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Show LAS Your Old School: Kapucha Toli

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This week we take a quick look at the oldest of the old schoolKapucha Toli, a Native American game considered to be the “cousin” of lacrosse. Do you have some Kapucha Toli stories? Or want to share your knowledge of the different variations of the Native American ancestry of lacrosse? Drop a comment below or hit us up at info@lacrosseallstars.com!

Here’s some more information about Toli from a UGA team called the Flying Rats:

“Toli, also known as kapucha toli or simply stickball, is a traditional Native American game that has been played for at least 400 years. It has also been called the “little brother of war”, as it, at one time, had been used to settle disputes between Native American groups. These games often involved hundreds of people per team, were played on fields that were several miles long and lasted from sunrise to sunset.”

Share your knowledge or questions about of the history of Toli in the comments section.

University of Georgia students playing Toli

Flying Rat's vs Moundville from Sept 26, 1998

Photo via RedandBlack.com

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1 Comment

  • I grew up around the Cherokee variant, which used one stick and had no rules for body contact. The guys in the pics above are playing the Choctaw version.

    Because of the one stick, rather than two, the ball was usually carried in your hand, and the stick used only for scoring and picking up ground balls.

    Anyone could be checked at any time, in any part of their body, regardless of their position relative to the ball.  Goals were scored by touching the goal pole with the stick with the ball in the stick (think of tagging a runner out in baseball).

    We were told as children that the losing team was often sacrificed, though I have my doubts about that being true.  Because any type of defense was legal (including head shots, back shots, tripping), it’s easy to think that a few people were killed in any match to give the impression that the losers were sacrificed.

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