Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium
Category: BALL GAMES
_3 to 60 players._
_Playground; gymnasium; schoolroom._
_Gas ball; bean bag; basket ball; hand ball._
There are several forms of ball tag, each quite distinctive,
and all interesting and making good games. A soft ball or bean
bag should be used in all of these games, or with older players
a basket ball or other large, comparatively light-weight ball.
The players scatter promiscuously. One player, who is It, tries to hit
one of the other players with a ball or bean bag. Any player thus hit
becomes It and must try to tag others in the same way. When a player
fails to hit one for whom he aims, the thrower must pick up his own
ball or bag, except in the schoolroom, where the seats and desks
interfere with this. There any adjacent player may pick up the ball
and throw it back to the one who is It. Players may dodge in any way,
as by stooping, jumping, or the usual sideways movements.
Where there are many playing, it is advisable to have two or three who
take the part of thrower or It, in which case there will be two or
three balls or bean bags in play at the same time, and the game is
much more rapid.
If played in the schoolroom, a light gas ball or bean bag should be
used. Elsewhere, anything from a light-weight hand ball to a basket
ball would be suitable. Hard balls should be avoided.
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