Southern California's Top Paintball Field
Paintball USA Close Encounters
Santa Clarita & Oxnard, CA
The Sport of Paintball
Paintball is a recreational game and an organized sport played year round, outdoors and indoors. The basic game is "capture the flag," where the object of the game is to capture the other team's flag and return it to your team's home base ("flag station") for the win, while keeping the other team from capturing your flag!
Every player, and every person in or near authorized shooting areas, must wear a safety mask. Each team starts from its home base when the referees call "Game on!" and advances through the playing field. Games have a time limit, usually 20 minutes. Referees start and stop the games, and enforce the safety and playing rules. Each player has a paintball marker, powered by compressed air, which shoots paintballs. Paintballs are colorful gelatin capsules like big round vitamins, filled with a bright-colored, biodegradable (washable) liquid fill. The paintballs split open and leave a "splat" mark. A marked player is out of that game. The more opponents that are marked out the easier it is to capture their flag.
Who Plays Paintball?
Paintball is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Anyone can be a star player, as strategy and teamwork, not size, speed or strength, lead to victory. Insurance rules determine the minimum age for players; check with the field operator for the field's requirements for allowing minors to play.
What is Needed to Play?
The field makes available all the equipment and supplies needed to play paintball, including markers, safety battle masks and high quality paintballs. It's advisable to wear loose-fitting, dark clothing (shorts and short sleeves are not recommended) and comfortable footwear with ankle support.
The field operator is committed to providing safe, enjoyable paintball games for all players. Each player must attend a safety and rules orientation prior to play. Shooting is restricted to the playing fields, target range, and chronograph area. Players are expected to follow the rules of safe play at all times.
CAUTION: Paintball is extremely exciting and fun. Please be aware this activity may be habit forming!