Woodsball is a game of strategy and unique tactics.
Woodsball, or woods paintball, is a popular form of the recreational sport that can be played in any natural outdoor setting. A key aspect in woodsball is that the playing field has large boundaries and sometimes no boundaries at all. In any game of paintball, teamwork and strategy are important for success.
Setting Up a Pod
In woodsball, there may be times when movement around the course is at a minimum. If you know you are going to be positioned in a bunker or behind a wall for a longer period of time, set up an additional pod. A pod is a canister that holds extra paintballs and is usually worn on a holster around the waist. Place the pod in front of you to make for a quick and easy change when your ammunition runs out.
Sliding is useful in woodsball when moving from one position to the next. When approaching a position behind a bunker, wall or tree, tuck one leg under the other and slide into the area, similar to sliding into a base when playing baseball. This helps you avoid being an easy target for an opponent when making a run.
Set-up shooting is useful in woodsball as well as any form of paintball. This style of shooting involves timing and patience. First, you must identify where your opponent’s shots are coming from. Once the location is identified, find a position that gives you the best chance of a successful shot while not exposing your body. You can usually expect a break in shooting from your opponent, so the second your opponent rests, take your shot. The set-up shot can be very successful, especially if the opponent remains in the same area and continues to pop out from his cover in the same spot.
If you notice an opponent firing from a bunker in a particular direction, wait for him to either become focused on shooting in one direction or duck into the bunker for cover. Once he does either of these, run to the opposite side of the shooter’s bunker and fire off a quick, unexpected shot at close range. If an opponent is stuck in a bunker, he is primarily in a defensive mode, so he may not be able to look in all directions and locate you charging in from the opposite side.
Teamwork is the key to success in any style of paintball, especially woodsball. Leap frogging is a technique involving two people. The teammates pick out a designated line of trees and bunkers to use as cover. Teammate A will run to the first location and start to fire shots as Teammate B covers him. A few seconds later, Teammate B will follow to that same location and identify where shots are coming from. Once he arrives to the location, Teammate A takes off to the second location as Teammate B fires off a round in the original location. The process continues up the field as the two players help each other and pick off opponents as they advance up the playing field. A good distance for a trailing player to follow a lead player is about 20 tp 25 feet.
Camouflage is a helpful way to remain unseen in woodsball. If you do not have a camouflage suit, any darker clothing with a mixture of black, brown and green is beneficial to mix in with the color of the woods. As for a paintball gun, use a 12 to 14 inch barrel when playing woodsball. It is better to use a shorter barrel to avoid branches and shrubs getting in the way at any time.
Listen to Your Surroundings
A player’s listening skills could be one of the most useful weapons in woodsball. Not knowing where your opponents are shooting from immediately puts you at a disadvantage. First, always listen to where shots are coming from and how often the shots are being fired. Second, listen for the sound of rustling leaves or the breaking of branches as this is a clear signal of a player’s location and movements.