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The Northern game of bola-ball is loosely inspired by the Native American game of double-ball (for the multi-part ball and sticks) and by other ball games (for some of the rules). Two teams use long sticks to control the motion of a bola-ball, which consists of three balls tied together like a bola. Each team consists of several Hunters and The Other. Team size, playing field, goals, and scoring can all vary.
This rowdy sport appeals to young people, especially when summer brings access to large fields with secure footing. Although injury is discouraged, bruises and scrapes are typical in this game, making it one of the few socially approved outlets for roughhousing. Bola-ball teaches teamwork, alertness, agility, speed, stamina, and aim.
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