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War Monger
Tug of War strategy 5/5/2009 2:45PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
In a 20 v 20 (all male) tug of war match, what's the best strategy if you have the undersized (by weight) team?

I think its to put our biggest guys up front and try to get the other team's weakest members off balance early, but conventional wisdom always has the big guys in the back.

Anyone have any scientific rationale for how to set our team up, or if you have relevant tug of war experience, I'd love to hear it.
Davey Crockett
RE: Tug of War strategy 5/5/2009 3:37PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Pull harder than the other team.

Although, technically, it's impossible to pull harder than the other team...
Organic Food
RE: Tug of War strategy 5/5/2009 4:01PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
You need to all pull hard at once so that you can get them off their feet. Maybe count down from 10 and then on 2 or 3 (as to trick them) pull as hard as you can.
stickler
RE: Tug of War strategy 5/5/2009 7:36PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'd say big guys in the back, usually as you start to lose, the guys in the front are the first to give up, so keeping htem in back i think would be best. Also, a good coodination of your grunts works well, it can make or break your team especially if you're at a disadvantage.
fat guy
RE: Tug of War strategy 5/5/2009 8:52PM - in reply to stickler Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
put the fatest guy in the loop of the rope. Have him turn the opposite way and run. Works every time.

Have the smaller guys in front pull down there pants when the pulling starts. Theyre pussies anyway and cant help with pulling but by being naked it will distract the other team..
Lets do THIS
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 3:25PM - in reply to fat guy Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
pull other team's pants down
Free Advice
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 3:46PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Maximize the amount of time your feet are on the ground, which obviously means you want to minimize the amount of time that your feet are off of the ground. Proof this works: if your entire team jumped in the air at once, it would be a huge advantage for your opponant. If half of you were in the air, less advantage. Never in the air equals your advantage.

Lean back the maximize amount that you can. Proof: If you were in a tug-o-war standing straight up against someone leaning back, you would most likely lose if all else was equal. Therefore, leaning back is an advantage. maximize it.

Constant pressure on the rope is better. If your opponants do the old "1-2-3 pull" routine, you will have an advantage during their down time.
idiot$
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 5:32PM - in reply to Free Advice Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
it's better to put your strongest people in the front. i remember our 5th grade teacher told us this even though its contrary to conventional wisdom and we dominated field day
one hand Jack
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 8:34PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
and whatever you do, don't wrap the rope around your hand
Bear of Bad News
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 8:44PM - in reply to idiot$ Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

idiot$ wrote:

it's better to put your strongest people in the front. i remember our 5th grade teacher told us this even though its contrary to conventional wisdom and we dominated field day


Can someone explain why it matters what order you put people in on the rope? It seems to me that the team should generate the same power regardless of how they are positioned. A guy pulling with X amount of power should generate X amount of power whether he is the first or last guy in the line and will contribute exactly X to the total team power from any place on the rope.
the don
RE: Tug of War strategy 11/12/2009 8:48PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
You're thinking about this the wrong way.

It's easier to hold something in place than to pull it. Start by simply holding your ground and not trying to walk backwards. After the other team has worn themselves out, start trying to move the rope.
Lance
RE: Tug of War strategy 1/26/2010 8:34AM - in reply to the don Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
it makes sense to have the big men in front, because with big men in back, little ones have the option of giving up before the big ones. if big men can stand in front and hold their ground, the little ones will/have to keep trying. Every little bit of effort counts, especially after the first few minutes, when everybody on the line's getting tired.

I'm thinking we'll try something like a foot stomp count. (anchor counts out like 7 stomps and on 7 we go or something similar.) We're significantly outsized in our competition too, but we'll make the best of it.
balls
RE: Tug of War strategy 1/26/2010 11:13AM - in reply to Lance Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Get low, lean back, and dig in. Tug of war is almost all in the legs.
Benedict
RE: Tug of War strategy 1/26/2010 11:49AM - in reply to balls Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Most important thing is to keep leaning back. After the team is set up but before the pulling begins, make sure everyone is looking up at the sky. This forces you to lean back. After that it's a matter of keeping good ground contact, staying low while leaning back and of course pulling.
amish cowboy
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 3:06PM - in reply to Benedict Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
the best stratagy iv used and makes sense is to line them up shortest at the front ttallest at the back, this way the rope is inclined and being pulled in a straight line, if they were stagered height when one person is pulling you are either pulling the rope upward or downward, working against the other person(s) on your team, and deffinatly lean back and squat and pull with your legs is the best way
rouserabble
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 3:27PM - in reply to Free Advice Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Little tricks are the best. Tell your team ahead of time that if the other team says "1,2,3,pull," you will pull on their 2 or 3. They won't be ready because they were preparing to attack.

It's like attacking the king in chess right when you see the opponent setting up their own attack, whether it fits with your own plan or not. Right before an offensive move is when the mind is most unaware of defense.

Another one is randomization. Have everyone count together the entire time and decide beforehand to attack on "7, 12, 23, and 27."

Either way, coordination and unexpectedness are the keys to the game.
Stéphan Tunstal
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 3:31PM - in reply to War Monger Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Coup durement

Vous les vierges letsrun avez beaucoup de pratique!
rolondo
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 3:42PM - in reply to Organic Food Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Organic Food wrote:

You need to all pull hard at once so that you can get them off their feet.


This worked for us (xc team vs the football team). Get a synchronized jerking motion so that everyone on the team is pulling at once.
Haji
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 8:26PM - in reply to Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Be very quick to be the first team to pull. Will you start out by lying face down and then jumping into position? If so, practice this. Also practice pulling together, in rhythm as others have mentioned. 20 different people pulling at different times won't stand a chance against a team of 20 people pulling all at once.

Pull first and be in sync.
meeeeeee
RE: Tug of War strategy 2/9/2010 8:34PM - in reply to Haji Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
If outside....wear cleats/spikes.
Only advice I have to offer.
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