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My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is www.pevs.com. Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.
A very popular question I get asked all the time is, ""Hey, I'm gonna go out and play paintball for the first time. You know, you've been playing for a long time. Give me your best tip."" And what I tell people, in all the years I've learned in playing paintball, professionally and on the circuit, and just for fun, is basically the first thing is always wear dark clothes. 'Cause when you're out there on a paintball field for fun, remember, the flashy orange colors, yellow colors, bright colors, even white sticks out, and makes yourself a target. I tell people to blend in. If you don't have camouflage clothing to wear, wear dark clothing. Wear long sleeves and long pants. And the other thing is, wear tennis shoes versus wearing boots. I see so many people come out wearing combat boots, and their feet start hurting them. Remember, think of paintball as a sport activity, not so much as real battle. So go plan to know that you're gonna be on your feet the whole time. And wear a good pair of comfortable tennis shoes or something of that nature. But wear dark colored shoes. I mean, even guys who come out wearing white tennis shoes, I mean, we look for those all the time. Guys run into the woods and say, "Hey, look at the guy's white shoes sticking out." So I tell everybody, the first thing you should always do is come out wearing dark clothes. The other thing is, when you're playing, play as a team. Find a buddy, get on the field, and remember, whatever you do, especially if it's your first time, don't run up the middle. Running up the middle allows yourself to be shot from both sides. A paintball field is like a chessboard. It's got boundaries. So it doesn't mean everyone can get around you, unless you go up the middle. So I tell everybody, get to the tape, work your way to the edge of the field. Work with a buddy team, so you can have some guy, someone to watch the inside, and someone to watch ahead of you, you know, you watch ahead of you, and you look both ways. But at the same time, cover the tapes and work yourself around. Most people always run into the middle. And when they run into the middle, they get shot from both angles.