How to Play Speedball

For all you new paintballers, this will teach you the basics of playing speedball.


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    You will start in an area called "The Break Area". There you will determine with your team where each player will go. Bunkers are almost always inflated, not solid. There are certain names that refer to each bunker. First is the "Tombstone" bunker; it looks like a tombstone. The next bunker is the "Soda Can" bunker. There are two types of soda can bunkers: Lay Down or Stand Up. The soda can bunker looks like a soda can. A lay down soda can looks like a soda can on its side, a stand up soda can looks like a soda can standing up. Next is the "Dorito" bunker. This bunker looks like a pyramid. There is also a series of bunkers called the "Snake". These are short, long bunkers that form a snake - like shape often having "knuckles" which are made up of either tombstones or bricks. In X-Ball or Millennium there is also a large X or M bunker in the middle of the field. Finally there is the "Car Wash" bunker. These bunkers look like a larger can cut in half.
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    The referee will shout "Ten seconds in 3, 2, 1 ... Ten seconds!" The referee will count to ten in his head. Usually, people on your team will be counting down out loud; you can do this if you want to. Those ten seconds are probably the most terrifying seconds of the game. After the ten seconds, the referee will shout "GO, GO, GO!"
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    Sprint as fast as you can to your designated bunker and take cover, your teammates will provide some cover. You will definitely want to shoot off the break because everyone is moving and you will have a good chance to hit someone. The start of the game is loud and fast. Don't Panic
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    When you're shooting keep most of your body BEHIND the bunker. Stick your head and gun out. Since the bunkers are inflatable and flexible, you can press your gun and body into the bunker. Only do short pops unless you know that you're clear.
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    You also want to move around a little. When you're moving, put your head down, gun up, shoot and run. This may sound difficult, but with some practice you will get the hang of this. Remember that you only have about 3 seconds or less to get to your next bunker. This if figured by the opponent that you are shooting at will take about 1 second to move back into his bunker, 1 second to figure out where you were shooting at him from, and the last second to "pop" back out. In that 3 seconds you should be in your next bunker and ready to shoot. Bend your knees, not your back; that way you'll be lower but you'll have better sight of the field and where you are shooting. When you "snap" out its all in the waist and mid section. Work on your core and cardio when training to play.
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    If you get hit, stop shooting, put your gun in the air and shout "I'm hit!" or if you get hit but don't feel it, the referee may give you a paint check and either call you out or keep you in. Note: Always check yourself for paint before calling yourself out. Sometimes you will get hit and the ball won't break. If that happens, you're still in. Walk off the nearest side of the field after getting out.


  • Always keep your head up and your gun up.
  • Remember, paintball is a hard sport so don't get discouraged if you don't do so well your first couple of games. You will get better over time.
  • Don't be scared of the paintballs, they don't hurt that much.
  • You don't have to be standing all the time. In fact, sliding is one of the best ways to get into a bunker.
  • Don't be afraid to move around, courage means everything on the speedball field.
  • Make sure your loader is secure. I have seen too many games where players slide and their loader comes off.
  • Don't be afraid to ask members your team for some help.
  • Fast movement is key to speedball. You never want to stay in the same spot too long. A position closer to your opponent is key to winning; as well as his ignorance to your position. Constantly be on the move.
  • Learn how to shoot with both hands!


  • Warning: Speedball is played on small fields, be prepared to take a few hits; don't worry, it's just part of the game.
  • When firing a paintball marker at or around other people you and everyone else should be wearing a mask.

Things You'll Need

  • A medium - high speed electronic gun (Preferably an Invert, Intimidator, Ego, Angel, Ion, Dye, Smartparts or Proto)
  • Medium - high speed loader (if your loader can't keep up with your gun you're going to skip shots and break balls)
  • A mask with goggles (Make sure you can see well out of them)
  • Paintball Pants and a Jersey. The brand depends on preference and style but I think Empire makes the best.
  • Pods and a speedball pod belt. Make sure it's not a woodsball belt . Speedball pods are upside down and Woodsball pods are sideways. (See images)
  • Cleats to help with running
  • Sliding shorts
  • Elbow pads
  • Knee pads (if your pants don't have them)
  • Paintball gloves

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