BYU-Idaho sponsored its second paintball tournament May 5 at Crossfire Paintball in Newdale, Idaho.
The tournament was split into two events. The first from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second from 1 to 5 p.m. This was the major difference from the last time the school did a paintball tournament.
“Last time we had over 80 people come. That was just too many on the field, so we split it up,” said Alex Zaleski, a junior studying mechanical engineering and the paintball coordinator for the tournament.
All the students met at the Outdoor Resource Center parking lot, and after receiving safety instructions, everyone got into the vans and headed off to play. Upon arriving, it began to snow, but this did not stop anyone from playing.
The students were divided into two groups: a red team and a yellow team. Many of the students had played before and even brought their own paintball guns, but there were also many who had never played at all.
“Some of the best games are where there is a good mixture of skill levels. You can ether shoot or hide; that’s basically it. Paintball is a pretty fair game no matter what your level,” said Scott Winkler, a junior studying agribusiness has been participating in paintball for over 11 years.
After each round or when a player was shot and received a paint mark the size of a quarter or larger, they left the field with their gun over their head.
During the tournament, they played at least nine rounds, each student using over 250 paint pellets.
“I was really scared at first,” said Hodson, “but after I got used to it I was excited each time we went out.”
By the time it was over, many students were covered in paint and mud. Both Hodson and Winkler said they would be back for the next tournament.
The cost of the activity was $20 per person.