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December 8, 2011 - Proposed standard ASTM WK34588, Practice for Operation of Low Impact Paintball Game Fields, enables those in paintball industry to create low-impact games for potential players who might like to try paintball but are initially intimidated by its intensity. According to Paintball Training Institute president Bob McGuire, standard outlines game organization, management, and safety protocols that slow down the game and limit shooting proximity to increase enjoyment for inexperienced players.

Proposed Low Impact Paintball Standard in Development by ASTM Sports Equipment Committee

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Press release date: December 6, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-A proposed new ASTM International standard will make it possible for those in the paintball industry to create low-impact games for potential paintball players who might like to try the sport but are initially intimidated by its intensity.

The new proposed standard, ASTM WK34588, Practice for Operation of Low Impact Paintball Game Fields, is being developed by Subcommittee F08.24 on Paintball and Equipment, part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.

"ASTM WK34588 outlines specific paintball game organization, management and safety protocols that serve to slow down the game and limit shooting proximity, in order to maximize enjoyment for inexperienced players," says Bob McGuire, president, Paintball Training Institute, and a member of F08.

Low impact paintball is designed to give new game participants a taste of the game and to ease the apprehensions of parents who are allowing their children to play for the first time. Paintball game organizers, both commercial and private, will be the primary users of the proposed standard, once it has been approved.

McGuire notes that all interested parties are welcome to join in the ongoing development of ASTM WK34588.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee F08 Next Meeting: May 8-10, 2012, May Committee Week, Phoenix, Ariz.

Technical Contact: Bob McGuire, Paintball Training Institute, Bluff City, Tenn., Phone: 423-538-1100;

ASTM Staff Contact: Christine Sierk, Phone: 610-832-9728;

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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