Pok ta pok was a Mesoamerican ball game that was played since 1400 BC by the Pre-Columbian of Ancient Mesoamerica. The game was played by the Olmecs and Aztecs.
There is no written record of how they played the game or anything about the players. How they played the game or anything about the players. Also, there is little oral tradition about them.
Played with a rubber ball ranging in size from that of a softball to soccer ball players would attempt to bounce the ball without using their hands through stone hoops attached to the sides of the ball court.
The objective of the game was to get a ball through a narrow stone hoop placed on the court wall, often as high up as 20 feet from the ground
.The penalty for losing a game was sometimes unusually harsh death. The leader of the team who lost the game was sometimes killed.
This fits in with the Mayan belief that human sacrifice was necessary for the continued success of the peoples' agriculture, trade, and overall health.