The bible gives lots of advice for keeping and building a strong family. Now more than ever, families need to work towards maintaining a strong family unit beyond going to church together every Sunday.
Whether your family is the group you were born into or the people who work alongside you 40+ hours per week, paintball is a great way to build the family unit and establish camaraderie. Paintball provides the team communication, goal driven, win or lose components needed to establish family ties. You’ll be completely submerged in team strategy before realizing you’re building communication and unbreakable bonds.
Since paintball wins are rather strategy driven, team members need to scope out and utilize their team member strengths. Paintball success and enjoyment does not necessarily depend solely on shooting ability; every member should have a job and each role is of equal value and importance. If you have a team member that needs to get off several shots before hitting their opponent, embrace the element of surprise with a stealth assassin assignment for them or set them up as a lookout communicator. Is someone a great shooter with the speed of a tortoise? They would likely thrive in a sniper setup, taking out opponents behind the scenes. These factors make each member feel needed, equally valued, and like one cohesive family unit.
Working as a cohesive family, paintball will unite members over the same goal and a shared desire to make the goal a reality. A great style of paintball is Capture the Flag or any variation. This game combines a clear goal, a joint enemy, and the absolute need to utilize communication. Whether your goal is to defeat the enemy handily, have as much fun as possible, or see who will be the last man standing, Capture the Flag can accomplish all these goals. You’ll need roles to be fulfilled by each member (like intel gathering, snipers, or just blind running) but most importantly, constant communication. If you see the enemy charging, stalking around your base, or how many are guarding their flag, you must tell each other! This trust and communication will go a long way in accomplishing your goal and building your bond with each downed opponent.
There’s an unspoken risk in paintball and that is the possibility that you could very well lose. Losing together is in some ways the ultimate test; you have to trust that you’ll still support each other when all of you are covered in paint and you had your flag captured one too many times. Whether you end up winning or losing your paintball round, your loss or win is taken as a team. There should be no heroes in paintball; the team brings victory as a family and absorbs loss together. Even if you suffer a devastating loss from friendly fire or it took your team member 5 rounds to eliminate one opponent, a true family does not put these glaring mistakes under a microscope. You’ll get ‘em next time.
Paintball gives family the opportunity to bring out the best in each other; every strength can shine as part of a well oiled machine. The team component and challenges also provide an opening for you to see something in a fellow team member you never saw before; use it as an opportunity to learn about one another and build relationships. Trust in each other to properly stalk opponents, never compromise a sniper location, and most importantly, to never shoot each other in the face.