Rock, paper, scissors tag is a fun tag game where players play rock, paper, scissors. The winning player becomes the tagger while the losing player becomes the runner. This drill is a good way to help players think on their feet and develop quick reactions.

Set Up

The set up for this exercise is relatively simple, create lanes for the drill as pictured above and then have players partner up. 

How It Works

To begin, the players play rock, paper, scissors in the middle. The player who wins becomes the tagger and the player who loses becomes the runner. The runner’s objective is to run across their own side safely before being tagged. The tagger can earn a point by succesfully tagging the runner before they cross their end line. 

Coaching Points

Quick reactions and speed are the keys to success in this drill. Try to match players up with similar levels of quickness for maximum competitiveness. If you’re doing this exercise with an entire team you could create a ladder where the winning player moves up to the next lane while the moving player moves down. After a few rounds, all of the fastest players will end up at the top of the ladder competing against each other.

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