Safety and providing our guests with a memorable experience is a top priority of ours at Pittsburgh Paintball Park. We pride ourselves in our extensive safety briefing to provide all of our guests with both an enjoyable and safe paintball experience. Our experienced and certified referees are there to guide you through your paintball experience from start to finish! We pride ourselves in providing the general public with a safe and controlled playing environment. If you have any questions in regards to safety, please email email@example.com
First, our markers (aka guns) are checked for the rate of speed of a paintball leaving the barrel. We use Feet Per Second (FPS) to measure this speed. Depending on where you live, your country’s or state’s laws, this can range from as low as 170 FPS to 300 FPS. The lower FPS is more to do with a jurisdiction’s definition of a firearm and is not directly proportional to injury or safety. The higher the FPS of 300 is the standard in most jurisdictions and fields as it is the highest, safest speed.
Some fields also have a surrender rule that if an opposing player is within 20 feet and you have a shot on them the opposing player must accept a surrender. Some fields that don’t have a surrender rule will lower the maximum FPS.
Second, we always wear a mask when on the field. Paintball masks are designed to withstand the force created by the mass of a paintball traveling at 300 FPS. Any other type of mask is not allowed. This rule is so strictly enforced I have seen players sent off the field for taking their mask off for a split second.
Third, the end of our marker’s barrel is always covered by a certified safety device, a barrel sock, when it is off the field. This ensures that if the device is misfired off field it will not cause an eye injury.
In the United States there are .02 injuries per 100,000 exposures for paintball a year.
That compares to:
- 3.8 injuries per 100,000 exposures for Tackle Football and Downhill Skiing a year
- 3.7 injuries per 100,000 exposures for Ice Hockey a year
- 2.8 injuries per 100,000 exposures for Soccer a year
- 2.8 injuries per 100,000 exposures for Baseball a year
In fact, Paintball has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport in the United States.
Okay, so we do get welts and bruises from the paintballs. But just keep that in perspective. My son plays soccer, baseball and trains in kick-boxing. The bruises he receives from any of those sports is no more or no less than he receives from paintball.
And you should see my daughters feet, knees and legs after dancing….
Also, do remember, if your child is playing paintball on an organized field with a referee there are set rules about over shooting, meaning shooting a player more than a few times. I have seen players removed and banned from fields for over shooting. Over shooting is something that is not accepted.
Here at Pittsburgh Paintball Park, we require all players to fill out our safety waiver. Simply click here to download the PDF of our safety waiver, print it out, fill in the information, and bring it with you the day of your party or event. Be sure to have your parent or guardian sign the form prior to playing if you are under the age of 18.