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Infinite Tag

A thrilling and unpredictable game of tag where the last one standing wins, but beware—the fallen can always rise again!

Infinite Tag
By Jon Zajac

What is Infinite Tag?

Infinite Tag is a fun and dynamic icebreaker game that involves everyone in the group, regardless of age or skill level. The purpose of this activity is to encourage participants to move around, interact with each other, and build connections while having a great time. The aim of the game is to tag as many people as possible before getting tagged yourself. Once you get tagged, all the players you previously tagged are released back into the game, making it an ever-changing and unpredictable experience. Infinite Tag is perfect for medium to large groups of kids and teens, with no time limit or winner, ensuring that everyone stays engaged and has a blast. All you need is a spacious area and the willingness to run around and have fun. This game is not only entertaining but also helps shy kids come out of their shell and develop their social skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.

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Rules for Infinite Tag

  1. All players start out scattered in the designated playing area.
  2. Players run around trying to tag others.
  3. When a player is tagged, they drop to the ground.
  4. The player who did the tagging continues to try and tag other players while avoiding being tagged themselves.
  5. If a player tags the person who tagged them, they are released from their tag and can resume playing.
  6. Players who have been tagged are “frozen” until another player tags them and frees them.
  7. The game continues until players choose to stop or there is only one player left standing (the winner).

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Materials needed for Infinite Tag

Here are the materials needed to play the Infinite Tag icebreaker:

  • Spacious area: You will need a large, open area without any obstacles on the ground that players could trip over. Make sure to remove any sharp or unsafe objects before playing to avoid accidents.
  • Outdoor or gym location: For the best results, it’s recommended to play Infinite Tag outdoors or in a gym. This will provide enough space for running and tagging other players.

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Setting up for Infinite Tag

To set up for the Infinite Tag icebreaker activity, you will need to find a spacious area with no obstacles on the ground that players could trip over. It is recommended to play the game outdoors or in a gym. Before starting the game, ensure that all sharp or unsafe objects are removed from the playing area to avoid any accidents.

To prepare for the game, gather the group of players and have them scatter themselves throughout the designated playing area. There is no leader or director for this game, so all players start on equal footing. Once everyone is ready, you can begin Infinite Tag by following the steps outlined in the rules. The setup for this icebreaker activity is simple and straightforward, making it easy to organize and get started quickly.

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How to play Infinite Tag

  1. Scatter all players in the designated playing area: Before starting the game, ensure that all players are spread out across the spacious area, with no obstacles on the ground. Remove any sharp or unsafe objects to prevent accidents.
  2. Run around trying to tag other players when the game begins: Once you start the game, everyone will begin to run around in the playing area, attempting to tag others while avoiding being tagged themselves.
  3. Drop to the ground when you tag a player: When you successfully tag another player, they must drop to the ground immediately. Continue running and tagging other players, but avoid getting tagged yourself.
  4. Drop to the ground if another player tags you: If an opposing player tags you, stop running and drop to the ground as well. At this point, all the players you previously tagged will be released from their tags and free to play again.
  5. Watch for other players who get tagged: Keep an eye on players around you. As soon as another player tags the person who tagged you, you are freed from your tag and can resume playing.
  6. Play until most games end by choice or if all players have dropped down: The game can continue indefinitely since released players can rejoin the game. However, it often ends when players voluntarily decide to stop or when only one player remains standing, signifying their victory.

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Benefits of Infinite Tag

  • Encourages physical activity: Infinite Tag is an active game that involves running and chasing, providing players with a fun way to get some exercise.
  • Improves reaction time: Players must be quick to react in order to tag others and avoid being tagged themselves, helping to improve their reflexes over time.
  • Promotes healthy competition: The game’s constantly changing outcome encourages friendly competition among players, teaching them the importance of sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Develops social skills: By encouraging interaction and communication between players, Infinite Tag can help shy or introverted children come out of their shell and build relationships with their peers.
  • Fosters a sense of community: Playing a group game like Infinite Tag can help create a sense of belonging among players, as they work together to achieve a common goal.
  • Encourages strategic thinking: Players must think strategically in order to tag others and avoid being tagged themselves, making the game more mentally engaging and challenging.
  • Provides a fun and engaging icebreaker activity: Infinite Tag is a great way to break the ice and get a group of kids or teens engaged and having fun together.

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Skills built with Infinite Tag

  • Reaction speed: Playing Infinite Tag requires quick reflexes as players need to react quickly to tag others or avoid being tagged themselves. This helps improve reaction time and enhances the ability to make split-second decisions.

