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Do You Have What It Takes To Become a Professional Paintballer?

If you enjoy team sports, are pretty active, don’t mind getting wet or muddy outdoors and have good hand eye coordination then perhaps a career in paintballing is for you? You might just think that is a casual sport that groups of friends play on the weekends, but there are in fact professional teams that exist. 

Finding a League to Join

Experience and practise is certainly going to be key if you want to try and join one of the top leagues. You want to be able to demonstrate that you have what it takes to join one of these teams, so the more you practise the better you will be. One of the leading professional paintball leagues is the National Xball League, which hosts several events each year amongst the top competing teams. Before you set your sights here it might be worth trying to build up your reputation in the regional paintball leagues first to build your way up. 

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Ensuring You Are All Kitted Out 

Having the correct clothes and equipment is going to be vital to ensure you are fully protected whilst participating in the paintballing games. You are certainly going to need the best equipment you can buy like a HK Army paintball gun if you want to take this on full time and all the professional paintballing attire that will protect you from head to toe. It is not going to be adequate anymore to be wearing your old sneakers and joggers for the professional leagues that you started wearing when you first participated. 

Fitness Levels

Paintballing is a very physical activity so you need to have good stamina to be able to endure running around, sliding and crouching during the games. Doing some resistance training at home or lifting weights can help build up the strength in your arms which will certainly help. 

What You Could Be Earning

It is one of those professions that you are going to do because you love the thrill of the game as opposed to the money side of things. The average annual salary according to SimplyHired, is considered to be between $36k and $165k in the US for a professional paintballer.So if you are willing to work hard, there is no reason that you can’t be one of the 10% that is earning the top salary. Your overall earnings will also be dependent on how many competitions you enter each year and successfully win.


Once you become more established in the field, then you will need to be getting sponsorship deals behind you to help fund your games and keep your name relevant. You could look to be earning on average $40,000 through sponsorship deals once you reach professional player status in the league. If your team is doing exceptionally well in the league then there could be the possibility for additional endorsements for the whole team in addition.    

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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