Game plans, strategy, field knowledge --These fundamental elements are the foundation for wining paintball games, for winning tournaments. Strategy is based on game plans, which come from field knowledge, which is a product of walking the field. There is no cornerstone more important to success in paintball than walking the fields. I cannot overstate the importance of knowing the terrain before you play the game. This is even more important on a woodsball field, where there are an incredible amount of variables, and it’s imperative you know the on-field possibilities before you make moves.
You could literally spend hours walking a field. Bob Long was famous for this, as he would make his team stay until dark in order to figure out all the little important details to come up with the best game plan. Most teams either don’t want to or can’t spend that much time on the field, and you don’t have to spend that much time to come up with a concrete idea of how the field would play if you know the right way to do it and what to look for. There is a flow to walking fields, and if you understand this, if you follow the flow I lay down here, then you can get through the fields you need to walk in the quickest time possible while still fully understanding the game’s possibilities. It’s the captain’s responsibility to make sure the team is walking the field properly, and needs to make sure all the elements have been accounted for. So if you’re the captain, keep everybody on topic and get things done quickly.