International Tug of War Day
It might seem like two people are fighting for the rope. It’s more than that.
It’s a fun game.
It’s a sport.
It’s Tug of War!
International Tug of War Day is also a part of it!
Perhaps one of the most basic sports, possibly dating back to disputes over ownership over food, the history of Tug of War fades into legend with Sun and Moon wrestling over darkness and light.
Two teams each hold a long rope. They then try to pull the other toward them. Since its humble origins, Tug of War has evolved into a popular sport with a long history.
Many cultures refer to pulling in opposite directions as a form of competition for strength. These artifacts can be found in stone carvings, ancient texts, and legends.
Viking history suggests that these brave warriors might have used animal skins, which were then stretched across a firepit – just in case they needed more motivation to pull! A tug ‘o war’ was a popular way for sailors to demonstrate their skill with heavy rigging when tall ships were common.
Contests are still held over water bodies or muddy areas. The losing team often falls in. This is a far cry from the Viking version, when contestants competed over a fire pit.
Although added to the Olympic Games in 1900, and then dropped from them after 1920, Tug of War is still a worldwide sport. Many countries have their own governing bodies. The Tug of War International Federation oversees games from at least 70 countries. Tug of War still plays in the World Games every fourth year.
Participate in International Tug-of-War Day celebrations in many fun ways These are some ideas to get you started:
Apart from formal competitions, “pulls” are also featured at festivals and fairs. The spectators are encouraged to cheer for their favorite side. Each side can have as few as two people or as many as eight. Others are larger.
You can also watch some Tug of War championships on YouTube, if there is nothing going on in your local area.
You think you know all there is to learn about this sport? You might be wrong! It can be as simple and straightforward as two men and a rope. However, it has evolved into a complex game with specific rules and regulations that keep it fair and enjoyable.
While it may seem that Tug of War is a sport that only involves brute force, it is far more. The root of the game is actually deeply involved in a lot of science.
It’s a great way for kids to learn science through hands-on learning by playing the sport on International Tug of War Day. It is a great way organize science and math lessons that incorporate concepts such as friction and mass.
Host a competition at work or in your neighborhood to get everyone excited about International Tug of War Day! There are many ways to get involved, from a small group of people to a large number. The world record for a single tug of war is 1,574 participants.
Encourage local businesses to sponsor it and possibly offer prizes. You can also sell tickets and donate the proceeds directly to local charities.
It’s not surprising that this popular event has its own day, Tug-of-War Day. On this day, many matches are held and cries of “heave-ho!” can be heard all over the globe. This gives everyone a chance to cheer on or take part in this timeless team sport!