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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is Paintball?

Paintball is a combination of tag, hide & seek, and capture the flag. Each player is equipped with a paintball marker that shoots paintballs and the object of the game is to eleminate your opponents by "tagging" them with a paintball while attempting to capture the opposing team's flag. Paintball is recognized as one of the world's most exciting outdoor participation sports. Paintball is played by people from all walks of life. Women and men, both young and old, can compete equally. Physical size and strength are not as important as intelligence and determination as Paintball stresses tactics and teamwork.

Is Paintball Safe?

Statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports around. Like all action sports though, following the safety rules is mandatory. Goggles must be worn at all times and Barrel Covers must be used when coming off the field or in the staging areas. At Greenwood Lake Sports, safety is our #1 concern. All players are provided with the latest safety gear and are given full instructions on safety regulations and game rules. All games are supervised by trained referees who strictly enforce the rules.

Does It Hurt When I Get Shot?

Being hit with a paintball is like getting hit with a tennis ball. Unlike a tennis ball, paintball pellets are designed to break open upon impact and therefore cause very little, if any, pain. The player will experience a slight stinging sensation that will go away within a few seconds. Many players are apprehensive about getting shot, but once the game begins and your adrenaline starts pumping, most people do not even feel a hit.

This Is My First Time Playing, Will I Be "Out-Gunned"?

No. Paintball is so popular due to the fact that it is easy to learn to play. Men and women, the young and the old alike can compete together equally because the key to winning is communication and team work. The ability to think and act under pressure is important, not an individual's size, strength, age or experience.

Can I Bring My Own Paintballs?

Yes. Greenwood Lake Sports has a Bring Your Own paintball policy. This means your are allowed to bring paintballs that you purchased elsewhere. The only exception to this policy is a brand of paintballs called "Monsterball". "Monsterball" brand paintballs are prohibited from use on the playing fields. Anyone caught using or attempting to bring Monsterballs to the playing field will be asked to leave and no refund will be issued.

What Is The Minimum Age To Play?

The minimum age to play paintball is 10 years old. All players under the age of 18 require a Waiver Form to be signed by a parent or guardian before they can be allowed to enter the playing fields.

When Can I Play Paintball?

The playing fields are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM year round. Games are played rain or shine. Weekday reservations can be scheduled Monday thru Friday for groups of at least 15 players. Weekday reservations are $55.00 per person regardless of whether you have your own equipment or need to rent equipment. Private reservations should be made at least 3 days in advance and require payment in full at the time of reservation.

Do You Offer Group Discounts?

Yes, we do offer discounts for groups of 12 or more players. To see our group discount offers please see our Group Discounts page.

Do You Offer A Military Discount?

Yes, Greenwood Lake Sports recognizes the great sacrifices made by members of our military to ensure our freedom. As a token of our appreciation, we are proud to offer a 15% discount on playing fees at our field. The discount is offered to all active military personnel and will require a valid Military ID at check-in to receive the discount.

Do You Offer Birthday Party Packages?

Yes, we do have a special package available for birthday parties. Please see our Birthday Parties page for more information.

How Do I Get To The Greenwood Lake Sports Paintball Field?

Greenwood Lake Sports Paintball Field is located in Hewitt, New Jersey. To get directions to our facilities, please see our Directions Page.

What Time Should I Arrive?

The paintball fields open at 9:00 AM. In order to start playing at 9:00 AM, it is recommended that you arrive at least 1/2 hour prior in order to complete sign-in and have equipment issued. Following sign-in, all players are given a short orientation on safety and rules, divided into teams, and the first game begins. Players may arrive at any time throughout the day. Upon receiving orientation, a player may then join the next game to be started.

How Long Do the Games Last?

Each game lasts a maximum of 15 minutes. A game ends when one team eliminates all opposing players or hangs the other teams flag. Depending upon how quickly a team accomplishes these goals, a game can be considerably shorter than 15 minutes in duration. You can be assured that you will play at least 20 (and usually more) games in a day.

Is The Field Indoor or Outdoor?

Greenwood Lake Sports Paintball Field is an outdoor field that operates year round.

What Should I Wear?

