Leadership Inspirations Activities
Multiway Tug Of War
Four teams will need strategy and strength to win this game of tug of war
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing
Type Of Activity
4 Way Power Pull (Store Bought Or Homemade)
- You will need either a 4 way Power Pull with 20 or 40 loops OR you can make your own with sturdy ropes and carabiners – see diagram.
- You will need either a 4 way Power Pull with 20 or 40 loops OR you can make your own with sturdy ropes and carabiners.
- Designate and mark a ‘finish line’ for each team. This will be the line that they need to pull the center ring/knot over to win.
- Safety: Encourage safety! If anyone has any physical limitations or heart/lung conditions they should not participate in this activity.
- Lay out the ropes, etc. as shown in diagram above.
- Participants should prepare appropriately by taking off watches and hand jewelry.
- Divide into groups and make sure the groups appear to be of similar strength.
- Brief group on normal tug-of-war safety rules:
- No wrapping or tying rope around anyone or anything – only hold with hands
- Watch out for rope burn on hands – let go if rope is moving through hands
- Watch out for rope burn on body – let go if you lose footing
- First command from the Tug-of-War master (facilitator) is “take the strain”. This is only to take up the slack, that’s all. The Tug-of-War master makes sure the center ring is stable and centered.
- The second command is “Go!!”
- Then, teams attempt to pull the center ring or knot over their finish line. Teams can swivel to cooperate / compete with other teams, then switch directions, etc.
- Conduct several rounds. Continue until one team earns 3 victories and the Tug-of-War title.
- Allow teams plenty of time to physically recover and debrief/plan after each round.
- Play with more ropes to add more teams to the activity.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
- Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
- How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
- Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
Inclusion and Involvement
- What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
- What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
- Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?
If your group is going through the Adjourning stage, try some of these activities to help your group transition and adjust: