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February 25, 2015 05:46 PM GMT

How to Start an Airsoft Team

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In most areas, people want to play Airsoft, but have no team to join because the sport lacks popularity. A person might want to consider starting their own elite Airsoft team. Airsoft is a fun and safe sport but most areas don't have teams, so start a team and play safe, but play hard. And most of all have fun!

With military, online gaming and 17 years of experience as a clan SASUK have profound knowledge in helping you to get started.

Do your research. Learn formations, hand gestures i.e. stop, go, covering fire. (not the middle finger, please), and various military tactics. Just to help you in case you don't know what to research, try to learn handside such as "Rally Up" Hand Sign in which you get your right hand up, stick up your index finger and rotate it clockwise).

Have a team name (make sure all team members agree before you go out and make your team name as this could lead to disagreement and people leaving the team).

Consider making a team patch or code names. This might help in keeping in contact and confusing the enemy if they listen to you.

Pump your team up to make them play harder. Start each member as a private (or affiliated rank (depending on country)) and make them want to achieve a promotion. This can be done by giving them more responsibilities and allow them to command lower ranks.

Become proficient. All team leaders must be proficient in weaponry. This includes marksmanship, tactical knowledge, and physical fitness. Make sure every member can perform various tasks.

Call up your team. Gather the following information:
  • Your own name. This should be obvious. You need to identify the person whose information is on that sheet of paper.
  • Experience. This comes in handy when you begin to form your squads. You don't want a newcomer commanding six experienced soldiers.
  • Armory. This is helpful in deciding where and with whom to place the person.

Write down your team's mission statement in one clear and precise sentence, i.e. "To develop discipline and honor through the sport of Airsoft."

Decide what squads you want to form and what roles you want filled.
  • Examples of roles: rifleman, support gunner, heavy weapons, sniper, spotter, designated marksman, grenadier
  • Squads should be composed of snipers, support, assault and squad leaders. Depending on the size of the team, the team leader may or may not function as a squad leader. When a squad has four or more members, smaller fire teams can be formed. The point of doing this is to be able to quickly use tactics. If a leader of a fire team, squad, or platoon needs his unit to use a tactic like flanking or leapfrogging, it is much easier. He can simply tell Team A to do X while Team B does Y. This eliminates the need to designate specific people each time tactics are used, which would take up valuable time.

The squads should be fairly balanced in terms of player experience and weapons.

Work up a training scheme or outline of what will be worked on during training sessions.

Research other teams in nearby towns or states and establish contact

Have practice skirmishes between squads, even backyard battles are good to make sure to mix up teams once in a while.




  • Each squad should have a call sign. ex: Bravo Within the squad everyone that has a radio should have a number ex: Bravo-1, could be the team leader.
  • For large events have a Platoon channel and a squad channel, with a designated radioman to listen to the Platoon channel and relay the info. to the squad.
  • Keep these things at a very high level: precise team movement, quick command registration (being able to respond to a command on the dot), and marksmanship.
  • A best commander is the all-rounded commander. As a commander you have to understand advantage and disadvantage of each roles (e.g. snipers are usually most feared in the skirmishing but it takes a long time to train them well) as well as what exercises you can do to train other members.
  • Some teams develop military-stylized drill. This might not work quite often as many people don't like being thrown around as much and so it's recommended to ease a drill a bit. You do not need to teach Airsofters how to march as this is not needed. Focus on teamwork and that lower ranks will listen to their commanders.
  • Remember that snipers are an important asset.
  • Buy Radios/ Comm's equipment to make your team more organized, and make the game more intense. If the field is huge.
  • Stick to the plan, but exceptions may be made.
  • Hold competitions to keep a competitive edge over your opponents. You can hold time assaults, CQB assault courses, ranged targets, etc
  • Communication is very important.


  • Airsoft is a game of honor, be honest with who ever you play against it's not paintball, you can't physically see you were hit.
  • Always wear the proper safety gear.
  • Never give away plans.
  • Keep arguing to a minimum, but keep discussion to a maximum.
  • Always stay with your group.








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