After getting the basics of airsoft conquered, you may begin looking into starting an airsoft team with your friends. This is one of the greatest sportsmanlike conducts in airsoft, working as a team to triumph over the opposers. However, making a team name and saying you’re a team isn’t what truly makes you a team or squad. Here are some things that you are going to want to do when creating your team.
Do Your Friends Work Well Together? – The first thing to ask yourself when looking into forming a team is if your friends can handle following orders and understanding their role. Nothing will be accomplished if Jimmy doesn’t do what he needs to do! If a squad mate is having trouble with a position, it’s always a good idea to find another role that suits his play style.
Can You Handle Being The Squad Leader? – Being the squad leader takes a lot of coordination with your squad mates. A leader needs to know everyone’s job roles and positions. They make the tough calls on whether to move forward or bunker down and hold your current position. This is the most important role in the squad, so if this position is not for you, find someone in your group who is willing to take this role head on.
Do You Have Radio Communication? – This is what separates most airsoft players to MilSim operators. Radio communication is very accentual to a squad, especially when you have to separate to breach a building. If you don’t have this option, you will want to look for radios with multiple channels (to be safe from communication warfare or if your team is designated a certain channel).
How Will You ID Your Team/Squad? – Another big part of making a team/squad is not only direct communication, but also how you will be able to ID your squad mates in a hostile situation. Most squads will have a custom patch or wear a certain patch on a certain spot on their helmet. These are both great ideas, but it’s always cooler to have that custom patch that says ‘This is my squad and I’m proud of it!’ (Note: It is always a good idea to keep these patches PG13 just in case).
Practice Makes Perfect – After forming the team, you should find other teams in your area and plan skirmish games to help build your teams’ communication and skill with one another. Practicing allows everyone to get a feel for their role and what they need to improve on.
There is a lot of hard work that goes into forming a team. These are just some of the many things that you need to consider when doing so. If you feel that we have left some important information, feel free to comment below and let us know! Shoot fast, Play Strong, Take Chances.