Everything from the clothes you wear to your ability to think fast and plan strategically comes into play at a paintball arena, park or designated area. What paintball players know is that the activity is not only a sport, not only a game, but a lot of fun. Connecticut is the perfect place for this sport because of the state’s beautiful woodlands and fields. Hide between trees, squat behind rocks and lie low on verdant fields of the ever-changing Connecticut landscape to stalk and trap your opponent. Most paintball arenas have regulations about what equipment can be brought on site, so be sure to check ahead of time before packing. Here are some outstanding playing fields.

Extreme Paintball
476 Boyden St.
Waterbury, CT 06704
(203) 596-7502

Spread out over 75 lush acres, Extreme Paintball features a half-dozen courses, which makes availability easy for private parties, company events and even for stags. Open play is available every Saturday and Sunday for whole-day or half-day play. Open play means you get to play with anyone who shows up. Paintball Extreme is open seven days a week for private events. With six fields including the “Compound,” which has been described as “a small abandoned town” with plenty of bunkers, there’s tons of fun here.

Yankee Paintball, LLC
648 Quaker Farms Road
Oxford, CT 06478
(203) 906-9622

Perfect fare for the Connecticut Yankee as well as for visitors, Yankee Paintball offers five fields for paintball enthusiasts. The “Air Ball Field” features inflatables and layouts made to accommodate three- to five-player teams. The layouts are changed frequently and maintained so that all skill levels can enjoy the thrill. Another field offers wooden obstacles, while the “Castle Field” is the largest on the site. There’s plenty of cover here with an open wooded area and lots of bunkers and a few buildings. Add a hill and a fort and it’s time to play.

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Hogan’s Alley Paintball LLC
998 N. Colony Road
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 238-2875

Paintball fields with themes distinguishes Hogan’s Alley Paintball. With 15 acres and six different fields, there’s plenty of fun in store for anyone looking for a casual, spur of the moment walk-on game, as well as for private groups. The most popular playing fields here are the two traditional “in the woods” types of fields and the ever popular “Village Field.” Here there are small houses and structures that create the feeling of an actual village. Field play is by reservation weekdays and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Matt’s Outback Paintball
677 Riley Mountain Road
Coventry, CT 06238
(860) 742-0201

When a father and son started playing paintball, they had so much fun that they turned it into a thriving paintball arena. With 20-foot-high netting surrounding the playing fields, observers are often heard shouting out sniper positioning to their favorite players. There’s plenty of woods here and along with the race fields and woods, there’s also a tire field. It all adds up to fun in this family-oriented paintball arena.

Final Shot Paintball
96 Ekonk Hill Road
Voluntown, CT 06384
(860) 376-5114

Here’s a paintball arena that not only has plenty of fields for play, but Final Shot’s “Crapper Field,” which is a speedball mirrored set-up of porta-potties, sets it apart from the others. It is the most popular field on the site. Some of the team games recommended to play here are “Capture the Flag,” “King of the Hill,” “Team Elimination” and “Center Flag.” As long as there are paintballs, there is fun.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.