• Coaching Tip: No Layout? No Problem.

    Coaching Tip: No Layout? No Problem.

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    Learn from one of Paintball's top coaches, Aaron Ormrod of Seattle Uprising, how to best prepare for your Paintball tournament if the field layout isn't released in advance. Find out what to look for and what you should try to do in order to dominate your next paintball tournament.
  • Pro Tip: Playing Tight In Any Bunker

    Pro Tip: Playing Tight In Any Bunker

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    Playing Tight In Any Bunker There is nothing worse than catching a pack hit from the opposite side of the field while you are trying to maintain dominance on your side of the field. Something that every player can always improve upon is being better at playing the bunker as tight as possible. Each bunker shape requires you to adapt, to become harder to...
  • What Is Streetball?

    What Is Streetball?

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    With all the different ways there are to play Paintball, Streetball is one of the most fun. Streetball is a format where players of all skill levels are placed together on the same team. Every team will be a mix of higher & lower ranked players competing alongside one another. It is designed to be a more laid back format than what you’d expect...
  • Reasons For Hipshooting

    Reasons For Hipshooting

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    A lot of times people will see a professional player shooting from the hip, and typically it is one-handed so people look at it and assume it’s pure laziness. Little do they know that players do this for several reasons, so I will list my top reasons for shooting from the hip at certain times.     Reason #1 moves the gun further from...
  • Every Player Should Have 2+ Lenses!

    Every Player Should Have 2+ Lenses!

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      One of the most overlooked pieces of equipment is the lens. However, this should be one of the most vital and overstocked products that every player should have. Considering we are often playing in lowlight and bright light situations, in the rain and late evenings, the more options to see better should be a top priority.  Every player should always at least have...
  • Pro Tip: Non-verbal Communication

    Pro Tip: Non-verbal Communication

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    Non-verbal Communication Non-verbal communication is often overlooked by tournament paintball players. It’s a great way to communicate during certain circumstances. Whether you’re baiting an opposing player, trying to be stealthy, or even if you’re having trouble being heard. So much information could be completely lost if you choose to not use simple hand signals or body gestures when you're in a position that requires...
  • Pro Tip: Record Yourself Playing.

    Pro Tip: Record Yourself Playing.

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    Record Yourself Playing One of the best things you can do to become better at paintball is to record yourself during drills, practice, and gameplay. It is great to be able to review yourself and critique yourself whether it is your form, your speed, your playing style and so much more.     One of the great things about recording yourself while playing paintball...
  • Cross Body Snap-Shot

    Cross Body Snap-Shot

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    Cross-Body Snap-Shot The cross-body snap-shot is a very difficult shot and takes a lot of practice to be able to perform this shot with accuracy, speed, and without showing too much of yourself or your gun. The reason for the cross-body snap-shot is so that you can very quickly transition from the side you are shooting, to the other side and place an accurate...
  • Communication: Strong Keywords

    Communication: Strong Keywords

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    Communication: Strong Keywords Communication is one of the most important skill sets in paintball and would require hours to break down the best ways to communicate. This video covers Strong Keywords to relay a full sentence of important information. The quicker the information can be relayed and processed, the faster you can react and win.     Common scenarios that can be put into...
  • PRO DRILL: Multiple Player Flow Drill Setup

    PRO DRILL: Multiple Player Flow Drill Setup

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    Multiple Player Flow Drill Setup Drills are essential to becoming a better paintball player and team. However, one big issue with target drills is the standby time for players not actively engaged in the drill. By setting up a multiple player flow drill you can have more players drilling at the same time and reducing their downtime. This will help with endurance, and keeping...
  • How To Get Better At Paintball Quickly

    How To Get Better At Paintball Quickly

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    - One of the most common questions I get asked by newer players and lower divisional players is "How do I get better at paintball as fast as possible?". My answer is always the same, play Hyper Aggressive paintball.  - - By Hyper-aggressive paintball I don't mean just run far off the break. I want you to play as aggressive as possible, always looking...
  • Cross Field Snap Shooting + Running & Shooting Drill

