Tig in’t the Shire but world wide names include…
It!, You’re it! or Tig (UK), Tag (USA), Onigokko (Japan), Abfangen or Kriege Zeck (Germany / Austria), Ce L’hai (italy), Kynigito (Greece), Tikkertje (Netherlands), Lovitca (Croatia), Hippa (Finland), Tagaanay (Philippines), Kull, Varg, Pjätt or Leka ta fatt (Sweden), Apanhada (Portugal), Na honenou (Czech Republic), Shila (Algeria), Le Loup or Chat (France), Ostrakinda (Ancient Greece), Chasey (Australia).
Remember those days at playtime when the ongoing 723 year old game of tig continued? Yep, if you’re ‘T’ that generally meant you had rabies, nits, measels, body ordour, smelly pants etc etc.
Bar the social implications of being caught, what epic fun was to be had! If someone had told me, giggle & splutter, that one day you could become a professional tag player I’d have coughed on my Fruit Salad chews and probably have written fibberooooo all over your locker. Well my friends it is true, tig players of the elite nature now get paid to take the spectacle around the world. Jammy brick houses!
We’re talking World Chase Tag Chase Tag® and we’re talking modern street day gymnastics, Parkour, speed and agility are all called into practise as the chaser becomes the chased and the clock starts ticking.
There are different variations of the gamed but this is how World Chase Tag is governed
CHASE TAG® – TEAM CHASE OFF™
This is a team format that is played by two teams in each match.
Each team has a maximum of six athletes.
The match is divided into sets. Each set consists of a pre-determined number of chases (usually 10-16 chases).
Each chase is twenty seconds long and has one chaser and one evader from opposing teams.
The winning athlete in each chase stays on as the evader and the losing athlete is replaced by a teammate in a new chase who comes on as the Chaser.
If an athlete steps out of bounds, they lose that chase. A team is awarded one point when their athlete successfully evades their opponent for the entire duration of the chase (i.e. 20 seconds).
The team with the most points after of the pre-determined number of chases wins that set. Tags must be made with the hand (i.e. NOT your foot).
DANGEROUS PLAY IS PROHIBITED.
Let these epic tigster do the talking….