Does Paintball fit into the extreme sport catagory?
According to the Parkes Champion-Post “Paintball is Australia’s fastest growing extreme sport. Unlike other extreme sports, paintballing is the only one which gives a high adrenaline rush without a risk of serious injury due to an error in judgement,” says Steve Lee of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia.
So what exactly is Paintball? What makes it tick?
According to Wikepedia, Paintball is a sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with paint filled, breakable, gelatin paintballs usually shot from a carbon dioxide or compressed air powered “paintball marker”.
Paintball draws a wide array of people, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association estimates that over 10 million people play the game in the United States annually, with 1.9 million playing at least 15 times a year. Insurance statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports, with fewer injuries per exposure than sports like football,soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Games can be also played either indoors or outdoors and take various forms, of which some of the most popular are woodsball, scenario, X-Ball and speedball. Rules for playing paintball vary widely, with most designed to ensure that participants enjoy the sport in a safe environment. The sport requires a significant amount of equipment.
A game of paintball usually involves two opposing teams seeking to eliminate all of the other team’s players or to complete some other objective, such as retrieving a flag, eliminating a specific player, or other paintball variations. Depending on the style of paintball played, a paintball game can last from seconds to days.
“It also does not require extensive training and has no barriers for gender, strength, or age.
‘It is a challenging and exciting sport that teaches many skills and encourages young people and adults, men and women, to play together in teams.’
Paintball is generally considered to be an environmentally safe sport as the paintballs contain organic materials that will fully break down in the environment.
But is all this enough to warrant this sport being called ‘extreme’?
So what do you think?