    Cross Field Snap Shooting + Running & Shooting Drill

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    Cross Field Snap Shooting + Running & Shooting Drill   This is a two phase drill with multiple objectives and consequences. The drill works on cross field snap shooting accuracy, moving and shooting with limited shots, consequences for misses which simulates being exhausted towards the end of the match, and straight forward snap shooting.  First, you need two targets and four bunkers. I prefer...
  • Zone Control

    Zone Control

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        ZONE CONTROL       A huge deciding factor on winning games easily is proper zone control. Far too often do I see teams eliminate players off the break from a side, then shoot the next widest guy, but they let a player fill over and they lose control of that side. If you ask any player, the scariest thing is when...
  • Reduce Your Snapshot Profile

    Reduce Your Snapshot Profile

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    One of the oldest tricks to seeing your profile while snap shooting is by doing it in the mirror. That is great for working on your paintball game at home, but it doesn't give you that real deal feel!      When you head out to the field to do some snap shooting drills, try placing your camera on the edge of your bunker...
  • Over The Top Snap-shooting

    Over The Top Snap-shooting

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    Snap-shooting over the top of the bunker is one of the trickiest snapshots of all. You are more exposed and it is much slower than snap-shooting from the side. However it is a crucial move and one of the most common mistakes is getting too close to the bunker.  If you are able to position yourself slightly back you can allow your barrel to...
  • Paintball Drill: Three In A Row Snap Shooting

    Paintball Drill: Three In A Row Snap Shooting

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      Snap-shooting is one of the most crucial skills to train in paintball. Not everyone on the field will get to lane on the break, or play the snake, or bunker someone in every single point, but almost everyone will find themselves in a snap shooting situation in every single point they play.    This drill is great for improving your muscle memory, your...
  • Low Mid High Snap-shooting Drill

    Low Mid High Snap-shooting Drill

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       This snap-shooting drill is called Low Mid High. You must shoot a single target from a low position, then a middle position, and then a high position. A miss resets the sequence. This drill works on gun fighting from different heights and will increase your success.    SHOP THE LOOK Gun: Virtue Paintball Black Fire ACE Luxe X Loader:  Virtue Paintball SPIRE IV Mask: Bunkerkings Black...
  • MY TOP 3 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SNAP SHOT

    MY TOP 3 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SNAP SHOT

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    I follow three simple rules when I snap shoot.  1) I roll out and in, instead of using all of my body.  2) I aim small miss small. I never try to just shoot the whole target.  3) I imagine I have an invisible line or rope attached from my barrel to the target.  SHOP THE LOOK Gun: Virtue Paintball Black Fire ACE Luxe...
  • Hurry Up & Wait

    Hurry Up & Wait

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      Far too often I watch people slowly walk off the field and into their team pit. Then when they get into the pits they are busy sharing war stories and discussing nothing of importance. Then they are left rushing out last minute to the starting gate only to be pressured into making a last second choice and breaking out improperly.    Whether you're...
  • Will There Be A World Cup?

    Will There Be A World Cup?

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        With only a couple months left until our normal scheduled World Cup and no definite answer regarding whether the event is going to happen or not. We seem to get asked every day several times a day in fact if there is going to be a World Cup this year.      We have spoken to some of the higher ups in...
  • Visualize Success

    Visualize Success

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    Visualize Success & Take Action   Everyone has their own ways of mentally and physically preparing for matches. For me, I like to visualize the match or point actually being played. I run through so many scenarios in my head, and try to find ways to solve them before I ever step onto the field. Considering the vast amount of variables in a single...
  • Avoid The Death Trap

    Avoid The Death Trap

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        No one likes to see their teammate get shot out, but the difference in a skilled player and a non-skilled player is the way they use the information provided by their eliminated teammate. Now we all know that dead players are not allowed to talk, but you can easily use gathered information from that player without even conversing or breaking any of...
  • SHOOT THE RIGHT SPEED

