The whistle blows. Your teammates run onto the battlefield. You’re armed with a facemask, recurve bow and quiver of foam-tipped arrows. Arrows streak back and forth between you and the opposing team. You run, tuck and roll behind a blowup target for cover. Suddenly, you’re the last archer standing on your team, and it’s up to you to take out the opposing team’s target.
If that action-packed description sounds like fun, then Archery Tag is the game for you. Archery fans of all ages and around the globe are tuned in to this fast-paced game that pits two five-archer teams against each other in the ultimate elimination game. According to this blog, Archery Tag combines “the allure of childlike dodgeball fun with the awesomeness of bows and arrows.”
See for yourself! Watch the video below.
Archery Tag offers this description of the rules:
Two teams, consisting of 5 players each, playing opposite one another, are separated by a “safe zone.” Each team also has what we call a “5-Spot Knockout Target.” There are two objectives: 1) to tag the opponents, and 2) to knock out the five discs of the opposing team’s target. You eliminate a player by tagging him or her with an arrow, or by catching his or her arrow. The 5-Spot Targets work to save a “life” of one of the players. A “tagged” player can be called back into the game when a target spot is knocked out or when a teammate catches an arrow.
Although the game involves human targets, it’s far less painful than paintball. Being hit with a foam-tipped arrow is about like being hit with a tennis ball. While some might cringe at the prospect of shooting foam-tipped arrows in this “game” scenario, others point out that it’s an activity that people clearly love, that’s boosting archery participation from the U.S. to Canada to Morocco.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your practice routine or introduce your friends to the awesomeness of archery, Archery Tag might be your game. Who knows? A little innocent, foam-arrow fun might lead to tournament dreams.
Gather your friends, suit up, find your nearest Archery Tag location, and give it a try!