Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions about Regular Paintballing, Junior Paintballing and Laser Combat at BPF near Doncaster, Yorkshire.
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A: If your child’s 11 year of age but has already started senior school (year 7) then they’re old enough to play. 12 year olds and above are always fine. For younger player see Junior ‘low-impact’ Paintball.
Q: My child’s in school year 7, but do I need to stay to supervise?
A: Although our highly trained safety marshals give full instruction and supervision throughout the session, we recommend that some parents stay; at least until after the first couple of games. An adult must be present for the safety briefing. Parents often do an hour archery or tomahawk throwing while they wait.
Q: Can teenagers and kids aged 11yrs+ join in with adults?
A: Yes. However we wouldn’t put a group of 12-year-olds with a stag group, or a group of 13-year-old girls against a corporate group. We want everyone to have fun, and leave having had the best day possible.
Q: Will my group be mixed with other groups?
A: That depends. We often mix groups of a similar ability to make up numbers as this makes for more fun. Typically we’d aim to make groups up to about 40 players – 20 on each side.
Q: Can I bring my own paintballs, I can buy them dead cheap on ebay?
A: No, of course not. The paintballs we provide are first-rate quality – they’re spherical, don’t break in the gun, and they fly straight. We’ve all seen third-rate, crappy balls on the internet but trust me, when it comes to paintballs you get what you pay for. At BPF, it’s not just the balls you’re paying for, you’re also paying for the fantastic facilities, Award-Winning games, insurance, superb organisation, fantastic equipment, safety, and the list goes on…
Q: Is paintballing safe?
A: YES. Providing the instructions given by our safety marshals are followed, there is no danger whatsoever. BPF boasts a 100% unblemished safety record – Statistically the safest paintball site in the UK. No goggle lifting is tolerated outside the safe area (basecamp). While we want all our customers to have lots of fun, safety always comes first!
Q: What happens if goggles are lifted while outside the safe area?
A: If a player lifts their goggles outside the safe area they’ll be prohibited from playing the next game. If it happens a second time, that player will be excluded from games for the rest of that day. Safety always comes first at Bawtry Paintball Fields.
Q: How many paintballs will I use?
A: Umm, that’s a tricky one. It really does depend how many times you pull the trigger! The average in a half-day session is about 300 balls, and it’s about 600 balls in a full-day. Some will use less, and some will use more. Additional paintballs are available for purchase from our onsite shop if required.
Q: How much money will I need?
A: Although entry, all paintball equipment, supervision, and drinks are included, and depending on the package you choose, a certain number of paintballs and lunch may also be included. It’s advisable to bring extra money in case you want to buy extra paintballs, grenades, chocolate, or sweats etc from our shop. You might even decide to upgrade your gun or mask.
Q: Does paintball hurt?
A: No not generally. We actively enforce a 5 meter rule to ensure players are not shot from close range, however it’s impossible to be everywhere all the time and close range impacts do sometimes occur. The thick camo coveralls with high padded collar, padded airtech snoods, and full-face safety goggles protect from the majority of shots. The impact will feel similar to the twang of an elastic band.
Q: Are regular paintball guns more powerful than the junior paintball guns?
A: No, the paintballs travel at about the same speed as junior paintballs, however regular paintballs are larger so hit with more force.
Q: How accurate are the paintball guns at Bawtry Paintball Fields?
A: They’re very accurate indeed. The accuracy is almost all down to the quality of the paintballs, as appose to the gun itself, and BPF only sells the very best, most spherical paintballs ensuring you hit your target without wasting dozens of shots. Our guns are top quality too and rigorously maintained.
Q: I’m a female, won’t I get bruised?
A: At BPF, all females are offered full-body armour which offers excellent protection to the whole torso. This coupled with full-head protection and padded camo suit, reduces the risk of bruises significantly.
Q: Do the goggles steam-up?
A: Exceptionally good ventilation coupled with an optically advanced ‘anti-fog’ lens helps prevent the goggles from steaming-up, however the very nature of the sport means that you’ll get quite warm. If they do steam-up due to overheating, Fog-Buster wipes can be purchased at just 50 pence each. We also offer an optional upgrade to double-glazed ‘Pro-Goggles for a nominal fee.
Q: Can I pay by card?
A: Credit and debit cards are accepted on site, however there is a surcharge for their use. Amex is not accepted.
A: This is the most common question we’re asked by parents, and the answer is YES. Providing the children follow the instruction given by our safety marshals, there is no danger whatsoever. We have a 100% unblemished safety record. No goggle lifting is tolerated outside the safe area (basecamp) – we take the safety of all our players very seriously.
Q: But what if my child does lift their goggles while outside the safe area?
A: If a player lifts their goggles outside the safe area they’ll be prohibited from playing any further paintball on that day. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your child.
Q: Do I need to stay to supervise my child?
A: Although our highly trained safety marshals give full instruction and supervision throughout the session, we do recommend that some parents stay to help with kitting-up etc. An adult must be present for the safety briefing.
