Pittu Garam (Seven Stones) ( Punjabi:ਪਿੱਠੂ ਗਰਮ, Urdu:پٹھو گرم, Sindhi: پِٺُو گرم) is a traditional South Asian game played between two teams. The game is called Lagori in kannada. The game requires a tennis ball and set of seven stones which can be stacked up to form a small tower. The aim of the game is to be able to break the tower and then rebuild it before getting hit by one of the opponent.
How to play
- Divide the players into two teams. Let there be team A and team B.
- Each player in team A takes their turn in breaking the tower from a certain distance using a tennis ball.
- A player from team B is assigned to catch the ball after it gets thrown by team A. Rest of team b become fielders.
- When a player from team A succeeds in knocking over the tower. the team's next aim becomes to rebuild the tower while everyone in team B tries to get all the players out in team A by hitting them with the tennis ball.
- If team B succeeds in getting the players with the pitu coin in hand out from team A before the tower is rebuilt then they have defended a pittu.
- But if team B fails to do so then team A gets a pittu and they carry on with their turn in breaking the tower.
- Once everyone in team A has had their turn the teams swap the roles.
- After both teams have defended the team with most number of pittu(s) wins
- Each player gets three tries for attempting to break the tower. If the player fails to break the tower, next player comes in.
- If a team is successful in getting a pittu, the player which broke the tower gets an additional three tries.
- If a player successfully breaks the tower but a player from the opposite team catches the ball before it hits the ground, then the attacking player is deprived of his remaining tries.
- When a player from defending team picks up a tennis ball they may not move from that position till they have thrown the ball away.
- If all players fail to break the tower, the other team must at-least complete one tower to win the game.