Over the weekend at a local Airsoft event two players got into a physical altercation prompting the local law enforcement to get involved and assault charges to be filed. I hate hearing about these occurrences because that’s not what Airsoft is about. Please remember…
It’s Just A Game
Airsoft is an exciting game; that’s what we all love about it. I’ve always described it as, “the thrill of battle without the fear of death.” Working with teammates to pursue an objective against an armed enemy force will really get the heart racing and the adrenaline flowing. That’s a great thing! Just don’t let the adrenaline blind you to the fact that it’s just a game. I don’t care if your team is losing, your gun broke, your teammate accidentally shot you in the back, whatever. There’s no victory in taking out your emotions on your fellow players on the opposing side. Everyone on the field is there to have fun; don’t spoil it.
Give Players The Benefit of the Doubt
One of the biggest complaints I hear from Airsoft events are “players cheating and not calling their hits.” Are there players out there that blatantly ignore hits? Sure. Are they a majority of players? Definitely not. If you shot a player and he doesn’t call himself out, that does not by default make him a cheater. Perhaps your shot struck a hard part of the players kit and they didn’t even realize they were shot. Accidents happens; let it go and continue playing. If it continues to be a problem, then reach out to your nearest ref or the game coordinator. Most fields have rules and guidelines around resolving such conflicts which leads us to the next point.
Let the Refs Work
Referees are there for a reason. If there’s an issue, notify them immediately, let them assess the situation and follow their resolution steps. It is their job to handle these situations so let them handle it. Don’t take matters into your own hand. It never ends well and, like the situation that led to this post, you could end up doing something that you will deeply regret.