Coaching and Clinics

Find out how a 14 year old rookie player improved his game to play on Sunday on the world’s  #1 paintball team… DYNASTY and win an NXL tournament at the age of 17!

Learn the training secrets and practice techniques that elevated his game.

“It takes a lot of pressure to make a diamond! Play all the tournaments you can.”
-Rodney Squires

Guess what? Pressure is pressure… at any level of paintball.      
Playing paintball under pressure provides the same results to you, regardless of what division level you play.

“You want pressure. How many players have ever played for $160,000 in prize money for one tournament? You make it to the finals, in a best two out of three round, and you lose the first game…that’s pressure!”
-Mark Lack

How is DYNASTY Entourage one of the most consistent and successful tournament paintball teams in the country?

Simple.

We use a system of playing that emphasizes teamwork, discipline, smarts and timely aggression. We’ve been through the learning curve and grinded through our reps. One of the primary lessons I’ve learned in paintball is that you have learn how to WIN!

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team.”
-Michael Jordon

So many players and teams are just happy to make it to Sunday and they don’t really believe they can win the tournament- especially if they have never had any experience in the finals.

A player who has been tested repeatedly in tournament finals at every level, and won many times, has a tremendous advantage over the player who is new to the experience. Paintball at its highest levels, like all sports, is more about mental toughness than physical skills. By the time you reach the finals everyone’s physical skills are very good or great. The difference maker is mental skill.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships”
-Michael Jordon

As a young player the lessons that I’ve learned are still fresh in my mind. Dozens of drills, dozens of tournaments and lots of lessons! I’ve been exactly where you are today… and only a few years ago.

There a so many phases of the game you have to get through in order to discover your potential. Unfortunately too many players just roll out of the car and start playing. They have no purpose, no goal and no objective for the practice. They think just scrimmaging every weekend will make them better…and two years later their game is about the same. You and I know lots of those players.

“In the beginning you make your habits. In the end your habits make you.”
-Anonymous

Scrimmaging and playing paintball aren’t the only way to improve your game.

It takes coaching to improve your game. It takes conditioning to improve your game. It requires drills with your team and lots of game review talks. It requires mental smarts to recognize game situations. You need to learn how to scout your competition and recognize tendancies and weaknesses.

There are lots of areas for small and immediate improvements that can add up to a major impact in a tournament.

Who better to instruct you than a player who is your age and has recently gone through everything you are trying to learn.

I can identify with new players and players who may be stuck at a certain level because they have never had any coaching.

Here is a lesson I learned that’s helped me to look at paintball practice with a new attitude.

How Do You Learn Anything? What Is The Learning Cycle?

Stage 1-  Unconscious Incompetence

We don’t know what we don’t know. We’re basically ignorant. Take the analogy of driving. In this stage, it is assumed that anyone can drive and that it’s really easy to learn.

Stage 2-  Conscious Incompetence

We know what we don’t know. You begin to understand that there is whole lot to learn and it can be frustrating. For the driving example, in this stage, lessons, support, encouragement and practice are crucial for success.

Stage 3-  Conscious Competence

You now begin to know that you know. The driver begins to gain confidence and realizes that while the skill feels unnatural and forced, he has made actual progress. The skills can be practiced but only with a conscious effort and complete attention.

Stage 4-  Unconscious Competence

You aren’t even aware that you know. Your skills are reactive and aren’t delayed by thinking. Your skill looks effortless. If you have ever driven to school or work and have no memory of doing so, you have become an unconsciously competent driver.

It doesn’t matter what you try to become great at, you have to go through this process.
You want to be a great driver, guitar player or paintball player…you have to pay the price!

What is the next stage?

Teamwork

As a team the way to continue to improve performance at this point is to return to your staging area after every game and review the game plan. Find out what worked, what didn’t work, what needs improvement and how you’re going to adjust for the next game.

“The way I approach the game mentally, I think team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.”
-Lebron James

Another way to improve your game is to teach others. That’s one of the reasons I’ve started this site

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Do you know how the brain works? Learning about stuff in school can apply to the practice field. Here’s what we learned.

The brain uses pictures for memories. We see with our brains not our eyes…sounds crazy, right. Think of the word FISH. Do you see the typed letters F I S H, or do you see a picture of a fish? Here’s another classic example.  When a  child is very young the  parents say,  “Don’t spill the milk” . Understanding how the brain works, you now realize that the child sees a picture of what the parent said. There is no picture for the word Don’t, but there sure is for spill the milk. Guess what happens? Yep, the kid spills the milk.

What’s that have to do with coaching paintball?

Have you ever been told while practicing— Don’t die—Stop coming up with your gun down—Stop coming out so far—Don’t break your zone

Can you guess what happens to a lot of players? They keep making the same mistakes over and over.

Why not tell them — Stay alive—When you come up have your gun up—Lock off your zone…you get the idea.

It takes practice, but you have to learn to give instructions in the affirmative because that is how the brain works.

I can teach you about a lot of little things to Get Better Faster.

  • PHYSICAL SKILLS
    • Conditioning drills (I have three years experience at Velocity Sports Performance)
    • Speed drills
    • Coordination drills
    • Warm up drills
  • MENTAL SKILLS
    • Visualization
    • Paintball fundamentals
    • Strategies
    • After Game Reviews
    • Wrong thinking: Do you focus on the outcome instead of the game plan strategy?
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS
    • Call outs
    • Joysticking drills
    • Instructional communication drills
    • Play calls
  • PAINTBALL SKILLS
    • Breakout drills
    • Closeout drills
    • Individual drills
    • Teamwork drills
    • Target drills
  • TOURNAMENT SKILLS
    • Field walking
    • Breakout adjustments
    • Paint management
    • Gun management
    • Pit Crew
    • Scouting
    • Prelims strategy
    • Sunday strategy

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS…

IT TAKES A LOT OF REPETITIONS TO GET GOOD ENOUGH TO REACT AND NOT HAVE TO THINK!

If you’re a Young Guns, Rookie or Novice player you must understand that it requires a lot of practice to become a good paintball player. I know you can jump levels by just getting picked up by an upper division team, but there are very few team systems in place to support your learning curve. In other words, who is going to coach you when you’re an upper division player? Most teams don’t have coaches. As Rodney Squires told me years ago, “Keep your status as low as you can until you’re really ready to move up.” Most players today have never had coaching and never had the advantage of experiencing winning on a regular basis.

Now young players have the opportunity to get coaching from someone their own age who has been there and done that in paintball and is still learning. I’ve won at every level of paintball from rookie to pro and won tournaments with no prize money, just bragging rights, and experienced winning the biggest prize money in paintball history.