Traditional Lithuanian game – ripka
10 sticks and the 800 g puck will be waiting for you on Sunday, as always. The place remains the same – on the race track by the family camping area.
In case you have never heard about ripka be sure to read the brief introduction below.
Ripka was one of the Lithuanian folk sports games mentioned in written sources from the 17th century. It is said to have been played by both young and mature men in rural areas. Warriors of the army of Grand Duchy of Lithuania also used to enjoy the game before the battle.
In the old days, each team would consist of men from a certain village; now the game involves two teams of 7 players with 1.5 m long clubs (sticks) with a curved head. The players attempt to manoeuvre a disk across the opposing team’s goal line. The disk used to be made of a burled birch bound with a steel ring, but more recently has been replaced with a rubber puck.
With the villages fragmenting into homesteads, the popularity of this folk game diminished, but was never really gone. In 1923, during the period of independence, ripka was introduced in stadiums for the first time. The game was once again revived after the war: in 1958 the Federation of Lithuanian Folk Games was established and official ripka competitions were held. In 1990, Lithuanian Ripka Federation was set up; now it has around 180 players with teams in Plungė, Vilkaviškis, Plateliai and Kaunas areas. Traditional matches and events include national championships of adults, juniors, youth and veterans; the Federation Cup; Plateliai Cup; and Suvalkija Cup.
For more information about the game of ripka will be available from the Information Centre on the Festival site. No advance registration is required. Just come and play!
MJR XVIII Horn Football Competition!
As always, an improvised football field will be set up on the beach near the Festival entrance. Kickers will compete for a prestigious Horn of Mėnuo Juodaragis XVIII! If you are up for a play and refreshment on a Saturday morning, be sure to carefully read these lines.
Registration of teams will take place during the Festival – from Friday, 5 PM at the MJR Information Centre or by phone +370 606 54948. Teams can also register in advance by sending applications to societe(eta)post.com. 10 to 12 teams will be competing for the prize; one or two teams may be formed of individual players.
Laws of the game:
- Each team consists of 5 players (4 field players and 1 goalkeeper).
- There are 2 halves of 10 minutes. Half-time break is around 2 minutes.
- There is no limit to substitutions.
- Each player can represent only one team, i. e. the one in which he/she began the competition.
- All Laws of the Game defining association football apply except for the offside rule.
- If a team gains 5-goal superiority over the opposing team, it immediately wins the game.
- Rough play and strong language (yellow card) is punishable by sending-off for 2 minutes. Extremely rough players (red card), will be sent off for the rest of the match and thrown into the lake.
- Passion is good, but fair play is better.
- The referee is devil x 2. He will tolerate the chants of the ultras, but strong language is not welcome. The referee also promises to ignore streakers (we’ve already seen a few in the competition of 2011).
Persons of both sexes and all age groups with an MJR ticket are eligible to participate in the competition. At first, the teams will compete in two groups and the four teams finishing in the top two positions of each group will progress to the semi-finals. The matches will take place on Saturday (10 AM to 4 PM). Precise schedule of the competition will be made on the field on Saturday.
In the evening, the winning team will be awarded the MJR XVIII Horn on the Greater Stage. They will be cheered by the crowd and carry the honour of the champions for at least a year!
The lovers of sports, puzzles and running will have an opportunity to prove themselves in the orienteering competition. It is a game of fun, resolution and speed. Each visitor will receive a compass and a map of the Festival area and Zarasai town and will have to use them to find control points marked on the map.
The island and the town are perfect for orienteering and running sports. To add fun to the game, the control points will be hidden in the most unexpected spots, e. g. in the trees or even under the water.
The competition is individual and each competitor will start at a different time. Participants are welcome to join the competition at the MJR Information Centre on Saturday, 11 AM.
Registration can be made in advance by sending an application to societe(eta)post.com or during the Festival at the MJR Information Centre. The number of participants is limited, so be advised to register early – you will be competing for valuable prizes.