We’re collecting Gelball Stories from the community and we want YOURS!
Each Gelball Story will be reviewed and once approved listed below.
As a business owner, it was a great talking point for myself and younger staff, who in turn went and purchased themselves toys. We then went to CQB together as a group binding experience. It releived our stress, brought us closer and we continue to return when we can. Other hobbies we have are not at great times for us hospitality staff, this works for us, it gets us up and moving rather then sitting, drinking and playing video games.
Gelball has given my kids a fun and safe sport to release excess energy and release areas in their final years of school.
I do not see why the government is not even willing to work with people to find a better solution as other states have done
This is the only place I can be free
It’s a game that has help me with focus and quick thinking skills,
which my teachers at school are noticing I can express my love of the blasters and the sport without being laughed at by others outside that I’m helping join the community I would love it to come back and for the multiple tears to end up being for nothing.
Old Veterans Game
I started gel ball as a fun competitive team game for myself, now all my kids play it and love it.
I’m a Army vet of 20 years, I like the tactical environment, this type of game is extremely good for general fitness and mental health.
As usual there is more involved behind the scenes here but the benefits far outweigh the “possible” bad issues.
Come down HARD on people doing the wrong thing…. not the people doing the right thing. Make examples of them, not the innocent.
Regulate, enforce & manage. Not the lazy option of straight out ban.
Cant beleive it im in shock
Something to do get out of house and be healthy,you took music away now this ?
Frustrated with inconsistencies
I am 50 years old. I have spent 3 years as an infantry soldier with 8/9 RAR in the late 80’s. I have spent the last 29 years working with the Department of Justice, 16 years with the Departments Special Operations Group. I know of several veterans who play the game for PTSD and stress relief, mental health and to meet with like minded players. I believe the issue is the sport, like paintball needs to be legislated. Let Gellsoft fall into a firearms category. Yearly licence fees, safety course to obtain license, clubs to be licensed. Strict rules regards to the carriage, private property/licenced venues only.
I am a WAPOL qualified range instructor, the safety standards I have observed at the clubs is on par with what you would see at the Joondalup Training Academy. Safety brief before games for players, mandatory eye protection that meets Australian safety standards and safety officers located on the field/CQB room, blasters must have magazines removed and be unloaded prior to entering the safe areas. the 5 international firearms safety rules being adheres to at all times unless in the field. Failure to adhere to these rules and you are asked to leave.
All the players, bar none have been some of the nicest people I have met at public events. After 30 years working in maximum security institutions, you do get a very good feeling about personalities. They look after my son, offer their best gear for him to try out, keen and ready to help you with any issues. People who may feel insecure about their looks/background/fitness levels are all embraced by the group. This is why the community is important, it looks after themselves, makes them feel as they belong to a tribe. These are not the people that go into public areas to cause panic. These are not the people that hold up chemists. These people are the responsible ones.
I can walk into any Army surplus/smoke/man cave shop in Perth and buy a steel replica with moving parts today if I wish. They all look exactly like the gellsoft blasters that are being banned. I can buy a compound bow, machete, knives, all of which can cause serious injury or death, but I can not legally own a gellsoft blaster.
Banning them will push the sport underground, giving the blasters to the people we don’t want to have them.
Save our Sport
As a veteran I love the comeradery and team spirit of the games. I am active for a change and have lost weight. It brings back pleasant memories of my time in the forces, but more than anything it is just a brilliant game to play. Way safer than paintball, they really are just toys. It has helped me reconnect with my two youngest children, we go to games together, they love it too.
It is the best, most affordable sport I have found in 20 years, its absolutely brilliant!!
Response to decision to ban gell soft
A relatively low cost hobby that I can relate to.
Spending time with my son
Meeting like minded people
I was discharged from the
I was discharged from the army in 2009 due to injury.
This was a time of my life that took a heavy toll on my mental health as I had no other career aspirations and I’d put everything I had into joining the armed forces.
I was supported by the dept of veteran affairs and rehabilitated into a new career, however my injury is long term and unresolved by treatment.
In this new career, I met and became good friends with another ex serving army member, who only very recently got me into gelball for a bit of fun and nostalgic reminiscence of times past. I’ve only been to a handful of games, but I’ve seen that there is a passionate community of other like-minded people. A community still in its infancy, which, like my military career, was cut short before it ever got a chance to be all it could be.
I am deeply disappointed with the ban.
I hope consideration is given to the regulation of the sport.