How to Play Ropeless Tug of War

Tug of War is one of those games that everyone has played at some point.  It’s a game loved by middle schoolers and high school teenagers where two teams compete to see who is the mightiest.  However, sometimes a good quality tugging rope isn’t available.  Have no fear!  Tug of War can easily be adapted to Ropeless Tug of War with no extra effort at all.

ropeless tug of war

How to Play Ropeless Tug of War

  1. Gather everyone on a long line and arrange players shoulder to shoulder from shortest to tallest.
  2. Count off every other person by twos. (1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, etc.)
  3. Have all the twos turn around and face the opposite direction.
  4. Tell everyone to interlock their arms.
  5. On “Go” everyone pulls forward trying to get the opposite team over the line.
  6. The team that successfully pulls all of the other team members (or a majority) over the line wins.

It’s as simple as that!  Now you are off to see which team is the strongest.  Also, even if you have a Tug of War Rope, it may be a good idea to play the ropeless version alongside the roped version.  You’ll be surprised how sometimes one team will win with a rope and the other will win without it.

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Special thanks to Word of Life Camps for making this ropeless tug of war game possible.

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