Parents often enjoy an hour archery or tomahawk throwing while their children are our paintballing.
Q: Does junior paintball hurt?
A: No not really. Low-impact paintballs hit with less than a third the force of regular paintballs. Couple this with full body armour, full-head goggles, and thick camo coveralls with high padded collar and the impact will feel similar to the twang of an elastic band. We recommend players bring gloves to protect fingers. Gloves are available for purchase on site.
Q: Why don’t all paintball operators offer paintball for children?
A: The simple answer is the set-up costs are just too much. Costing twice as much as adult paintball guns, smaller operators just can’t afford to make the investment.
Q: Are kids paintball guns less powerful?
A: No, the paintballs travel just as fast as regular paintballs, however, because the balls are smaller, they carry less than a third of the energy of regular paintballs, so they hit with less than a third of the force too – Same fun, less bruises!
Q: So are junior paintball guns less accurate than adult paintball guns?
A: No, not at all. In fact they tend to be slightly more accurate.
Q: Won’t my child get bruised?
A: Although kitted-out with full-body armour, full-head protection and padded camo suit, the risk of bruises on less well-protected areas such as arms and legs remains – although bruises from low impact paintballs tend to disappear quite quickly. Gloves are recommended and not provided as standard, however they are available for purchase on site.
Q: Do the goggles steam-up?
A: Exceptionally good ventilation coupled with an optically advanced ‘anti-fog’ lens helps prevent the goggles from steaming-up. If they do steam-up due to your child getting particularly hot, Fog-Buster wipes can be purchased at just 50p each.
Q: How many paintballs will my child use?
A: Now that’s a tricky one. It really depends how many times your child pulls the trigger! The average in a session is 300 balls, some will use less, and some may use more. Additional paintballs are available for purchase from our onsite shop should they be required.
Q: My child has been invited to a kids paintball party at Bawtry Paintball Fields, will he need to take any money with him?
A: Although all paintball equipment is provided including 300 paintballs, you may wish to give your child some pocket money in case they want to buy extra paintballs, chocolate, or sweats from our shop. Burgers and giant hot-dogs are available for purchase too. Our caterers are 5* Food Hygiene Rated!
Q: Will my group be mixed with other groups?
A: That depends. We often mix groups of a similar age and ability to make up numbers, as this makes for more fun. However we wouldn’t put a group of 11-year-olds with a stag group, or a group of 10-year-old girls against a bunch of 16-year-old boys.
Q: Can my husband join in?
A: Yes. We encourage parents or older brothers and sisters to join in the fun, providing they embrace the spirit of it being for the youngsters.
A: Six years old and above is fine, younger if accompanied by a playing adult, but please advise of this at the time of booking.
Q: Is laser tag at Bawtry the same as indoor Laserquest or Quasar?
A: No, not at all. Indoor laser taggers have to be used in moderate darkness and only have a range of about 50ft. The laser tag guns used at BPF can be used in daylight and have an accurate range of up to 2000ft. They’re the same units used by the UK and US military for training exercises.
Q: Will our group be divided into teams or will they all stay together?
A: We’d usually divide groups on to two teams as this makes for most fun. There’s nothing finer than shooting up your mates on Movie-Set themed game zones! Groups of 2 or 3 players would be kept on the same team so that no one is on their own.
Q: Do I need to stay to supervise?
A: No, our highly trained safety marshals give full instruction and supervision throughout the session, however we recommend that some parents stay to ensure the children are happy. Maybe try your hand at archery, or tomahawk throwing while you wait.
Q: Can mums, dads and older siblings join in?
A: Yes, of course. Laser Combat is great fun for all ages – the little ones love to gang-up on the adults! Adults often try Archery, or Knife and Tomahawk Axe Throwing while the kids are out having fun – Call for details.
Q: Will my group be mixed with other groups?
A: That depends. We often mix groups of a similar ability to make up numbers, as this makes for more fun. However we’d never put a stagg party with a group of 6 year olds.
Q: Can I bring a birthday cake?
A: Yes, of course. We have a dedicated laser combat military themed Basecamp with sheltered party benches, and separate party areas for each group – don’t forget the candles, and a knife!
Q: Is food and drinks included?
A: Orange squash is included throughout the session and children can help themselves. Food isn’t included, however giant hot-dogs, cheeseburgers, and veggie-burgers etc are available for purchase from our 5* Food Hygiene Rated cateres. Gluten free options are also available. These can be ordered once your group is out playing and will be ready for the end of your session.
Q: Is woodland laser tag safe?
A: YES, absolutely. Our state-of-the-art laser taggers fire perfectly safe infra-red beams – the same as a TV remote, so there’s no danger whatsoever. Sessions are always fully supervised by our safety marshals. BPF is very proud of its 100% perfect safety record – Statistically the safest paintball and outdoor laser combat centre in the UK – pretty impressive!
Q: Will I need any extra money?
A: Although entry, equipment, supervision, and drinks are all included, you may wish to buy hotdogs, or a cup of hot chocolate, so a bit of pocket money is advisable.
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