Subtracting a negative is the same as adding a positive.
Almost daily on paintball forums new threads pop up somewhere that start by asking, “What can we do to help grow paintball?” The same kind of answers come up all the time such as “invite your friends out and lend them your extra gear” or “get paintball on TV”, or “start a paintball club at your school”.
These are all great positive things, but I would like everyone to remember some basic math. When dealing with a group whose size is affected by both addition and subtraction, both are equally important. The negative things we DON’T do can have just as big of an affect as the positive things we do.
I think it’s important for anyone that considers themselves as an Ambassador of the game point out the negative things players do to the players themselves, the field staff, and the field management. The more negative we control or stop, the better the chance that paintball participation will grow. It’s just math.