Type of game:
Locomotion Game
Character of the game:
Non-Competitive
Country of origin:
Denmark
Aim of the game:
Participants need to be fast enough to run out of the bull’s reach
Number of players:
Multi Player
6 - 30
Age
10 +
Difficulty:
Medium
Area of play:
Indoor or outdoor free space (e.g. park, school backyard, gym), ideally with a soft surface
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Rope One long rope tied to make a circle held by participants. The use natural rope is recommend – not nylon.
Motor skills
Speed
Social skills
Cooperation Communication
Cognitive skills
Tactics
equipment
Background
The date of appearance is not known. There are some written records reaching back to 1915 in Denmark. Some similar games have been recognized in other European countries, such as “Puddle” in Poland. Over the years the Bull in the Red Sea has become the most loved traditional game in schools all over Denmark.
Set up:
This game should be played in any indoor or outdoor area that allows the players to move back and forth within the formed circle.
Rules
A piece of rope is adjusted length-wise according to the number of players.  A circle is formed by tying the two ends of the rope. The participants face the middle and hold on to the rope at the height of their hips. A "bull" is let into the circle and must now try to catch one of the players by touching its hands or body. The participants standing outside the circle are cooperating and trying not to allow the bull to approach someone from the circle. To be safe they are free to let the rope loose and run backwards in case the bull is approaching, but the rope must not fall onto the ground. If this happens, the bull can break out of the circle, chase and catch the one who let the rope go. If a player is caught, roles are changed with the bull, and the one who gets caught is the new "Bull in the Red Sea".
It is important to keep the rope at the height of the hips to avoid the hazard of touching the bull’s neck. Nylon ropes should not be used as they are elastic, and might sting or burn. 
Teaching Styles:
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Encourage players to communicate throughout the game
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game.
Rules:
  • Have a time limit on being the bull and ensure everyone gets a turn
  • Change the way of moving to walking/hopping/skipping etc
  • Increase/decrease the number of players holding the rope 
Environment:
  • Increase/decrease the size of the circle
  • Ensure the indoor/outdoor playing area has a smooth surface and is free of obstacles
Equipment:
  • Use a brightly coloured thick rope
  • Attach bells to the rope if needed
  • Allow people with mobility issues to use a piece of equipment (e.g. a soft foam tube) to catch while the bull
Background
The date of appearance is not known. There are some written records reaching back to 1915 in Denmark. Some similar games have been recognized in other European countries, such as “Puddle” in Poland. Over the years the Bull in the Red Sea has become the most loved traditional game in schools all over Denmark.