Juego de Pelota Mesoamericano Ulamaztli Championship 2017


Reintroduced to Belize in 2015 by the Native Maya there, Yo Creek Village from the the Orange Walk District of Belize, won the Juego de Pelota Mesoamericano Ulamaztli Championship in Teotihuacan, the ancient capital of the Aztec Empire in April 2017. The tournament was a precursor to the Mesamerican Ball Game Competition in Guatemala in October 2017 – the Ulama World Cup basically.

About Ulama

Ulama is the ancient Ball Game of Central America – the Native Aztecs (Mexica) and Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras have played it since 1400 BC. It is played by two teams using their hips to try to propel the ball past the opposing team.

Maya ball court found in Uxmal. This ball court is part of the Mayan culture found all over Yucatan’s archeological sites. Uxmal is in Yucatan and it used to be a huge populated city.
By Leon Rafael



[1] Con Murphy / Live and Invest Overseas (2018) A Definitive Guide to the World’s Oldest Sport – Ulama [Internet] Available from: http://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/infocus-belize/a-definitive-guide-to-the-worlds-oldest-sport-ulama/ [Accessed 28 June 2019]


[2] Live and Invest Overseas (2018) People-playing-Ulama [Internet] Available from: https://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/People-playing-Ulama.jpg [Accessed 30 October 2020]

[3] Live and Invest Overseas (2018) Teotihucan-Ballcourt [Internet] Available from: https://www.liveandinvestoverseas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Teotihucan-Ballcourt.jpg [Accessed 30 October 2020]


Thanks to Kimmage Development Studies Centre @ The Holy Ghost College, Dublin 6W.

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Last Updated: 30 October 2020

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I am currently Web Manager for Baseball Ireland. I have been involved in American Football Ireland since 1987 either as a fan (going to the first College Games in Ireland in the 1980s, the Shamrock Bowl or Dublin Tornadoes & Dublin Rebels matches), player (South West Jets Flag Football 1995), Line Judge (IAFL 1996-2003), Chain Crew Member (I was on the Sidelines for the NFL game in Dublin between the Pittsburgh Steelers & Chicago Bears in 1997), Team Manager (Dublin Bay Raptors, IFFL 2018-present), Statistician (I did the stats for Shamrock Bowl X and currently do the stats for the Raptors). I have also played Softball for Marlay Mustangs, represented my school (St. Colmcille's Knocklyon) in Basketball & Olympic Handball, played plenty of Street Soccer, played Badminton for over 30 years (Knocklyon Social Badminton Club), played Croquet in the Annual Trinity SWSS v Green Party Challenge, Ran the Belfield Mile (UCD), played Chess for Trinity in the annual Colours Match, and played a lot of Games and E-Sports (Subbuteo, Fantasy NFL & Madden NFL etc) and have tried most of the sports on this website at least twice. I have a BA in World Development from the Development Studies Centre @ The Holy Ghost College Kimmage and have completed a Professional Qualification in Webmaster level 1 in Web Design at the Irish Academy of Computer Training (The Eirball.ie research Project) both in Dublin, Ireland I could not have done this on my own, however, and the help of friends, co-workers, teachers and family has been significant. Please see the Acknowldegemets section (below the Home Menu Button for a full list of those who have helped, guided or supported me.

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