Originally Posted by XeroedOut
Okay, I figured you guys were all serious about airsoft, and to tell you the truth, I'd love to be. But I'm not of age, and I have no one to play airsoft with. Anyway, I'll look elsewhere for a less serious forum. Thanks for the help, I'll keep it in mind.
It is never too early to take the sport seriously. You may be 16, but that doesn't bar you from attending the events in your area. However, there are a few items to keep in mind.
1) Attend with a parent the first time (and maybe a few times after that). Meet the players. Say "Hi". Show interest. Ask questions. Be polite. Get to know the sport from a spectating perspective. The players may even let you handle their rifles/pistols. Hell, ask if you could be a photographer just to step into the field and see how the sport is played.
2) Be active within the community. You don't have to show up to every event, but often enough that people will know you. And this is the thing - If you've done (1), and you've shown yourself to be fairly mature about the sport, they MAY let you play. Basically, (1) is like a probationary period where you are being evaluated by the players (and eventually, hopefully, your peers).
Regardless of whether they'll let you play or not, you can also use the time to learn about the gear and equipment used by others. It will give you a better idea of what you may want for yourself once you get a proper rifle.