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#1 User is offline   Aussie_bloke 

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:20 PM

Communication is the key to success

I recently gave an informal training session at one of the Samford Special Ops Club days, and one thing I tried to get across to members is that communication on the field will win just as much lose the game as it will lose the game if a team does not properly communicate with each other. Communication is used daily, and mainly people will be chatting away moments before a game starts, so why does everyone suddenly stop talking when the whistle blows and rounds are whizzing past your head?

Communication allows information about your opponents’ whereabouts and actions to be spread amongst your team mates. It allows you and your team to have better understanding about what is happening on the field, and should aid your team in countering your opponents’ movements or developing strategies on how to eliminate your opponents.

Communication should always start before the game has started; a smart team will figure out the lay of the field and know where each team mate intends to move through, thus giving each other confidence and avoiding unnecessary large numbers moving in one area and exposing other areas on the field. Establish a battle plan, figure out where every player wants to go on the field and make sure that all angles of the field will be covered. If newer players are unsure or if the team is lacking direction, a team leader or move experienced player should delegate positions and communicate their objectives on the field. Personal experience has shown that lack of establishing a battle plan will see a lot of players standing there not sure what to do and people will bunch up on the field and are suddenly on the back foot.

Now many of you are probably thinking that yelling and communicating opponents location and actions to your team mates will give your position away and help them zero in on your location….think about it….if you are exchanging paintballs at each other, they already know where you are….why not let some of your team mates know where those rounds are coming from? By yelling and communicating loudly, will let everyone know where the opponent is and will also have a psychological effect on your opponent. If they are unsure about your location and that of your team mates, they will be hesitant about moving or exposing themselves. This may cause them to panic or withdraw to figure out what is happening. This will be your time to take advantage.

Another reason yelling out as loud as possible, is that if your team is low on numbers or you are the last man standing, yelling out loudly will make them think that maybe they have missed one and may not advance on you as quickly as they once were, which may give you a chance to eliminate some of them and gain some extra points which may sway the result of the game.

If your opponent is concentrating their fire on you, let your team mates know this, yell out “On me!!” or “Being Targeted” this will give your team mates a chance to move to a better position to shoot at that opponent or could potentially create a target for a team mate from another angle. If a team mate is yelling out that they are being targeted, find out where they are, see if you have a shooting angle on that opponent and eliminate them, create a bit of team work from communication.

If you team mates aren’t telling you anything, yell out and find out what is going on, it’s going to benefit them as much as it is you. A team that doesn’t communicate will faultier and fail, keeping those mouths talking but don’t forget to listen.

Team leaders need to be able to communicate freely amongst their team, communication breaks down when everyone talks at once. If you have chosen your team leader due to his experience and tactical mind, allow him to pass information down to you and your team mates which could potentially keep you in the game longer. A team leader also needs his team to communicate their opponents’ movements and position efficiently to enable him to plan and react to how the other team is attacking your team.





In a Scenario situation, limit the amount of radios in a team or section, as everyone talking on the radio will usually block a squad’s report of your opponents’ movement or strength. Limit the radio chatter down to the team captain and vice captain. This way they can pass information amongst the squad at ease and allows them to concentrate on the game, instead of being distracted by someone blabbering on the radio.

In an ASPPL style game, where it is critical that every player have radio communications, establish radio procedures such as, call signs and send/receive procedures. Keep radio communications short, informative and as short as possible, in case something on the field develops.

As I have mentioned in another article, develop team hand signals and practice these regularly, establish the basics and move on from them. Take photos and print off copies for all team mates so they can understand the basic signals. Silent communication is a must for flankers, sneaking up on opponents, before and after ambushes, and for the illusive paintball “snipers”.

One last method of communicating your opponents’ location to your team mates is by using your marker. If a team mate is having difficulty locating where a nearby opponent is, tell them to watch where your paint is going and keep shooting until they acknowledge where the rounds are impacting.

Learning how to communicate on the field efficiently should be one of the first things a new player should develop as a skill; it contributes to their teams’ game play and will assist you in figuring out what is going on if your team mates are communicating effectively to you, establishing battle plans and conquering your opponent.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 12:13 AM

Great post...very thorough. Sticky?
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:38 AM

Great info. I agree. We use radios. One person in each small group of our team will carry one. They are a great advantage.
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Posted 02 October 2007 - 03:36 AM

Good Post!

Another usefull communication tool we use is sometimes we have a guy hang in the back just kind of out of range of fire and yell up to the front what he can see going on from back there. Kind of like a quarterback, or a goalie in soccer. The guy in the back sometimes can see the bigger picture and call out movements. Works even better with radios, but if you don't have radios this is a pretty good way to go, depending on the field of course.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 03:21 AM

View PostNo Quarter, on Oct 2 2007, 08:36 PM, said:

Good Post!

Another usefull communication tool we use is sometimes we have a guy hang in the back just kind of out of range of fire and yell up to the front what he can see going on from back there. Kind of like a quarterback, or a goalie in soccer. The guy in the back sometimes can see the bigger picture and call out movements. Works even better with radios, but if you don't have radios this is a pretty good way to go, depending on the field of course.




also if they are behind you at an angle they could also be useful in preventing a team flanking you from that side, handy if you are running up one side of the tape line and only have to worry about one flank
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:37 PM

i recently started using radios and a firefox-type setup. its is GODLY.
it has saved my butt so many times i can't count by having my friend tell me about ambushes, enemy positions and such, and vica-versa
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Posted 10 November 2007 - 11:22 PM

Don't overlook the power of quite simply yelling out across the field to your team mates.

You may think that it will give away your position, but if you are yelling loudly enough, it will have a marked effect on their confidence. If you are strong enough in the conviction of you own abilities and skills to yell out loudly and strongly across the field, with no obvious regard or care for whether or not it will give your position away, just imagine what that is going to make your opponent feel about how strong a player you are...

If you don't have radios, and don't want to use them, yell loudly, strongly, and keep all of your team mates doing exactly the same.

It will scare the crap out of your opponents. :ghillie:
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 01:08 AM

aussie, this is the second sticky-worthy post you've thrown up in about a week (maybe two, i have no sense of dates whatsoever right now). good job, very useful information. i don't know how many times i've wound up with a couple of juicy eliminations because i flanked and the guy i engaged first didn't call out where i was. i've cleaned out whole teams before, just because the guy got into a 1v1 with me and didn't bother calling for help. where i play, it's rare somebody will win a 1v1 with me inside of 50 feet. so instead of getting 2-3 guns on the idiot who really overextended himself on the edge of the field, i find myself with a chance to literally clean house.

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