British Bulldogs (game)

British Bulldogs (game)

British bulldogs (often the singular British bulldog, also octopus, seaweed, bullies or bullrush) is a tag-based game, of which red rover and cocky laura are descendants. It is played mainly in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other Commonwealth countries by children at school. It was originated in Great Britain. The game is also known to have been played, often on asphalt recess yards, by schoolchildren in Rhode Island in the 1960s, under the name "cock-a-rooster." The game is characterised by its physicality often being regarded as violent leading it to be banned from many schools, although this trend is now being reversed.

The play area is usually a large hall or large area of a playing field, though there are no definition of the size of the pitch nor the number of players as long as there is enough space for the players to manoeuvre and enough players to have fun.

Most commonly one or two players – though this number may be higher in large spaces – are selected to play the parts of the "bulldogs". The bulldogs stand in the middle of the play area. All remaining players stand at one end of the area (home). The aim of the game is to run from one end of the field of play to the other, without being caught by the bulldogs. When a player is caught, they become a bulldog themselves. The winner is the last player or players 'free'.

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British Bulldogs (game) - Controversy
... shows that gamessuch as Britishbulldog can be as dangerous as rugby football." BritishMedical Journal, June 1985 The gamehas occasionally resulted in slight injury ... One such serious injury was reported in the BritishMedical Journal in June 1985, reporting a child had suffered a spinal injury whilst playing the game ... Some schools decided to discourage the game others implemented an outright ban ...

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