CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi paintball team, Malicious Intent, knows how many people view paintball.
"They think it's just for birthday parties," said Anthony Fetters.
They're hoping to change that perception. They are not here for cakes and balloons.
This is a world-class paintball team traveling nationwide representing the Coastal Bend.
"We travel to tournaments in Houston, San Antonio or Dallas," said Joe Gonzales.
On a Sunday morning, the team is practicing for six straight hours. The sport is no walk in the park.
"We do stretches, team stretches, we jog around the field to warm-up," continued Gonzales. "We practice with our guns holding our posture and target practice." Like five players on a basketball court or 11 men on a football field, constant talking among teammates is the key to success.
"It's 80% communication and 20% shooting," said Ryan McNabb, the team's head coach.
They are separating the sport from recreational fun that you see for a birthday party. But sometimes, the players bring the family and friends and just play for fun.
"It's a fun family sport," continued McNabb. "I bring my 9-year-old nephew out here and he loves it."