. Short for Playground Appreciation Association
At its peak, a group of 20 or so members
between the ages of 16 and 22 who would congregate
at local playgrounds
to play tag
The PAA was located in and around the Minneapolis
, MN area of the United States. Members would travel for up to an hour and a half to visit a wide variety of playgrounds
would execute amazing jumps
, such as the Portman
and Jason Waye
, to tag their prey
, evade capture
, and impress one another with outstanding physical prowess
Preliminary attempts were made to produce a video which would highlight the exciting
ous aspects of tag that were considered very fun
by its participants. Although early copies of such a video
exist, no superb
collection of footage was ever released.
The PAA was active over a period of almost 4 years. The association was created when the founding members stumbled upon Lone Lake Elementary School
some 50 miles out of Minneapolis. A period of time from 1997 to 1998 is known as the golden age of tag
, where PAA members were enthusiastically pushing the envelope and changing common conceptions of tag as a game, a sport, and a lifestyle
The last recorded PAA-sponsored game was sometime in late 2000. Injuries
were light, with only a few skinned knees and one mildly twisted ankle.
aspect of the PAA
was the maturity
of the group, notably their respect for law enforcement
officers when they occasionally arrived on the scene.
More information can be found at http://mpls.k12.mn.us/~eswalker/paa, the PAA's homepage since 1997.