Speedball Game Rules
Tailored to make paintball even more fast paced and exhilarating than it already is, speedball game rules facilitate teamwork and aggressiveness during play. Think of it as “capture the flag” on steroids. Typically played on an open field with balloon obstacles, speedball is the game of choice for professional competitive paintball teams. To learn more about speedball game rules, continue below.
- Paintball velocity must be 300 feet per second or lower. As anyone who has played paintball before knows, faster shooting guns provide a serious advantage. And since speedball requires so much movement on the part of every player, it makes sense not to allow one team to be superior in this category. Before each speedball game, players typically have to individually take a “velocity test” to measure the speed of their markers.
- Eliminations are typically determined by judges on the field. This speedball game rule requires the presence of a judge, or referee, to determine when a given player has been hit. At any time during the game, a player from the opposite team may request that the judge may inspect a given player to determine if he has been hit. Judges can also eliminate players for shooting from out-of-bounds area. Once eliminated, speedball players may no longer fire their markers in that game.
- The object of the game of speedball is to capture and place a flag in the other team’s designated area. When you pick up the flag, you’re allowed to hand it off to another active player on your team in order to reach the other team’s goal area. But be careful when you’re in possession of the flag – if it gets hit with a paintball while in your possession then you’re eliminated. You may not intentionally conceal the flag from the other team or referee’s view. When you touch the other team’s goal with the flag in speedball, it is called a “flag hang” and the game is over.
- Speedball game rules dictate that a point system determines the winner of the game. When the game is signaled over by a referee, scores are tallied. For each player eliminated in a 10 player team game, it is 2 points. For each player left standing on your own team, it is 1 point each. The team that gets the flag first gets 20 points, and the team that successfully hangs the flag gets 50 points. The team that has the higher point total wins the game.