The Rules

1. There will be nine heats; the number of tuggers per heat will have been agreed to by each side before the event, and will in all cases be equal for each heat.

2. All tuggers must have signed a "Damage and Injury Waiver" prior to their stepping into the pulling box. No tugger may participate if a waiver is not signed.

3. All tuggers must show proof of being at least 18 years of age.

4. Tuggers may wear gloves for any event.

5. The only rosin allowed with the rope will be Johnson's Baby Powder.

6. Tuggers may wear anything they wish. Transparent clothing is allowed for female tuggers only.

7. For safety, all tuggers are encouraged to wear knee and/or elbow pads, helmets or padded clothing as desired.

8. No tugger may use any mechanical device, any animal, or any plant to augment his ability to apply pressure to the rope.

9. Tuggers may wear shoes of their choice except for spiked (or golf) shoes. Fuzzy "bunny" slippers are not recommended.

10. No knots of any kind may be tied in the official Tug-Of-War rope.

11. Only tape may be used to mark the rope for each team's individual needs. The tape must be removed after that particular heat is finished. Tape may be used to indicate unofficial results only.

12. Each heat will have a maximum time limit of 15 minutes. If neither side scores a win within that time period, that heat will be declared an official tie and all tuggers transported immediately to the hospital.

13. No tugger may have the advantage of any sort of foot brace attached to the ground.

14. No part of the tugger's body except the feet may touch the ground.

15. The rope must pass between the tugger's body and upper arm only.

16. No tugger may wrap the rope around the hand, arm, or any body part, especially the neck.

17. The last tugger in line, the "anchor," is to pass the rope between his or her body and upper arm, then pass the rope back over the opposite shoulder, from which it must pass to the ground away from the "anchor's" body.

18. If a tugger uses chewing tobacco to enhance strength, he must not spit upon the rope, a teammate, or the judges. He may, however, spit at the opposing team.

19. The judges must disqualify obviously intoxicated tuggers or event officials.

20. Each side is responsible for the condition of the pavement before and during the heats. There will be no handicap awarded to MRE even though it will be tugging up a slight incline.

21. Each side will use tape or chalk to mark a rectangular area measuring 10' to either side of the rope's axis (20' wide total) and 60' long. This rectangle should begin 20' back from the forward-most edge of the pavement at the water's edge. The rectangle should be bisected, such that there is a marked line 30' back of the forward edge of the rectangle, 50' back from the water's edge. At the beginning of the heat, the forward-most tugger's feet must be positioned behind this line.

22. During the actual duration of each heat (from 30 seconds prior to the start until the victory signal) only tuggers, coaches, judges and flare-men may be within the marked rectangle. Others may root for their team from outside of the box.

23. Each side will appoint people to serve in these roles:
a.) One (1) Team Coach
b.) Two (2) Heat Judges (one to be stationed at the opposing team's tug line, the other at their own tug line).
c.) One (1) Center Judge (on Liberté)
d.) Three (3) rope tenders (on each side at the water's edge).
e.) Two (2) MRE Navy Seals to rescue designated losers.

24. There will be two (2) smoke flares stationed at each of the tug lines (with the heat judges) and at the rope's center (on Liberté and the whaler). If any official sees that a flare has been set off, or upon hearing five (5) blasts of an air horn, the ongoing heat is to be halted immediately. After the emergency condition has been cleared, the heat will be restarted, or it will be officially declared a tie.

25. CRITICAL: Upon the victory signal, it is imperative that each side slowly ease tension on the rope in order to prevent one side's sudden release from toppling the tuggers of the opposing team.


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