Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller part 2

Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller part 2

Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller Part 2 of 3
article by Jason Casebolt

One thing that makes paintball so great is the variety of the participants. Although paintball players can come in all shapes and sizes, it seems as though most of the media attention goes to the athletically gifted anomalies in the Pro Ranks. As the game has become faster and more intense, most articles seem focused on the beginner who is in decent shape. If you are an athlete built more like an offensive lineman rather than an agile/speedy wide receiver, but still wish to enjoy tournament paintball, how do you play against those in better shape? Mind you I use the word athlete lightly, I’m sure there are some that consider rolling a bowling ball an athlete, not that I’m knocking on bowlers much. I mean how hard is it to roll a ball down a lane?

Speed and youth are overrated
Speed and youth are overrated
This article is for Joe Everyman, the paintball player who has a few extra “ounces for bounces”, the Plus Sized Baller who wishes to play tournament paintball. So you have come to terms that you have some extra luggage and I am not talking about the Dye Weekend Roller either. Now that you have accepted this you will also need to accept a game plan that will make the most out of what you have to work with. Here are some concepts and drills that will make your game easier. In Part 1 of the article, you learned how Athletic Talent and Shooting & Control factor into things. Now here in Part 2, I will teach you how Communication and Field Walking can improve your game. Also stay tuned tomorrow for Part 3 on how Movement can be used to maximize the Super Sized Paint Slinger.

Keep talking
Keep talking
Communication: One of the most overlooked parts of the game is communication. The vast majority of tournament players has minimal communication skills and still view playing tournament paintball like an intense game of rec ball … or rec ball with consequences. They mainly focus on what they are doing and occasionally ask a question or request covering fire.

Instead, imagine the paintball field as one huge chess board. If you are in the back corner and cannot see the rest of the field… then how can you really do your best against an opponent with limited visibility? Speak! More than likely, the larger players will be in the back bunkers. This is done to allow the shorter faster players to run up the field and get shot at close range as you laugh at them. Being in the back, you can help your front players by constantly relaying what information you see and what information you know. What you see is easy. You constantly shout what you see, over and over again. People in a game tend to forget things that they hear when they get focused on something else. Keep saying it over and over. The more you see it, the more likely your 16 year old front player with A.D.D will know what is going on.

Roll that gun, I mean the trigger
Roll that gun, I mean the trigger
What you know is a different story. In the middle of your constant communication, you also need to ask other players what they see. If a player to your left gives you some additional information, then you relay his information to your right.

This symphony of communication creates a virtual radar for your teammates. They are better informed to make intelligent moves. They accurately know the position and body count of the opposition. Through your advanced communication your whole team becomes better and you win more games. If you win more games, you have a better chance of winning more tournaments. Best of all, I hear that the 1st place podium at tournaments takes off the 10lbs that the cameras add.

Communication Drill: There are not too many drills that put emphasis on communication. I do, however, have one great situation that you can incorporate into your practice regiment that will help your communication. The 3-on-1 drill can be used as the total basics in learning how to communicate. Many teams already include the 3-on-1 drill in their sessions, but you need to concentrate on communication for it to help in that area. The 3-on-1 is also great because it is one of the simplest elements to set up.

For those unfamiliar with how to win set up the 3-on-1. You have 3 guys on one team against one guy on another team. That is a no brainer, the three guys work as a team to quickly close out the one guy. The one guy gets used to many players coming at him and becomes cooler in his bunker.

Poopie, one of the best<br>plus sized ballers ever
Poopie, one of the best
plus sized ballers ever
To be successful, the side with 3 players needs to spread out. They send one each to the left and right tape and keep one player in the center. The left player then totally bombards the left part of the opposing player’s bunker so that he cannot come out. The right player does the same on the right side of the player’s bunker. This creates a situation where he is trapped. The center player runs up the center of the field to bunker the last guy out. Since the single player is trapped by fire, the player running up the center of the field should have no trouble getting there. Sounds simple right? You would be surprised how many times a team messes this one up.

To put emphasis on communication, you first identify the location of the opposing player. Then players on your team make it a point to shout out which side the player is shooting from. “Right right right right, left left left left.” By identifying every action the single player is doing, you are building the mental map of the player for the rest of your team.

When the player is shooting right, you need to tell your left guy to move up. When the player is shooting left, you need to tell your right guy to move up. Good communication during this stage allows for your team to fan out without getting picked off from the single guy left.

When you first start doing this drill, your teammates will mess it up. If you win with less than 3 people alive, then you have lost the drill. The trick is to win with everyone alive, making an exception for a 1 for 1 trade off at the final bunker move. The more they do this, the more they will learn how to use communication. If they can understand how to use communication in this simple drill, hopefully these knuckle heads will be able to apply it to a more complex game.

Field Walking: One of the most overlooked parts of the game is Field Walking. Teams that merely decide where they start off have a huge disadvantage over teams who make a consolidated plan of action. Being that you will not be winning the 40 yard dash, an advantage in field walking might help balance the game out.

Field walking is also one of the most complicated parts of the game. In fact, it is too long of a subject to tackle in this article. I encourage you to look up field walking advice on earlier articles or in magazines like Splat, PGI, or Face Full. For the purposes of this article, I will concentrate on placing the large fellow in his first bunker.

To maximize your game play, you need to figure out where your best spots are. To do this, you can go ahead and assume you will not be breaking out to any bunkers on the other side of the field, any of the 50 yard line bunkers, or any other the other traditional front player bunkers.

Many Backs play or start off in the back center. Leave the longer runs to the faster players. They will have a better chance of making it to their bunkers. You get the reward in trying to pick off opposing players while the small idiots are busy “Forrest Gumping” it to an inflatable obstacle way off yonder. In today’s fast paced environment, it may be better to sweet spot from the back and make a quick secondary move to the side. I will talk more about movement later.

Choose a bunker that you can see a good portion of the field and where you can post on lanes to prevent the other team from moving. The more you cut off their faster players from making moves, the more you make their speed advantage useless!

Your bunker should also not be situated on an angle where you can be cross shot very easily. If an opponent flanks with a 100 lbs kid, then there is a chance he can turn sideways and disappear (actually that is a joke), if they flank you, you have a wide enough target zone where the odds are you will be moseying to the dead box. Once you add these skills to your arsenal, you will be smacking thin people around left and right. Stay tuned tomorrow for the final installment of Tips and Drills for the Plus Sized Baller. We will focus on Movement, but do not be scared; there is nothing aerobic about this finale!

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