    SHOOT THE RIGHT SPEED

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        TO CHRONO, OR NOT TO CHRONO, THAT IS THE QUESTION     CTRL Loader Graphite Grey 
  • WRAP - SHOOT - MOVE

    WRAP - SHOOT - MOVE

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    A crucial technique that I look for in up and coming paintball players, is their field awareness along with aggression. Many players move from bunker to bunker, immediately after shooting in their wire and completely fail to check off the center of the field where the "camper" is typically waiting for them. I'd much rather see a player wrap shoot and move, vs them...
  • The Iron City Classic

    The Iron City Classic

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        The 10 man event that started all of the mechanical hype and made all of the nostalgic feelings come alive is declared to be on schedule for this year!    *** Let's get ready to RUMBLE!! *** The city of Pittsburgh will officially be cleared for opening by the governor this Friday, which means that everything is now on track for another...
  • Paintball Fields Opening Back Up

    Paintball Fields Opening Back Up

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    It appears that paintball fields all across the country are slowly being permitted to open back up. This is great news for the paintball industry considering the recent article on NXL Regional Conference Events being hosted at actual fields and not large venues.  Every state, city, and county has its own rules and regulations so you can expect that all of the fields will...
  • NXL USA Regional Conference System

    NXL USA Regional Conference System

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    On May 12th, 2020 the National Xball League announced that the professional divisions will be broken up into 3 regional conferences, while the lower divisions will be able to choose. With this announcement, they also stated that the upcoming NXL Chicago event is now canceled due to the Covid19 situation. We can expect that there will be regional events now with the professional teams...
  • Gun Up Loading

    Gun Up Loading

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     GUN UP LOADING  A very crucial skill to learn in tournament paintball is how to load with your gun up. Loading gun up is not always done in the form of defense, but also in aggression and maintaining control. I've noticed in my years of helping divisional players that a huge common flaw that most of them have is losing control of a situation....
  • NXL Richmond Virginia 2020 Canceled

    NXL Richmond Virginia 2020 Canceled

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    NXL Richmond Virginia 2020 Canceled Tom Cole President of the National Xball League participated in a live Q&A video to discuss the current paintball situation and the upcoming events. During the video, he informed the paintball community that the NXL Richmond Virginia event will be canceled. He also spoke about a few different options that they are exploring to get some paintball tournaments actively...
  • Bunker Stacking

    Bunker Stacking

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    Bunker Stacking The importance of knowing how to properly stack in a bunker is so crucial. The more players sharing a single bunker when shooting off the break can either look like a work of art or a catastrophe. It all takes proper communication, knowing the field, and timing to do it perfectly.  You'll notice teams normally stack two players in the back center...
  • Aim Small Miss Small

    Aim Small Miss Small

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    Aim Small Miss Small When it comes to sweet spotting, gun-fighting, snap shooting, camping on a player, or even stepping out to edge out a hunkered down player I always l believe in "Aim small miss small". What I mean by that is when I am snap shooting and I come out of my bunker to shoot someone, I don't just aim at the...
  • GUN CONTROL - HOW TO BEAT TUNNEL VISION

    GUN CONTROL - HOW TO BEAT TUNNEL VISION

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     Gun Control - How To Beat Tunnel Vision  People often concentrate so much on aiming their shots that they miss what’s happening around them. The vertical feed helped teach people to shoot with both eyes open, but that still isn’t enough to stop the ordinary player from having tunnel vision. As you shoot, your eyes want to adjust on the target you’re aiming at...
  • Communication Is Key 🔑

    Communication Is Key 🔑

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    COMMUNICATION IS KEY The advice I get asked the most about; is how does a team or player increase their communication skills? We all know communication is one of the biggest keys to winning in the sport of paintball. In fact, the Bunkerkings CMD goggle is the highest rated goggle in the paintball industry because it is built exceptionally well to allow sound out...
  • Be A Better Teammate & Player

