General FAQ

* What is paintball?
* Is it safe?
* Doesn’t it hurt when you get shot?
* How much does it cost to play?
* What do I need to bring?
* What safety equipment do I need?
* How can I play safe?
* Do I need to be physically fit to play?
* Can I get the paint out of my clothes?
* How can I find out more about paintball?

What is paintball?

It’s a sport in which a bunch of adults (loosely defined) go out in the woods and relive our childhood by playing capture the flag. Only, in this game each player has a gun that fires gelatin capsules filled with a water-soluble marking dye. If you’re shot and marked, you’re out of the game and have to wait until the next one starts. The most common game is called “Capture the Flag”. The object is to get the center flag and and bring it back to your team base. When you encounter people on the other team, you try to tag them out before they get you. Pretty simple and lots of fun.

Is it safe?

Like all action sports (football, basket ball, etc.) paintball is only dangerous if adequate protection is not worn and safety rules are not understood and followed.
Bali Paintball Arena’s paintguns shoot a 68 caliber paint pellet. The pellet is a thin plastic shell filled with a water soluble paint. Guns shoot the pellets at a speed of 200 to 300 feet per second. Since the paint pellets are fairly light (only weighing a few grams each), they have little momentum while in flight, and thus are not dangerous like the heavy lead projectiles fired from conventional firearms.
In addition to using a non-lethal projectile, paintball players always wear protective goggles to protect their eyes and usually wear masks covering the rest of their face as well.
Safety is highly stressed at Bali Paintball Arena. We require goggles be worn at all times unless in designated safety areas. We also require that barrel condoms (a strong nylon cover that goes over the barrel of the GTF to prevent accidental discharge of paintballs) be used while players are in certain areas. Ignoring safety is a good way to get yourself ejected from a field.

Doesn’t it hurt when you get shot?

The paint pellets break open upon impact, and generally cause very little pain. What pain is experienced is more of a stinging sensation from the pellet’s impact against the skin or through clothing. The stinging pain goes away after a few seconds. Of course, the closer you are to the muzzle of the gun, the higher the velocity of the pellet when it hits you. Thus, more pain may be experienced when shot at close range rather than farther away. That is why Bali Paintball Arena has a very strict 10 meter rule. This rule basically says that you are not allowed to shoot an opponent that is within a 5 meter proximity from yourself.
In general, one can count on coming off the field with a few welts from paintball impacts, but your most annoying injuries are more likely to be scrapes and bruises from the local terrain.

How much does it cost to play?

Paintball Bali frequently has special programs and promotional prices throughout the year. Please contact us to get your best prices.

What do I need to bring?

Bring comfortable clothes (Shorts, T-shirt and running or athletic shoes/boots). At Bali Paintball Arena we provide a custom made camouflage jumpsuit to fit your individual size (S, M, L, XL) along with any other accessories you may need to play Paintball for that day.

What safety equipment do I need?

The safety equipment necessary include goggles/facemask with ear and throat protection etc. These are all provided on site at Paintball Bali.

How can I play safe?

Please adhere to all our safety guidelines clearly stated on our General Safety Rules form and ALWAYS listen to every instruction given to you by our experienced referees.

Do I need to be physically fit to play?

Not really, but it will help. As with all strenuous exercise participants should stretch and warm up before playing. Since typical games require quick sprints followed by a rest having good an-aerobic fitness is beneficial.
Players should gauge their play to their level of fitness.
All players in poor physical condition or with physically limiting conditions should consult a physician before playing.
Proper footwear is very important. Some players find that lightweight canvas topped army boots or leather workboots protect feet and ankles in the woods. Other players prefer the support that sneakers give as paintball does involve running. Personal preferences vary, but footwear should not be overlooked.

Can I get the paint out of my clothes?

Paint is water soluble and should wash out as normal.

How can I find out more about paintball?

Play! Play! Play!
Read the rec.sport.paintball newsgroup. Read one of the paintball publications: Action Pursuit Games, Paintball Sports Intl.