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Rules of Engagement


Each airsoft group has their own set of Rules of Engagement (ROE). These rules are in place to ensure the safety of players and bystanders. ROE also govern and dictate how the games are played. It is imperative for all players to abide by the ROE. When attending at an airsoft game not being hosted by JFFA, always be sure to read ahead of time the hosting group's ROE.
Link to JFFA ROE


Staying Hydrated


As is true with all physical activity, it is extremely important to stay hydrated while playing airsoft. The following link has some great information on staying hydrated.
http://ultimatedirection.com/res.hydra.html

It is a requirement for all players to bring water with them to our games. The best recommendation is to have, and keep water on your person at all times. Camel baks work best. If you do not have a camel bak, then a water bottle in a pouch or canteen on a web belt will also work.

Gun Storage and Transportation


Unload the Airsoft gun by removing the magazine and firing to a safe location until empty. Place the red cap on the barrel end. Render the gun inoperable by removing and storing the battery away from the gun. Place the gun inside a gun case (or container) that fully encloses it. [It's not a good idea to use as a gun case the original card case that is shipped with Airsoft guns.] Make sure that the gun case is locked, tied or zipped in a way that will not open during transportation or while stored. Always lock all your Airsoft gear in a safe place. (Treat your airsoft gun as if it were a real gun and just use common sense. e.g. don't wave it if front of a police officer, etc)

Eye and Face Protection


Goggles


The minimum safe level of gear required to participate in most games includes a pair of impact-rated goggles or shooting glasses to protect participants' eyes. But if shot from at least ten feet away there will be no damage to other body parts. [It is highly recommended that your] eye protection fully seals the area around the eyes, and also meets or exceeds ANSI's Z87.1-2003 goggle standard for eye protection, namely, the ability to absorb 3 joules of impact energy without damage. Traditional prescription glasses and sunglasses, or goggles not designed specifically for use with airsoft guns may break or shatter upon being struck, causing damage to the eye.

One of the best ways to keep your goggles from fogging up is by rubbing dish soap on the lenses and then buffing them until the lenses are clear but don't buff off all the soap.

Full face protection 

Full-face masks (similar to, and often including paintball masks) are considered the safest form of eye-protection, as alongside the eyes, they also cover the rest of the face, protecting vulnerable parts such as teeth. While masks offer superior protection, they can interfere with the use of scopes and in cheaper masks, condensation inside the goggles can reduce visibility. During very hot days the masks can also cause the player to overheat quicker due to the lack of air circulation. 

Wire mesh masks 

Some airsoft masks are made with mesh screens, though there is debate that fragments from lower quality or bio-degradable BBs may pass through the mesh and enter the eye, use at your own risk. 

Mouth guards

We recommend that all players use mouth guards. You know, those things that football players have to wear. They will protect your teeth. There have been a couple of people in the last while that have had chipped teeth. They only cost a dollar or two at Walmart.

Clothing

Many players, wear military clothing consisting of various forms of camouflage. Some players, usually snipers or marksmen, will go as far as to use a ghillie suit, which breaks up the human outline by having sticks, leaves, and similar items in the fabric/netting, as well as its own camouflage leafing material all over it. Aside from the advantage of camouflage, some participants aim to faithfully replicate a specific combat unit [...] Players may also wear combat or hiking boots (not just ordinary athletic shoes) for safety in harsh terrain. They also wear padded gloves, elbow pads, knee pads and tactical vests for additional protection and realism, as well as practical reasons, such as carrying equipment and ammunition.


But what if I can't afford Military Gear?


It is recommended to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants as the plastic pellets have quite the punch on your bare skin. Wear long socks and some good shoes (e.g. don't wear flip flops, etc). Gloves are also recommended (along with knee pads, elbow pads) if you own some. Just use common sense. And always, always have eye protection.

sources

http://www.strikebacknow.com/articles_airsoft_guns_2.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airsoft#Clothing