6. They Invented The First Ball Game!
All of you Soccer and Basketball fans – the ancient Mayan grounds is where it all began! The Mesoamerican Ball Game was a prehistoric sport where a rubber ball was passed around by using one’s chest, elbows, knees, or hips. The game was played on a stone court, which was often built in the central area of ancient Mayan cities.
The ball was not allowed to touch the ground, or the player’s hands, head, or feet! And the ultimate aim was to get the ball through a hollow stone ring, which can be compared to our modern-day basketball ring!