You will be running, jumping, and crawling in an outdoor wooded area. Therefore it is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing that you do not care if it gets dirty or torn. Camo fatigues, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are excellent choices. Dark colors are preferrable as you will be trying to conceal your location in your quest to eliminate your opponents. Comfortable footwear, such as hiking boots, sneakers, combat boots are advised. It is also a good idea to bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands. A bandana draped around the neck or neck protector should also be considered. Male participants are strongly encouraged to wear an athletic supporter with cup. We offer chest protectors for female players free of charge.

Do Paintballs Stain Clothing?

Paintballs are water-soluble, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. Any paint marks will wash out of your clothing in a normal wash cycle. Paint on your skin and hair will wash out easily during a shower.

How Do I Make A Reservation To Play?

Making a reservation is easy. Please see our Field Reservations page which lists the steps needed to make a reservation. If you would like to schedule a group for playing Monday to Friday please see our Weekday Reservations page.

Do I Need to Make A Reservation to Play?

If you require rental equipment, it is essential that you make a reservation. Rental equipment is available on a "First Come, First Served" basis. It is not uncommon for the field to be booked solid on given weekends, especially during the Fall and Spring which is typically our busiest times of the year. Therefore, to avoid disappointment and ensure your group has the equipment it requires, it is suggested that you make your reservations as early as possible.

Can I "Walk On" At The Field?

A "Walk On" is a person who shows up to play without a reservation. You are welcome to come as a "Walk On" provided we have not reserved all rental equipment on that day of play. Players who have their own equipment do not require reservations and may "Walk On" at any time.

What Type Of Rental Equipment Do You Supply?

Greenwood Lake Sports offers Smart Parts Ion and Tippmann Pro-Carbine Semi-Auto paintball markers, Proto Switch EL full head goggle systems, and Rage pouches and tubes. All paintball markers are equipped with Nitrogen/HPA cylinders and 200 round hoppers. Full body camo jumpsuits are offered for an additional fee.

Can I Use My Own Equipment at Greenwood Lake Sports?

Sure. All players may use their own paintball markers provided that they chronograph at the field limit of 280 FPS (feet per second). Players are responsible for ensuring that their gun functions properly and meets the field speed limits. Greenwood Lake Sports maintains no responsibility for repairing or adjusting a players personal paintball marker nor does it lend out tools. Personal markers must also have a suitable barrel blocking device (barrel plug, barrel condom, etc.) in place at all times that the player is not on the playing field. Personal goggle systems must be of the type that is approved for paintball and be in good condition with the lens showing no cracks or fractures. Personal air tanks must have a current hydrotest date or they cannot be filled.

What If It Rains Or Snows On My Day Of Play?

While our field operates "rain or shine", we do allow groups to reschedule their outing provided we receive notification at least 24 hours prior to your play date. In order to reschedule, you must call us at (973) 728-1000 and speak to one of our field representatives.

Can I Get A Private Field?

Greenwood Lake Sports does not offer private playing fields on the weekends at this time. We currently have a wooded playing field and a tournament speedball field. Depending on your preference, we will place your group with others on either field. We can, however, offer private playing fields on weekdays for groups of 15 or more. Please see our Weekday Reservation page for pricing and reservation requirements for weekday play.

How Many Paintballs Will I Use In A Day?

This is one of the toughest questions to answer! The average player will use 500 to 800 paintballs in a day of play. "Rambo" style players may use upwards of 2000 rounds throughout the day.

Does The Field Sell Food?

Potato Chips, Candy, Soda, and other drinks are available for sale at the field. Within 1 mile of the field there are numerous food establishments (Mc Donalds, Deli's, Dunkin' Donuts, DeMarco's Pizza) where you can go to purchase lunch. Additionally, the DeMarco's Pizza makes deliveries to the field.

Can We Bring Our Own Food And Drinks?

You are always welcome to bring your own food and/or drinks to the playing field. We have a picnic area near the fields that you are welcome to use. Please note that alcoholic beverages are prohibited from the field.

Do You Accept Credit Cards? Do You Accept Checks?

We do accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card, and American Express credit cards for payment at the field. We DO NOT accept personal checks under any circumstances.



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