Sunday, February 3, 2008

Syatong, siatong, siyatong or shatong! in tagalog chato!



by Loida Morallas

I seldom see children play syatong or chato anymore. The game was one of my favorites when I was a child. It was the game where I developed my vocal range shouting "shaaaaatooooooooooooong" everytime I lost.


How to play syatong or chato:


THINGS YOU NEED:
The game needs one long (1 foot) and one short stick (5 inches) and a small hole on the ground.


THE CHANCE OF THE OPPONENT TO PLAY BASE.
At the start of the game the base player place the short stick horizontally across the hole and position the long stick in the middle of the short stick and hit the latter as strong as he/she can to the direction of the opponent. If the opponent is able to catch the short stick, the base player loses the chance to advance further in the game and give the base to the former.


If the opponent is unable to catch the flying short stick, he/she then collects the short stick and position himself/herself to where it landed and throw it to the long stick placed horizontally on the hole. Hitting the long stick will give the opponent the chance to play the base.


MAKING A SCORE.
If the opponent unable to get the two chances: catching the short stick and hitting the long stick, the base player is then advances to the next stage of the game. The short stick is place across the hole. The long stick dig in the hole positioned at the center of the short stick and hit the latter towards the opponent. The opponent gets the chance to play the base if able to catch the flying short stick. If not the opponent collects and positioned himself/herself where the short stick landed and throw it to the base player. The base player then hits the short stick. The count starts measuring the distance where the short stick landed using the long stick if it is hit single, if double the short stick is use for the measurement. Hitting the short stick triple counts double the measurement. If the short stick landed near the hole and could not measure one count of the long stick, the opponent get the chance to play the base.



THE CHANCE TO EARN MORE POINTS.
Advancing the game to another stage, the short stick is place on the hole in slant position. The base player hit the tip of the short stick making it flew up on the air then hit it again to the direction of the opponent. The higher the short stick flew, the better the chance to hit it double or triple. The opponent will get the chance to play the base
if able to catch the flying short stick. If not the count measuring the distance where the short stick landed is instituted using the principle of single, double, triple hit. If the short stick landed near the hole and could not measure one count of the long stick, the opponent get the chance to play the base.


THE PUNISHMENT:
While holding the sticks (the short and the long) one in each hand, winner will bat the shorter stick as far as he/she can. Loser then will shout SHAAATONG.... while running from the base to where the stick landed. If the loser takes a breath before reaching the destination then back to the base again.


DETERMINING THE WINNER.
The sum of the measured distance in advance stage of the game determines the winner. The player who gets the least score will get the chance to enhance his/her vocal chords shouting shaaaaaaaaaaaaaatoooooooooooooooooooong.


Now who would want to play match with me, let’s play siyatong!

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