- Airsoft guns using 6mm BB's must chrono 400 fps or less using .2 gram 6mm BB's. Airsoft guns using 8mm BB's must chrono 300 fps or less with .34 gram 8mm BB's. Three chronographed shots are used to measure velocity. Any airsoft gun that exceeds the velocity limit will not be allowed in play. Airsoft guns with adjustable hop-up must be set to a level flight path.
- Bolt action, spring powered 6mm rifles must chrono 450 fps or less using .2 gram 6mm BB's. Any airsoft gun that exceeds the velocity limit will not be allowed in play. No shooting players within 50 feet.
- Modified pellet/metal BB firing airguns or live firearms are not allowed in play or on the playing field.
- Gas powered airsoft guns that use an external air tank must have current hydrotest date on the tank. Tanks with expired hydrotest dates will not be allowed on the field.
- All players on the field must wear adequate head protection at all times. This means rigid protection over the eyes, as well as rigid or semi-rigid protection over the ears, nose, and mouth. No player will be allowed on the field without proper head protection.
- Paintball face masks that provide full face and ear protection will be considered the minimum standard. Players are allowed to add decorative items to the paintball mask that do not pose a safety hazzard. Players are not allowed remove parts or modify the mask in any way that significantly compromises the protection provided.
- Screen mesh goggles or masks will not be allowed due to the likelyhood of BB fragments causing eye injuries.
- Head gear must not be removed before leaving the field, even if the game is already over. There may be players who did not hear the whistle and do not know the game is over.
- If your head gear is damaged, replace it.
If your face mask gets fogged while you are playing, do not take it off! If it has an elastic strap, try “flapping” it against your face (no more than an inch or so away) or, if you have small fingers, you might be able to get a finger into your mask without removing it in order to wipe the goggle section clean. If none of these work and you can’t clear up the problem any other way without removing your mask, call the nearest referee over, and they will help you.
- No shooting is allowed on the field before and after a game. You may test fire your guns only at firing zone.
- No rubber or prop knives/weapons are allowed.
- No solid/foam headed grenade projectiles will be allowed.
- Covered shoes are required. Long pants and some sort of jacket are highly recommended.
- No drugs or alcohol allowed on the field, ever.
- No open fires allowed.
- If you are hit anywhere, you are eliminated from the game. This includes anything you are carrying.
- Eliminated players don’t talk.
- Ricochets don’t count.
- Refrain from swearing and overly aggressive "trash talk".
- If you think you hit a player but they didn’t acknowledge it, ask them if they were hit. It helps to identify the specific player and where you think they were hit. If the player says they were not hit, you can always shoot them again.
- If someone thinks they hit you, go ahead and call yourself “dead” (you can always play in the next game). Remember, you may not feel or hear every hit.
- When you have been eliminated, go to the staging area. While you are leaving the field, make sure to carry your gun over your head and call out something like: “Hit--dead man coming out” continuously until you are off of the field.
- If you are sure that someone is deliberately not taking hits, let the referee on duty know.
- If you get within 10 feet or so of someone, ask them to surrender before you shoot them. If they surrender, they are eliminated, so don’t shoot them. If they don’t surrender, you may then shoot them (be nice--no full-auto barrages). If you refuse to surrender to someone, remember that you are likely to be shot at very close range and it will probably sting. Surrendering is optional for the “victim”.
- If you get within arm's reach of someone, don’t shoot them, tag them instead. A tag is as good as a hit (anyone tagged is eliminated).
- Stay in bounds while playing. Boundaries will be marked.
- Players must not scatter from their starting points before the game starts. (Unless the referee says they can.)
- No going back to the dead zone/camp to reload during the game. You must carry all of the ammo you want to use with you into the game.
- The referee(s) on duty may change some of the minor (non-safety) rules listed above from game to game. There are several set game types that incorporate rules variations. If you aren’t sure about what the rules are for the game about to be played, ask a referee.
- 1 whistle = start game.
- 2 whistles = end game. All players stop shooting and head for the staging area.
- 3 whistles = pause game. All players stop shooting, put their guns down and stay where they are. This is the whistle signal normally used when a hiker/non-player has entered the field
- If you see a hiker (or other non-player) approaching the field, immediately yell out “hiker” loudly and clearly, stop shooting, and put your gun(s) down.
If you hear someone else call “hiker”, repeat the call, stop shooting, and put your gun down.
A referee should come over and explain to the person(s) who we are and what we are doing (in detail). Don’t hesitate to tell them the basics, however. (“Hi, don’t worry, it’s just a game and the guns aren’t real.” For example.) (Especially if they seem in the least bit scared/angry/etc.)
Do not in any way try to hinder their passing. (Not even by asking them to go another way.)
There is no shooting permitted while a hiker/non-player is on the field.
- You must keep your guns (and other gear) concealed anytime you are in public. People have gotten into serious trouble for waving around toy guns where they shouldn’t.
- You must dress for play only when you get to the field, not before. You may wear clothes that someone would wear on the street normally.
- Be nice to the neighbors (the people who live near where we play). Don’t do anything that would alarm them.
- Don’t tear up the foliage or do anything else detrimental to the area we play in.
- Make sure you pick up any rubbish that you see. When we leave the field, it should be at least as clean as when we got there. Anyone who shoots the rubbish bag(s) will be required to carry it (them) out after the game.
- There will be a designated area near the dead zone where players can shoot (for fun, to test guns, whatever). No one may shoot anywhere else if they are not on the field currently playing a game.
- No fort building during a game.
- If you want to use a smoke bomb, it must pass a safety check by a council member and you must get an approval from the referee on duty before you may use it. Any types which use some sort of incendiary system to go off will not be allowed, since they can very easily start fires. Explosive types will also not be allowed, because they can cause injury. When you set off the smoke bomb, you may either drop it or toss it gently to where you want it to be. You may not throw it hard, since this might cause injury if it hits someone.
- Failure to follow the rules listed above will result in penalties ranging from warnings to being called out of a game.
- Respect the rules. The rules are there to prevent accidents and injuries.
- For indoor games, make a point of remembering the surrender and tag rules. The maximum velocity is also likely to be lowered. Make sure you check with the referees regarding rules.