The ABL is all about bringing good spirited competition and sportsmanship back to the bush where the sport started. It emphasises quick decision making, team work, communication and athleticism in the field. ABL games are played with five players a side over fifteen minute games. Players are allowed to rejoin the action at the sounding of a siren every five minutes until the game is over. Teams fight to eliminate their opponent and capture timed flagposts to score points. Flags are scored by how long a team successfully holds that flag with their colour raised. At many ABL Events the flagposts will actually feature an electronic timer and pushbutton controls activating lights and a counter to automate this process. Additionally, ambitious players can capture base flags from the other team's starting point and return them to their own starting point. At the end of the fifteen minute game, the team with the most points wins the match and their points are applied to the overall team score for that round of the competition.
The ABL rules were designed to allow entry level teams to compete without the need to spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest equipment. Our equipment rules ensure that the average player off the street can still compete even if they are playing with a rented mechanical marker from their local field. Rates of fire are capped for four out of five players on the field, with each team allowed a player to occupy the 'Heavy Gunner' position and carry an uncapped semi-automatic marker for increased rate of fire.
ABL was designed by bushball players for bushball players, bringing back a competitive outlet that had long been lacking in the community.
ABL bringing paintball back to the bush!
The ABL commenced operations in Brisbane in 2012 with an inaugural season. Interest from interstate venues has already begun to appear and the ABL is working with other fields and Clubs in Australia to start up local ABL competitions. In 2013 we will be operating local competitions in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth with more one off regional events planned throughout the season. If you are a field owner or Club member and want to get involved in your local ABL competition, or start an ABL competition in your area contact us at email@example.com for more information. Our ABL staff would only be too happy to assist you with your enquiry.