Jello Wrestling Rules - A Complete Guide
Common Rules, Rule Variations, How to run a competition or tournament, Jello Games without Wrestling, Fundraising ideas and More
We have been in the jelly wrestling industry worldwide for close to a decade and during that time we have witnessed a range of different jello wrestling tournaments. Below we have listed a number of ways that you can use a pool of jello for competitions, games, fundraisers and more. If you have seen different rules played or have your own unique set of rules we would love to hear about it - Please Contact Us.
When it comes to Jello Wrestling every house party or venue is entitled to their own house rules. There are many different games that can be played with a jelly wrestling pit but before any game specifics are discussed you should agree upon the ground rules and ensure everyone is aware of them.
Jello Wrestling Ground Rules
Some common ground rules to consider are described below (our team use these in our house rules):
- No Kicking, punching, biting, hair pulling, gouging, head butting, choking etc
- All participants must remain on their knees - No standing (this prevents injuries from slips and minimizes the impact of the ground when being tackled).
- Always have one nominated referee who ensures that the participants abide by the rules - The refs decision is final. They also have the power to eject participants for overly rough play or misconduct (for official jello wrestling referee t-shirts and merchandise click here).
- No Shoes (shoes can accidentally tear the base of a pool).
- If your opponent yells 'stop', passes out, or is injured in any way then the round ends immediately.
- Remember that while jello wrestling is a competition it is also meant to be hilarious, slippery, sexy, fun. Don't take it too seriously.
- Enjoy the squishy feel of jello on your skin.
Jello Wrestling Referee - It's a great idea to look the part!
The most common way to jello wrestle is using the 3 second pin rule. Contestants begin each round at opposite ends of the pool. When the referee signals the beginning of play, contestants attempt to pin their opponent flat on the base of the pool. Once a player is pinned on their stomach or backs the referee begins a 3 second count. If the player can hold their opponent in that position for the full 3 seconds than they win the round and players reset their positions for round two. Games are usually best of 3 or 5 rounds. In tournaments the winner would advance to the next stage.
Remove Your Opponent's Shirt
This is sexier version of Jello Wrestling. Competitors start each round in the usual way. The objective of the game is to be the first person to remove their competitor’s tshirt and throw it out of the pit. You can use the tshirts that the participants are wearing or supply them with tshirts especially for the event. A good way to get the crowd cheering is to supply team tshirts to help spectators decide who to go for. If you are tailgating for example have team shirts for the two teams playing in the day’s game.
The sweatband rules are similar to the remove your opponent’s shirt rule. Before each round participants place a sweatband around each of their wrists and ankles
(again relevant team colors can be used to generate more crowd support e.g. college colors, sports teams etc). When the referee signals the beginning of the round
participants attempt to be the first player to remove all four bands from their opponent.
The crowd support rule is a timed battle (usually 30 seconds or 1 minute per round) with the winner judged at the end of a round by crowd support. The trick to winning in this version of the game is not only to show that you are the better wrestler but also to entertain the crowd. A player that pins their opponent and does something funny or sexy (e.g. twerking, crumping or stripping) is more likely to get cheers than a player who just wrestles. As the winner is decided by crowd cheers it is possible to be a less talented wrestler but still win the round by getting the crowd on your side. This is a good version to play in pubs and night clubs.
Jello Tug Of War - Great Fundraiser
A great fundraising idea and/or fun alternative to wrestling in jello is a Jello Tug of War competition. Rather than wrestling in the jello, a large jello wrestling pool is
set up as the centre point in a tug of war competition. The winning team is the first team to pull their opponents into the jello pit. This idea has been used by schools
in the US as a hilarious, fun and safe way to raise money and promote awareness of important causes. See the video below posted on youtube by a High School in Stoughton Massachusetts for more ideas. They used entry fees and t-shirt sales to raise money for their school and the American Cancer Society.
The basic tag team match has two teams of two wrestlers facing off against each other. All standard rules for singles wrestling apply to a team match. However, only one wrestler from each team, called the "legal man" is allowed in the jello pit at a time. All other members of the team wait outside the pool in the team's specified corner. Points are scored by pinning an opponent to the ground in the same way as described in the three second pin version of the game (the 3 second rule is usually extended to 5 seconds for tag team matches to give pinned contestants a reasonable amount of time to attempt to tag out).
Once a tag is made, the wrestler tagging out has a grace period (typicallyfive to ten seconds) to leave the jello pool before risking disqualification. Offensive cooperation from a team member is allowed during this time window and two teammates can be in the ring simultaneously with only one member of an opposing team. The tagged out player must leave the pool within the grace period or risks loosing a point for a disqualification/foul.
The following are standard requisites for making a legal tag:
• Both feet of the wrestler on the outside must be flat on the ground.
• The wrestler inside the pool must reach over the side of the pool wall to make a touch. The outside player cannot reach into the pool for the touch. Contact must be made outside the perimeter of the pool.
• Tags are legal as long as the two team members touch.
• The referee has to see and/or hear the contact between the two wrestlers in order for the tag to be legal.
Find The Object
The find the object game starts with competitors standing outside of the jello pool with their backs turned to the pit. The referee hides a small object such as a coin somewhere underneath the jello. On the count of three competitors turn around, race to the jello pit and attempt to become the first person to find the object and exit the pool with the object safely in hand. The great thing about this game is there is no limit to the number of competitors that can play at one time. You can have multiple competitors trying to find one object, or you can play similar to musical chairs in which there is one less object then there are competitors. At the end of each round the person left without an object is out of the game. One more object gets removed from the pool for the next round and play continues until there is a champion.