Opening A Paintball Field
To have success in your new paintball field you need to create the right plan and lay the right foundation from the start. The plan for your new paintball field should be based around assuring proper safety and providing a fun experience for your paintball customers. Paintball has evolved and changed since its inception, but one thing has always remained the same – paintball is a fun and safe activity. Providing a fun and safe paintball experience will assure your success with your new paintball field.
There are a lot of factors to consider when starting a new paintball field. Valken Sports offers professional paintball advisors to help you make all the right decisions. Avoid costly mistakes by speaking with a Valken Paintball Advisor for free. Call today to get a consultation.
Valken’s Paintball Advisors can assist with areas, which include:Safety rulesPaintball game typesStaging area creationMarketing methodsStaff member selectionWebsite creationBooking private partiesField formats
Basic Field Supplies to Consider
Paintball netting will help you set up “safe areas” where your paintball players can remove their goggles safely. Depending on your weather conditions and size of paintball field, you may want to provide designated safety zones that are surrounded by paintball netting. This will provide a much needed break for players to remove their paintball goggles and get a drink of water. You can also utilize paintball netting to create a spectator friendly zone for non paintball players to view paintball games. Netting is a great way to separate two fields when you have limited space available. It will keep the paintballs from going onto the wrong fields.
Paintball netting is safety approved to keep a paintball from impacting the people on the non-playing side of the net. Valken Sports offers the best paintball netting in the paintball industry. If you are unsure how much netting or where you need netting, call one of our professional paintball advisors for a free consultation.
Inflatable bunkers are the standard for paintball tournament layouts. If you are considering hosting local paintball tournaments or would like to allow paintball teams to practice at your paintball field, you will want to invest in at least one airball field set. As a paintball field owner, you want to service a variety of paintball customers. Airball fields are exciting for, both, the long-time paintball player and the first-time player.
Airball fields also provide a fast paced game of paintball and as a paintball field owner; you can easily change the position of the bunkers to create new and exciting layouts. This will keep your long-time and frequent paintball customers from getting bored of playing on the same fields.
Having an airball field will extend the life span of your customer base. You provide room for you paintball customers to progress and continue to patronage your paintball business. If you don’t provide the style of paintball play that they enjoy most, then your paintball customers will outgrow your field and find another place to play.
Often times, hard core paintball players are ambassadors and will influence other people to try paintball. You will want to provide a place for these key influencers to play at your paintball park, so they will want to continue to spread good news about your field and get more players out to play.
Making the initial investment in getting a quality air compressor will lead to high returns in the future. A majority of the fields will offer compressed air for their paintball customers. Running your rental guns on compressed air should be your ultimate goal. Once you get your air compressor set up, you don’t have any ongoing cost, unlike Co2 where you pay per bulk bottle. Plus the air compressor will reduce the time a customer has to spend at the chrono throughout the day; your chrono check times will be greatly reduced. You want to maximize the time your customers can pull the triggers on the playing fields. Having compressed air tanks will keep the velocity consistent, unlike Co2 that is very temperamental. Compressed air tanks are very easy to refill, this will also reduce the amount of time your paintball customers have to wait in air lines. The compressed air tanks can stay on the guns, reducing any chance for an accident with your paintball customers removing the air tanks themselves. It is important that If you want to have tournament players at your paintball field, you must provide a way for them to fill their carbon fiber compressed air tanks.
In order to fill Co2 or Compressed air, you need the correct fill station adapters. Valken Sports offers both types in various models. Depending on which model you select, there are some fill stations that can be set up to allow your paintball customers to do their own air fills. Getting a push button or lever style air fill stations will let your customers do their own air fills; this will reduce long air fill lines and a need for additional staff members. Our Valken Paintball Advisors can help you get set up with the correct air fill stations for your paintball field.
Having astro turf can be a competitive advantage over other paintball fields. Tournament paintball players are drawn to astro turf. There are a few advantages to having an astro turf field set up. It’s a really good surface for airball fields. Once you get the astro turf set up, the maintenance cost is low. You don’t have to plant seed and cut grass. Also, there won’t be bald spots like a standard grass field will have. Astro turf can always be added to your fields as a new feature after your paintball business is up and running for a while.
You will want to provide the proper and professional signage to direct and inform your paintball customers. Valken Sports has created a variety of paintball field signs. Get signs that let your customers know when it is required to have paintball goggles on. You can also get signs that tell your paintball customers when to put the barrel bag on to keep their paintball guns safe from shooting others. Contact a Valken Paintball Advisor to get set up with some Valken Sports paintball field signage, not only for rules and regulations that your customers should follow, but also for decoration and information that your customers may want to know.
