Archery Tag The Latest Craze from Game On!
Archery tag is the latest addition to Game On! Mobile Entertainment's catalog of games and activities for parties and events. Never heard of it? Read on to learn more about the rules and how it's played.
What is Archery Tag®?
Archery Tag® is a fun and a unique way for people of all ages to come together to enjoy extreme archery. It is a unique sport that is perfect for birthday parties, fund raisers, and corporate events. Archery Tag® combines elements of dodgeball or other combat-type games with the timeless skills of archery. Players take aim at each other with non-lethal arrows to score points or eliminate opposing team members.
The Object of the Game
The object of the game is to score the most points in a timed game or eliminate all opposing players by getting them "out."
How to Play Archery Tag®
Game On! brings Archery Tag® to you and sets up the course for play. Archery Tag® generally consists of two teams on opposing sides, separated by a safe zone. Each game begins with bows placed along the end lines and arrows located in the center of the safe zone. Players begin by positioning themselves on their end line. Following a signal by the referee, players rush into the safe zone to gather as many arrows as possible. They then return to their attack zone to let the arrows fly.
Players are constantly on the move during this extreme sport. They can only shoot or be shot when in their attack zone, meaning players in the safe zone (middle of the field) cannot shoot or be shot. Players are allowed in the safe zone only to retrieve arrows. Once a player enters the safe zone, they have five seconds to return to the attack zone before a warning is issued by the referee. A second infraction will result in a one-point deduction.
League Style – Point Scoring
Archery Tag® is a physical sport, so it’s best to establish a time limit for each game (typically 5 to 10 minutes, or two halves of 5 minutes each). At the end of the time limit, the team with the most points is declared the winner. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play, it will continue in sudden death overtime. Each player gets at least one arrow when overtime begins, and the first team with a legal hit wins.
Points are scored when an opponent is hit with an arrow on the body (including the head), any part of their clothing, or any of their equipment (bows, arrows, masks, etc.). Points are also scored when an opposing team member catches an arrow mid-flight.
More experienced players and those who like more risk in the game often prefer elimination style Archery Tag®. In this version, a player is eliminated from the game when hit with an arrow. They can re-enter the game when one of their teammates catches an arrow or knocks out one of the spots from the opposing team’s 5-spot target.
At the end of a timed game (typically 5 to 10 minutes depending on scheduling and number of players), the team with the greater number of players and target spots remaining will be declared the winner. If the game is tied at the end of regulation play, the game will continue into sudden death overtime. The referee signals the beginning of overtime, at which time each player must have at least one arrow. The first team with a legal hit is declared the winner.
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