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At recess, we all had our favorite game to play. Whether it was basketball, duck duck goose or just using a jump rope, everybody loved recess. Even if it wasn’t a go-to, everybody played and loved tag. Thanks to World Chase Tag now you can play tag professionally.

The rules of pro tag are simple. There are two teams with four players on each team. One evader from one team is chased for 20 seconds by someone from the opposing team. If the evader is successful and is not tagged, then they stay on the course and a new chaser is put in and the evading team gets a point. If they are tagged or step out of bounds, the chaser takes place as the evader and the original evading team sends a chaser. Matches are played in 16 round sets with the highest scoring team being the victor. If, however, there is a tie in score at the end of the sets, there is a sudden death round. In sudden death round, there are two 10 second chases with alternating chasers.

The idea came about when Christian Devaux of Britain was playing tag with his son. They started adding time limits and obstacles to add a bit of challenge. During the addition of these rules and techniques, they realized that this could be a professional sport. When they had this epiphany, they immediately started working on a way to make it a pro sport. Voila, now you have a sport with three champions two in Britain and one in Japan.

After watching a few clips and highlights, there are only a few techniques that evaders and chasers use. Evaders tend to stay on top of the obstacles, so they have more ways of escape. If they do decide to go under an obstacle, then it’s because they are going to attempt a juke. The chasers have two strategies. Some chasers go for the “brute force” technique, which is when the chaser follows the same path that the evader took and try to do it faster. This strategy isn’t very effective in most cases because the chaser has to have a fast reaction time to keep up with the evader. The other strategy is more commonly used and way more effective. It’s just trying to outsmart the evader.

People are saying they want this to be a more widespread professional sport, but sadly it is not in America yet. The fact it’s not in America may be due to a scarce amount of areas where this could be practiced or taught as a sport. Some have said they’d watch it if it were on ESPN or other sports channels in America.

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