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By Larry Sekely
Review By Bill Mills - Dec 2005
Paintball is a difficult topic to be covered by books – largely because it changes at such a rapid pace that material can become quickly outdated. Just 3 years ago, there was only one pro/am national league in the US – now there are three. Today the big tournaments are played with inflatable bunkers – just 5 years ago, the big events were still in the woods. The top popular tournament paintgun is different than it was two years ago, or two years before that, or two years before, and those paintguns didn’t have rules issues with de-bounce or ramping modes.
Larry Sekely’s new book, Paintball 101, takes a fresh and up to date look at paintball for the beginner, from their first game, to beginning tournament play.
Sekely is a paintball player from Tampa Florida, one of paintball’s hot spots, an area that is home to two paint manufacturers, and a stop on the NPPL Super 7 World Series of Paintball season each year. After six years in the game Sekely has taken what he has learned and distilled it into a 90 page paperback book.
The easy to follow text is illustrated with photographs by Joshua Silverman and field layouts by the book’s graphic artists Colleen Mackin.
Sekely starts out by describing the game of paintball itself, in wording sufficient to be understood by someone who has never even heard the name paintball before. He then goes on to describe many of the key types of paintball played today – from recreational games in the woods to centerflag tournament formats and even X-Ball. He also addresses key safety concerns – from the use of chronos and barrel socks to actually listening during a field’s safety briefing, and dangers associated with renegade play.
The book’s chapter on getting started details both what a new player is likely to encounter on their first day of play, and how they can prepare for it, from proper clothing to some basic strategies. A look at the equipment involved in the game gives an overview of what a new player is likely to see and have questions about without getting too focused on detail – so it will still be applicable over the next few season. From there Sekely follows a growing player’s progress through more advanced skills on to putting together a rookie (DIII – beginners) tournament team, including practice plans and some basic plays for 3 and 5 man breakouts, secondary and tertiary advancing positions.
Paintball 101 is a guidebook,
ready to walk a potential paintball player through their first game on
the field and on into their first season of tournament play.
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