DJ’s tug of war team was founded in 1980 by Dave and Jean Sticha from New Prague, MN. The team had it’s roots competing as a “pit pulling” team. This style consisted of digging a hole and “passing ” the rope through ones hands. The team that had the most rope by the end of a pre-arranged time would be the winner. DJ’s began pulling the “stand-up” style in 1982. This is the same style that the team pulls today.
The first outdoor National Championships that DJ’s competed in was in 1983 for the men and women. The first outdoor World Championships that the DJ’s men competed in was 1988 in Malmo, Sweden and 1996 in Slagharen, Holland for the DJ’s women.
The first indoor National Championships that DJ’s competed in was in 1999 for the men and women. This was the first national indoor championships that the U.S Amateur Tug of War Association hosted. The first indoor World Championships that the DJ’s men and women competed in was 1999 in Carlow, Ireland.
DJ’s Tug of War Club has continued to travel the world competing in numerous indoor and outdoor World Championships most recently attending the 2010 Outdoor World Championship in Pretoria, South Africa.