Tag (Also called it, tig, tiggy, tips, tick, or chasey) is a playground game involving two or more players’ chasing other players in an attempt to “tag” and mark them out of play, usually by touching with a hand. There are many variations; most forms have no teams, scores, or equipment. Usually when a person is tagged, the tagger says, “Tag, you’re ‘it’!”. The last one tagged during tag is “it” for the next round.
Players (two or more) decide who is going to be “it”, often using a counting-out game such as eeny, meeny, miny, moe. The player selected to be “it” then chases the others, attempting to get close enough to “tag” one of them (touching them with a hand) while the others try to escape. A tag makes the tagged player “it”. In some variations, the previous “it” is no longer “it” and the game can continue indefinitely, while in others, both players remain “it” and the game ends when all players have become “it”.
There are many variants which modify the rules for team play, or place restrictions on tagged players’ behavior. A simple variation makes tag an elimination game, so those tagged drop out of play. Some variants have a rule preventing a player from tagging the person who has just tagged them (known as “no tag-backs”, “no returns”, “can’t tag your master” or “can’t get the butcher back”).