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Ball game for real men

Granddaddy of ballgames: Ulama is still played in rural Mexico though it is 4,000 years old. The ancient Maya called it Pitz, the Aztec called it tlachtli. In English, it is sometimes known as Ceremonial Ball, and is the likely ancestor of lacrosse. It was played on courts or open fields with a rubber ball. It has 3 versions; played with hip paddles, wrapped forearms, or paddles. (there are women’s versions)

At a new court in Mexico City designed for ulama, a player drops to the ground to hit a rolling shot. The objective of the game is to hit the ball past the other team’s backline.

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Pok-ta-pok AKA Pitz (modern version is ulama) is a 4,000-year-old Mayan ballgame played with a hard rubber ball on a stone court (signifying Xibalba, Mayan underworld) that was larger than a football field. No hands were allowed. This is a game for real men.



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