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Rules to Play the Four Square Game

Four Square can be played on an official court, or the squares can even be drawn on any hard surface using chalk. This is a game that’s enjoyed by children and adults alike, using a minimum setup. In the following sections, we shall learn how to play the Four Square ball game, through its rules and some variations.
Requirements
Chalk
Four squares
Four or more players
8-inch diameter ball
Objective
To keep hitting the ball using only your hands, into the opponent’s square, without letting it bounce twice or committing a foul, while defending your own.
The Court
The court should be square-shaped, which measures 16 square feet.
The court is divided into 4 quadrants, with 8 feet on each side.
There should be a clearance area of 6 feet around the court, or a distance of 12 feet between multiple courts.
Rules
The squares can be named after celebrities, movie stars, numbers, or anything else just to make it interesting. In this scenario, let’s name them with numbers.
The numbers are marked clockwise, from 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest ranking number in the game. The square marked 4 should have a diagonal line across it to mark the server’s position. The positions of 3 and 4 are reversed, so that the lowest and highest ranking numbers are diagonally opposite each other.
The person standing in square 4 is the captain, and he makes up the rules. It could vary from closing your eyes after you hit the ball, to spinning in the same spot after you hit the ball. The aim of every player is to be in the highest ranking square.
The person standing in the highest ranking square is the server, and serves the ball after letting it bounce once and hitting it into another player’s square.
Players can use any part of their hand to hit the ball, including the wrist, tips of the hand, as well as the back of the hand. The ball can be hit with open or closed fists.
Spinning the ball is not allowed. As long as the ball is hit and it spins because of the force of the hit, it is fine.
The receiver can hit the ball into any of the remaining squares.
Players who strike the ball incorrectly are eliminated. When this occurs, the rest of the players move up one square, and the empty spot is filled by a new player. The play continues till only one player remains.
Fouls
Hitting the line between the squares with the ball.
Hitting the ball overhand or sidearm.
Stepping into another player’s square to play the ball.
Catching or carrying the ball.
Letting the ball bounce in your own square twice.
Failing to hit the ball when it lands in your own square.
Variations
You can try these variations to bring the excitement and fun to a higher level in the game.
Upball: Players must hit the ball above their heads.
Underhanded: All the hits must be made underhanded, as suggested.
Out-of-pocket: Players must step outside their square after hitting the ball.
Airball: Players must jump a feet in the air before hitting the ball.
Jedi: Players must close their eyes after hitting the ball.
Flamingo: Players must choose a leg to stand on, and play the entire game on one foot.
Common injuries incurred in this sport are abrasions and bruises to the knees and elbows. So, it’s advised to wear knee and elbow pads to prevent such injuries. The game is popular enough, that it has its own world championship, that takes place in Maine every winter.

How to Play Freeze Tag

Freeze tag game
From Fun to Anguish
In 2004, a school dinner lady in Dorset was partially paralyzed when a boy playing tag rammed into her. Unfortunately, her claim for damage was ruled out by 3 Court of Appeal judges.
Tag is a game that is enjoyed by the young and the old, the quiet and the noisy, the big and the small, and everyone in between. It has been played for as long as we can all remember, and whether you were in the U.S, in Britain, in France, China, or India, you have played some form of tag or the other. Because of its versatility, the rules, requirements, and end goal, it can be played around with and shifted about, and today we have over 20 different versions of this game, including the likes of Zombie Tag, Blind Man’s Bluff, Laser Tag, Duck, Duck Goose, Flashlight Tag, Cops and Robbers, Chain Tag, Shipwrecked, Kick the Can, and Paintball – all exciting and colorful forms of the classic.

But by far, one of the most popular of them all is Freeze Tag, which back here was called “Ice and Water”. We bring you the instructions on how to play freeze tag, which can turn out to be a delightful use of a lazy Sunday afternoon!
HOW TO PLAY FREEZE TAG: Step by Step Instructions

What You’ll Need
– A group of 4 or more people
– A large, open space
– Time on your hands
– And some stamina!

You caught us there, we were trying to be funny with the last bit!

The Idea
Just like a basic tag game, freeze tag too has one player who is “It”, who has to chase around and tag (touch) other players. In this version, the player who is tagged by “It” freezes in his/her place. They cannot move until another player tags them, which “de-freezes” them. The game continues till all the players are frozen. Have a pep talk about playing the game in true spirit without any rashness before you start.
Step 1
Gather your posse and decide which member will be “It”. He or she can take a count till 5, while the other players will disperse, and then begin to chase them.
Step 2
When whoever is “It” tags a player, he freezes. Another player has to come to the rescue of the frozen one, tag them or give them a high-five, which acts as a “melter” or “de-freeze”.
Step 3
This goes on till all the players are frozen. Based on how you choose to play, either the first player caught, or the last player frozen becomes the new “It”.
So how easy was that? To spruce things up, this game can be turned on its head and played in a couple of different ways.
ALTERNATE VERSIONS
In your alternate version you can change a couple of things. If you’re up for a serious game, you can allot a time limit. Within that time limit, if all players are frozen, then “It” wins. Alternately, the team wins, if “It” fails to complete his task.
If there is a large group, you can have two players acting as “It”, this will make the game more challenging, and thus more interesting.
You can also give the person who is “It” a fair chance to win the game by setting the rules such that the player who is frozen cannot be rescued by their teammates.
You can also have a person who is tagged/frozen thrice in a row to be the new “It”
Another fun version, sometimes called Tunnel Freeze Tag is a form where to rescue a frozen player, a teammate has to crawl between their legs and tap them, which releases them from the freeze position.
In a version called Chain Freeze Tag, freeze tag is merged with its counterpart, the Chain Tag. In this mode, a player can be rescued by tagging him, and the latter links hands, thus forming a chain. They run together, rescuing other frozen teammates on the way. If “It” tags one person in the link, everyone else simultaneously freezes, until they get lucky with a free player who will “melt” them.
Tag is a fun game where age or occupation never acts as a barrier, and you can enjoy this game with friends and family any time of the month, and through any season! Go tag!