Ballplayers: One of the most highly
respected professions in the Aztec world was that of ballplayer. The
best players were treated like super stars, similar to the way we
treat our best athletics today.
The Aztecs, like the Mayas, had huge ball
courts. The goal of the game was to get a hard rubber ball over the
middle line into your opponent’s court. You got points for that. But
the real goal was to get your ball through one of the two hoops that
hung down over the center of the court. The opposite team, of course,
did everything they could to stop you.
The game was exciting because you always
had a chance to win no matter how far behind your score was at any one
a Meso-America Ballgame
Winner Take All