    Be A Better Teammate & Player

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    Be A Better Teammate & Player There is no better time than now to work on ways to better yourself. We always wish we had the time to really focus on ourselves but never know where to find the time to do these things, and have little to no direction towards doing so. The best way to get direction is by asking your teammates...
  • Listen & Learn

    Listen & Learn

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    Listen & Learn Although you may be better than a person at a particular position, style of play, side of the field, or overall. You should always be open to their opinion and be willing to take constructive criticism. Whether the person is trying to say you did something wrong, or just replaying a recent scenario, showing you a shot, or asking you a...
  • Stuck Indoors? Train More!

    Stuck Indoors? Train More!

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    Stuck Indoors? Train More!  As we navigate these uncertain times, we want to remind our paintball community about who we are as a company and why we do this.  Remember, it is not always about the placement at the events, it is about the experiences and the bonds we create.  As paintballers, we don’t need event results to validate our lifestyle or give us purpose. ...
  • Start Low & Stay Low

    Start Low & Stay Low

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  • Bunkerkings Licenses Strapless Pack Patent to G.I. Sportz, Funds to Help Develop New Training Program

    Bunkerkings Licenses Strapless Pack Patent to G.I. Sportz, Funds to Help Develop New Training Program

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    Bunkerkings Licenses Strapless Pack Patent to G.I. Sportz, Proceeds to Help Develop New Training Program Today, Bunkerkings and G.I. Sportz announce the signing of a licensing agreement covering patented Bunkerkings technology. Specifically the agreement covers royalties and licensing fees on past and any future strapless packs that utilize Bunkerkings patented technology. Proceeds from the licensing fees will be used to support a new paintball...
  • Aggressive & Effective Game Closure

    Aggressive & Effective Game Closure

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    Aggressive & Effective Game Closure  Closing a game may look simple while watching the professionals but it is honestly one of the hardest parts of the game. So many factors come into play in a matter of seconds. Whether you’re the team trying to hold off the aggressors and kill the time, or you’re the aggressors trying to dig out the anchors, there are so...
  • Get to Know Professional Team Stockholm Joy Division

    Get to Know Professional Team Stockholm Joy Division

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    GET TO KNOW PROFESSIONAL TEAM STOCKHOLM JOY DIVISION ATHLETE QUESTIONS Team name: Joy Name: Edoardo Navone Location: Torino, Italy Age: 27 Jersey #: 18 Favorite paintball memory: Scorpions Milano promoted to CPL Favorite BK product: CMD. Comfort and breathability second to none 2 season’s goals: Top 3 at every event of NXL EU. Winning the Italian Championship. Advice/tip for a newbie: cooperate with your...
  • Get to Know Professional Team Tampa Bay Damage

    Get to Know Professional Team Tampa Bay Damage

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    Get to Know Bunkerkings Sponsored Professional Team Tampa Bay Damage  Athlete Questions   1. Team Name: Tampa Bay Damage 2. Name: Jason "FK" Edwards 3. Location: Tampa, Florida 4. Age: 33 5. Jersey #: 13 6. Favorite Paintball Memory: Winning World Cup with Damage, and playing alongside my younger brother and Keith Brown. Both kids I helped bring up the ranks and train in...
  • Teammates vs Friends

    Teammates vs Friends

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    *** Teammates vs Friends ***I see divisional players jump from team to team and while doing so friendships end. There is a huge difference between being teammates and being friends. A true friend wishes the best for one another and never holds it against them for trying to better themselves. Teammates become friends and friends become family.
  • Practice vs. Tournament Gear

    Practice vs. Tournament Gear

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    PRACTICE VS. TOURNAMENT GEAR This is a topic I feel is severely overlooked by almost all tournament paintball players. If you’ve ever played other organized sports I am sure you are familiar with practice uniforms and game uniforms. Paintball is one of the few sports that players commonly use their entire tournament outfit and gear in every practice, the only common item not worn...
  • HOW TO GET A SPONSORSHIP

