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The equipment needed for this game is a buckskin ball about the size of a baseball and a stick of the proper size to strike this ball comfortably. The ball could also be made of rags or with rabbit skin fur. This stick resembles a hockey stick and should be shaped similar to the stick in the sketch below. The base of the stick should be flattened some of the striking end to hit the ball squarely.

Paiute Shinny Stick

Choose a field approximately 50 to 75 yards long. Two teams are formed with an equal amount of players on each side (Some have suggested 7 players). If team A was to start the game off, it would hit the ball from the X mark knocking it towards the other end of the field as shown in the sketch below. Team A’s purpose would be to get the ball across the goal line marked Y. Team B’s purpose would be to prevent them and get the ball across the goal line marked Z. Players and bystanders would bet any of their personal possessions on the side they thought would win. When one side got the ball across their opponent’s line, they won the game. However, there may also have been a point system.

After one team won they would rest for a while and then play again. The teams would change goals between each game and the winning team would start the game off by hitting the ball towards their goal.

Paiute Shinny Playing Field

(Source: Martineau, LaVan. 1992. Southern Paiutes: Legends, Lore, Language and Lineage. KC Publications)