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#1 User is offline   Predator88 

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 07:30 PM

I was thinking about refing and I had a few thoughts and questions:
What is generally expected of refs?
What is the greatest benifit of becoming a ref?
Do you have to be a certian age to ref?

Thanks.
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Posted 07 May 2006 - 07:34 PM

i'm sure you will enjoy reffing

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 07:51 PM

I was thinking about refing and I had a few thoughts and questions:
What is generally expected of refs?


Get to the field early, help set up, open up, air stations, rental guns, nets, clean the fields and parking lots, get the group ready, and get them out the the field as soon as you can. Then ref the games (obviously) and when you get back in, do airfills, and get your group back out. Refs are also sometimes expected to work in the proshop, or sell paint. Normally for your first time reffing at a field, you'll be placed with a more senior ref so that you learn the ropes.

What is the greatest benefit of becoming a ref?

To me, the greatest benefit, other than the pay, is having a job that is actually fun. Sometimes you get shot, sometimes you run, sometimes you duck, dive, dodge, slide and you always yell. You get to meet lots of interesting people, see lots of cool markers, and learn a whole lot about paintball. Theres always an interesting conversation going about, so you get to hear all sorts of cool things. Refs also normally get free, or discounted play at the field, as well as a discount on anything the field sells.

Do you have to be a certian age to ref?

Most feilds expect or require their refs to be 18. For several reasons, most people wont hire anyone that is under 18, and a paintball field isn't an exception (although it depends on your local field). They need you to be 18 for insurance and liability reasons, as well as you must be that old to work on pressurized (hazardous) systems. A ref who can't do airfills isn't very useful. A person who is 18 is more likely to be able to get to the field, and can normally drive. Fields sometimes need someone to pick up paint, food, or airtanks.

Good luck in your search for a ref job.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 05:04 PM

View PostPredator88, on May 7 2006, 10:30 PM, said:

I was thinking about refing and I had a few thoughts and questions:
What is generally expected of refs?
What is the greatest benifit of becoming a ref?
Do you have to be a certian age to ref?

Thanks.

Ya me too.I have the same questions.

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Posted 04 June 2006 - 06:00 PM

In addition to what I said above, you'd be surprised how much your own play will improve. When you watch people constantly, and you see what gets them out, what they do right and what they do wrong, your game reflects what you've seen and learned.
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Posted 04 June 2006 - 07:06 PM

That's very true. Just watching the NPPL on TV and watching the Tips on Web Dog Radio has taught me some techniques. Then, when I go play the next time, I try them out, and then practice them.
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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:46 AM

At my field I'm expected to come a hour or so early to help prep the guns. I ref at a woods field and most call themselves out so I watch for people with masks off the serious rule infractions (ie: Mask Off, Plugs, off, using own paint) and occasionally there's a wiper but like I said the biggest thing at a woodsball field is the top three rules than the fourth.

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