Have you ever heard those words before? Probably “yes”, because playing the game of TAG is one of the most universal games you can play with your friends and family. And playing it outside allows for more space so you can invite more people into your game.
What’s WikiPedia say about the game?: A group of players (two or more) decide who is going to be ‘it’, often using a counting-out game such as Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. The player selected to be ‘it’ then chases the others, attempting to get close enough to tag them—a touch with the hand—while the others try to escape. A tag makes the tagged player ‘it’ (in some variations, the previous ‘it’ is no longer ‘it’, while in others, both players are still ‘it’, and the game ends when all players are ‘it’). The game can continue indefinitely
Here’s a list of different versions of the game:
• Build-up: is a variant where players do not lose their ‘it’ status when they tag another player. ‘It’ players work together to tag players. The last person tagged wins. The winner and the player who started as ‘it’ may not be chosen as the starting ‘it’ for the next game. In other variations, the last person tagged becomes “It” in the next game. This game is extremely popular on the outer banks and is called Infection.
• Chain Tag: is a variant of Build Up in which each person to be caught joins hands with ‘it’ and the chain thus formed must chase the others as a pair. As more people are caught they too join hands with the ‘it’ players, forming a lengthening chain. Only those at the ends of the chain are able to catch someone, as they are the only ones with a free hand. A variant has chains of four splitting in two.
• Duck, Duck, Goose: In Duck, duck, goose, a group of usually young children sit in a circle facing inward. One player, the picker or fox, walks around tapping or pointing to each player in turn, calling each a duck, until finally picking one to be the goose. The goose then rises, runs around the circle in the opposite direction to try and get back into the empty spot before the other player.
• Kiss Tag: is a tag variant in which tagging is performed by kissing. All members of one gender are ‘it’ at once and chase the opposite sex until everyone is caught.
• Shadow Tag: In shadow tag, players try to step on the shadow of another player to tag them, and can be played in schools where games involving physical contact are banned.
• Freeze Tag: players who are tagged are ‘frozen’ and must stand in place with their arms stretched out until they are unfrozen. An unstuck/unfrozen player performs an action to unfreeze them, such as tagging them, crawling between their legs, or ‘flushing’ them by hitting their outstretched hand (‘Toilet Tag’).
Variants exist where to unfreeze someone, the player must also call out a certain TV show (‘TV Tag’), sports team or object. Once called, the thing can no longer be used to unfreeze someone.
To see a great list of variations, visit: Tag (Game) on Wikipedia.
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