Understand this, in Football, the Ref's don't go out in pads and a helmet and tackle someone that violates the rules. In Racing, you don't see any of the officials out there in cars that crash into other Racers. As a Ref, you are in charge. If you feel that you have to use a pistol or marker to enforce the rules, then maybe reffing paintball is not for you.
yes but a pro football player isn't going to lay out the ref over a call, his career will be over (i.e. tossed from the league and the millions he makes are at stake. The player that shoots at you intentionally (and i don't mean pops you once, i mean lays into you as fast as his gun will) has little to lose other than getting called out.
The player that gets shot and stays in is making the game un-fun and unfair to everyone else, let him suffer so the rule-following players can have a good time, and the cheater that overshoots is just as dangerous as a ref with a marker.
aim for a soft place, and paintballs will work wonders in compliance (and pepperballs = too expensive/hard to come by, and useless unless hitting bare skin, besides, legal issues)
It does not matter if we are talking rec ball or a competition, the ref's word is final at the time of the incident. If you think that you can get away with reffing a NPPL tournament and carrying a pistol to shoot any players that are breaking the rules, then more power to you. If you feel that you need a pistol to "help" an eliminated player understand that they are out, instead of simply calling out the player (Even from across the field) and going to them to let them know personally, then maybe you should reconsider being a ref. YOU are the person that is in charge. If you are the only ref in a group, and they are not listening to you, then you should talk to the people at your shack (Or whatever name you call the area where players pay field fees, sign insurance waivers, purchase paintballs, get air fills, and so on) and work things out with them. Maybe you will be replaced with another ref that handle the job, maybe the group is too unruly and will be asked to leave. But if you feel that you need a pistol to enforce the rules, then, in all honesty, and this is simply my opinion, perhaps you should not be reffing in the first place.
Also, if you feel that you have to shoot a player to get their attention and let them know that they are out for overshooting and such, then maybe you should get off the sidelines and actually walk the field and keep your eyes open for anything that indicates that people are not being safe or having fun. I am almost always in the middle of the field, and I get shot at a bit. I can take the hits (Plus I wear a bit of padding, since my adrenaline is not pumping like a majority of the paintball players on the field), and if I see someone playing on with a hit, or shooting people into oblivion, I have no problems with going to them (Running if I have to) and calling them out. Further, I will make sure that they don't play the next game with my group, and I will let the other refs know what happened and that the player is sitting out a game. And if they do try to sneak on, then they are done for the day.