The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
June 20th, 2005
About 4 years back I took my then 13 year old son to NJ Paintball Club with a group of other dads and their sons. It was pretty much the first time any of us had ever played. That day I remember the staff was fairly strict on all procedures and safety rules but overly strict with their “goggles on” policy. At the time I didn’t quite understand why but the staff came across as serious and we made sure the boys abided by everything they told us. All we wanted to do was to have some fun and following the rules seemed a small price to pay. I also remember the end of the day when none of us wanted to leave and the boys kept begging for “one more game in their village field”.
Being in the insurance business (my department collects and distributes national insurance results) I took the opportunity to research paintball injuries, how they happen, and who is most likely to get hurt. Although I won’t list all the information there are a few facts that “everyone should know if you plan to play this sport”. Please note these are national figures.
Fact number one: The occurrence of paintball eye injuries treated in emergency departments had risen from an estimated 550 in 1998 to over 1200 in 2000. This figure increased approximately 45% from 2000 to 2003.
Fact number two: The above injuries were seen predominately in boys who were playing on unsupervised fields.
Fact number three: Many of the above patients sustained visual impairment, with 43% having best vision at follow-up of 20/200 or worse.
Just recently most of the above dads, myself included, just booked our fourth outing with NJ Paintball Club. At the end of each outing we typically share war stories, compare bruises but most importantly we all walk away with both eyes. I don’t know one father in our group that doesn’t like this club. For us they can’t be strict enough when it comes to wearing eye protection. If anyone reading this wants to risk their own eyes or worst yet their kid’s eyes to some club that is not strict then be my guest and go ahead. One thing’s for sure you won’t see me there.
NJ Paintball Club is probably the safest field you will play at. Just a word on those stats, though. Participation has increased substantially over that same time frame, so while the number of incidents has risen by quite a bit, the actual percent of players injured has remained very low.
Dispute: Shut up and dont complain, you and your kids should be smart enough to know how to handle equipment with a gun. BE SMART AND DONT SCREW AROUND. The refs arent there to baby sit you, they are there to ref!!!
quote:Originally posted by Waywardson1 Shut up and dont complain, you and your kids should be smart enough to know how to handle equipment with a gun. BE SMART AND DONT SCREW AROUND. The refs arent there to baby sit you, they are there to ref!!!
It sounded like he was defending the refs. Also making sure everyone is being safe is part of a refs job.