College airsoft team gets acceptance on campus
The Boise State Airsoft Club recently got some great press in a campus publication and we reached out to find out the secret to gaining acceptance on campus and the tricks used by the club to keep the BBs flowing.
Boise has a running history with airsoft going back a few years, and the BSU team saw some good exposure in an article earlier this month in the Arbiter, the university's independent student paper.
Dane Johns, a proctor at BSU, spoke with Airsoft Society about his club's efforts.
"The Boise State University Airsoft Club focuses on getting students to apply academic concepts like critical thinking and oral communication in a competitive environment," said Johns in an email."These skills are crucial to getting and maintaining a job or career, and there is no better crucible for making them second nature than with bbs flying at you!"
Below are some tips from Johns that BSUAC learned along the way:
On following in the footstepss of past clubs
"For schools looking to get an airsoft club started, or any combat sport really, it is imperative to have precedent. Luckily, for us there was a paintball club already established at BSU, and they've had medieval combat clubs and martial art clubs before us.
If you don't have that you can certainly point to other schools out there with clubs similar to yours. Paintball was very popular as a school sport and club in the late 1990s and early 2000s so even if your school doesn't have a club, one near you probably did, and paintball serves as the best allegory for what we do."
Its all about safety
"The second is making sure that the governing bodies of the student organizations know that we value safety first, and that we take steps like enforcing eye and face protection, and chrono-ing guns to ensure safety.
Last is being realistic about what a college might fund your group to do. For instance, not even in the reddest state in the nation was our state school able to purchase replica guns for us. Instead, we used our student funding to secure uniforms, play time at local fields, safety gear like masks and a chronometer, and even bbs."
Finally, Johns warns that terminology can be your friend in gaining acceptance for your team or club.
"Be careful when you're labeling things to use the right wording. They're bbs, not ammo, and it's a flash bang shell, not a thunder-b grenade, etc.," he said.
The group practices and competes at the Close Combat Airsoft Arena