By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Looking for a new activity to help get rid of that cooped-up feeling of winter? Our friends in India shared this variation on tag that can be played indoors or out, as long as you have plenty of room to move around.
Kho kho is a popular game in India and is a variation on tag. We’re not sure exactly how it originated, but it’s been around for centuries. While basic tag is great for improving agility and speed, kho kho adds tactics and teamwork.
To play kho kho, you’ll need two teams of 12 players, a stop watch (or some other way to keep time) and lots of room.
Kho kho is played in two innings. One team defends and the other chases. Each inning lasts nine minutes or until every person from the defending team is tagged out, whichever is comes first.
To start, the chasing team puts nine players on the field. Eight of the players sit/crouch in a line, and face the opposite direction from the person next to them. The ninth player is the first chaser.
The defending team sends out runners in three groups of three. The defenders can run on either side of the line, dodging back and forth between crouching chasers to avoid being tagged.
The chaser is only able to run along the side of the line they were facing when they first became the chaser. To switch chasers during the game, the current chaser taps a teammate on the back and shouts “kho.”
Defenders join the game in groups of three until all of them are tagged out. Each group of three joins the game as the last group leaves the field.
The teams then switch sides for the second inning, and the whole process starts again.
Winning the game is easy; you just have to be the team that tags out the most opponents in the shortest amount of time.