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Sitoliya or Lagori
Dabba Kali2.jpg
A game of Dabba Kali in Kerala
Age range 10 and up
Setup time less than a minute
Playing time no limit
Random chance Low
Skill(s) required Running, Observation, Speed, Strength, Throwing and concentration
Kids playing Lagori in a Bangalore street

Lagori, dikori or lagoori, also known as lingocha, pitto(Rajhistan) or Satoliya (madhya pradesh ) is a game in India involving a ball and a pile of flat stones, generally played between two teams in a large outdoor area. A member of one team (the seekers) throws a tennis ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. The seekers then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team (the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a seeker, he is out and his team continues without him. A seeker can always safeguard himself by touching an opposite team member before the ball hits him.

Additional rules

These additional rules make the game even more interesting.

  • Clearly mark the boundary. If any of the seekers crosses it then he is out.
  • If the person trying to knock down the pile cannot do it in three tries then he is out.
  • In any of the three tries, if the thrower's ball does not knock down the pile and is caught by an opponent after the first bounce then the thrower is out
  • Each team contains equal number of players.
  • Piles of flat stones contain 9 stones.

Alternative Names

Olapanthu - ball made of coconut leaves - used to play the game in Kerala

In other parts of the country, the same game is known several other names:

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