Picigin – big boys playing with small balls …

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Picigin (Croatian pronunciation: [pit͡sǐgiːn]) is a traditional ball game, originating in Split, that is played on the beach. It is an amateur sport played in shallow water consisting of players keeping a small ball from touching the water. Picigin was invented on the sunny beach Bacvice by a group of Croatian students from Prague who were finding it difficult to play the game of water-polo in the shallow water – you certainly don’t need to be Mark Spitz to play picigin and so if you are not a great swimmer this may be the game for you.

At Bacvice you can walk more than 100 meters out before your body becomes immersed (Bacvice beach).

The weather forecast for playing picigin is irrelevant – whether it’s a sunny summer’s day or a cold winter morning, the players run through the water and do all kinds of stunts in order to keep the small ball from falling into the water. It’s so unique and popular that the World Picigin Championship is held on Bacvice every year. There’s no better way of exercise while you are in Split. You can read more about the rules Picigin. If sport is not your thing then just reach Bacvice beach, take your Pina colada and sit in the shade of Zbirac café Zbric cafe and don’t forget your sunglasses.
Finally, a great summary of the game at its spiritual home in Split:
The rules