Paintball offers variety to active students

A Capture-the-Flag paintball tournament will be held on the field south of the Aquatic Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, said Eric Watson, Sports and Recreation specialist at OCCC.

Any student interested in joining must sign up by April 16 in the Recreation and Sports office. The cost is $10.

This is the first year for the tournament. Watson said he hopes it continues to grow in the number of students. The paintball tournament will feature two teams with no limit on the number of players on each team, he said.

It is open to male and female students, Watson said. Students are advised to wear clothing that is easy to run in. Also, Watson said, students should expect to get a little dirty.


This tournament is not only active but also strategic, he said because each team has to come up with the best way to get the other team’s flag and bring it back to their side without being shot.

Teams can begin forming before the deadline, Watson said. He said some of the expert teams start planning the best strategy before the tournament. The tournament can be an all-day event, or however long it takes to crown one winning team.

Student Ryan Raberding said he looks forward to the tournament and showing off his marksmanship skills.

“I like to hunt so I think this will be perfect for me,” Raberding said.

Raberding is not an amateur. He said he has played paintball in large groups in difficult settings, such as wooded areas. For more information or to sign up for the tournament, contact the Wellness Desk at 405-682-1611, ext. 7310.

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