Tag (also known as it, had, he, tips, tig, touch, tiggy, tick, dobby, chasing, chasemaster, chasey, smear the queer, and other names) is an informal playground game that usually involves two or more players attempting to "tag" other players by touching them with an object, usually their hands. Played throughout the world, tag is inherently simple — most forms require neither teams, nor scores, nor sports equipment such as balls — but it may be made more complex with various rule modifications. Both of these aspects make tag a popular game amongst children, and it is often played in informal areas such as playgrounds or backyards.
Many forms of Tag include additional rules regarding whether another player is eligible as a target, "tag no return", "Cree (safe) off ground" etc.
Tag in most Schools
A group of children (two or more) will decide who will be 'it', this person will try to touch the other/others once to make them 'it', this game carries on until the child may say 'time-out' this allows both children to stop and not play again until one of the children say 'time-in'.
Variants requiring equipment
Some variants of tag use special equipment such as balls, guns, or even flashlights to replace tagging by hand.
Space Tag is a computer game written by Mark Goadrich
and Nolan Baker
for the OLPC XO-1
A game of tag that takes place on a Jungle Gym or other large piece of playground equipment that is easily traversed on. The basic rule is that the person that is "it" cannot get on the equipment, trying to tag the person while on the ground. It is so named apparently because the person who's "it" is an alligator, and cannot climb on such equipment.
Ball Tag is a variation of tag and Dodgeball
. It is generally played with a tennis ball, but in supervised versions a dodgeball is often used. The game is played with standard tag rules, except the person who is "it" uses a ball to tag other players. The ball may not be picked up off the ground by anyone other than the "it." If a person who is not "it" intentionally picks up the ball, they are "it" for two turns, unless they tag the person who was originally "it."
Sometimes, Dodgeball rules are incorporated. One such rule is that if a person catches the ball thrown at them, the person who threw the ball is still "it". The catcher can then throw the ball anywhere on the course, making the "it's" job more difficult. Another Dodgeball rule is that if a ball that is bounced off a tagged person is caught by another player without the ball touching another object, the person who was tagged is it.
Like British Bulldog, the game is banned in a number of school playgrounds for being overly violent.
In Australia, 'Ball Chasey' is often referred to as 'Brandings' or 'Brandy'. The name originates from the variant where the game is played with a tennis ball that has been soaked in water. These leave a mark (or brand) when hitting clothing.
Like ball tag, 'subdivision tag' is played in a much larger area. (hence subdivision) and instead of running it is played on bicycles
Flashlight tag, also called "Spotlight" and "German Spotlight" (a name some consider offensive) is played at night. Rather than physically tagging each other, the "it" player can tag the others by shining a flashlight
beam on them. When the person is caught, that person goes to jail, and can be "jail-breaked". Many of the various games of tag can be played in this manner.
Another variant is Flashlight Name Tag - Same as above, but when you flash your flashlight on the person, you have to say their name. If you get it wrong, he/she gets time to get away.
An optional rule is that the "it" player can only turn on the flashlight to shine on a suspected hiding place, but may not keep the flashlight on continuously.
A similar version of this game is also played, however the person with the torch may not move. Players might need to touch the person with the torch or touch an object near them.
Go to Court
Go to Court is a variation of tag involving "fugitives" and "marshals". The marshals consist of approximately 1/5 of the total group and in either a dark house or neighbourhood, the marshals reach the appropriate count and begin pursuing the fugitives. If a fugitive is spotted a marshal may shout "Go to court!" whereupon the fugitive must go to a designated spot and await physical contact from another fugitive to resume part in the game. The marshals win if they successfully gather all of the fugitives.
"Rebels" is ideally played in a darkened house. Roughly one fifth of the group is assigned to the role of the ruling class, and the rest are revolutionaries. The revolutionaries disperse into the dark house apart from each other, while those representing the ruling class count to an appropriate number. After the ruling class is done counting, the game begins, and the revolutionaries attempt to all group together, and they win the game if they all touch hands at one time. Members of the ruling class have flashlights or illuminated cellphones, and roam the house looking for rebels. If they find a rebel, they must identify him by name, and take him to any spot in the house they wish, where the rebel must count to thirty in his head before leaving and searching for other rebels. The game ends when all the rebels all join together. A time limit for the rebels can be instated so that the ruling class has a chance to win as well.
Follow the arrow
This extensive variant requires chalk and a large arena (typically an entire housing estate) and, well played, can last all day. The hiders are given a substantial lead (at least two minutes, often more) and head off, leaving hints as to their route in the form of chalk arrows. They will, from time to time, leave double-headed arrows to confuse the chasers. The chasers (usually a pair, since the game can last a while) must decide which arrows are genuine. If they follow the wrong route they will eventually find a 'double-back' arrow and will have to retrace. It can be played as pure 'chase' or with the object of the hiders coming up behind "it" and tagging them.
In this game, the person who is "it"has to run around and tag others. When someone is tagged, they have to get down on their knees and put their hand out like a toilet knob. They can be "free" once someone comes along and "flushes" the knob.
Kick the Can
In Kick the can, tagged players must sit in a "jail" until a free player kicks a soda can or some other object near the jail, freeing everyone.
