Maze Tag





All but two of the players stand in parallel lines or ranks, one behind

the other, with ample space between each player and each two ranks. All

the players in each rank clasp hands in a long line. This will leave

aisles between the ranks and through these a runner and chaser make

their way.



The sport of the game consists in sudden changes in the direction of

the aisles, brought about by one player who is chosen as leader. He

stands aside, giving the commands, "Right face!" or "Left face!" at his

discretion. When one of these commands is heard, all of the players

standing in the ranks drop hands, face in the direction indicated and

quickly clasp hands with the players who are then their neighbors on

the right and left. This brings about a change of direction in the

aisles and therefore necessitates a change of direction in the course

of the two who are running.



[Illustration: _Maze Tag_]



The success of the game depends largely upon the judgment of the leader

in giving the commands, "Right (or left) face!" These should be given

quickly and repeatedly, the leader often choosing a moment when the

pursuer seems just about to touch his victim, when the sudden

obstruction put in his way by the change in the position of the ranks

makes necessary a sudden change of direction on his part. The play

continues until the chaser catches his victim, or until the time limit

has expired. In either case two new players are then chosen from the

ranks to take the places of the first runners.



It is a foul to break through the ranks or to tag across the clasped

hands.





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