Tug of War

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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Tournament begins @ 11:00am
**Tug Captains Meeting @ 10:30am


Hardesty Park
1615 W Market Street
Akron, OH 44313


Tug Clinic:

Date: Tuesday, August 1 @ 6:00pm
Location: Hardesty Park (Address Above)

Email dtremaglio@hermescleveland.com to RSVP for practice times.


Ten (10) Players Per Team (5 Male & 5 Females)


1. The rope will be 2 inches in diameter, 150 feet long and made of hemp. It will be marked with red, blue, and white tape.

2. All tugs will be conducted on a natural grass surface.

3. No electric sound systems, horns, whistles, etc. may be used in encouraging teams. This means anything other than the human voice is not permitted.

4. Long-sleeved shirts must be worn by all participants. Gloves and belts are optional.

5. Boots may be worn including combat, hiking, or other types with vibram soles. No spikes, cleats, studs, hobnails, or other metal fittings will be permitted. This includes soccer or football shoes with rubber cleats. If there is a question on allowable footwear, check with the Tug of War officials before the event. Tug of War officials reserve the right to disallow participation if unsafe conditions are deemed to exist.

6. No sticky substances may be used on hands or gloves.

7. Each team is allowed 19 players on their roster, 1 of which is the cadence caller. Only 10 players will tug at one time, 5 males and 5 females. Once an alternate replaces a participant, that participant may not re-enter the competition. A minimum of 8 players can tug (4 males / 4 females)

8. Teams will be lined up so that the rope will be pulled on the right side (under the participants’ right arms). The anchor (the last person) will be permitted to tie in, and is the only member who can touch the ground with only his hands. No other team member is permitted to sit on the ground for more than five seconds, this includes the anchor.

9. Males and females will be alternated in positions on the rope.

10. One coach per team will be permitted on the line to assist with organization. It will be the coach’s responsibility to notify the official that the team is ready to tug.

11. The tug will be started on the command of the official. The team that pulls the rope 12 feet from the center will be declared the winner. A whistle or horn will signal the end of the tug.

12. There will be a 90-second time limit on each tug.

13. All tugs will be timed. These times will be considered in the final result tabulation.

14. Prior to the beginning of the pull, no participant may “dig-in” to the ground.

15. This will be a pool play tournament. Each team will tug against every team in their division.

16. A minimum of 5 minutes rest between tugs will be permitted.

After your first two rounds, game times are subjected to change. If not present at the start of your game, your game will be forfeited!

Akron Corporate Challenge staff members and officials reserve the right to settle any disputes, as well as interpret, modify, and enforce all tug-of-war rules and regulations.