  • Endurance and stamina: As a physically active game, Infinite Tag involves continuous running and chasing, which can help build endurance and stamina in players. This can contribute to overall fitness and health.

  • Social skills: Infinite Tag is a group game that encourages interaction among players. By engaging with others, players can develop their social skills, such as communication, teamwork, and cooperation. This can help shy children break out of their shell and become more comfortable interacting with their peers.

  • Strategic thinking: While Infinite Tag is primarily a physical game, it also requires strategic thinking. Players must constantly assess their surroundings, determine the best course of action, and adjust their strategy based on the actions of other players. This can help develop problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities.

  • Self-confidence: As players tag others and avoid being tagged themselves, they can build self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. This can contribute to overall self-esteem and improve their confidence in social situations.

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Why I like Infinite Tag

As an active and engaging group game, I appreciate the Infinite Tag icebreaker for its dynamic and inclusive nature. The rules of this tag variation create a fun and competitive atmosphere that keeps everyone on their toes. Since there is no time limit, it’s an excellent option to have in your back pocket for filling unexpected free time or keeping a group engaged during longer sessions.

One aspect I particularly enjoy about Infinite Tag is its ability to bring shy kids out of their shells. The ever-changing outcomes and the constant possibility of rejoining the game make it less intimidating for those who may be hesitant to participate in traditional tag games. Additionally, the fact that there is no designated leader reinforces the idea that everyone is equal, fostering a sense of camaraderie among players.

The simplicity of Infinite Tag is another reason I like this icebreaker. With no preparation or materials required, it’s easy to organize on the fly, making it a convenient choice for teachers, youth group leaders, and party hosts alike. The game can be played both indoors and outdoors, providing flexibility based on available space and weather conditions.

Overall, Infinite Tag is an enjoyable icebreaker that promotes physical activity, healthy competition, and social interaction among kids and teens. Its easy setup, simple rules, and inclusive nature make it a valuable addition to any group facilitator’s toolkit.

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Tips for making Infinite Tag more inclusive

  • Tip: Consider using a “safe zone” I often find it helpful to designate a safe zone where players can go if they need a break from the game or feel overwhelmed. This area should be off-limits to other players, ensuring that those in the safe zone can have some time to regain their composure.

  • Tip: Implement a “freeze tag” variation To make the game more inclusive for players of different abilities and energy levels, consider implementing a “freeze tag” variation where players can be frozen instead of having to drop to the ground. This way, players who are frozen can still be part of the action without getting overly exhausted.

  • Tip: Use color-coded tags or bandanas Using color-coded tags or bandanas can help ensure that all players have an equal chance of being “it” and make it easier for players to keep track of who has been tagged. This approach can also help prevent any misunderstandings or disputes about who has been tagged.

  • Tip: Encourage teamwork and cooperation While Infinite Tag is typically a competitive game, encouraging teamwork and cooperation among players can make the game more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone. For example, you could create teams of players with different abilities and challenge them to work together to tag as many opponents as possible.

  • Tip: Provide clear rules and expectations Making sure that all players understand the rules and expectations of the game can help prevent any misunderstandings or accidents. Take the time to explain the rules clearly, answer any questions, and ensure that everyone is on the same page before starting the game.

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Reflection questions for Infinite Tag

  1. How did you feel when you first started playing Infinite Tag? This question can help facilitators understand how participants initially reacted to the game and if they were comfortable or nervous.
  2. What strategies did you use to avoid getting tagged? This question can help facilitators gauge the critical thinking skills of participants and their ability to adapt in a fast-paced environment.
  3. Did you find it challenging to keep track of who you had tagged while avoiding being tagged yourself? Why or why not? This question can help facilitators understand the level of focus and attention required for the game, as well as how well participants were able to multitask.
  4. How did you feel when you were tagged and had to drop to the ground? This question can help facilitators determine if participants felt disappointed or motivated to continue playing.
  5. Did you notice any patterns in the way players moved around the space? If so, what were they? This question can help facilitators understand how participants perceived spatial awareness and movement during the game.
  6. What did you enjoy most about playing Infinite Tag? This question can help facilitators identify what aspects of the game were most engaging for participants, which can be used to improve future icebreakers or team-building activities.

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About the author

Jon Zajac

Jon Zajac

Founder & Chief Icebreaker

I started Icebreaker Spot because I truly believe that strong connections are the foundation of successful teams. I wanted to create a platform that would make it easy for people to find and share icebreakers and team building activities, empowering them to build trust, foster collaboration, and ultimately, achieve greatness together.

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