Heart of the Fox
Tug of War Rules
1. Team Make-up:
a. Teams will be required to gather and be on deck as the event prior begins. A marshalling area will be designated on each side of the river. All members must be fully registered and have signed the event waiver.
b. Each team shall have a maximum of 10 pullers
c. Substitutes are allowed only in the case of an injury during the event.
d. A team coach or coxswain is allowed to be alongside the pullers during their event – but without physical contact
2. Time Limits:
a. We will schedule based on 30-minute intervals for each pull, but actual times may vary so all teams will need to be ready when called to marshal.
i. We are allowing 5 minutes for teams to align on the rope
ii. We are allowing 20 minutes for each contest/pull
iii. We are allowing 5 minutes for the team to exit the pull area and to clean the rope (performed by a designated rope wrangler) for the next event
b. If a pull exceeds 15 minutes, the judge may signal that each team must remove a designated puller – reducing each team to 9.
3. Rules for Pullers:
a. All participants in a pull must where closed toe shoes – no cleats
b. All participants must wear shirts
c. No offensive language on shirts or verbalized during a pull
d. Pullers are encouraged to wear gloves
e. Pullers must stay on the mat during the entire competition
f. The rope cannot be wrapped around arms or wrist, not around any part of the body – hands only
a. The east/west designation for each pull event will be determined in advance by the judges without bias.
b. There will be a sign board on each side of the river identifying upcoming pull teams.
c. Each registered team must provide a contact person email and phone for distribution of potential rule changes, event conditions, etc.