthy. We support safe paintball and offer these tips to keep you and team energized.

    Drink Plenty of Water

    Summers in Williamstown, New Jersey can get hot. While you’re running around AC Paintball’s field, you will continually lose water through sweat. Losing even a small percentage of your body’s weight in fluid can significantly affect your game. Proper hydration will keep you running longer and feeling better.

    You need to hydrate before, during, and after each game. One to two hours before playing, you should drink a bottle of water. Right before the game, you should drink another half bottle of water. During your AC Paintball game, you should drink a half bottle of water every 15 minutes or so. After the game, be sure replenish any additional water you lost throughout the day.

    Eat Healthy Foods

    Along with drinking enough, you need to make sure to eat the right foods. Foods with protein will give you the energy you need to play multiple AC Paintball games. Whole grains will keep you feeling full longer so you can concentrate on the game rather than your stomach growling. Fruits and vegetables will give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly. Yogurt is a good source of calcium that helps your muscles. Fish or sushi will keep your eyes and brain functioning to the best of their ability.

    Wear Appropriate Clothing and Footwear

    Before you leave your New Jersey home, you will want to make sure you have proper clothing and footwear. The best clothing to wear is something that is easy to move in. You don’t want your outfit to be so tight you can’t move or so loose that you get your sleeve caught on something. Something light weight will make it easier to perform to the best of your ability.

    feet-1840619_960_720Be sure to check the weather before coming to AC Paintball and prepare appropriately. In summer, wear breathable clothing and be sure to bring sunscreen. In cooler temperature wear a few layers. You may also want to consider some padding to avoid injuries. Sneakers are the best and most appropriate choice for footwear.

    Have a Proper Warm Up and Cool Down

    The average AC Paintball game gives you a full body workout. Between running, crouching, squatting and more, you work more muscles than the average sport. With this in mind, you need to make sure your muscles are warmed up so you don’t get hurt. Before your game jog a few laps and do some dynamic stretches. This includes knee-highs, butt kicks, grapevines, etc. If you still feel stiff, try adding some static stretches.

    Just as important as a warm-up is a cool down. A cool down allows your body to gradually return to a resting state. After an intense game, your blood and heart will be racing. If you sit down and do nothing too fast, you may get dizzy and feel sick. A proper cool down includes jogging, dynamic stretching, and static stretching.

    Follow Safety Rules

    Paintball can be dangerous if you don’t follow safety rules. You should keep your helmet/safety gear on at all times and always keep your gun pointed low. Don’t be too reckless during play. Dangerous moves are not worth the injury.

    At AC Paintball, your safety is our priority. To view our official rules and regulations, please follow this link: https://acpaintball.com/ac-paintball-rules-and-regulations/. If you would like to schedule a game, you can do so here: https://acpaintball.com/schedule-paintball-game/.