    HOW TO GET A SPONSORSHIP

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    HOW TO GET A SPONSORSHIP A lot of people ask me about sponsorships and how to obtain them or why they are being turned down. Take for instance any professional athlete in other sports, when you see the best of the best players endorsed by the most expensive product, it’s because they themselves are worth a higher value and are able to create a return...
  • ICPL Florida 10man Event

    ICPL Florida 10man Event

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    ICPL Florida 10man Event  The hype is real. After we played the Iron City Classic the whole Virtue & Bunkerkings crew was itching to get out there and play some more 10-man paintball. This time though we did something a little bit different. We invited our dealers to come on out and get into the action with us. Jacob Edwards, Chris Williams, and I...
  • Breakout Practice-Without Breaking the Bank

    Breakout Practice-Without Breaking the Bank

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    Breakout Practice-Without Breaking the Bank As we all know the “Breakout” of a point is usually a key factor in the outcome of the point. The team that gets the most eliminations while surviving the breakout normally wins the match. Now I am sure you have all watched a professional match and said to yourself “Wow, look how smooth they breakout and cover each...
  • Making Unnatural Feel Natural

    Making Unnatural Feel Natural

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    Making Unnatural Feel Natural I have never believed in the saying “Weak Hand”. I call it Non-dominant or Unnatural. The reason being is paintball guns are easy to shoot with both hands, they are electronic activated trigger pulls, they are held stable with both arms, and they are no longer heavy metal bricks!
  • Break Out Shooting, Finding The Right Spot

    Break Out Shooting, Finding The Right Spot

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    Break Out Shooting, Finding The Right Spot When looking for a good lane to shoot off of the break, you need to look at all of the possible angles. The typical player looks from the back center, at a normal height, and just shoots paint from there. However, that is not always the best way to get the eliminations off of the break.
  • Making The Big Get Small

    Making The Big Get Small

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    Making The Big Get Small It is easy to avoid small bunkers in practice. Playing the position you find comfortable and playing bunkers which you believe are “built for your size”. However, it’s time to break from your comfort zone and get small!
  • Crawl Before You Walk, Walk before Sprint

    Crawl Before You Walk, Walk before Sprint

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    Crawl Before You Walk, Walk before Sprint Diving is an essential part of your paintball skills. Although everyone practices diving at a young age, whether on a slippery floor, a slip & slide, or in a ball pit
  • Iron City Classic Recap

    Iron City Classic Recap

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    The dust has finally settled and it's time for us to reflect on what an epic and awesome event the Iron City Classic was!
  • Iron City Classic Pre-Game

    Iron City Classic Pre-Game

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    Who loves the sound of hyperball pipe being shot, seeing people bunkered over mounds, and epic sneakiness in the woods? We do!
  • Silly Kids Tricks are Ticks

    Silly Kids Tricks are Ticks

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    We headed out to Skirmish Paintball for the world's largest scenario game "Invasion of Normandy". I've played a few scenario games in my day, but nothing compares to this one!
  • Welcome Back Joey & Bsmith!

    Welcome Back Joey & Bsmith!

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    First Layout Weekend It’s Friday and the team is starting to get together for the first weekend of practice on the NXL Philadelphia Open layout. Jacob Edwards drives all the way from Texas where he was working and makes it to my house sometime in the morning. Elias Rodriguez heads over during the day to hang out with Jake & I even though Jake...
  • Welcome to the chase

    Welcome to the chase

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    Chasing Podiums The past two events for us were complete failures. This was the worst start of a season in all of Tampa Bay Damages professional history, going 2-2 in the NXL Las Vegas Open and 1-3 in the NXL Dallas Open. We knew that if we wanted to fix this, then we needed to make some changes moving forward. As we started to...
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