Many have fond memories of summer camp experiences, but http://www.lofpb.com Line-of-Fire Paintball offered an alternative to trust falls and s’mores. Take away songs around a fire; keep capture the flag then add two cases of paint, three days of instruction, and an awards banquet, and you have an unforgettable summer!
Rather than dropping cash on ineffective equipment upgrades, these players made the smart to choice to upgrade their skills instead, and it paid off.
Line-of-Fire asked me to come back again this year for their three-day intensive paintball camp. From 9 to 5 the campers worked on all aspects of their game – from drills designed to hone snap shooting to ones ce
ntered around developing and executing a game plan to complete scenario
missions. Each day began with a stretch and an outline of the activities to come; then the participants loaded up on paint, aired up their tanks, and prepared to sweat.
'Day one focused on proper shooting form and how to put a ball where it needs to go on the first try - the building blocks of paintball. '
Day one focused on proper shooting form and how to put a ball where it needs to go on the first try - the building blocks of paintball. We added movement, teamwork, communication and everyone got used to running all the drills with both hands. Even the games tossed in to keep it fun had purpose. For instance, in a game called The Borg, the campers defended a three story building in Line-of-Fire’s city field while the instructors attacked. The defenders had to put what they had learned
about covering angles into play to build a strong defense. Special thanks to Dwayne Humphries (team Capital Offense) and Brian Radford (PSP referee) for coming out to lend a hand on the first day. Their presence ens
ured that every camper had plenty of individual attention.
Day two built on the first day, only this time the campers took their skills into the woods. We worked up game plans to accomplish the most common scenario missions – prop retrieval, take and hold, and a downed-pilot situation. Working in small squads of two or three, these paintballers practiced advancing on an objective while moving either openly or covertly through enemy territory. Some games forced campers to conserve paint, while others rewarded teams who could put out covering fire and make the correct moves.
Day three finished up the camp with some advanced techniques – shooting lanes, running and gunning, and utilizing blind spots. After the morning’s skill drills, the campers paired up according to a tournament bracket and competed in the game of P-A-I-N-T. The game’s similar to HORSE in basketball. One player chooses a targ
et and a shooting hand, then fires five shots at the target. The second player must make more shots out of five than the first one or take a letter. If the second player successfully out shoots the first, then the first player takes a letter. Ties result in no letters to either player. Control over the shot changes after each round, and the winner is the first one to force his opponent to spell PAINT. After two days of training accuracy, even the opening rounds of the tournament were highly competitive, but two players stood out. Harold, a professional archer, took down his rivals with some pinpoint left-handed shots, while Nathan took his time aiming and put each ball on target. The two met in the finals and Nathan brought home the victory and won a Stiffi carbon fiber barrel for his efforts.
Planet Eclipse stepped up to support the camp in a major way, and the participants took home some sweet Eclipse gear each day.
On the last day, after wrapping up the last drill, they each got a Eclipse t-shirt to wear to the awards banquet, where every camper received prizes ranging from a new marker to a free pass to camp next summer. Rather than dropping cash on ineffective equipment upgrades, these players made the smart to choice to upgrade their skills instead, and it paid off. In the final games they put all they had learned into practice, and they came across as polished paintball veterans – snapshooting, working as a team, covering their angles and putting paint exactly where they wanted. Plus, the ones who are still in school will have some excellent source material for the obligatory how-I-spent-my-summer-vacation essays in August.