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Puddle Pull

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The History of Puddle Pull
Puddle Pull is a sport the Miami Chapter of Delta Upsilon began hosting in 1949. The event was founded by Miami DU Alumnus Frank Dodd '49. Puddle Pull has been, and still is, one of the most popular events of Greek Week. It is the last event of the week and always has a great turnout. In the past, Puddle Pull took place in the area behind the north quad residence halls across the street from Yager Stadium. Nowadays we hold Puddle Pull right at Millett. Many people may watch and ask, "Why is it called Puddle Pull, I don't see any puddle?" Originally, there was a pool of mud/water in the middle of the rope, and a losing team could get pulled into it. But due to safety reasons, there has not been a "puddle" for some time.

In previous decades, anyone on campus could field a team. Nowadays the event is only held for Greeks during Greek Week and for our annual Spring Puddle Pull philanthropy, but all are welcome to attend and watch the exciting event. Puddle Pull is an important event for our Chapter that we take great pride in. Our last win was at the 2017 Greek Week Puddle Pull event.

The Art of Puddle Pull
Puddle Pull is a variation of tug-of-war. Fraternities and sororities choose their biggest and strongest 10 brothers or sisters for the Greek Week event. Puddle Pull not only demands strength, but also strategy from the caller, who commands the team during the 2 minute pull. If a team is lucky enough to make it to the finals, they must endure a grueling 3 minute pull.

We begin preparing for the event up to three weeks in advance with late night practices and scrimmages against active brothers who are not on the A-team. There are three basic moves that every team must know. They are locking down, preparing to hit, and hitting.

The basic lockdown form in Puddle Pull is having your legs extended, back arched, head up, and hands close to your body. If each of the 10 men on the rope do this correctly, you are like a rock and will not give up rope. This is also the way the team should be after the last basic move which is hitting against the opponent.
Another basic move is a sucking up move, or preparing to hit against your opponent. This is done by moving your body quickly so that your legs are at a 90 degree angle. There are many ways of getting into this position. When your legs are at an angle like this, you are ready for the next move which will greatly help the team take rope.
The last, and most exciting, basic move is firing, or hitting against the opponent to take rope. This is done after sucking up so that you are able to take the most rope possible. When the team is called to hit, each man on the rope fires back with all of their energy and extends their legs to take rope onto their side. After being in the air for a few seconds, the team settles back down into their starting lockdown position.

We hope you now know a little more about Puddle Pull! It is an event that has become a Miami tradition, and will continue to be a tradition for many years to come. Delta Upsilon takes great pride in this event, and it will always be ours.

Spring Puddle Pull 2011 - Gamma Phi Beta

Greek Week Winners:
1949: Delta Chi
------ Recent Winners ------
2009: Theta Chi & Chi Omega
2010: Delta Upsilon & Alpha Gamma Delta
2011: Delta Tau Delta & Alpha Delta Pi
2012: Delta Tau Delta & Chi Omega
2013: Delta Tau Delta & Alpha Delta Pi
2014: Delta Upsilon & Phi Mu
2015: Kappa Kappa Gamma
2017: Delta Upsilon & Chi Omega

Spring Puddle Pull Winners:
1990: ACACIA
1997: Alpha Sigma Alpha
1998: Sigma Chi & Sigma Kappa
1999: Phi Kappa Tau & Pi Beta Phi
2000: Delta Upsilon
2001: Beta Theta Pi & Delta Gamma
2002: Theta Chi & Alpha Omicron Pi
2004: Sigma Chi
2008: Beta Theta Pi & Alpha Xi Delta
2009: Delta Tau Delta & Alpha Delta Pi
2012: Delta Tau Delta & Alpha Gamma Delta
2013: Beta Theta Pi
2014: Delta Upsilon & Delta Delta Delta
2016: Lambda Chi Alpha & Zeta Tau Alpha
2018: Phi Mu

A complete listing of winners will appear in new Miami Chapter history book, which is scheduled for release at the end of 2018.

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