Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Charity ideas list

So since my last post about being an ambassador for paintball, I have thinking about what someone can do in their communities & this is what I came up with

These are general ideas that you could use to raise money or aid for specific charities. Generally you would contact the organization ahead of time. Too many people have done “charity” work for organizations, without their consent and often keep the proceeds.
A good idea is to canvas the area ahead of time. You can make up flyers to let the residents know who you are and what you are trying to do. People will often leave bags out for you if they know ahead of time.
  •         Bottle Drive
  •          Clothing Drive

o   Jackets
o   Shoes
o   Mittens/gloves
o   Blankets
  •         Food Drive
  •          Toy Drive
  •          Conduct a neighborhood drive to collect used furniture.

These basic ideas can be done once a year and are a great way to help the community.

  •          Ring the bell for Salvation Army during the holidays
  •          Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, school or homeless shelter.
  •          Organize safety trips in your neighborhood for youngsters during Halloween.
  •          Distribute leaf bags during the fall encouraging residents to clean leaves from their streets and yards.
  •          Clean an elderly neighbor's driveway and sidewalk after a snowfall.

General Ideas
  •          Collect unused make-up, perfume and other cosmetics for a center for abused women.
  •          Write a kids' book author and ask them to donate signed copies, auction the books off and donate the money to local library.
  •          Check railroad crossings and make signs to promote safety.
  •          Paint over graffiti.
  •          Paint a mural over graffiti.
  •          Hold a used book sale and donate the money.
  •          Collect children's books for the needy.
  •          Provide child care during a PTA meeting.
  •          Design and paint a community mural.
  •          Help cook and/or serve a meal at homeless shelter.
  •          Make "I Care" kits with combs, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. for homeless people.
  •          Help with repairs at a local homeless shelter.
  •          Donate art supplies to kids in a homeless shelter.
  •          Make a care package with mittens, socks, T-shirts, etc. for a child at a homeless shelter.
  •          Pack and hand out food at a food bank.
  •          Find out about low-cost housing in your area for the homeless people.
  •          Build a ramp for a person in a wheelchair so it is easier for them to get in and out of their house.
  •          Clean a neighbor's yard who cannot do it themselves.
  •          Help neighbors paint and repair their homes.
  •          Volunteer to teach classes on a sport you enjoy and know a lot about.
  •          Petition your city to make drinking fountains and/or restrooms in public areas available.
  •          Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event or county fair.
  •          Make signs to label community buildings and sites of interest.
  •          Organize a campaign to paint storm drains to prevent dumping of hazardous materials.
  •          Adopt a pothole and raise funds to repair it.
  •          Plan native flowers or plants along highways.
  •          Campaign for additional lighting along poorly lighted streets.
  •          Clean up vacant lot.
  •          Help fix a run-down playground.
  •          Organize a campaign to raise money to buy and install new playground equipment for a park.
  •          Paint a mural or clean up a local park.
  •          Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color.
  •          Mow the lawns and care for the plants of neighbors who are away on vacation.
  •          Build park benches.
  •          Paint fences or park benches.
  •          Lend a helping hand at a local community center.
  •          Identify corners where bushes and trees make it difficult for drivers to see.
  •          Provide refreshments at a local race or sporting event
  •          Make bird feeders for public places.
  •          Adopt an acre of a park or a mile of roadside to keep clean.
  •          Clean up trash along a river or in a park.
  •          Replace trees that have died.
  •          Clean up a beach or riverbed.

Friday, August 28, 2015

How do we grow paintball as a sport?

I was on Reddit earlier today and I found a post about what we need to do, as paintballers, to grow our wicked sport. What most of the people ended up posting was that the "cost" of the sport is so high, While I agree that you can spend yourself into oblivion, this isn't the reason that the sport isn't as big as it could be. Two sports that are incredibility expensive, Hockey and Golf are very popular. The cost of your sport or hobby is something that YOU control. You decide on where to play and what kind of gear you are using. If you are letting someone else tell you where to play and what kind of gear to use, you may have bigger problems.
So how do sports that are super pricey, keep people paying the big $ to play? They have "Ambassadors" that establish the sport as a good thing to do. Don't believe me, take a look at junior rep hockey. Each player is "required" to wear a suit to and from each game. It doesn't matter what that player does on the ice, they still look like a presentable young man. This goes a long way with the parents, who in most cases, are going to control whether or not their kids are playing paintball. Think I am full of it? Have you ever heard of Dave "Youngblood" Dehaan? I bet you have heard of his company...DYE Precision-Dave Youngblood Enterprises. Why do I bring this up? Because Youngblood used to "play" wearing a suit!

