TEAMS: Making the Most of Sunday Funday
The Sunday Funday matches are an amazing way to get quality field time with your team, allowing you to play the split deck format as a group.
In order to be best prepared & get the most from the matches we suggest you do the following:
Before You Arrive:
Name the Bunkers
You are absolutely welcome and encouraged to use the names provided by us so our community is aligned. Whether you do or not, your team should name the bunkers prior to your first match and ideally a few days before so your team has time to memorize the bunker names.
By having layouts available you can then them on the day of to do things like scout other teams and play your breakout and lanes so you team is on the same page (literally…). On the layouts you can also
This allows your team to communicate more effectively in the staging area and between points than if you all go to a different spot then have to head straight back to the field for your next point…
I always recommend arriving earlier rather than later. Give yourself plenty of time to get paint, get it all podded up, walk the field, and establish your game plans with your team. I (Danny) typically arrive 45-minutes early when I know my gear is already, pods are clean, etc so all I have to do is put on my gear and pod up, which I do very fast, so if you are not in the very fast category then you should arrive earlier.
Ensure you communicate the plan & expectations to your TEAM so you are all on the same page. When should folks be there? Let them know you’re staging together. Who you are playing and when. Along with any other expectations you have.
What is your first breakout? Do you want to plan more than one? Either way is fine, but again, having at least your first breakout planned and communicated allows you to start the day off on the right foot, and on a solid foundation.
Since the matches schedule is ready it is encouraged that you use some of your layouts to map out the breakouts of the teams that you play. Click here to watch a quick video on scouting a team and how to effectively do it.
During Your Games
Always Be READY! Ideally you’ve offloaded all things that can be done PRIOR to your match starting like podding paintballs. I like to pod enough pods so I do not have to fill any during my games. I want to be able to walk off the field, quickly get air, go to my staging to drop empty pods and snag full ones while I talk to my team, then head right back to the field so I can get to the start station ASAP. I get there ASAP and want my teammates to also so that we can make any adjustments to our breakout earlier rather than last second.
In my opinion you shouldn’t be spending much time podding paint between games unless you are doing it proactively because you’ve got extra time between points & want to get further ahead.
After Your Games
Review what worked and what didn’t.
Where you laned off the break? If so, do you need to go faster? Where you playing sloppy? Is the spot just not makable??? Figure it out so you can adjust.
During gameplay were you losing gun fights IE getting snapped out? If so you know you should spend some time doing snapping drills. If not, great, still do snapping drills.
How was the communication? How could you improve it? Please don’t be the guy saying “no one told me” – its your responsibility to play tight and to ask for info you need! Learn from the scenario and think about how YOU could improve the communication. Communication is contagious so get it started and typically the rest of your team will start talking too.
How were your breakouts? If you mapped your plans you can go look at them, noting what worked and what didn’t. Better yet, if you’ve got a 6th player or pit person you could have that player write down the other teams breakout and note which of your own players died so you can start seeing if your breakouts where W’s or L’s (meaning you had the advantage off the break).
How was the mid game? Where there moves you should have made earlier? Moves you shouldn’t have made (or should have gotten help from your teammates to make the move?)
How was the closing? If you got down on bodies were you able to pull the game out? Why / why not? Were you up on bodies and closed effectively? How could you close the game out better?
There are a lot of things you and your team can do to position yourself to win. They start before you ever hit the field. Are you willing to do them to increase your W/L ratio??
Thank you for reading!