First off let me say that you will not succeed at playing snake without on the field practice. There is a 1 in a trillion chance that someone might be good enough to just walk on to the field for the first time and be a pro at playing snake. Practice makes perfect. I have been playing paintball for 5 and a half years now and I am still not that great at snake.
Now for the tips. One great way to get good at the snake is to play it low and tight. There is a good video on how to play snake here:
In this video Mike shows you how to play the snake nice and tight with good snapping tips. Basically for those who cant or don’t want to watch the video, you use an elbow to knee method. You spread your knees as far apart as possible, then you keep your shooting elbow against the knee. This enables you to keep a low profile, and still have good control of your marker. Then, when you crawl you keep that knee to that elbow. In the video, Mike explains how you can snap up, and you can snap sideways easily using this method. Other than that you will just have to go out and play in order to get good at playing snake.
Good luck and stay safe!
Playing Snake, by Kyle:
When you are going to play snake you are going to want to get there as fast as you can while making yourself as small as you possibly can. So right off the break get into a low sprint until you are about 7 ft away from the snake. Then dive and land on your forearms then your stomach, then bring your knees into your chest.
Soon as you slide in don't come out and start shooting. Wait a quick second and get as low as possible and start snapshooting. When you are crawling up the snake it is important to use both your hands and knees while basically keeping your ASA/tank flat on the ground.
If you don't have a good back player, it doesn't matter how fast you are. I have played on a semi-pro team and I could take all day to get to the snake if I had a good back man. However, if you have a bad back player then yes you will need to get to the snake as fast as you can.
How to play the snake, by Peter (CCUSA):
You know how there are those little gaps between bunkers in the snake. I learned this helpful tip from Mike of Tech PB. After you have used the pod, shove it in between the bunkers so it blocks any paint that could come through. Now you might be thinking what are the odds of any paint getting through there? Believe me. It has saved me many a hits. One time after the game I pulled the pod out and it had 3 hits on it! But if you are still not convinced, why don't you go out and try it yourself!
Snake Tip, by Colbey (Michigan):
All right I have been playing for roughly 3 years now and have found that the snake is an important bunker that if used right can get you a lot of eliminations. The key thing about the snake is it usually runs from your 30 to the opposing 30. 30-30 (speedball examples) A very use full tip is shooting with both hands. I am 14 years old and it was hard at first and still is but I practice everyday. When in the snake you have to make yourself as small as you can so all the opponents see is your barrel & a bright orange splat on their goggles. An experienced player in the snake will be feared...Also snap shooting is a key role for a snake player. You have to be quick & make your shots count.
P.S. If noticed be aware they have all the same shots on you as you do them.
If this helped you at all email me back thanks, Colbey.