UCA’s philosophy about Airsoft:
We all come from very different backgrounds and life experiences but somehow we’ve all found our way to this club. We share certain ideas and ideals about the pastime of Airsoft. Many of these ideas and ideals have become a kind of unwritten code of conduct or philosophy that has developed among the core players and leaders within the club over the years. This document attempts to discuss this philosophy and its accompanying values to help new players to the club understand the direction and vision behind UCA.
1. UCA believes that Safety is the first and most important tenet of Airsoft in general.
While we recognize that the activity of Airsoft involves inherent physical risks, we believe that certain safety precautions can reduce these risks to acceptable levels for all involved. We actively enforce our club’s safety standards at all official UCA operations.
2. UCA believes that fun is and should be the natural product of the activity of Airsoft.
We airsoft because we enjoy it. We enjoy shooting our friends and being shot by them in a spirit free of enmity and serious competition. We believe that serious competition has the ability to create enmity between airsofters and therefore poses too great a risk of destroying the atmosphere of camaraderie that our games seek to create. Victory in UCA is defined as any of the following:
a. Accomplishing your or your team’s objectives in a scenario or game
b. Playing your role in a scenario or game well
c. Having an enjoyable time airsofting
d. Helping another player
e. Accomplishing any airsoft related personal goals you’ve set for yourself or your team.
3. UCA believes in and strives for perfection in sportsmanship.
While we avoid serious competition in airsoft, we strive to accomplish perfection in sportsmanship. Excellent sportsmanship perpetuates the camaraderie we strive for in each and every one of our games. Excellent sportsmanship cements the harmony we expect to exist in our Airsoft. Through this medium of sportsmanship we understand one another and forgive one another for mistakes on the field. We strive for safety and fun through excellent sportsmanship. In it and through it we are able to avoid enmity between our fellow airsofters. Excellent sportsmanship creates Integrity on and off the field. Hits are called even in doubt and dialogue is pursued instead of hostility when questions arise. When Integrity is created, Trust is born. This trust ensures that all are safe and all have fun which are at the core of our Airsoft.
4. UCA believes in fostering a love and appreciation for the pastime of Airsoft.
We do this primarily through our games and our online forums. At games we are approachable and seek to help new airsofters understand our philosophy and accompanying culture in ways that will not embarrass or publicly humiliate. We desire to create exceptional game experiences for both new and experienced airsofters through the use of props, enjoyable and challenging game mechanics, and an atmosphere of camaraderie and fellowship. We seek to help veteran players and new players alike express their ideas and opinions through healthy and uplifting discussion on our forums.
5. UCA believes in fostering innovation.
UCA continually strives to perfect itself through its members and their positive contributions to the worldwide Airsoft community. We encourage our members to innovate and create for the betterment of Airsoft for everyone.
6. UCA believes in order.
We achieve this through sound organizational principles and a governing body consisting of club officers. All decisions are approved by these club officers. Veteran staff members are responsible for assisting the officer corps with game organization and other miscellaneous tasks required to make the club and its operations run smoothly. Those who function as club officers have years of experience in the club and in Airsoft in general. They volunteer in their capacity as club officers often at great personal expense and sacrifice. Their word is law in UCA but they are approachable, reasonable, and flexible.
7. UCA members are ambassadors of our club and our pastime.
As such each member must strive to represent UCA and themselves to the best of their ability both on and off the field. When attending another club’s or group’s events an UCA airsofter should strive to set a good example in all that he or she does at the event. In addition, UCA airsofters should strive to set a good example online when participating in community forums locally and internationally. UCA members should avoid hateful or demeaning language online and should not contribute to immature drama that plagues many online forums. UCA will not tolerate airsofters who undermine the club from outside of games or tarnish UCA’s reputation in any way.
Following these points inevitably cultivates the type of player that UCA desires to associate with and the culture UCA enjoys: airsofters who enjoy our pastime without enmity or damaging pride. One can see this represented in the small acts a UCA airsofter does when they think no one is watching; calling their hit even when they are not sure that they’ve been hit or even calling a hit when it was so close that the spirit of the shot has become more important than the letter of the shot. This is the kind of airsofter we seek after. UCA seeks after airsofters with good judgment who can read the game and are willing to make sacrifices for other’s enjoyment while at the same time understanding that ultimately the enjoyment that one experiences from an airsoft game is their responsibility.