For the letter K, in keeping with my theme of revisiting/remaking childhood memories with my kids, I have kho-kho (a traditional Indian sport similar to tag). According to online sources, this game is one of the oldest forms of outdoor sport, tracing it’s roots probably in the game called Rathera, played during the time of the Mahabharatha with raths (or chariots). Early versions of the game were almost rule-free and the first ever rules for the game were published from Gymkhana Baroda, in 1924.
How to play the game: Bare-bones version below and for a more detailed version, you can look up many resources online, including here.
- Two teams of twelve play against each other with one team as the chasers and the other, the dodgers. They take turns in swapping these roles every seven minutes.
- Eight members of the chasers team need to line up (sitting/kneeing) down the middle of the field while facing opposite directions alternately while one person waits at any one end of the row of seated chasers.
- That one person from the chaser team has to try to tag members from the dodgers team who enter in batches of three (and the next batch of three enters when all three initial members are out – either by being tagged or other rule violations).
- The active chaser can only chase in one direction, one side of the middle row, and can change directions only at the ends of the row. and only one active chaser at a time.
- They can take assistance by requesting another chaser to continue the chase by tapping the back of the teammate facing the opposite direction and saying ‘kho’. This normally happens when the opposing team crosses the line to the other side
- (Note that the dodgers/defenders can run across the middle row, change directions, run anywhere within the field while the chaser as mentioned before, only one direction, one side)
- The aim of the game: well, be the fastest to tag all members of the opposing team; and have fun!!
Our version of the game on the playground when we were kids normally ended up being – two teams of any number of players that were there (but at least 5-6 in each team), any field size that worked for us, and the rules were mostly followed..:) but we had lots of fun and I hope to introduce the game to my kids to play with their friends.
The video below mentions teams of 9 players each (but this could mean the 9 active players). This video does a good job of illustrating the rules and how to play the game.
Another video featuring part of a kho-kho match in India
Q to the reader: What was a favorite outdoor childhood sport? Playing hide and seek outside at night in the dark was a fun one for us (especially when there were power cuts and the moon was just bright enough but not a full moon!)
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