Dalmatians With Balls - Story of Picigin

Mile Modic @ 2019-11-19 11:31:59 +0100


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Rules of picigin are quite easy to describe, but the spirit of the game can only be experienced, so until you see or try the game your selves at the famous Split beach Bacvice, you will not know exactly what the game is about.

It is believed that this game, which is very favorable to the human eye, was created in 1908s, when the students from Split brought an interesting game called water polo, from Prague. However, since the level of the sea in Split is low, the players, in their attempts try to play this sport, did a lot of change on it, and also called it Picigin.

Who would say that Picigin in the Split area dates back to the World War II? Of course, with time, it had been improved, players are becoming more and more skilled, and it resulted in increased number of fans of this sport. The name of popular sport comes from the word pizzicato, which means "twitch wires with fingers".

Flying Dalmatians, Picigin Screenprint by Mile Modic

Picigin is played all year round! Precisely because of this it has been set on Bačvice and the night spotlight, which can allow gamers to better show their ability. On Bačvice there is a tradition that this game picigin plays on the first day of the New Year.

World Championship

Split Style Screen Print by Mile Modic

The year of 2005 is responsible for the World championship in Picigin. In the competition different tasks, such as the ways of jumps are evaluated, but what is especially important is the overall feel of the game and its players. 

Picigin By Night, Screenprint by Mile Modic

Balun - The Picigin Ball

The only important equipment needed for picigin, is the ball, although you can use any ball to play the game, the true picigin players use only the heart of a tennis ball. The process of making this specific ball (balun) consists in stripping the green layer of tennis ball, and abrading the rubber part until the ball becomes thin, so that it bounces better. In order to make a balanced ball, you will have to paint the ball, before abrading so that it can be abraded equally on each side. To ensure quality work, the “professionals” balance the ball after abrading, by putting it into steady water, if it turns, the bottom part needs a little more scrubbing.


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