Many people wonder how players go from the occasional sports weekend warrior to the dedicated athlete that competitive players are. To be upfront about it, there is no exact formula for it. However, there are steps you can take to get moving in the right direction.
Most players start by playing with friends and renting equipment from the field. This is the best first step because like anything, paintball is not for everyone. After giving it a try, if you're anything like me, you will fall in love with it. At this point you may want to consider buying some of your own equipment if it is something you would like to do more often. Then just play as much as you can as often as you can. The only way to get good at anything is to practice. Not only will playing often assist in that way but you will also begin to make personal connections at the field. Do not be afraid to ask questions, you will be surprised to see how many people are willing to offer helpful advice. You might even find yourself a few new buddies to go play with.
Some players will find that love the friendship of recreational play while others may want to get into a more competitive environment. This is great except there is some preparation that should be done. Watch videos on professional players and study how they move and hold their paintball "marks" (guns). Also, you will probably notice players at the field wearing custom team jerseys. Get to know these guys because they will be your ticket onto a team. Ask if they have practices you can come watch or participate in. Many teams need new talent so a new face is usually highly welcomed. This is where all the cards begin to fall into place. The team you are watching will see you trying to get into competitions and can help you do that. They will also be practicing with other competitive teams that may need an extra player too. You may also want to peruse online forums to find out information on team try outs and practices in your area. Overall, it's all about putting in the practice and making friends at the field. If you can accomplish those two things you will be well on your way to a national competition and a new group of friends.