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Posted 22 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

so today, me and my friend went paint balling at a local field and we got to talking about our community service that we have to do for school to graduate. so he was like, "dude, it would be awesome to do our community service here" so i was like, "yea that would be cool, ill go ask him." so i drove up to the pro shop and asked him and he was like sure, but what would you do. i told him either clean up or ref games. he was like, "well we need refs so yea, ill take you guys."

so now i need advice about that before i start. ill be reffing once a week for 5 hours until my 30 hours are done. but i checked the pinned stuff and it didnt really answer my questions. so here they are

1: what should i expect when reffing?
2: what should i wear?
3: how much paint does a player have to have on them for them to be out?
4: should i carry a squggie with me for players to use?
5: should i give advice to the players before the game and during?
6: should i do a safety thing
7: if it comes down to players are taking off their masks during a game, what do i do?
8: should i carry a shield?
9: how should i deal with the surrender rule and barrel tags?
10: what should i do if while im checking some player for a splatter, a kid decides to shoot me and continues to do it?

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 09:48 PM

View Postflorentine, on Jul 22 2007, 08:01 PM, said:

so today, me and my friend went paint balling at a local field and we got to talking about our community service that we have to do for school to graduate. so he was like, "dude, it would be awesome to do our community service here" so i was like, "yea that would be cool, ill go ask him." so i drove up to the pro shop and asked him and he was like sure, but what would you do. i told him either clean up or ref games. he was like, "well we need refs so yea, ill take you guys."

so now i need advice about that before i start. ill be reffing once a week for 5 hours until my 30 hours are done. but i checked the pinned stuff and it didnt really answer my questions. so here they are

1: what should i expect when reffing?
To get shot a lot and have everyone in your family insulted with words you dare not repeat around little kids because the guy doesnt think its quarter size.

2: what should i wear?
A little more padding than normal be it pants or a sweatshirt when you normally wear t shirt and jeans. If you have paintball specific pants I'd wear shorts or windbreakers under them if you wont get too hot. Tuck in a long towel in front of your crotch in your wait and let it dangle on the outside. Your kids will thank me when you have them.

3: how much paint does a player have to have on them for them to be out?
Most places is quarter size in one area.

4: should i carry a squggie with me for players to use?
A straight one or a swab, otherwise I wouldnt mess with it

5: should i give advice to the players before the game and during?
I normally go after and depending on who, during

6: should i do a safety thing
Of course

7: if it comes down to players are taking off their masks during a game, what do i do?
Stop what If they're gettin shot at then run in there and block them while yelling at them. Otherwise just yell at them.

8: should i carry a shield?
If you want. Or a big towl

9: how should i deal with the surrender rule and barrel tags?
Yes. If somone asks you about the rule during a game keep a very good eye on them.

10: what should i do if while im checking some player for a splatter, a kid decides to shoot me and continues to do it?
Depends on how much, if hes doing it just to do it just yell at him that your not playin. If he keeps doing it then pull em or threaten to. You should be in and out real quick though

thanks for everybodies help


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Posted 22 July 2007 - 09:58 PM

1: what should i expect when reffing?
Expect to have alot of ppl get mad at you and expect to have alot of people be really chill...there are all kinds of players at a normal rec field expect to be ready to deal with anything.
2: what should i wear?
They will prob give you a ref jersey but I would come to the field it a t-shirt and some pb pants (or watever you normally were paintballing)
3: how much paint does a player have to have on them for them to be out?
One shot is all thats needed...just make sure its a full break not a bounce off the ground of splatter.
4: should i carry a squggie with me for players to use?
O would carry a towel to wipe shots/masks off.
5: should i give advice to the players before the game and during?
Mabe strategies before the game starts but dont tell people were others are during the game.
6: should i do a safety thing
Do it at the beggining of the day if the field already doesnt.
7: if it comes down to players are taking off their masks during a game, what do i do?
Kick them off for a game. If the do it again kick them out for the day...a eye shot is somthing you REALLY want to avoid even if it means a PERTURBED customer.
8: should i carry a shield?
You dont need to..if you dont wanna get shot then go for it.9: how should i deal with the surrender rule and barrel tags?
Tell them about it but warn that people will/can shoot them if they get scared or are just mean.
10: what should i do if while im checking some player for a splatter, a kid decides to shoot me and continues to do it?
Yell its a ref if he keeps doing it kick him out for a few games.

Be firm if they feel they can walk all over you the day will suck for you...dont try to be liked try to keep the games fair/fun.

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 09:35 AM

View Postflorentine, on Jul 22 2007, 08:01 PM, said:

1: what should i expect when reffing?
2: what should i wear?
3: how much paint does a player have to have on them for them to be out?
4: should i carry a squggie with me for players to use?
5: should i give advice to the players before the game and during?
6: should i do a safety thing
7: if it comes down to players are taking off their masks during a game, what do i do?
8: should i carry a shield?
9: how should i deal with the surrender rule and barrel tags?
10: what should i do if while im checking some player for a splatter, a kid decides to shoot me and continues to do it?


1. Prepare to take it as a job. I don't know if you work anywhere right now, but if you treat it like a job, show up on time, do the work (Whatever that is asked of you), be helpful, you will be better off. There will be people that will question your authority, be polite, but be firm. You might be called every name in the book, just shrug it off. Don't let you ego take over and get into a name calling match or anything. Always be fair. Always be polite. Always be respectful.

2. Extra layers. Remember, when you are playing, you have endorphins running through your body, so things don't hurt as much. As a ref, you don't have those same endorphins, so you will feel most hits that you take much more. The towel idea is one of the best, you will also maybe want to wear a neck protector and hat.

3. Unless your field differs, or you are running a different type of game, it only takes one paintball to break on a person to eliminate them. We don't call people out for splatter or gun hits, but this varies. Again, double check with your field owner or manager about this.

4. Yes.

5. You can, but if you give advice to one team, and they slaughter the other team, you will hear about favoritism. The only time that I would give advice to a team during a game, is if they are being slaughtered by the other team, or if it is a person that is very new, unsure of themselves, and sitting in a back bunker trying to long ball when all of the action is like 500 feet away.

6. Yes, but only if you know the safety speech that your field has. Most likely, there will be another ref that you will work with your first day. Listen to that ref give a safety speech, pay attention to it, ask them questions about it if you need to. Again, this goes back to treating this like a job.

7. Yell at them about taking their masks off. Move as fast towards them as you can so that you can try to block any paintballs that may be going their way. Hope that they listen to you about putting their masks back on in time that they don't get their eye shot out.

8. Only if you want to. I have taken to carrying a pair of towels that I layer over one another and then drape over my arm that I can use as a shield. When the game is over, I can toss them over my shoulder instead of lugging a large shield around. If it starts to rain, I have a semi shelter to cover up with.

9. Check with your local field. Those runs differ for each field. Where I work, we don't allow barrel tags, but where I play, they do.

10. You take it. You will want them to know that you are the ref, so feel free to yell "REF, PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ME". IF you have a fast and hard rule about ref's not being shot, or you have a neutral rule that they are aware of, it's going to happen and you just need to take it. It's a part of your job.


If you do well enough, and you treat this like a job, you might be asked by the owner to do this on a regular basis, and get paid to do it.


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