Paintball is a sport in which players eliminate opponents from play by hitting them with a paint-filled, breakable, oil and gelatin paintball usually shot from a compressed air powered paintball gun.

Paintball draws a wide array of people, and the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association estimates that over 3.6 million people played the game in the United States in 2011. Insurance statistics show that paintball is one of the safest sports, with fewer injuries per exposure than sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, and bowling.

Rules for playing paintball are designed to ensure that participants enjoy the sport in a safe environment.

A game of paintball usually involves two opposing teams seeking to eliminate all of the other team’s players or to complete some other objective, such as retrieving a flag, delivering a prop, eliminating a specific player, or other variations.