The first Paintball game was played right here in New Hampshire. On June 27, 1981 in Henniker.
Paintball was originally used to mark trees for harvest and livestock for slaughter.
Paintball is safe. most injuries come from falling or running into obstacles on the field. The most serious injuries, though very rare, come from players taking off their masks and other safety equipment. In general, if you follow the safety rules, it’s a very safe sport.
Although it seems like a violent sport, paintball has the lowest injury rate – with 0.2 injuries per 1000 players.
In 2006, Paintball was ranked 3rd among extreme sports, with more than 10 million players around the world.
Paintballs are not filled with paint, they are actually gelatin capsules made of non-toxic, water-soluble, biodegradable, eco-friendly materials. When paintballs are shot, the gelatin skin splits open, leaving a brightly colored mark on the tagged player.
Paintball is played worldwide in over 40 countries and enjoyed by players of all demographics, lifestyles, and abilities.