Jail Break

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Jail Break is an exciting and fun outdoor game that can be played any time


No equipment needed


1 Gather a minimum of eight people, choose captains, and choose teams. make sure the teams are even and fair. choose a spot for the "jail" with space to hold everyone on a team and easy ways in and out. Set up boundaries for the playing area, but make sure that they are pretty widespread.

2 Decide on which team will hide first and which team will seek. the seeking team will wait 1-2 minutes in the jail.

3 Make sure all the participants know the rules:

While the seeking team is counting or waiting, the hiding team will run and hide in a hard to find area within the boundaries.

When the seeking team is finished counting, they will all run out and search for hiding players on the other team. If they find a hidden player they have to catch them, but the hiding player is allowed to run. In order to catch the hiding player, they have to hold on to the player and say, "1-2-3 You're nicked"

When caught, the hiding players must walk to jail. The only way for them to get out is to be "Jail Broken".

In order to be "Jail Broken", a player of the hiding team that has not been sent to jail can touch the jail and yell, "Jail Break!!!", and everyone in jail is freed.

The game is ended when, eventually, every player on the hiding team is caught. the players then switch sides, the hiding team switching to the seeking team and vice versa.

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