Rock, paper, scissors tag is a partner tag game that can be used to emphasize quick thinking. In this version, whichever partner wins moves up the ladder while the losing partner moves down the ladder.
Divide players into two teams and have them partner up with someone from the opposite team. Have them line up in the middle two yards across from their partner as shown in the diagram below. Add cones on either side about 10 yards away.
How It Works
When the players are lined up, have them play rock, paper, scissors. Whoever wins is the tagger and whoever loses is the runner. If the tagger tags the runner they win and if the runner escapes to the cones on their side they win. Whoever wins moves up the ladder one spot and whoever loses moves down the ladder one spot. This ensures that the fastest players go against each other at the top of the ladder after a few rounds.
Emphasize to the players the importance of being quick on their feet and being able to make decisions in a split second. Have the coach start each round by saying go so that everyone finishes at the same time.