Unlike most other forms of paintball like walk-on or traditional woodsball, tournament paintball requires more preparation and planning before you can be effective in a competition. Much of this is accomplished in individual and private practices, but some of it, like walking the tournament field your matches will be on for a specific event, can only be accomplished when you arrive at the venue.
The term “walking the field” refers to when you and your teammates analyze a tournament field to identify strengths and weaknesses of the bunker layout, locate key positions, and develop your overall game plan for how you’ll approach your game strategy.
Here are three quick tips to master walking the field.
- These will be the spots on your opponent's side of the field that you will want to shoot at during the breakout of each game with the hopes of eliminating opposing players before they can even get to their first bunker.
- In just about any tournament layout, there are positions that if you can get yourself or one of your teammates into, it can quickly turn the odds in your favor. Normally these are bunkers located at or near the center of the field, such as a large snake. Once identified, your main offensive strategy each round should be to try and get a player into one or more of these spots.
- You always want to think about how to win the game, but inevitably you’re going to find yourself on the defensive in matches. When this happens, you’ll need to decide quickly if you need to fall back or move to different bunkers that offer a better position in which to defend from. These areas should provide you with the best view of the field and most angles to shoot at