Leapfrogging in Paintball can be one of the most effective strategies if done properly. Leapfrogging allows your team to advance forward one step at a time whilst minimizing the loss of your team players. It could be the determining factor to success if you are having a hard time defeating your enemy team. If you’re not going to use any strategy apart from one, try using this one as it is a great strategy to improve communication and cooperation within your team.
What is leapfrogging?
Leapfrogging is an advancing technique, used by many military forces in the world to get to the objective. Leapfrogging consists of two teams, let’s call them Team 1 and Team 2. Team one will want to advance forward, and so Team 2 will shoot in the direction of the enemy to keep them at bay and restrict their attack. This allows Team 1 to get to the next base where they are covered. After that, Team 1 will shoot at the enemy to restrict their attack and Team 2 will advance next to Team 1 or to a base close by. And then the process repeats itself until you have reached a base close enough to be able to thoroughly attack and ambush.
This strategy is also extremely effective is you suddenly lose a player. If there is an enemy camper waiting for you to pass them to get you out you will instantly know where he is, as your team is moving as a whole in two teams. You can then work out a strategy on the spot to defeat that camper and move on with your leapfrogging.
Leapfrogging requires good communication skills. Basic signs such as “move forward”, “stop”, “attack”, and the direction to move or shoot are all vital to the success of this strategy, therefore leapfrogging will train you communication and team work. If there is just one failure of communication it could mean defeat.
Another advantage of this strategy is that roles are switched constantly, therefore all team members will feel part of the game, whereas in a conventional game where you have players defending the base don’t get much action unless the base is being ambushed, and so they may feel left out.
But in Leapfrogging all this changes, as you get to be in the advancing team and the covering/shooting team. There is no real hierarchy, only absolute teamwork.
You can also choose to have more than two teams. This will, however, require even more coordination and team work and will mean less players per team.
One thing to make sure is that you constantly advance when you can, and take cover when you can’t. You can also choose to have both teams advance to the exact same location, or slightly apart. Slightly apart would have the advantage of covering more ground and being a little more unpredictable. You would have a wider range of attack and could possibly ambush from different directions.
Try this strategy out, because if done properly it is gold. Good luck in your leapfrogging endeavors!