Now I am not suggesting that we all adopt this as our new attire, but I am suggesting that we all start looking at ways we can become ambassadors. Something that takes away from that takes away from the "war" crazed image that so many people have about paintball. Well a super easy way to do that is to get your friends or team mates together and volunteer for something. There are so many things that you can do around you community it is crazy. Go put your jerseys on and help out at a soup kitchen, take a couple of pictures and post them online. Better yet call the newspaper ahead of time, they might even send someone down to do a story on what you are up to. The point is, if the community sees you as benefit and not a problem, doors open for you and life gets a whole lot easier.
There are hundreds of things that you could do around your community and a little effort goes a long way. So the next time you are wondering what we need to do about promoting paintball, have a look at what is going on in your own town.  

Thursday, August 13, 2015

All That Gear

So I hope that you are not like me, in that you have "piles" of gear for this great sport we love. Sadly, most of the players I have met over the years have totes and bags full of gear. What I would like to show you here is something simple that may help you to at least organize some of this stuff.
I simply call it a wooden dummy.
I would like to thank ITS Tactical for posting this and I found floating around on Pinterest. I have included a link to their website and invite you to check it out. I have used this stand to wash and dry my tact vest. You can also use it to prep your gear before you head out.
I sure hope that this will help you to organize and keep organized all of that crazy gear we all seem to collect.

Monday, July 6, 2015


Radios are the best way for you and your team to stay in contact, this is nothing new. The use of headsets is not as common. I know that some people don't like using headsets, they find that the earpieces are hard and that they are uncomfortable with their masks. and yes, the wire can get snagged. These are all concerns and they are all very small and fixable when you weight them to the advantage of having instant updates to your team.
So the first thing you want to do is to avoid something like this:
All of the arrows are snag points. They can all be avoided by taking a little prep time and secure the wires to your vest with velcro, tape or zap straps.
Now depending on the radio you have the option for an extended antenna is possible and should look something like this:
Notice how neat the wires are. This also allows you to keep your radio up front in case you need to change frequencies.
As for the comfort level, most headsets come with different sized earpieces. You should be able to mix and match to find one that works. You can also contact a hearing aid company, they can make a mold of your ear and custom fit your ear piece. This is by far the more expensive way to go.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Capture The Flag

One of the best games of paintball I have ever played was also one of the most frustrating games  I have ever played. The teams were split up and sent to our spawn points. Then a soccer ball was placed in the center of the field. The objective was capture the ball (flag). What you did, once you captured the flag, was to put it as fair into the other teams territory as possible. You could kick it or throw it you just have to get in over there. Now they can throw it back, the ball will pass back and forth until the time is up. The team with the ball in their area at the end is the loser.
Now when I played we played for 30 minutes with unlimited re-spawns. It was one of the most frustrating games, because on more than one occasion I was just feet away from the the ball, but couldn't get to it because of the massive cover fire the other team was putting on the ball.
Other options you can try are:

  • More than one ball (odd numbers work best)
  • Try using a football or rugby ball
  • Change the length of the game (shorter or longer)
  • If you get hit by the ball you are out
Make the game your own but whatever you do, HAVE FUN!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pay Attention

If there is one thing in life that we all need to do more is;
So it is an easily transferable skill that we all should use more in life & it will help us on the paintball field? The one thing you will never hear is, "I wish I hadn't paid so much attention". If you were paying attention then you probably would have seen that person flanking you!?! If you were paying attention then you probably would have noticed that the left side of the field is super weak and could be easily over taken. The list goes on & on!
This skill won't make you a better shot, help you run faster or play harder. It will make you a more well rounded player. 
So how do we do this? How do we make ourselves be more attentive? The simplest answer is always the most effective. So when you are out playing next time, try to remember to check your sides and don't just keep your blinders on focusing on that one person you can see. 
Also when you are in a firefight, stop and take a 1-2 seconds to check your sides. The easiest time to take someone out is when they are focused on someone/thing else. Don't get caught in that trap!
So this picture is an awesome example of PAY ATTENTION! These 5 guys are stacked up ready to breach a door, They are all thinking about that door and the job they have to do to get inside but they aren't just staring at the door. In fact they are all looking in different directions, making sure they don't get surprised just before they execute the breach....PAYING ATTENTION!!!
Give in a try!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Product Review: Tech T Zero Kick Hammer Bolt

For the past 6 months I have had the zero kick hammer installed on two different markers. The first marker is my X7 with a response trigger. The second marker is my 98 Custom with a cyclone feed. Two very different setups but both were enhanced by the same upgrade. The X7 has a significant reduction in recoil allowing for far more accurate burst fire. This has several advantages, aside from the obvious, such as single handed firing.
The 98 is a total different setup, this was my first marker and one I used as a sniper style of play. It is very quite and very accurate. By adding the zero kick hammer I found an increase to my accuracy. Now I would like to also add to this that the initial accuracy on both the X7 and 98 decreased. This was due to the change from the reduction of the recoil, which I was anticipating, from the stock hammer bolt.
So I am not saying that if you want to be more accurate buy this part or that if you buy this part you "WILL" become a better shot. NOPE! Both of these can only really be increased with practice. What this product can help with is; the amount of time or effort that "MAY" be required to improve these skills.