Are looking for some ideas to build a paintball course by yourself? This article will cover the entire steps on how to build a paintball course. To make your construction more cost-effective, we will make use of everyday yard materials.
Building a field by your own will save a lot of money, which you can use for upgrading your paintball gears. In addition, you can play with your friends and family whenever needed with traveling to any nearby paid courses.
Steps on How to build a Paintball Course
Find an appropriate place for your course
The first step is to find an appropriate place to build your course. It is always advisable to find large unused land. You may choose between an open field or forest land for this.
The length and breadth of the field completely depend on your choice. As per your choice, you may choose a skinny, wide or long area. Make sure you do not use any public property or other property without their permission.
Find some useful materials from your yard
You can use materials which can use for hiding while playing. Things such as unused foldable chairs, trash cans, cardboard boxes, etc. In case if you do not have any such usable materials in your yard, then visit nearby hardware shop to purchase some plywood. You choose any low range play woods as its strength and quality do not affect your game.
Invite your paintball loving friends
Things, when done as a team, is more enjoyable, time-saving and more efficient. If you have any friends who are interested in paintball, seek their help and idea for the course. Your friends will do their best because they can also save some money. Brainstorm with your friends on the course plan.
Make a plan for your course
Now that you have a team and materials to start the work, make a plan for your course. You may visit some nearby fields, check with some senior player, etc to get some ideas. Depending on what game you want to play design the course.
For example, if you want to play capture flag, getting opponents confused from getting your flag is very important. Thus to do that you may make a maze of obstacles using plywood or cardboard.
Another example, if you need to build a shooting range to improve your accuracy then plan for it. You may hang some cardboards with the help of some ropes as shown below and practice.
If you have enough time and area to construct, then always go building a paintball course and shooting range.
Start building your course
First, clean the entire area and remove all thrashes to get a clear picture of the land structure.
If you have some rocks or big stones in your land, modify it for hiding. For example, place some cardboard between two rocks to create a hiding place.
Similarly, fill some big covers with sand in it so that you pill sandbags over each other to build a hiding place.
In the case of land with not natural rocks or obstacles do not worry. We have another plan for such lands. Find some land which is very easy to dig for some heights. Then, dig trenches with a height between 3 to 4 feet. U shape, L shape or C shape trenches can be made.
You can use the soil or mud which you have dug out for the trench to make sandbags. Similarly, place some cardboard in a vertical position with the help of supporting sticks to build some hiding place.
Make two base stations for two teams. Use some different colors for base stations for easy identification. Make use of some plastic papers or tarp cover for the base station. Cover the base station with plywood for a certain height to create a feel of the base.
Use woods or plywood for constructing multiple barricades. Rememeber to build a maze of barricades to make the course more difficult and interesting.
Planks over trenches
Make some long trenches and keep some planks as the only option to cross over. This will make the game more interesting and difficult.
Test the safety of your course
Now that you have built a paintball course of your choice, the next important step is to test its safety. Playing paintball game safely is very important for every player. Test every part you build so that you can avoid any chance for accidents. Perform a safety check with your friends. Perform a dummy game to test the safety.
Purchase paintball gears
You have saved a lot of money by constructing the field by yourself with yard materials. To save much more you can use homemade paintball guns. I have an article published on how to make homemade paintball guns.
Build your team
Everything set, now create a team for a game. A game gets more thrilling when you have more players. So, invite more friends to your new course and host your first game.
We hope this detailed article on how to build a paintball course is useful for you. If you find any improvements or more information to be added to this post, feel free to share it via comment box.