NOTE FROM EDITOR: This content honors Compassion’s historical work in India. While we no longer have an India sponsorship program, we are grateful for the lives changed and meaningful work achieved through our sponsors and donors in our nearly 50 years there. For a detailed explanation of the end of our sponsorship program in India, please visit: compassion.com/india-update.
Seven stones is a traditional game in India that is played across the country. It is somewhat similar to dodge ball, but it has extra features and is even more aggressive.
In order to play this game you need:
- A ball
- Seven stones that can be piled on top of each other
- A minimum of 2 to 4 players on each team
There can be any number of players for this game as long as each team has an equal number of players. The more players on each team, the greater the fun!
How to Play Seven Stones
Set boundaries for the playing field, and pile the seven stones on top of one another in the center of the boundary area.
A coin toss usually decides which team starts the game.
The first team begins by trying to knock over the stones with a ball from a particular distance. This team gets three chances from three different players to knock over the pile of stones. If they are unable to knock over the pile of stones in three tries, it becomes the other team’s turn.
However, if they successfully knock over the stones, the game begins.
After the first team knocks the stones over, the second team will get the ball and try to hit players from the opposing team below their knees. This is somewhat similar to dodge ball.
At the same time, the first team will try to restack the pile of stones and trace a circle around them three times with their finger. They try to do this before the other team knocks all of their players out. If they succeed, they get one point and also the chance to hit the stones again.
However, if they fail to do this and all players are out, the defending team will gain the point and they will now have a turn to hit the pile of stones.
When the defending team tries to throw the ball at the opposing team, they must not move around with the ball in their hands. The player with the ball must stand in the place where he or she caught the ball and throw it. The ball should not remain in the player’s hands for more than 60 seconds.
This player can also pass the ball to other members on his team.
If the seven stones are knocked over in such a way that only few stones are disrupted, the players can restack them in no time and have a higher chance to win the game.