- There are no rules on the Hash
The hash is not to be regarded so doggedly. It should be fun, you want to meet people, walk a bit and maybe drink a beer.
The following rules are only a rough guideline, what you should/can consider. Since we also sometimes just override or change some rules, you should not rely too much on it.
- The Hare, the Hariette and the Trail
The Hare (male) or/and the Hariette (female) lay out the run (Trail). This usually takes place before the actual run, so that the Hares run along. In some areas or special cases there is also a “Live Hare” who lays out the run first with about half an hour’s lead.
The hashers are the shepherds who then have to find this trail.
- The Marks
The Hash run itself is similar to a treasure hunt. On the route there are different signs which show you the way – possibly.
These markings are laid with flour or with flour and are partly not to be discovered immediately, since they are placed by the Hares also gladly behind trees or in high grass.
Worldwide these signs differ a bit, so here now the symbols used by the Hanover Hares:
|This is the most important sign on the trail, it marks the correct route. When you see these points you are ‘ON’. On the right way. You make this clear to the other hashers by shouting ” ON ON ” loudly.
But be careful, there are also exceptions …
A ‘check’ marks a place where the path must be searched. Mostly to be found at forks or crossings. Here must now be ‘checked’. The hashers are searching for the next ‘Dots’. To create a little confusion, false dots are placed. Only with three successive Dots one is again ‘ON’. While you are searching the environment you don’t want to leave the other hashers in the dark and you announce every new discovery loudly.
If you find the first dot you call “Check one” – at the second one you call “Check two” and at the third one you call “On On” again. Some hashers can’t wait for this information and like to call after the checker: “Are you? This means as much as “Are you on?” and is a request to say whether one has already found something. If you haven’t found anything yet you answer with “looking” – I’m still looking (no idea where to go).
Since there are always some fast and less fast Hasher, one has with the check the possibility to get the group again somewhat more closely together. While with a normal check everyone is allowed to search, there are additional signs at the checks, from which it is clear who is allowed to check there.
|Last 3 Check
|Here only the last three hashers are allowed to check. With this check you get the whole group together again, because all others have to wait for the last three. Here also “last 2” or “last 4” can be appropriate, depending on how many branches are available at the check.
|Only Hariettes are allowed to check here.
|Well, who has a baseball cap on? He may check here.
|This sign indicates that it does not go further here. Wrong way. Turn around.
This T must also not be crossed !!!!
|Every now and then there are also nice Hares, who show you the ‘possible’ way with these signs…
|The opposite of the nice Hares is also represented. This ‘Fish Hook’ means for the first three Hasher passing this sign turn around once and run around the last Hasher. This is especially good when the field is already a few hundred meters apart.
|This is the announcement of soon refreshment and the end of the trail.
Next to the ‘Home’ you will often find arrows that show you the way to your destination.
After this sign no more follow.
- The Circle
After the run, when all hashers are at the finish line, a circle is formed and the impressions and “offenses” of the run are highlighted once again. The list of possible offenses on a trail is endless and therefore only the most important ones are listed below. The penalty for such an offense is a `down down`. The culprit is ordered to the center of the circle and gets his `Down Down` there.
If all offences have been punished the circle is dissolved and the hash is finished.
Now follows (in Hannover at least) the rush for food and drinks, which were organized by the Hares and paid from the small entry fee.
- The Hashname
To be able to keep the different Hasher apart, of course, each gets its own name. This is awarded when you have laid his first run and of course consolidated with a proper baptism.