"Drapeau" (French) "Flag" (English)

[See also "capture the flag".  This appears to be a French-Canadian variation, but different enough to warrant it's own listing]

This is a group game, i.e. there should be at least 30 kids for maximum fun since you need to be divided into two groups. Although it is still playable with less people. It is not difficult to play, great for 9-13 year old.

Description of the game:
A rectangle is decided for the limits or the playing area - say like a tennis court size. At one end of the playing area, a wood base is placed with a somewhat shorten broomstick fitted in a drilled hole.

Defense                     Offense
|  x |                       | x  |
| x  |                       |  x |
|  x |          police       | x  |
|x   [f]--         x         |   x|
| x  |                       | x  |
|   x|                       |  x |
|x   |                       |x   |

                 /     <<<<< The direction of the flag. A yard long.
  /                 /|
 /       ()        / |
/_________________/  /   <<< This is the box to hold the flag.
|                 | /        about 2' x 1' 1/2

The broom stick is inserted in an angle pointing towards the offensive team.

The object of the game:
The offensive team has to take the flag home. The defense has to stop them from stealing the flag. The offense team place one police officer in the center zone.

The offense team is safe from being killed (touched by an opponent) when standing in the offense zone since they can be killed by any defensor.

The defense can be killed only by the "offence police officer" in the center zone.

The offense team CAN go into the defence zone. But the defence team CANNOT go into the offense zone.

If the flag is taken by an offense player WITHOUT going into the defense zone, his/her team gets 2 points.

If the flag is taken by GOING into the defense zone, then, only 1 point is scored.

NOTE: In order for the scoring to take effect, the player must not move(up & down, wabbling...) the broom stick while running towards his/her safe zone. The stick must be held straight in front of him and high(the hand is at the chin level or about).

Ending the game:
The game ends after both teams have played an equal amount of rounds as the offense team...and the winner is the team that has reached the highest score- usually decided in advance, e.g. 10.

This game is worth trying ... Enjoy!

Contributed by Annie & Naomi Garneau

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