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< SECTION 1 OF 2 > Paintball Paintball is a sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing food coloring and gelatin (referred to as paintballs) propelled from a device called a paintball marker. Paintballs have a non-toxic, biodegradable, water soluble mineral-oil. The game is regularly played at a sporting level with organized competition involving worldwide leagues, tournaments, professional teams, and players. Paintball technology is also used by military forces, law enforcement, para-military and security organizations to supplement military training, riot response, and non-lethal suppression of dangerous suspects. Games are played on outdoor or indoor fields of varying sizes. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for tactical cover. Rules for playing paintball vary, but can include capture the flag, elimination, ammunition limits, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area. Depending on the variant played, games can last from seconds to hours, or even days in scenario play. The legality of paintball varies among countries and regions. In most areas where regulated play is offered, players are required to wear protective masks, and game rules are strictly enforced. Paintball is played with a potentially limitless variety of rules and variations, which are specified before the game begins. The most basic game rule is that players must attempt For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.Uorg/wiki/ Paintball Licensed under the CC-BY-SA: http://creativecommoUns.org/licenses/by-Usa/3.0/ PassageBank Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only. < SECTION 2 OF 2 > to accomplish a goal without being shot and marked with a paintball. A variety of different rules govern the legality of a hit, ranging from “anything counts” (hits cause elimination whether the paintball broke and left a mark or not) to the commonest variation: the paintball must break and leave a mark the size of a US quarter or larger. Eliminated players are expected to leave the field of play; eliminations may also earn the opposing team points. Depending on the agreed upon game rules, the player may return to the field and continue playing, or is eliminated from the game completely. The particular goal of the game is determined before play begins; examples include Capture the Flag or Elimination. Paintball has spawned popular variants, including woodsball, which is played in the natural environment and spans across a large area. Conversely, the variant of speedball is played on a smaller field and has a very fast pace (with games lasting up to five minutes). Another variant is scenario paintball, in which players attempt to recreate historical, or fictional settings; the largest being Oklahoma D-Day’s World War II re-enactment. For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.Uorg/wiki/ Paintball Licensed under the CC-BY-SA: http://creativecommoUns.org/licenses/by-Usa/3.0/ PassageBank Passage provided under license from PassageBank.com. Use and duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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