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#16 User is offline   HvyRifleman12345 

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:20 AM

why is it that there are no Pro Woodsball teams?
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Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:39 PM

becuase woodsball cant really be put on television and you cant really have spectators on a woodsball feild
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Posted 16 June 2006 - 06:39 PM

dude, it's kind of funny to watch the lil kids play though. half the time they have no idea and are too scared to move up. like me my first game.......i just stayed in one bunker and wasted paint the whole time.....nobody moved.....lol
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Posted 16 June 2006 - 08:42 PM

View Postbigr, on Jun 13 2006, 12:20 PM, said:

its true the little kids are the hardest to ref in the woods. masks barrel plugs... AAAHHH!!!


"But theres no one around, why do I have to wear my mask?" <_<
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Posted 16 June 2006 - 09:00 PM

And thats when you get one of the ghillied goons to stand up and show the kid hes 'not alone.'

Thats always a good laugh.
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:08 AM

View PostJLobes, on Jun 16 2006, 08:42 PM, said:

View Postbigr, on Jun 13 2006, 12:20 PM, said:

its true the little kids are the hardest to ref in the woods. masks barrel plugs... AAAHHH!!!


"But theres no one around, why do I have to wear my mask?" <_<

I always say "becuase i said so!, now put it back on or your going home!"
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 07:59 PM

Its fun when they listen, ive reffed groups that were GREAT!, but ive reffed groups that i have to scream at them from 2 inches , 3 TIMES! to get them to put there mask on, and one time a kid was getting shot at and he had his mask off so i had to tackle him. I got in trouble, but probably saved his eyes.
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Post icon  Posted 27 June 2006 - 08:43 PM

uummmm..us lil kids just want 2 learn and become better and its not funny that we dont do as well as u guys do.u guys were lil and sucked lke us now and the older kids when u were lil probably sayed the same so mow u no how we feel
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Posted 28 June 2006 - 12:21 AM

I learned many things when I reffed soccer that I believe carry over to paintball.

1) Kids are sponges. You tell them some information and they absorb it. This can also backfire as they can hear about your not so professional relationships with co-workers.

2) If you could see their faces, nothing makes them happier than achieving an objective of the game. this includes hitting their first opponent, getting their first flag, coming up big in a very dire moment, etc. It is when we give positive encouragement that they grow and learn to love the sport.

3) They are there to have fun. A ref can control the flow and fun factor just as much as the kids. If the ref is constantly yelling at people or seems to not be giving a damn, the kids don't have fun. If the ref is laughing, making over the top hand jesters to encourage them, slapping them a high five regardless of the occasion (minus cheating), and showing them what they can do to improve will really set an impact on the day.

4) They are the future of the sport. The dorky little kid with the glasses that shot all of his own teammate in the back and cowered behind the bunker could be the next ollie lang. Every kid deserves the same treatment both on and off the field. Remember, if this sport is to grow, we need all the new players we can get.

5) Get the parents involved. generally parents love paintball because they can sit in the car and catch up on work. Drag their butts out onto the field for 1 game. When their kid eliminates someone else or gets the flag back to the home base for the win, the parent is now telling all of the people at work that their kid gogged the biggest and best kid on the other team and then won the game single handidly against 10 other guys. You never know, the parents might get involved. Also, most parents will shop for equipment in shops over on-line. the reason for this is because since they are new to the sport, they want to hold the stuff before they buy it. Have business cards of local shops and let's get some support going for them.

Now for the things to avoid:
1) Media: kids watch a lot of T.V. We must remember to teach them that what the pro's do is not always right. They will see the wiping, playing on, and overshooting and figure that is part of play. We are there to let them know that is not what is done at the field, and promote them to play safer, more sporting, and with honor

2) Violence: Those youngsters are a volcano of hormones ready to blow. (look at the zits, Mt. Vesuveus had nothing on today's youth). Tempers will flare. They still do even at older ages. We need to keep them calm and once again, keep them having fun.

While these things apply to paintball, I think they apply to just about everywhere else in a person's life as well. Any sport can take some notes from just some simple little things like this.

Please post some feedback guys, I think these are some decent things for most younger kids, as well as some info for newer ref's.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 05:58 PM

View Postbigr, on Jun 13 2006, 09:20 AM, said:

its true the little kids are the hardest to ref in the woods. masks barrel plugs... AAAHHH!!!


I agree 100%
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Posted 01 July 2006 - 12:48 PM

Reffing for younger players is very fun. You can kind of imagine how you used to look to real refs when you were first playing.

It's kind of nice because I have a younger friend and I get to see him getting better first-hand when I ref for him. Very neat.

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