Then they turned to creating a sport that would be more than a gimmick. It includes elements of rugby, soccer and hockey. Teams of four vie to carry or throw a 24″ ball into the opponents' goal. Tackling is allowed; punching isn't. Defenders can only taze a player in possession of the ball who is within a designated space around the goals. (Tazing of the shoulders and groin is always illegal.)
As for the future of the sport, Prum is optimistic. "We do see long term sustainability," he told me. Now that the rules are established, four teams have been formed, mainly of players from the paintball circuit. They have matches scheduled in Bangkok, Thailand next month and are expecting several thousand spectators. (Prum notes they chose Thailand because they have good contacts through paintball there, not because of legal questions.) Events in Huntington Beach, California and Mexico City are also in the works.
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