Every paintball field needs to have at least one paintball chronograph on site. Your paintball referees need to make sure each player is following your paintball rules regarding velocity limits. Paintball chronographs will measure Feet per Second (FPS). Not only do you want to regulate paintball players from shooting over the limit, you will also want to make sure your paintball rental equipment is not too far below the limit. It’s best to have a variety of paintball chronograph styles. Place a box-style, stationary paintball chronograph in your chrono station (your paintball shooting range). This will allow players to work on their equipment and your paintball referees can check to assure paintball players are within the velocity limits. You can also equip your paintball referees with the hand held paintball chrono so they can do chronograph checks at the paintball playing fields. This will reduce traffic at your Chrono Station if you have multiple paintball groups on the same day. Selecting the right paintball chronograph is easy with the help of a Valken Paintball Advisor; call today and you can get some assistance in which paintball chronograph you need.
Your paintball referees will be on the front lines of your paintball business. They have the highest amount of contact with your paintball customers. You will want them to look professional, uniform, and easily identifiable by your paintball customers. Getting matching paintball referee jerseys will give your field the professional look you want to portray. Your paintball customers need to know who to speak with when they have an issue during a paintball game. Paintball referee jerseys will help your customers quickly identify your staff members in their time of need. Another benefit to your staff members, having a bright colored referee jersey will reduce the amount of times they will get shot, accidentally.
Basic Rental Gear Check List
- Air Tanks / Co2 Tanks
- Barrel Bags
Selecting a quality paintball is crucial for paintball field owners.
The Valken Sports team believes that it is crucial to the long term growth and success of your new paintball field to select a quality paintball brand. The key to operating a successful paintball field is to get your new paintball customers hooked, this helps create long term customer retention. If your paintball customers have a great first experience, chances are they will come back and possibly bring more of their friends to play paintball. Positive word of mouth about your paintball business will spread, as long as your new paintball customers have a great first experience. By having a quality paintball brand, you will increase the chances for your first time customers to have that great experience they desired.
Selecting a quality paintball brand is important. Some paintball field owners have made a mistake and got persuaded by poor quality and low priced paintballs. Later these paintball field owners learned the hard way after diminishing the reputation of their business; your new paintball customers will judge their entire paintball playing experience on the quality of the paintballs you provide. If you go with a poor quality paintball brand, your customers will have a poor experience; it could be due to paintballs breaking in their barrels, inaccurate shots, or bounce shots. When your customers have issues with poor quality paintballs, those paintball customers will think negative towards your paintball equipment, your paintball field, and ultimately, the sport of paintball. Avoid these costly mistakes from the start by selecting a quality paintball brand from the Valken paintball line.
Keep in mind that you will want to select a paintball that is designed to operate with the paintball rental equipment you offer. Most paintball rental equipment operates on a blowback system and can’t shoot the most fragile tournament paintballs. Selecting a paintball created for usage with paintball rental guns will give your paintball customers the best paintball experience. The paintball brand you select should shoot accurate, break on target and have a bright easy to clean fill.
Offering two grades of paintballs is a great way to satisfy the demands of your various paintball customers. There are always the paintball players who are willing to pay more to gain the edge and have more fun. Give those paintball players an option to select a high grade paintball. Also, having a higher grade paintball available will add to your paintball sales opportunity to make additional profits and satisfy more paintball customers. Our Valken paintball line offers a full range of paintballs for all players. Speak with a free Valken Paintball Advisor today to figure out which grade of paintballs will work best for your new paintball field.
Valken Sports knows it’s important for your paintball customers to have the paintball playing experience of a lifetime, so we have searched the world over to find the highest quality of paintballs at the most cost effective price. Valken Sports offers several quality paintball brands to suit your paintball business goals. We have several Paintball Advisors on hand, who would be glad to assist you in making the right paintball brand choices. Have one of our Paintball Advisors contact you today!
Provide quality paintball rental guns.
Selecting the correct paintball rental gun is another factor in the experience your paintball customer will have. You need to select a paintball gun that is durable, reliable, easy to clean and easy to repair. It doesn’t hurt if your paintball rental gun looks “cool or tactical” to help get your paintball customers excited to play.
Valken Sports has designed some of the best paintball rental guns in the paintball industry and continues to design cutting edge paintball rental equipment to assure your paintball customers will have a great first time experience playing paintball at your paintball field.
Offering upgraded paintball rentals is a great method to provide more fun to your various paintball customers. It’s simple, for a fee above the normal paintball rental gun price, let your paintball customer upgrade to a higher quality paintball gun. This will allow your paintball customers to have a better experience and allow you to make additional profits.
Keep your paintball rental guns in great condition. When your paintball customer gets your paintball rental equipment, you want them to be excited to play paintball. Your rental paintball guns should be well maintained both aesthetically and internally. Put together a few basic guidelines of when to retire your paintball rental guns. Don’t let your paying paintball customers be the ones to identify an old run down paintball rental gun. Give each one of your new paintball customers a great first time paintball experience.
