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Command and Response Games Maze Tag

( Command and Response, Running, Tag )

All but two of the players stand in parallel lines or ranks one behind the other with ample space between each two players 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 and 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.

The success of the game depends largely upon the judgment of the leader in giving the commands “Right (or left) face ” They 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 a 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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