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Red rover

Fun outdoor game for children.

Red Rover (also known as Red Rover, Red Rover; Forcing the City Gates; Pom, Pom Pullaway; and Octopus Tag) is an outdoor game played primarily by children. "Red rover" was very popular into the 1970s. With the invention of other forms of entertainment for children (deriving mainly from electronic devices such as television and video games), the game has declined in its popularity. It is primarily played on school playgrounds, where such modern devices are not present.


Each team holds hands in a line, thus forming two parallel lines (or chains) facing each other.

The game starts when the first team (usually the East or South team) calls out, "Red rover, red rover, send [name of player on opposite team] right over." The person called must run to the other line and break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the runner fails to break the chain, he joins the team that had called "Red rover." However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, he may take his pick of either of the two "links" broken by his successful jaunt. This broken link, along with the runner, joins the runner's team. The other team then calls out "Red rover" for a player on the first team, and so on. The game ends when one long super-chain is formed.

The distance between the two lines is subject to variation, but tends to fall within about 30 feet.

A slight variation of the game is known as "Green Rover". In this version, the person calls the people over by a color, and if they are wearing that color they need to run across. Compare to conventional Red Rover, where participants are called over one by one.


The calling team will usually have a leader or confer to select the opposing player to call. Typically the weakest player is chosen to run. When running, the player has the choice of all the links. By selecting the weakest link, the chance of breaking the line increases.

Source: Wikipedia

Flags: Very Short (0-60 mins), With a Group, Children, Outdoors, Morning, Day, Sunny
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