Sports and Gameses The Aztecs had two different games - tlachtli and patolli. Tlachtli was a ball game that was played between teams using rubber balls. The court was shaped like a capital I and it was 60 meters long by 10 meters wide. One person on each team would have to shoot the ball into a vertical hoop high over their heads with their knees without using their hands. The hoop was placed on opposite walls at the midpoint of the court. In a way this game combined modern day soccer and basketball. Whichever team made the first basket won the game. Sometimes it took hours to complete a game. The other game, patolli, was a gambling game that was played with pebbles and dry beans. In this game you are given six pieces to play with and you have ten jade pebbles to gamble. The board you would play on is an "X" divided into squares. Each player has a home base in the middle of the "X". Now you must decide how many jade pebbles you want to gamble on the whole game. You are given five cacao beans with white dots painted on them. These will be used as dice. If you get one white dot you move one square, if you get two white dots you move two squares and so on, but if you get all five white dots you move ten squares. The pieces must move clockwise. To begin the game you must throw a one. When you make it back to home base, you take that piece off the board; your opponent owes you one jade pebble. You keep playing until one player has lost all of his or her beans.

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