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Tug of war

Tug of war

The garden has always been seen as a very large space in which it is possible to carry out various kinds of activities. Basically, children and teenagers see it as a place for fun. There are many games that can be played in the garden of the house or in any courtyard, today we talk about the “tug of war”. Tug-of-war is a well-known game played by everyone, regardless of the age of the participants. In reality, it is a sport with very ancient origins dating back to around 2500 BC. It had a propitiatory function and was carried out on the occasion of funeral rites and ritual ceremonies. It is a play of force that represented the continuous struggle between two opposing forces: good and evil, life and death, light and darkness, male and female. It is said that the origin of this game is a peasant origin and that between 1904 and 1920 it also became an Olympic-level sport. However, starting from 1920 this sport was removed from the Olympic Games but there is an international federation which organizes a tournament every two years. Despite the passage of time, even today, the game is very successful and the participants come from all over the world.

The rules


Tug of war is a game that involves the use of a rope or rope, possibly of hemp, with a diameter of about 10 centimeters and a length of at least 33.5 meters. In the event that the game is practiced at an amateur level, the length of the rope may be variable according to the choice of the participants. The teams must be formed by at least 5 people, the ideal would be to make up teams consisting of 8 participants. the weight of the members of both teams must be balanced and balanced in such a way as not to create imbalances within one of the two teams in favor of the other. The game can only start in the presence of a referee, he will take care of directing the game by starting and reporting any fouls that will be committed. The minimum age to practice the game of tug of war is 15 years and people with a certain physical strength can participate. The playing field can be both in an external environment (lawn, garden) and in an internal environment (gym). The important thing is that the surface must be compact, flat, covered with grass and, in case it is practiced indoors, the floor must withstand the pressure of the shoes. The shoes used by the participants must have a sole, a heel and the sides must be smooth, in this way you avoid slipping during the game. covered with grass and, in case it is practiced indoors, the floor must withstand the pressure of the shoes. The shoes used by the participants must have a sole, a heel and the sides must be smooth, in this way you avoid slipping during the game. covered with grass and, in case it is practiced indoors, the floor must withstand the pressure of the shoes. The shoes used by the participants must have a sole, a heel and the sides must be smooth, in this way you avoid slipping during the game.

The purpose

The aim of the game is to demonstrate your physical strength to the opposing team and maybe even to those who are watching the game. This force resides both in the arms (used to pull the rope) and in the legs (used to maintain a steady position). Obviously, if the participants have a certain physical prowess at the game, they will certainly have an advantage and facilitated. It is the reason why children cannot participate in this game, they would risk getting hurt. To practice this game, the participants are divided into two teams as balanced as possible. A line is drawn in the center of the field or space where you play, this line will serve to separate the teams and, in a certain way, will also act as a “finish line”. The teams will position one to the right of the drawn line and the other to the opposite side and then to the left. All the participants of both teams will grab the apexes of the rope in their hands and, at the referee’s start, will begin to pull hard towards themselves. The team that manages to drag the opposing team towards them as much as possible by making the participants cross the dividing line wins. another way to win would be to have the opposing team commit three fouls, which is why it is important that there is a referee to signal them. The faults that can be committed are equivalent to a fall, a cheat and the like. The team that manages to drag the opposing team towards them as much as possible by making the participants cross the dividing line wins. another way to win would be to have the opposing team commit three fouls, which is why it is important that there is a referee to signal them. The faults that can be committed are equivalent to a fall, a cheat and the like. The team that manages to drag the opposing team towards them as much as possible by making the participants cross the dividing line wins. another way to win would be to have the opposing team commit three fouls, which is why it is important that there is a referee to signal them. The faults that can be committed are equivalent to a fall, a cheat and the like.

Curiosity

The tug-of-war, at a sporting level, consists of two heats with a rest time of six minutes between one heat and the next. Generally a heat lasts three minutes and, in each heat, the teams change sides. The choice of the position of the sides is decided by drawing lots. There are many advantages brought by this game, both at a sporting level and at an amateur level. As already mentioned above, the tug of war is a game of strength that gives the possibility to strengthen and shape the muscles of the arms and legs. It is good to know that to participate in this game / sport you must have certain physical requirements and good endurance. If you choose to practice a sport of this kind, it is advisable to carry out medical checks first in order to verify that our body and our heart respond well to those types of efforts. The ropes used for this sport are very large, long and resistant, it is difficult for them to break. In the event that we find ourselves playing at an amateur level and we choose a smaller rope both in length and in diameter, it is good to be careful. The rope used must have good resistance otherwise it risks breaking during the shot and the participants risk being damaged. In the event that we find ourselves playing at an amateur level and we choose a smaller rope both in length and in diameter, it is good to be careful. The rope used must have good resistance otherwise it risks breaking during the shot and the participants risk being damaged. In the event that we find ourselves playing at an amateur level and we choose a smaller rope both in length and in diameter, it is good to be careful. The rope used must have good resistance otherwise it risks breaking during the shot and the participants risk being damaged.

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