Friends, Family and Airsoft

When you think of family bonding, shooting each other with BB guns isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but that’s exactly how sophomore Elijah Baybay spends time with his family. They play airsoft together, a sport where players shoot one another with BB guns to simulate a military environment.

“Airsofting is something I look forward to every week. Airsoft is kind of like a treat and something fun to do. It keeps my mind off of the useless things, ones that are mainly causing stress. I don’t have to worry about anything when I airsoft. I just focus on the game [and on] having fun,” Baybay said.

He was introduced to airsoft when he watched videos online, and his first time airsofting was when he visited SC Village Paintball and Airsoft Park with his uncle.

“I’ve always enjoyed action and the adrenaline rush, but I was scared my first time there. I didn’t want to feel the pain of getting shot, so I stayed in the back doing nothing,” Baybay said. “But as I started playing more often, I wasn’t bothered about getting shot.”

Baybay uses his airsofting experience to bond with his family and friends. The sport builds teamwork within their relationships and helps them unwind from day-to-day difficulties.

“It is a really good way to boost your relationship and strengthen a bond. It’s a team game, so a lot of cooperation is needed. If you don’t have teamwork, there’s no way to accomplish a game,” Baybay said. “Airsoft is a hobby, and it takes away from all the problems and stress we have.”

Airsoft has helped Baybay and his brother develop a stronger relationship by allowing them to trust each other more. Their weekly airsoft visits have improved their communication and camaraderie.

“With airsofting, we have one more thing in common, something that we can always talk about. I’ve trusted him more because of the communication we have to use while playing. You can’t have teamwork and communication with someone you don’t trust,” Baybay said.

By Sherman Wu, Staff writer
Photo Courtesy of Alexander Baybay
Video Courtesy of Elijah Baybay