The rules and game play of Capture The Flag are as simple as they get, but this doesn’t mean the game isn’t incredibly invigorating and a sheer joy to behold. Like many team sports, Capture The Flag sees two teams of multiple players take to the field to outsmart their opponent. Strategy is vital, and excellent teamwork is of utmost importance in order to be successful.
While many consider the sport to be a purely recreational game, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways of making it even more enticing and thrilling to watch. As we all know, the quickest way to make something more interesting is to a place a wager on the outcome.
There are plenty of ways to bet on Capture the Flag. As fans of field sports will know, there is nothing more invigorating than being completely enraptured by a game, especially when potential winnings are at stake. One of the most popular forms of betting on a game such as this is to bet on the outcome, namely which team will take the win. However, this isn’t the only way to win big on Capture The Flag matches. You could take it up a notch and place wagers on specific events and players within a given match, such as which player will be the first to capture the other teams flag, how long it will take before this occurs, or even which players will be put in ‘jail’ which reminds me of something I would sin in the sin bin from rugby betting.
Play Mechanics of Capture The Flag
Capture The Flag can be played either indoors or outdoors, on any sort of playing surface. All that is required is an area large enough to be divided into two halves, with enough space for players to run freely. A flag is placed at each end of the two halves, and this sport can even be played at night. During night-time matches, teams are encouraged to wear dark clothes to make it more difficult for the opponents to spot them and flashlights can be used instead of the flag.
The aim of the sport is simple: obtain the opponents flag and successfully bring it back to your own territory without getting caught by the opponent. Once this occurs, the match is declared won. Of course, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you are tagged by the opponent within their territory while you are holding the flag, you must remain frozen in place until one of your team mates can free you. This is commonly known as being in ‘jail’. Some variations of the game see a designated area being assigned as the ‘jail’, instead of being frozen in place. More than one flag can also be used, but this increases the level of difficulty as players will have to capture all the flags before the match is declared over.
Roots of Capture The Flag
While the history of Capture The Flag is difficult to trace back, many believe it has its roots in Civil War. During a clash, it was common knowledge that once the opponent’s flag was obtained the battle would be declared won. There were even soldiers appointed to guard the flag on each side of the battlefield, and they had to guard that flag with their lives. The number of casualties was completely irrelevant in these clashes, and obtaining the ‘enemies’ flag was the only way to declare the battle on.