Al-Leyan/Sports and recreation
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This page details some of the sports and recreational activities engaged in by the Al-Leyan people.
Qu'cha is the Al-Leyan's most popular sport, and favorite past-time. It has been played for centuries, and games were played competitively. Recently since “Federationism” The league has been reformed and become slightly more commercial to appeal to off-worlders.
It is a team sport played by two teams of 14 players. The goal is to score points by throwing two tennis-sized balls, and touching a series of 5 bases arranged in a pentagon. Players on the throwing team take turns throwing the two balls against the fielding team which tries to stop them from scoring points by getting the throwers out in any of the several ways. A player on the throwing team can stop at any of the bases and later advance via a teammate's throw. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records ten outs, or has thrown their overs. One turn at throwing for each team constitutes an inning; four innings make up a professional game. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Game play starts with a thrower standing at home plate, holding both balls. The thrower throws both balls out into the field of play. Once the balls are in the field of play, the thrower must begin running toward first base, at which point the player is referred to as a runner. A thrower-runner who reaches first base without being out is said to be safe and is now on base. A thrower-runner may choose to remain at first base or attempt to advance to second base or even beyond — however far the player believes can be reached safely. Each base a runner reaches scores ¼ of a point, and a full point once he reaches back the home base. A runner can score a maximum of 2 points.
Any runners already on base may attempt to advance on thrown balls before or after the ball lands; a runner on first base must attempt to advance. If the ball is thrown in the air and caught before it lands, the thrower is out and any runners on base may attempt to advance.
While the team at throw is trying to score points, the team in the field is attempting to record outs. Among the various ways a member of the throwing team may be put out, five are most common:
- When a runner who is touched by a ball thrown by the fielder, or tagged by the fielder holding the ball
- When one of the balls thrown is caught in the field before touching the ground.
- When both balls are returned to home in the basket and the runners haven't reached their bases.
- When a fielder has the ball and reaches the base before the runner
- When two runners reach a base the one that was there first is out
- See also: Al-Leyan Martial Arts
Of the few forms in Al-Leyan society, the most commonly practiced are Sore and Mukhol. While Mukhol forms tend to focus on a person’s center of gravity to increase their effectiveness in a fight, Sore is deadly and brutal given its origins. This form contains some of the deadliest kicks in any martial art and generally embraces the philosophy of “one kick to end all”.
While most Al-Leyans are cautious by nature and not prone to taking unnecessary risks, some Al-Leyans enjoy rock climbing in the Toural and Ositana mountains.