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Capture the Flag

Capture the flag is an outdoor game where two teams try and capture the other team's flag from the team's base and bring it safely back to their own base.


It is believed that the game of capture flag finds its origins on the battlefield. Soldiers knew when the war was over when the enemy's flag was captured.

Capture the flag is played on an open field or park area preferably as large as a football field.

How to play
Some variations of the rules of play are determined before the game begins. Generally, flags are placed in a visible location at the rear of a team's base. Players from each team advance toward the opposing flag and try to avoid getting tagged by the opposing team. In some versions there is a jail where tagged players may be confined for a predetermined time. Players that have not been tagged keep trying to reach the opponent’s base to capture the flag. When the flag is captured by one player, they’re not safe from being tagged. The player with the flag needs to reach their home base with the flag in order for their team to win.

Suggested equipment
- Comfortable clothing
- Flags of some kind
- Sneakers

Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.


For someone with a visual impairment, make variations to the rules such as using an audible flag, play in pairs, adjust the size of the playing area, and have clearly marked boundaries. Have different teams wear different colors to distinguish a difference between them.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Keep the rules to a minimum when starting and then build on successes. Ensure that skill levels are equal. Use demonstrations when explaining the game. Make the flag and jail very visible. Have different teams wear different colors to distinguish a difference between them. Have a positive attitude and enjoy.

Mobility Limitation

Play on a smooth surface (gym floor, pavement), so that those with mobility limitations are able to move with ease. Have smaller boundaries so that it takes less effort to get to the flag and jail. Elevate the flag off the ground. Use a flag that is easy to hold onto or can be wrapped around a limb or assistive device.

Benefits of Capture the Flag

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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