Laser tag is very similar to flashlight tag in that it uses beams of light for the purposes of tagging. However, laser tag uses special equipment to avoid the inevitable arguments that arise in flashlight tag about whether one was actually tagged. Players carry "guns" instead, which emit beams of light. They also wear electronic equipment that can detect these beams and thus register being "hit". The equipment can be quite sophisticated, often with built-in scoring systems and various penalties for taking hits.
Paintball is a sport in which players use compressed air guns (called "paintball markers") to tag other players with paint-filled pellets. Games are usually played on commercial fields with a strict set of safety and gameplay rules.
Phone tag is not exactly a game, but more a reference to the game of tag. Phone tag occurs when two senders try to reach each other by telephone but always reach each other's voice mail and leave messages instead. After two or three back and forth messages, it is not uncommon for a person to jokingly say, "Tag, you're it." A more recent derivative of phone tag is IM Tag.
Pickle (or sometimes referred to as Hot Box, particularly when using a baseball, also called Stolen Bases) is a form of tag that is played with a ball (generally something soft like a tennis ball
) and two bases (usually trees). One player guards each base while the others run between them. Players are safe while touching a base; however, while running from one base to another, players are vulnerable to being tag by balls thrown by the base guards. If a runner is hit by the ball, he replaces the guard who threw it, and that guard becomes a runner.
Spud is a tag variant that is best played in large, open areas. Players begin each round in a central location. "It" then throws a ball high into the air. The other players run but must stop as soon as "it" catches the ball and shouts "Spud!" "It" may then take three large steps toward the player of his choosing before throwing the ball at that player. If the ball hits the target, that player becomes "it", and the game starts over.
One variation of Spud requires numbering the participants. "It" throws the ball in the air and calls out a number. Whichever player's number is called instantly becomes "it", and must catch the ball and shout "Spud" as above. This variation does not require all participants to gather in one location at the beginning, but if one player is far away and his or her number is called, it will take longer for him or her to catch the ball.
Essentially a game of tag played with a cone. Instead of tagging the cone is left on a doorstep or lawn. Players acquire a traffic cone and then place the cone on someone's doorstep and that person has been tagged. Then the person who is now it can tag another person.
Army Dodgeball consists of two teams, and is normally played in a small to medium-small sized arena (such as a basketball court, or small parking lot). The two teams are picked and a line is made in the center of the playing area. Each team is assigned a side and neither team may cross the center line. One or several balls is/are then distributed to the team(s). Each player then tries to hit the other team's players with the ball, and the spot that is hit is therefore "wounded" and the player must move to the back of the playing area and wait for the "medic" to come heal them. The medic is one player assigned at the beginning of the game by each team. As the two teams throw the ball(s) at each other, if a "wounded" player is hit by a ball before being "healed" they are then removed from the game. The game ends when one player remains unwounded and not out. The game is best played by a medium-sized group (10-30) and lasts for 20 minutes to an hour.
Hospital, also known as Doctor Dodgeball, is a variant of dodgeball and is similar to Army Dodgeball. It contains two teams, each consisting of usually 5 or more players. The play area is a basketball court. A line in the center of the play area separates the two sides and crossing to the other team's side is illegal in almost all circumstances. On the line, many dodgeballs are placed, and when the game begins, the players run towards them to get them. When hit by a dodgeball, you are out, though if you are hit in the head purposefully or if you catch a ball thrown at you, whoever threw the ball is out. One person is the doctor, and only they can heal people. When the doctor is out, a dodgeball must be thrown in the opposite team's basketball hoop before everyone gets out to revive everyone on their team. One or two players are spies. Spies are the only people that can go to the other team's side. When the identity of the spies or doctor is found out, the name is usually told to the other teammates so that they know who to target to make the game easier to win for them. Games last until all players on one side are out.
enthusiasts around the world are constantly searching for further ways to enhance their diving experiences, from this desire has sprung the challenging game of SCUBA Tag. Played in the water with the assistance of dive gear, SCUBA Tag follows the same flexible rules of basic tag (game). Typically, the game zone is recognized as being within 100ft of one's dive flag
. Basic diving skills are required to maintain buoyancy and speed, and it is advised that participants be familiar with the basic diving hazards and precautions
. Variations of this game include scuba night tag
(see night diving
) and scuba grab ass
Team tag sports
In South Asia, two sports are variants of tag, played at the team level, sometimes internationally. Kabaddi
is the more widespread of the two, and is included in the Asian Games
and even has a world championship, being played throughout India, Pakistan
, Sri Lanka
, and Iran
, as well as in Indian communities in Canada
, Great Britain
, the U.S.
, New Zealand
, and the Netherlands
. It was also demonstrated in 1936 Berlin Olympics. The other tag sport is called kho kho
Very similar to the traditional game of tag except that lines are marked on the ground (usually in chalk if outdoors or with masking tape indoors) and players must stay on the lines when moving around. Lines are not in a linear fashion, but instead connecting in random ways to give players options instead of being tagged because a player is stuck behind an other player.
Players who are tagged are "frozen" and must stand in place until they are "unfrozen". To become "unfrozen", a player must have a non-frozen player crawl between their legs to unfreeze them.