Bringing a Child’s Game to the EXTREME

World Chase Tag brings a game we all played as children to the extreme as it gains popularity as an official, worldwide sport

A favorite pastime that is shared traditionally and popular worldwide is sports. From football to lacrosse and from the U.S. to China, sports have been around for centuries and are shared across many cultures. Sports are more than just a game and competition to us all; sports are a part of our culture and a part of our lives.

Year by year, new sports are always being created and thrown into the mix. However, one sport is slowly creeping into the spotlight as we speak. That one sport, is World Chase Tag.

Back in 2011, brothers, Christian and Damien Devaux created a sport straight out of the creativity of their imaginations. It all started when Christian was playing a game of tag with his son, Orlando, in their backyard. After the game, Christian had a breakthrough. He was inspired to make a game of his own design, and with the help of his brother, Damien, that’s exactly what he did.

The game they created was Chase Tag. The game involves an “Evader” and a “Tagger.” The tagger’s goal is to touch the evader with his hand within 20 seconds, while the evader uses any skills they have and the course around them to avoid the tagger. If the tagger catches the evader within the 20 seconds, their team gets a point, however if they can’t tag them within 20 seconds, the game moves on to its next round. The brothers set out a goal to design and construct a custom course, with perfect dimensions and scaling of obstacles in order to balance the chase between the evader and tagger.

Ever since the sports official beginning in 2011, the sport has blown up, as the Devaux brothers continue to bring their sport with them as they travel the globe. They have already established the sport in several countries around the world, and they don’t plan on stopping.

The sport’s jump in popularity is attributed to its help in the upbringing of the art of parkour. Parkour is the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. The concept of parkour began in France in the 1980’s and was popularized in the mid 1990’s to the 2000’s through films and other forms of media. Since then, parkour has blown up and spread across the globe, influencing thousands of individuals, all while being influenced by those same individuals in return.

World Chase Tag is moving heavily into the light and is bringing parkour with it. This year especially, the sport has gained a lot of popularity and more and more people are starting to become interested. The sport is growing by the day and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping anytime soon.