Tug of War Rope
Below is a brief introduction to the rules of tug of war
The Rope
The rope must not be less than 10cms, or more than 12.5cms in circumference, and must be free from knots or other holdings for the hands. The minimum length of the rope must not be less than 33 metres.
Five tapes or markings shall be affixed as follows
1. A coloured tape or marking at the centre of the rope.
2. Two white tapes or markings each 4 metres on either side of the centre marking.
3. Two blue tapes or markings each 5 metres on either side of the centre marking.
No competitor shall grip the rope within the length bounded by the blue tapes or markings referred to in c). At the commencement of each pull the first pulling member shall grip the rope as close as possible to the blue tape or marking. The markings should be affixed so that they are easily adjustable by the Judge in the event of the rope stretching or shrinking.
1. Pulling Areas & Ground Markings:
The pulling area shall be flat, level grass covered surface. One centre line shall be marked on the ground. At the start of a pull, the rope shall be taut with the centre rope marking over the centre line marking on the ground.
2. Locking the Rope:
No knots or loops shall be made in the rope, nor shall it be locked across any part of the body of any member of the team. Crossing the rope over itself constitutes a loop.
From the start the rope shall be taut, every pulling member shall hold the rope with both bare hands by the ordinary grip, i.e., the palms of both hands facing up, and the rope shall pass between the body and the upper part of the arm. Any other hold which prevents the free movement of the rope is a lock and is an infringement of the rules. The feet must be extended forward of the knees and team members should be in the pulling position at all times.
3. Anchor Man's Grip:
The end man shall be called the anchor man. The rope shall pass under one armpit, diagonally across the back and over the opposite shoulder from rear to front. The remaining rope shall pass in a backward and outward direction and the slack shall run free. He shall then grip the standing part of the rope with extended.
4. The Start:
When the Judge has received a signal from the two coaches that all is ready, he/she shall give the teams the following verbal and visual commands:
"Pick up the rope" at the same time extending his/her arms forward and horizontally. The rope shall be as defined in paragraphs 12, Is and 14, the feet being flat on the ground.
"Take the strain" at same time raising both hands above the head; sufficient strain being put on the rope to ensure that it is taut. Each man may establish one foothold with the heel or side of the boot with the extended foot. When the rope is steady with the centre mark over the centre line on the ground.
"Steady" with a reasonable pause with the palms of the hands facing downwards.
"Pull" at the same time flinging the arms downwards.
5. Winning a Pull:
A pull is won when one of the white side markers on the ground is pulled beyond the centre line marking on the ground.
6. Finish of a Pull:
The finish of a pull shall be signalled by the Judge blowing the whistle and pointing in the direction of the team winning the pull.
7. Leaving Go of the Rope:
In the event of both teams leaving go of the rope before a side marking has been pulled beyond the centre line marking on the ground, the Judge shall declare a "No Pull" and the pull shall not constitute one of the requisite number for the match.
8. Pullers Injury or illness.
If a team loses a puller through injury or illness, the decision to drop a puller by the opposing team is left entirely to the team coach. The dropped puller will return to his team for the subsequent pulls. The injured or sick puller will not be allowed to pull again that day.
9. Infringements During Contests:
a. Sitting: deliberately sitting on the ground, or failure to return immediately to the pulling position after slipping.
The interpretation of return immediately is that the pullers shall make direct effort to regain the normal pulling position after slipping on the ground.
b. Leaning: touching the ground with any part of the body other than the feet.
The interpretation of this infringement shall be very clear, no part of the body (other than the feet) shall touch the ground. This means that a CAUTION will be given to teams when leaning on an arm or hand while walking on the rope (three legged pulling).
c. Locking: any hold which prevents the free movement of the rope.
A caution will be given when loops or knots are made in the rope or the rope is locked across any part of the body of any member of the team or the rope is gripped in any other than the prescribed ordinary grip.
d. Grip: any grip other than the ordinary grip as described in rule 2.
e. Propping holding the rope in a position where it does not pass between the body and the upper part of the arm.
The upper part of the arm being from the elbow up to the armpit.
f. Position: sitting on a foot or a limb not extended forward of the knee.
The interpretation of this infringement is that the leg shall not be folded under the body so that a puller may sit on it, nor shall a puller sit on the foot of any member of the team. 'Folded' means that the feet are not forward of the knees.
g. Climbing: passing the rope through the hands.
h. Rowing: repeatedly sitting on the ground whilst the feet are moved backwards.
i. Anchor: any grip other than that described in Rule 3.
j. Footholds: making indentations in the ground in anyway before the command "Take the Strain" is given.