American Touch Tag Day – October 8, 2022

American Touch Tag Day is on October 8 and we are all set for a time to celebrate the traditional childhood game and encourage kids of all ages, and adults alike, to go out to play. The main reason behind the celebration of this day is to honor this simple game that has withstood the test of time and is loved by everyone across ages and boundaries. The best way to celebrate is by getting out in the fresh air, running around, and tagging someone.

History of American Touch Tag Day

The touch tag game dates back to ancient Rome and has over many years been played with varying names and rules. It involves a player running around, chasing other players, in an attempt to “tag” or touch them. It is inherently straightforward, with most forms of the game having no teams, scores, or equipment. However, it might be made more sophisticated with different rule modifications.

To play the game, a group of players decides who will be “it”, frequently using a counting-out game. The player selected to be “it” at that point chases the others, endeavoring to get near enough to tag them, touching them with a hand, while the others attempt to get away. A tag makes the tagged player “it” and, in certain variations, the past “it” is no longer “it” and the game can proceed inconclusively, while in others, the two players remain “it” and the game closes when all players have become “it.”

Tag and other chasing games have been known to be prohibited in some schools due to safety concerns, as injuries could occur from running into someone or something, falling, and so forth. However, when played with the appropriate caution taken, it can be an absolute delight.

The variations and modifications of the tag game include Animal Tag Game for kids, Cops and Robbers, Freeze Tag, Shadow Tag, and Lightsaber Tag, among many others.

American Touch Tag Day timeline

100 A.D.
Touch Tag Appears in Rome

The touch tag game begins to gain popularity within the ancient city of Rome.

1860s
Touch Tag in Cartoons

A Dutch cartoon of children playing tag is published.

1936
Olympics Tag

‘Kabaddi,’ a variant of the game Tag, is demonstrated at the Berlin Olympics.

21st Century
Global Touch Tag Game

Touch Tag is played and participated in all over the world.

American Touch Tag Day FAQs

Is Touch Tag only for kids?

No, anyone and everyone can participate in Touch Tag. You only need to be physically fit and willing to join in on the fun.

Is touch tag an indoor or outdoor game?

Touch tag can be played anywhere, but will best be suited outside because of the running involved, which needs a large space.

What time of the day can I play tag?

Daytime when your part of the world is lit up by sunlight, is, of course, the best time to play. But then, you can also play at night, as long as the space you’re making use of is brightly lit. 

How To Celebrate American Touch Tag Day

  1. Go out with a group of friends and play Tag

    What better way to celebrate this day than to actually participate in the game. It will help you exercise, liven your mood, and relieve stress.

  2. Share on social media

    Use the hashtag #AmericanTouchTagDay to spread the word about the day. By so doing, you’ll be reaching people across the world about the lovely game.

  3. Enjoy memories over food and drinks

    Touch Tag is primarily a children’s game, so with it comes a lot of childhood memories. Reminisce about these memories with friends and family over a meal.

5 Facts About Tag Game That Will Amuse You

  1. It is very simple

    The game doesn’t require any teams, scores, or equipment, just the participants.

  2. It is not time-bound

    Tag games can go on for as long as participants want and can be stopped at any time after maximum fun is reached.

  3. It has flexible rules

    The rules can vary and can be built upon based on the group of players.

  4. It has many variants

    Poison, octopus tag, kiss chase, freeze tag, and British bulldog are among some of the many variations and modifications of touch tag.

  5. No age-limit

    Anyone and everyone can play!

Why We Love American Touch Tag Day

  1. It helps us enjoy healthy physical activity

    In this age where everyone is glued to their screens, Tag games help us get out into nature and participate in beneficial physical activities with one another. Its importance cannot be overemphasized.

  2. It connects us to beautiful childhood memories

    Tag games hold so many dear memories for us of when we were children. It reminds us of a beautiful time when we were young and free!

  3. Refreshing and even therapeutic

    The activities of the day can lift your spirits and give your muscles a light workout. This will surely do a lot of good for your body and mind as a whole.

American Touch Tag Day dates

YearDateDay
2021October 8Friday
2022October 8Saturday
2023October 8Sunday
2024October 8Tuesday
2025October 8Wednesday

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