The Goonies, The A-Team, Average Joe’s, The Mighty Ducks. What have they all got in common? A great (or at least good) team name, that’s what. A team is more than just a group of players, it’s a gang of go-getters that have got each other’s backs: a single minded, cohesive and motivated unit. With this in mind, choosing a name for your paintball team should be a lot of fun and, if it’s not, you’re doing something wrong.
First of all, throw out the rule book, as you can call your team whatever you like. Want to call yourselves The Collies after your favourite dog? That’s fine. Cheesemongers branding themselves The Stilton Division? Good for them. You see, choosing a name is not for the serious. This isn’t The Apprentice.
Of course there is no official register of paintball team names either (unless you go pro), so don’t worry about treading on anyone’s toes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a little creative does it? Film references crop up a lot (as who doesn’t want to be called Ice Man for a day?) as do tongue-in-cheek nods towards TV, from The Office to Jack Bauer.
Just like writing a CV, it’s probably wise to be more aspirational than honest when choosing a good team name. Why call yourself The Admin Clerks when you could look to the stars and become The Spitting Cobras, for example? Funnily enough, for Scotland, a lot of people seem influenced by natural disasters, and go down the ‘Team Wild Fire Tsunami of Tornados’ path. This does perhaps give you a slight advantage by instilling fear into your opponents from the get-go (much like the New Zealand rugby team does before each match) but when the action starts, names count for zilch.
Another way to look at it is, what if you win. If you come back from paintballing and tell your flatmate/partner/colleague that you won and they ask what your team was called. Do you really want to admit that it was Big Suse’s Battle Axes? No, probably not. A team name should inspire and unite. However, best stay away from the hard metal school of thought, as Destroyers of Death just doesn’t sound fun at all.
Be creative, be clever if you want, use geeky stuff like alliteration (The Aberdeen All Action Avengers!), and have fun. Even though choosing a good name is important, it’s what you do with it that counts.