The quirky rules for this fast-moving version of tag allow players to participate or “grab an elbow” to catch their breath.
What You Need
Large grassy area
1. Divide the group into pairs. Have partners link elbows and stand in a very large circle, leaving at least 10 feet between each pair. Now designate one player as “It” and choose another player as the one being pursued. If “It” tags the pursued, she becomes “It.” However, if the pursued wants to escape (and take a rest from running), she simply runs toward one of the standing couples and links elbows with one of the pair to make a threesome.
2. In this game, two is company but three is a crowd: When the chased player latches on, the one member of the pair whose arm she did not take must break away at top speed. This player instantly becomes new prey for “It” — until he dashes to yet another pair for safety. The confusing transitions can provide a break for weary runners and give even a slow-moving “It” a chance to tag out.