The National Professional Paintball League has released the 2011 paintball rule book. This rule book update features details on the recently rumored changes to the 7-man pro paintball format. Click the cover below for the official rules or scroll below for our snapshot of the new rule 26.02.

As rumored, 7-man pro paintball teams will be competing in a best of 3 match in preliminaries, quarter, semi, and final rounds. Per the rule book;

26.02 Pro Schedule.
a. Preliminary Rounds. The Pro Teams will be split into 4 brackets of 4 teams each. The brackets will be determined from the teamʼs current NPPL ranking, and will be split as follows: Group A will have the 1st, 8th, 9th, and 16th seeded teams; Group B will have the 2nd, 7th, 10th, and 15th seeded teams; Group C will have the 3rd, 6th, 11th, and 14th seeded teams; Group D will have the 4th, 5th, 12th, and 13th seeded teams. Groups A and D will play their preliminary games on Saturday, and Groups B and C will play their preliminary games on Friday. If a team fails to show up for an event, that team will forfeit every game (see Rule 18.1). Every team will play every other team within their group in a best of 3 match. The top two teams from each Group will advance to the Quarter Final Round.

b. Pro Tie Breakers. In the Preliminary and Quarter Final Rounds teams seeds within their Group will be determined based on the following criteria in their order of importance;
1) Matches Won;
2) Head to Head result;
3) The teams average score (their total points scored in the preliminary OR quarter final round divided by the number of games they played in that round; no points are awarded from any 1-on-1 tie breakers);
4) Coin Toss In the case that a team fails to show up to the event, the team will forfeit every game. See Rule 18.01.