How To Play Tug-of-War

The game of tug-of-war is a competitive one, whose object is to test the strength of each playing team. This is a fun and popular game that is played by children as well as adults. The set up of the game and rules to play tug-of-war are quite simple.

  1. First, you start off with two teams consisting of six people each.
  2. For safety, it is best to play in a grassy area. Also, be sure to have a pair of gloves on hand so that you would not get rope burn.
  3. You will then make the center line on the grass with either some paint or flour. Some players choose to play over a huge mud puddle or a small pool of water to make the game more exciting.
  4. You would also want to make sure that the stronger players are in the front and in the back. It may be best to put the weaker players in the middle.
  5. When it is time for the game begin, have each team line up on each end of the rope.
  6. Once someone yells, “Pull!” each team will then pull backwards as hard as they can.
  7. The teams need to try their hardest to get the other team to fall or let go of the rope.
  8. If any body part of the opposite team crosses the center line, the game is over and the other team ultimately wins.

Sometimes, the rope is marked with a center line. There are two markings that are four meters long on both sides of the center line. The teams will start with the rope's center line being directly above the line marked on the ground. During game play, each team will attempt to pull the other team so that the marking on the rope that is closest to the opposite team crosses the center line. But, it is even more entertaining when the losing team ends up soaking wet or covered in sticky mud!

Tug-of-War is played by children at many parties, by college students looking to have some fun and entertaining recreation, and even by adults in various tug-of-war competitions worldwide. This is one game that is enjoyable and that will never grow old!


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