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Ok, to start off, I took this from pb2x. It was originally written by them, and they deserve the credit. Here it is:

Get in line boys and girls.

If you've been reading this magazine for any length of time, you know that we've addressed the topic of sponsorships many times. Yet, it doesn't stop the constant e-mail questions on the subject. E-mails that look like this:

"Hey, I'm thirteen years old and me and my friends want to start an amature team. Will you sponsor us?"

Question number two:

"I want to play paintball, but I don't have the money. Do you know of anyone that will sponsor me?"

Question number three:

"I'm going to let you in on the ground floor of the best kept secret in paintball. My team [insert another average team name here] is about to explode onto the paintball scene, and I wanted to know of you would like to take advantage of the amazing sponsorship opportunity."

Notice the first questions starts with the word "Hey." Not good! The least you can do if you're asking a person to give you money, is address them with a little bit of respect, even if you are only thirteen years old. While you're at it, how about learning to spell the word amateur. It's not like companies are going to get in line to sponsor teams or players that don't have even a little grasp of the English language.

The second question is most typical of what I have the pleasure of deleting from my inbox every morning. My question back to this person would be something like this: What exactly are you offering me? Sponsorships are business deals — it's not charity. In most business deals there's something in it for both parties. And by the way, it wouldn't hurt to actually play paintball before asking someone to sponsor you.

The last question may seem unbelievable to you, but to me it's a once a week occurrence. I'm not kidding. If you are trying to land sponsorships for you team, do at least a little "exploding" before you ask. I'm not saying a team has to win the World Cup to get sponsored, but you should have some record of significance to show a potential sponsor, not just on the field, but off the field as well.

John Amodea's Ten Tips To Land A Paintball Sponsorship

1. Make sure all of the words in your request letter are spelled correctly.
2. Turn off the "Caps Lock" key.
3. Mix in an occasional capital letter to start sentences.
4. Don't start your request letter with the words "Hey" or "Yo."
5. Play at least once, both personally and as a team before you ask.
6. In addition to asking for something, tell the sponsor something you can do for them.
7. Send a team photo in with your request.
8. Have a resume. Once again, with all of the words spelled correctly.
9. Be polite (like me).
10. Don't expect a response the same day you ask.

Good luck.

John Amodea

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Again, taken from pb2x.
 

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send a email to a comany. Pretty much a team resume telling them what your team is about, what you hope to achieve. and what they will get out of you by sponsoring. also include every team memebers name/age/gun/location and also include past events. a team website is great for this
 

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sweet advise, that exactley what i needed to know
thanxs................
 

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Nice, most of that comes natural for me anyways, its only common sense to speak with respect when talking to future sponsors.
 

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Right now I'm 13 and my dad is in the military, so were stuck over here in germany and except for the local American paintball range you have to be 18 to enter any German tourney, which sucks.
 

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What is something you would offer potential sponsors? anything besides their name on your jersey?
 

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so when you get sponsered by a company do you have to only use their gear?

about how many tournements would you need to win?
depends on the sponsor.
If you get sponsored by a store, then you might get discounts on equipment. Everyone gets different stuff depending on who sponsors them.

Depending on the sponsor, you might not have to win any tournies. Some bigger companies will only sponsor teams who win a couple tournies. To further your chances of sponsorship, play some tournie ball, build a resume, then ask.
 

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this post is probably old by now but the little noob posts again:)

If you need some place to practice it also helps to talk to your local field and work out some deal. Sometimes if you ref and clean the field and help premote it you can get deals on paint and/or use their field for practice and bring your own paint on a "closed" day or something. Not really sure how much that has to do with sponsorship, correct me if I'm in the wrong here.
 

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Just play walk-ons and get to know people, you can't always start tourneys right away. BTW if have just created a new team to the sport i like to mention it might be a good idea to watch other more experienced teams practice, or just for fun like me:p
 

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but the thing is there aren't any paintball fields near me that i know of and like i said i don't really know anyone who plays so i can't exactly make a team.
 

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search the internet, its not that hard to find a field..a store on the other hand is:)
 

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I don't know I buy most my gear off the internet. there are stores here that sell paintaball stuff but just basic stuff usually.

I did get an Evil Driver barrel for 40$ and a local store but thats about it
 

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im scared............... im going to peee my pants...............................................................................................woops
 

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^^^^^^^^you suck
I've been sponsored by Dye, Proto, Evil, PMI, Bonebrake, Pure Energy, Halo, you name it....

IMO guys, wait for sponsors to come to you. I look at it this way, if I have to pay to use some company's gear then I'll deny the sponsorship. However, if they give you free stuff then I'm all over that of course. Wait for them to come to you.
 
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