How to Choose Rope for Tug-of-War

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Getting a good rope isn't the trick. Getting the biggest guy to be on your team - now that's the trick!

Choose a good, heavy rope.

Look for grade-A manila rope - that's what the pros use.


Stay away from nylon and polyester ropes, because they'll give people rope burn.


Pick a rope between 115 and 120 feet long for two teams of eight people.


The rope should be between 1 and 1 1/2 inch in diameter.


Look for manila safety line, which has a wire-rope core, if you can't find a rope of the right thickness. The line is used for climbing, search and rescue and construction.


Look for rope at sporting goods stores. Ropes specifically made for tug-of-war will be looped and braided at each end.


Try rock-climbing supply or marine shops if sporting goods stores don't have a rope.


Things You'll Need

  • Party Supplies
  • Party Drinks
  • Party Snacks
  • Manila Ropes
  • Resins


  • Make sure rope is dry before you store it. You might want to buy a good storage bag.

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