A culture of Safety
Posted 09 November 2008 - 09:51 AM
And then along came the SpecOps Brigade and things began to change in the area. Our ability to meet up with other groups at non-commercial fields grew dramatically, making it much easier to play regularly. That's a good thing.
The bad part is I'm also seeing a decline in the safety standards. More people are playing who've never been to a commercial field to hear the safety briefing and aren't hearing it from those that play it. Yesterday, I showed up late to a game and found that nobody had chronoed and out of the ten or twelve people, I was the only one with a chrono. Only a handful of the players were interested in chronographing their guns while us latecomers did. Also, many people didn't have any barrel blocking device whatsoever. And when I told everyone to get one, I got responses like, "well I've got a safety".
I don't think the people are deliberately being unsafe in general. They just were never told. The safety conscientious culture fostered by only being able to play in your own group of hand picked safety conscious players or a commercial field is fading (at least in my area). I admit that many times, I have just sucked it up to play but it is getting so bad I think it's time to start being the safety prick until people get it.
I'm considering getting barrel blocking devices to lend to people even. And let them buy them off of me at cost if they want. Otherwise, they can return them to me at the end of the game. I'm also considering bringing a list of printed and laminated safety rules to do a briefing. And when new people show up late they get a briefing too. If others begin doing this too, the newcomers to the sport will learn by hearing it from many voices. And us veterans need to be the ones to start the change.
Posted 09 November 2008 - 08:42 PM
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 12:14 AM
Here's another example of why safety is important:
This post has been edited by Violator: 11 November 2008 - 12:19 AM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:35 PM
It's in the manuals, but everyone skips over that. I did, but I got a field training first, before I even knew how to cock a marker .
Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:04 PM
maybe if you made one of those displays with three sheets of plywood hinged tgether and put photos of paintball accidents with small articles describing it, you'll get peoples attention. then you could set the display up in a heavy traffic non-gameplay area and people will probably stop and read it as they have time.
Posted 19 November 2008 - 01:18 AM
We'd chrono by using a gun we knew was legal, and all shoot compared to it. If your ball went faster, you turn it down.
That went on for a couple years without any problem. I've always thought about getting a hand chrono (not those yellow ones though...), but that's mostly for when I'm tech'ing my and my friends guns at home.
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