Tug of War is one of the most popular team building activity all across the globe. It is practiced by people of all age group. It is basically a game of collective team strength. The two teams competing to try and pull each other so that one team is forced to move out of their position.
If you do not know about Tug of War, watch the video below or read this manual.
4-Way Tug of War is basically a tug of war with two extra groups . There are also two extra ropes. The teams now must pull opponents to a victory ground to win the game.
The picture on the left is of traditional two way tug of war while the picture on the rights shows a modified 4-Way tug of war.
Equipment: Ropes, Bungee Loops
Group Size: 4-20
Time: 10-20 Minutes
Effective Age Group: 8 and above
How to play Tug of War
- Grab four individual ropes and attach them with bungee loops like in the picture to the right.
- Each of the group grabs their end of rope and position themselves around the middle of a square (usually marked by game cones)
- Each team begins by pulling towards there side of the court. The first team to completely cross the boundary wins the game.
- Make sure to use open area with no obstruction.
- Give each team member at least 5 feet of space so that the players do not bunch up and fall over one another.
- No member of team can let go of the rope until the round is finished.
- It can also be played on sets with the team with highest point wins ( 1 point awarded for each success).
- Though being mostly about strength, there is tactical side about tug of wars too. Like formation of line, arranging of players etc.
- Tug of war teaches a great deal about team work and co-operation.
- This game also helps to build good communication platform between the players.