Need help deciding how many paintball rental guns your new paintball business will need to get started? Valken Sports Paintball Advisors can help you decide how many paintball rental guns you will need to get started and how many you will need as your paintball business grows. Call to speak with a Valken Sports Paintball Advisor for a free estimate today!
Providing safe and comfortable paintball goggles is vital
Valken Sports believes it’s very important that you offer an ASTM safety approved paintball goggle, so your paintball customers can remain safe during the game of paintball. You do not want any of your paintball customers to get injured while playing paintball at your field because it will have a negative impact on your business and it just isn’t worth the associated risks.
The Valken Sports paintball goggle selection has and will always start with safety. Every paintball goggle Valken Sports offers is ASTM certified.
Apart from safety, there are other factors you will want to offer in a paintball rental goggle: comfort, cleanliness, and having an unobstructed clear lens.
- Comfort is not only because your paying customer will appreciate it. If the paintball goggle is comfortable, there is less reason for your paintball customer to remove it during play. This will help to avoid situations where your staff members have to instruct and discipline your paintball customers.
- Clean paintball goggles give your paintball customer assurance they are not swapping sweat with the last paintball renter. It reassures the quality of your paintball business.
- Keep the lens on the paintball rental goggles free of wear and scratches. If a lens is worn, scratched or damaged you will need to replace it, immediately. Have a few basic guidelines to follow to identify when a paintball goggle lens needs to be replaced. Your customers are required to wear a paintball goggle at all times during play. Make sure they don’t have their vision hindered. If you can’t see clearly out of the lens, neither can your paintball customer.
Valken Sports has a full variety of paintball rental goggles in stock and one of our paintball advisors would be happy to assist you in selecting your paintball rental goggle. Call Valken Sports today to speak with a Paintball Advisors.
Decide what type of air you want to offer your paintball customers
You can use either Co2 or compressed air tanks. There are advantages to each one.
CO2 Tanks – The main advantage of Co2 is the low initial upfront cost. You can get all of the tanks you need cheaper then compressed air and you will bypass the start up cost of a compressor. To set up Co2 you will need to get a paintball Co2 fill station to put on a bulk Co2 tank. Valken Sports offers a few options for paintball Co2 fill stations. If you don’t offer Co2 tanks with your rentals, you will still want to have a couple bulk tanks on hand to do fills for the customers who own Co2 tanks. You can charge them per fill every time they need a fill as opposed to all day air.
Compressed Air – There are many advantages to using compressed air on your paintball rental guns. The customer can refill their air without having to remove the tank; this will reduce the cost of o-rings and increase the level of safety. There is a gauge on the tank that will inform the customer when the air source is getting low. The gauge will decrease the chance for a customer to run out of air during a paintball game. Your paintball rental guns velocity will remain steady throughout the day with compressed air tanks. This will reduce the amount of time your staff members will spend at the speed chronographs with your paying paintball customers. Once you have an air compressor set up, you will have minimum cost to supply air pressure to your customers. It will make compressed air tanks a better option over time.
Valken Sports Paintball Advisors can help you decide what will be best suited for your paintball field. Give us a call today to speak with our knowledgeable paintball advisors.
Offering paintball pouches and tubes
It can add to the success of your business to include 2 pod or 3 pod paintball pouches. When your paintball customers play, they will shoot out the hopper with no concept of how much they have shot. Once they shoot their paintballs, they will call themselves out. You want your paintball customers to continue playing for a couple key reasons.
If your paintball customer can reload during games, they have an opportunity to shoot more paintballs. When your paintball customers are shooting more paintballs, you are making more profits for your paintball business. When your paintball customer can continue to play by reloading paintballs, it will extend their fun. The chance for your paintball customer to eliminate people and get eliminated by others will extend the fun for everyone.
Additional Paintball Provisions
Paintball Barrel Bags – Paintball barrel bags are required to be placed over the paintball gun’s barrel when the paintball gun is not being used. Your paintball customers will lose them often. Have plenty to sell as replacements. Selecting bright color barrel bags will help them not get lost and it will help your staff members quickly identify when all the paintball guns are safe.
Paintball Coveralls – Disposable coveralls are a great option to offer your customers. They can buy a pair, wear them for a day of paintball play and toss them. No laundry for you or them to do.
Paintball Grenades – These will make great point of purchase items. Your paintball customer wants to have the time of their lives, having a paintball grenade will unleash a whole world of fantasy. Provide that fantasy with a prominent display. The more grenades you put on display, the more grenade sales will increase for you. Contact a Valken Sports Paintball Advisor to discuss getting your paintball field set up with the POP for Valken paintball grenades.