Episode 3 Challenge Speculation - Pokatok? RC? IC? Combo?
Footage of only one challenge shown so far in the webpromo features a game similar to the "Mesoamerican Ball Game", which was a game of life and death, winner take all. The Mayans used a rubber ball, about 20 inches in diameter, to play the Game, which was played on a stone I-shaped "court" whose measurements varied. The court had walls that sloped inward, and hanging high on the walls were stone rings. The goal of the game was to pass the ball around, without having it touch your hands, and then get the ball to pass through one of the rings. The game was a sport of life and death. The winners of the game were treated as heroes and given a great feast. The penalty for losing a game was unusually harsh: death. The leader of the team who lost the game was killed. This challenge could be for immunity given that the Mayans played it for life or death.
Learn more about The Mayan Ball Game at this great site: Explore the Game
Abbreviated view of "ball court" consists of a raised netting with (at least) 2 poles of each tribal color that stand thru the net toward each end. The poles may have vertically oriented hoops/rings at the top, similar to the Mayan ball game. Perhaps the tribes have to put the ball thru the hoops to score?
Challenge may be females vs females (and males vs males) with Steph, Cindy and Brooke shown here. Stephenie appears to have the ball. Physical contact allowed as Cindy goes after Stephenie
Male players from both tribes competing
Bobby Jon and Brandon fighting over a ball, this version apparently allows the use of hands
Mayan ballplayers wore turban headdresses, loin cloths, waist yokes, face paint, wrist guards.Amy with face paint, head and arm bands