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Red Rover

Red Rover (also known as Red Rover, Red Rover; Forcing the City Gates; Pom, Pom Pullaway; and Octopus Tag) is a game played primarily by children in which the players form two teams. Each team holds hands in a line, thus forming two parallel lines (or chains) facing each other. The game starts when the first team (usually the East or South team) calls out, "Red rover, red rover, send [name of player on opposite team] right over."

The immediate goal for the person called is to run to the other line and break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins the team which called "Red rover." However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, this player may take his/her pick of either of the two "links" broken by his/her successful jaunt. This unfortunate broken link then joins the team that had been called out. The other team then enjoys the opportunity and challenge of calling out "Red rover" for a player on the first team, and so on.


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