So what happens when you add jumps, obstacles and a time limit to the tag game?
Get World Chase Tag, the first and only professional and competitive world tag championship, which has renewed the popular game for kids with some exciting innovations.
Created in 2011 by brothers Christian and Damien Devaux, the league has traveled all over the world and has been broadcast on TV channels such as ESPN, BBC and Fox Sports.
It also gained a popular following on the Internet, with high-altitude and high-octane action displayed over 350 million times on YouTube.
While the basics of the tag remain the same – a person chases an opponent in an attempt to touch him with his hand or “tag”, the league has introduced some rules to make it more exciting.
The “Chase Off” format – the most popular format in sport – is played by two teams with two teams made up of a maximum of five athletes.
A game is made up of a predetermined number of chases – usually 10-16 – that last 20 seconds.
A Chaser and Evader – one of both teams – compete, with the winning athletes remaining as Evader. The loser is replaced by a teammate who becomes the Chaser.
A team is awarded a point when its athlete successfully circumvents the opponent for the entire duration of the pursuit and the team with the most points after the pursuit wins the match.
The league has also held four world championships – most recently, with WCT 4 taking place on 24 August 2019 in London – where the best and most exciting teams from around the world compete.
At WCT 4, United – a team made up of athletes from France and Switzerland – beat the Blacklist (European champions) to take home the trophy.
Not just for professionals
While World Chase Tag may only be for professionals, the custom 12m x 12m Quad can be easily adjusted to alter the difficulty.
This means that the tag is accessible to all levels, even to young people who have just started exercising.
“Indoors or outdoors, in a school yard or on a farm, children are inventing their unique quadriceps and rediscovering the simple tag game: everyone knows the rules and anyone can play.”